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Columns

  • Outdated statistics provide no smoking gun

    By Robert & Ellen Ashwell
    Huddleston

        The ruckus raised about the outdated average teacher salary comparison presented by the Bedford County Education Association to the Board of Supervisors on February 23, is an example of much being said about very little.  Supervisors Sharp and Parker suggest that the outdated information gives people the wrong impression about what Bedford County teachers are paid.  They use updated information, which they purport to be proof.  Moral indignation is evident in their comments.

  • FCC’s Net Neutrality Rule wrecks the Internet

    The Internet is one of the most dynamic and competitive marketplaces in existence. It has become a cornerstone of the American economy and culture. Because of this, concerns about the future of an open and fair Internet, coined as “net neutrality,” have come to light. Net neutrality may seem like a complex issue, but at the core the question is simple. Do you want more or less choice? Do you want more regulation governing the Internet? Overall, we have achieved open access to the Internet through free enterprise and competition.

  • Washington should follow the example local governments set
  • Like taking a dog by the ears

        The truce signed in Minsk, Belarus, in February seems to be holding, although it’s certainly a fragile truce. French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela  Merkel brokered the agreement between Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko back in the middle of February.

  • Ted Cruz, Liberty deserve each other

        Whenever Liberty University struts its true colors and invites a far-right politician to speak, all you can say is, “Well, there it goes again.”
        But last week, the speaker wasn’t just another right-wing fanatic embracing the mantle of mythical “Christian conservatism,” it was a U.S. Senator announcing his 2016 presidential bid.

  • A balanced budget for a stronger America

    An opportunity economy starts with a budget that leads to balance. The House of Representatives sent a strong message just a few days ago that a balanced budget is a top priority. We all know the status quo is not working anymore. That’s why I voted in support of a budget plan that will help build a stronger America by balancing the budget, making real efforts to reduce the deficit, and repealing Obamacare in full.

     

  • Balancing the budget for a stronger America

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Another typical Republican budget

        Now that Republicans control both houses of the U.S. Congress, they’re being carefully watched to see if they actually know how to govern responsibly.
        Anybody can demonize Barack Obama, something they’ve been quite proficient at, but can the party put aside its ideological obsessions long enough to govern?
        Well, the answer, at best, is mixed so far. Certainly, their behavior over the nomination of Loretta Lynch as attorney general is not encouraging.

  • Enforcement comes first

    There are many issues plaguing our nation’s immigration system, but the biggest problem is that immigration laws are not enforced. While presidents of both parties have not fully enforced our immigration laws, President Obama has made several moves to unilaterally gut them altogether. In order to protect against this, it is essential that any immigration reform start with enforcement.

  • Protecting Americans’ information on HealthCare.gov

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

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