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Columns

  • Giving thanks

    Each year across Virginia and throughout the country, Americans set aside a special day to express gratitude for the many blessings we have received. Just from watching the evening news, it is clear that much of our attention as a nation has been drawn toward the continued debate on health care, federal spending, and the economy. However, we gather together with grateful hearts this year. While we have certainly faced many struggles over the past year as a nation, we have much to be thankful for as Americans.

  • ‘Democrats’ running scared

  • Fifty years later, no less pain

    National media, including the Internet, have been filled with historical programming on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
        It will all peak this week, as Nov. 22, occurs on a Friday, just as it did in 1963.
        Probably no one has anything original to add to an event that still, to this day, can seem as improbable as it seemed then. But we’re all entitled to our own memories and reflections, however humble.

  • Creating a ‘Commonwealth of Opportunity’

    By Gov. Bob McDonnell
    Submitted through Landmark News Service/The Virginian-Pilot
     
        In 2011, the Jones family was forced out of their apartment after the building was condemned. Suddenly the family, with their savings stretched, was faced with the previously unthinkable: homelessness. Today, they are renting a good apartment and looking to buy their first house.

  • Removing fraud and abuse from the legal system

    The House Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over a variety of matters from immigration reform to intellectual property protections, fighting crime and terrorism, and protecting our Constitutional rights. Another issue the Committee deals with is legal reform. This week the House of Representatives took up two important bills passed by the Committee to help to root out fraud and abuse in our legal system.

     

  • Paying tribute to our nation’s veterans

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Communicating with the people of Virginia’s 5th District and hearing your feedback is very important to us. In order to ensure that we keep you up to date on what is going on from month to month, we record a monthly video address. You may watch the video address here, and you may read the address below:

  • Working to allow Americans to keep their health plans

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Last week, the House approved legislation to allow Fifth District families to keep their health care policies in 2014. H.R. 3350, the Keep Your Health Plan Act, passed the House with bipartisan support.

     

  • Be careful if you decide to build it

        As Bedford County moves forward on building a new middle school in the Liberty attendance zone, some people want to make a mid-stream change. Instead of building a new middle school, they want to build a new high school and turn the current Liberty High School (LHS) campus into the middle school.

  • Confessions of a political animal

    “I so enjoy beating you people.”
        That was the not-so-humble remark made by your favorite left-wing columnist to a friendly Republican colleague when both returned to work following the election.
        She took it well, though, and even played her part. “I know,” she said.
        But she was smiling.

  • 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.