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    Public option

        It appears that President Obama and other Democrats may be backing away from the public option health insurance proposal. Hopefully, that is an indication that they are beginning to listen to the citizens opposing this proposal in the town hall meetings and other forums.  This is much more productive than calling those citizens “mobs,” “unruly,” “stooges” and “un-American.”

  • Our rural communities could gain a lot from health care reform

    As I continue visiting every county in the 5th District throughout the August recess, I continue to get feedback and questions from constituents about health care reform. Specifically, our neighbors want to know how health insurance reform will help rural America. Our rural areas have almost five percent higher uninsured rate than urban areas, and the current recession means more people are losing access to their employer-based health coverage.

  • Providing for our military and our veterans

    America’s veterans have engaged in one of the noblest forms of public service: defending our nation.  These brave, patriotic men and women have helped to liberate victims of oppression, spread democracy across the world and preserve the freedoms our nation was built upon.  They have served on aircraft carriers in distant oceans, kept the peace on volatile borders, and patrolled the skies of international hot spots.  Theirs is a service marked by humility and born of a love of country.  For these selfless actions, we in turn have a responsibility to ensure that our

  • Steamroll the GOP on health care

        President Barack Obama has bent over backwards to try and be “bipartisan” about health care reform. From the beginning of his administration, and on every single issue, this president has made what most consider a noble effort to get support for his policies from the other party.

  • ObamaCare supporters in deep panic

        President Barack Obama’s radical overhaul of America’s health care system is running into a serious problem. The problem is that most people don’t want it, and most of those who don’t want it have made sure that their congressmen and senators know of their opposition.

  • Jeff Forest poised to nab golf crown

     By Mike Forster


  • Golden Eagles have much to cheer about

    The Staunton River cheerleading team took to the sands of Myrtle Beach.

    There, it competed in the UCA Cheer Camp.

  • Turpin named to PHCC Hall of Fame

      Patrick Henry Community College’s Athletic Director released the 2009 Hall of Fame inductees, and a Bedford athlete was included on the list.

  • On the Beach--commentary

       The wife and I spent the last week in Virginia Beach doing, well, beach things:  hitting the surf, enjoying a frosty beverage on the balcony and eating our share of good food.

  • Putney predicts: Budget woes to get worse

        Virginia is facing a $1.5 billion revenue shortfall in its two year budget.

        The Commonwealth budgets on a two-year cycle. On even numbered years, the General Assembly meets in a long session to adopt a budget. On odd numbered years, it convenes in a short session to tweak the budget. In the meantime, the governor can make cuts if state revenue fails to meet expectations.