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Columns

  • 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.

  • The Charge of the Light Brigade

        Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward,
 All in the valley of Death, Rode the six hundred. ‘Forward, the Light Brigade!
 Charge for the guns’ he said: Into the valley of Death
 Rode the six hundred. — From “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

  • Our cowardly local congressmen

    I hope Bob Goodlatte, Robert Hurt and Morgan Griffith have all attached their “Don’t Tread on Me” bumper stickers to their vehicles, because it’s utterly clear now that they are owned by the “tea party” fanatics who shut down the government.
        It’s appropriate that those bumper stickers, featuring the little chopped-up snake on them, are colored yellow. That is the well-known shade of cowardice.

  • Get it right

    By Clay Chastain
    Bedford

        It is not every century that a small town (post-reversion) is afforded the luxury of receiving an educational windfall ($6 million per year for 15 years) from the state for educational needs and improvements. Thus, it is imperative that Bedford optimize this bit of good fortune and get it right.
        Most would probably agree that improving Bedford’s high school and middle school are our greatest large scale educational priorities.

  • A missed opportunity to control government spending

    A missed opportunity – that is what we witnessed this week in Washington. The funding package passed by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives and signed into law by the President does nothing to address the fundamental fiscal challenges facing our nation. The proposal raises the debt limit until February and merely delays discussion on debt and spending for a short time. During that time, the government will borrow roughly $200 billion dollars more.

  • Cuccinelli’s tea bag is leaking

    It might be just about time to head into your kitchen, select your finest knife, and get ready to plunge it into the political turkey we know as “Ken Cuccinelli for Governor.”
        Cuccinelli has so much going against him, it’s very difficult right now to see how he could pull this out on November 5.