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Columns

  • History poorly taught

        It seems that history is often poorly taught in America’s public schools.

  • Staying safe

    This week is Virginia Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Week, a move by safety advocates to protect travelers throughout the Commonwealth.

        From walking the loop to biking along the Blue Ridge Parkway, from walking to school or to a bus stop to riding a bike in a local neighborhood, it’s important that everyone be reminded of the need for safety.

  • Americans want commonsense health care reform

    Over the last few weeks I conducted a series of in-person town hall meetings and telephone town hall meetings throughout the 6th Congressional District. These meetings allowed me the opportunity to speak with thousands of my constituents and answer their questions.  It is clear that the recently enacted “health care reform” law continues to be of great concern to a majority of Americans.

  • Veterans' Administration home loan program

    The home mortgage interest rate is now at the lowest it has been in decades.  In view of this favorable rate market you may be considering the purchase of a home or perhaps refinancing your existing home loan, in either case you may want to consider a loan guaranteed by VA.  The basic eligibility requirements include; active military service and discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.  

  • Beck and Palin have no answers

        This is the age of the wealthy right-wing celebrity who prances around acting as though he or she has all the answers for those of us who must actually work for a living.

        Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin get an awful lot of attention for two people who don’t hold governmental office and don’t have what the rest of us would really call jobs.

  • Remember 9/11

        Saturday marks the ninth anniversary of an event that still stands huge in my mind. That Tuesday was such a beautiful bright September morning and, while the weather didn’t change, everybody’s mood quickly darkened. As the events unfolded, somebody set up a TV at the receptionist’s desk. I can recall watching that TV as an airliner crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers.

  • Our commitment to our veterans must not end

  • Massive tax increases will hit all Americans

  • Understanding the workings of the Sheriff’s Office

    By Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown   

     

  • Combat mission in Iraq finally ends

        The last American combat troops pulled out of Iraq recently, bringing an end to a direct fighting role for the United States in a war of choice started by our previous president in March of 2003.

        In the history of our country, there has never been another war for which there was so little justification.