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Columns

  • Protecting Americans’ privacy on Healthcare.gov

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    Hearing from those living and working in Virginia’s Fifth District continues to be my greatest resource as I serve them. Their input has brought to light problems created by some of the big government programs coming out of Washington.

     

  • An addiction to government spending

    I’m an optimist, of sorts. If anyone were to say to me, “It can’t get any worse,” I’ll reply “Oh yes it can!”
        My sort of optimism has been getting a serious workout in recent years as I watch my country slowly strangle itself. Out of control government spending is one way we are doing it.

  • Whew!

    By Steve Wilkerson
    Bedford County District 3 Supervisor

        Nine months into my first year as a Bedford County Supervisor!  I’ve learned a lot……mostly from folks like you.  For instance, I now understand the operation of the Animal Shelter and have been educated regarding different feral cat management techniques.  

  • Report on special session

    By Senator Steve Newman
    Virginia District 23

        The General Assembly met in Special Session on Thursday, approving some important changes to the Commonwealth’s biennial budget and electing judges to fill several vacancies in courts around the state.  We also welcomed a new Senator, while the House welcomed two new Delegates.

  • Byron's addresses House of Delegates on insurance cancellations

    Delegate Kathy J. Byron (R-Bedford), Chairman of the Virginia Health Insurance Reform Commission, last week addressed her House colleagues on the revelations that as many as 250,000 Virginians will receive notices this year that their health care coverage will be cancelled under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

    Speaking shortly after the House reconvened the Special Session, Delegate Byron delivered the following remarks:

  • Confronting the ISIL threat

    The United States is a symbol of liberty across the globe. We enjoy freedoms like no other nation in the world, and we must remain ever vigilant against threats from aggressive terrorist groups that would seek to destroy our very way of life, harm our citizens at home and abroad, or attack our allies.

     

  • We must work together to combat the threat of ISIL

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    On Wednesday, the President addressed our nation regarding the terrorist group, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Coming just one day before the thirteenth anniversary of that tragic morning of September 11, 2001, it was essential that he engage with the American people about this very real, pervasive threat.

     

  • Liberals can be a lot of fun

        Rick Howell doesn’t need to worry about providing me with material for my column. King Barack I, in the White House, Terry McAwful, in the governor’s mansion and various other prominent denizens of the liberal swamp create such a wealth of opportunity for conservative commentary that I often find myself having difficulty deciding what one topic I’ll address. However, taking jabs at Mr. Howell’s columns is such great fun that I’m often unable to resist the temptation.

  • Meet Bernie Sanders, Vermont populist

        “Ready for Hillary” is a PAC (political action committee) that has been up and running for quite a while, organizing supporters and raising money for her expected presidential campaign.
        But there are progressive forces in her party who like to call themselves (ourselves, I should say!) “the democratic wing of the Democratic Party.”
        Hillary knows this, and most progressives don’t have a problem at all getting behind her legacy of long-time support for liberal causes.

  • Centerfest Corner

    By Amanda Adams
    Executive Director
    Bedford Main Street, Inc.

        Dear Centertown,
        On Saturday, September 27, Centerfest marks its 33rd year. 
        This rain or shine festival is presented by Bedford Main Street, Inc. and has grown to become one of Virginia’s largest outdoor street festivals (8,000 to 10,000 visitors).   Our family friendly event celebrates and promotes the region’s rich cultural traditions of food, art, craft and music.