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Columns

  • It’s election time!

        It’s that time of year again! It’s election time! In less than eight weeks, Americans will head off to the polls to make the vital decision of who will fill seats and the House of Representatives and the Senate. All house seats are up for reelection as well as a third of Senate seats. In Virginia, Senator Mark Warner is being challenged by Ed Gillespie.

  • Race makes the right so uncomfortable

    I’m always glad to give John Barnhart material for his “Conservatively Speaking” column. I sometimes think that if I didn’t, he’d have a hard time producing one most weeks.
        My column on the Michael Brown shooting certainly got a visceral reaction from some quarters. Barnhart’s predictable and knee-jerk response (pardon the redundancy) was expected.

  • Centerfest Corner

    By Amanda Adams
    Executive Director
    Bedford Main Street, Inc.

        Centerfest will be here in less than 20 days! If you aren’t excited, you should be!

  • The Congressional mail bag: What you’re saying

    Each month, my office receives thousands of phone calls, letters, e-mails, and even Facebook messages from folks across the Sixth District. Many have questions about current issues before Congress while some are requesting assistance with a federal agency. Here are a few of the questions I have received in recent weeks:

     

  • Helping American families save for higher education

    By Congressman Robert Hurt
    As students across Virginia’s Fifth District have settled into the school routine, many high school seniors are preparing to apply for college.  These preparations include more than achieving good grades and completing applications. The rising cost of higher education requires families to start planning for college years in advance, especially to pay for ever increasing tuition and other costs. 

  • A liberal rush to judgement

        Rick Howell’s Liberal Agenda did a great job of giving us another trip through the bat sanctuary that comprises the liberal world view.
        While Mr. Howell applied a fig leaf to due process by noting that it’s up to a grand jury to decide if Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, it’s clear what he believes this grand jury should decide. He implies that justice won’t be done if the grand jury does not indict Wilson on criminal charges.

  • Learning to stay at home

    In 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell tried to warn President George W. Bush that if he invaded Iraq, he would “own it.”
        Bush and his war-planners were nothing if not confident (cocky would best describe it). They thought sure we’d be in and out in a month.
        Well, The Law of Unintended Consequences hit Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and all the rest pretty hard. Not to mention the casualties suffered by our soldiers and the Iraqi people.

  • Protecting students’ college choices

    Across the Sixth District and the nation, new college students are moving onto campuses for the first time, setting up dorm rooms, preparing for classes, and are just beginning to embark on their higher education. They have chosen a school, have enrolled, and are preparing to work hard to better themselves. I remember well choosing to attend Bates College and Washington and Lee University for my education, and similarly I remember helping my two children choose the universities that they attended.

  • The Senate’s inaction prevents strong economic recovery

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As I spoke with constituents throughout the district this month, the most common theme, as I have heard so many times before, is the need for Congress to pass jobs bills that will promote economic growth in our communities.  Many hardworking individuals are still looking for work, and I share the frustrations of the industrious Virginians with whom I spoke.  

     

  • Waging war on working people

        While President Barack Obama is busy waging economic war against Russia, one should remember that the Russians aren’t the only ones in his sights. He’s also busy waging economic war against working people in the United States.