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Columns

  • Shop local first

    This season Centertown businesses will be staying open late as part of the Christmas holiday festivities. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: If you haven’t already shopped locally, this is a good time to start.     

        Buying local is more than a nice slogan.

  • Staying safe during hunting season

    By Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown

    www.bedfordcountysheriff.org

    540-586-4800
    Emergency:
    Dial 9-1-1

  • Repeal presidential two-term limit

        The Republicans could never beat Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR holds a record that many think will never be topped: the only American president to be elected to four terms in office.

        The GOP was so angry at FDR’s achievement it swore to prevent it from ever happening again. As soon as they took over Congress after FDR’s death, they had the law changed to limit a president to only two consecutive terms.

  • Resuscitating the elephant

        A cup of tea seems to be just what the Republican Party needed.

  • We’ll be watching

    Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte will head back to Washington in January with a lot more seniority — and a great deal more responsibility, both to the Republican Party and, even more importantly, to the citizens he represents.

  • Honoring those who have served and sacrificed

    It is truly an honor to pay tribute to our nation’s veterans. America was founded on the principles of liberty, opportunity and justice for all, and on Veterans Day we recognize the men and women of our armed forces who have valiantly defended these values throughout our nation’s history. We ensure that their willingness to answer the call of their country on foreign battlefields will not quickly be forgotten.

  • Gulf War illnesses

    In the recent past, Department of Veterans Affairs has taken actions to make it easier for those who served in the Persian Gulf War or Afghanistan to obtain disability compensation for certain diseases.

  • Perriello and Boucher deserved better

        The mid-term elections that put Republicans in charge of the House still left them as a minority in the Senate. It created for them a new imperative: they’ll have to show what they’re for instead of what they’re against.

        Locally, Tom Perriello waged a very determined and energetic campaign in the face of an anti-incumbent sentiment that was just too ferocious to overcome.

  • Political party elites beware!

        The “Democrats” got a lesson in democracy last week. In the largest sweep of the House of Representatives since 1948, Republicans secured a net gain of 60 seats. They needed 39 seats to win a majority. “Democrats” retained a bare majority in the Senate.

  • We will need to outcompete China and India

    When the 5th district sent me to Washington, I knew my number one responsibility was job creation and economic development. So I went to those who work every day on the ground to create jobs: the elected leaders and economic developers in every locality across the Fifth District. What I heard was that there are no quick fixes to our economic challenges. Quick fixes don’t produce the sustained job growth we need.