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Columns

  • Dr. D’s Health Tips

    By Alan Denekas, MD
    Medical Director, Emergency Department
    Bedford Memorial Hospital

        Fall brings to mind many wonderful images,  like  red and gold leaves, harvests rolling in, sipping hot chocolate or cider in front of a crackling fireplace or gathering with loved ones around a full Thanksgiving table.  There are a number of things we can do to ensure that the season fulfills its promise of being healthy, warm, safe and fun.

  • Honoring America’s veterans
  • The mathematicians and the priests

     

    The argument between Republicans these days – no matter how last week’s elections turned out – has been described this way: it’s a battle between the mathematicians and the priests.
        The mathematicians in this theory would be the small tent of GOP moderates, especially the ones who understand population demographics.

  • The ObamaCare horror story rolls on

      
        ObamaCare continues to be the worst nightmare that our government has ever foisted on the American people.

  • Let’s serve veterans as well as they have served us

    By Daniel M. Dellinger
     
        During the recent government shutdown many numbers were thrown around. But there is one number that stands out and it has nothing to do with the debate over the federal budget.
        More than one a day. That is how many members of our active-duty military, National Guard and Reserve forces have committed suicide over the last year. Simply put, we are losing more servicemembers by their own hands than we are by the enemy in Afghanistan.

  • Promoting American innovation and competition
  • ObamaCare meltdown

        Senator Ted Cruz and the other Republicans who led a valiant, but ill-considered attempt to ram their heads through a brick wall earlier this month missed a golden opportunity.

  • Rural voters, awake! Why vote GOP?

    I’m going to make a bold prediction about next week’s election: While losing decisively across the state, Ken Cuccinelli will carry Bedford, Amherst, and Campbell counties by wide margins.
        Okay, you can stop chuckling. It’s not very “bold” to predict that “Cooch” will lose, and it’s anything but bold to say he’ll take the majority of votes in the rural communities of Central Virginia.

  • Putting a band-aid on Healthcare.gov

    Since the October 1st roll-out of HealthCare.Gov, there has been no shortage of technical issues. The website, where under the President’s health care law Americans without insurance or required by the law to find new insurance can enroll in the new federally-run insurance exchanges, has been plagued by countless glitches. Needless to say, this has made for anything but a smooth experience for those attempting to access the site.

  • Looking to the future: Putting in place meaningful reforms to Washington’s spending culture

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    I am very grateful for the many Fifth District Virginians who contacted our offices over the course of the last several weeks as Washington once again proved that it is completely out of touch with the American people.