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Columns

  • Tax-rate increase overdue

        I am not a tax and spend kind of guy, but that statement will be debated based on my next statement.  Bedford County is overdue for a real estate tax increase. 
        What other commodity or service expense has stayed flat since 2007?  Since 2011 the County has collected about $1 million less each year in revenue and left that amount in your pocket.  Have you noticed?

  • Celebrating American agriculture

    Many days, long before the sun rises and long after the sun sets, farmers across the nation are hard at work producing the food and fiber products we rely upon. From the very foundation of the United States to the present day, these hardworking farmers and ranchers have held a place at the core of our economy.

     

  • Working to rein in executive overreach

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Working together with our local leaders to enhance our communities

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Over the past week, I had the opportunity to meet with local elected officials throughout Central and Southside Virginia who join me in representing the two cities, 21 counties, and 39 towns that make up Virginia’s Fifth District.  It is an honor to work alongside these state Senators, Delegates, members of Boards of Supervisors, City and Town Council members, School Board members, and other Constitutional Officers to serve the fine people we represent. 

  • Obama is no match for Putin

        I’ll admit that I’m quick to blame everything bad in the world, including stinkbug infestations, on Barack Obama. However, I think the weak, indecisive leadership of a former community organizer was only one factor in former KGB Colonel Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin’s calculations when he decided to send Russian troops into Crimea.

  • The influence of the web ever increases

    Apparently, there was a 25th anniversary last week of the founding of the World Wide Web. It was 1989 when British inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee first proposed and used the word “Web” to describe this global connection through computers.
        Or something like that...and I say “apparently” about the anniversary, because, according to an article on Slate magazine, the Web has too many anniversaries. If you look at when the first e-mail was sent, or when the first “.com” address was established, those are all different dates.

  • What’s up with the $6 million?

    By Ann Briscoe
    Thaxton

        I attended the Bedford County Board of Supervisors’ meeting March 11. 

  • GA adjourns—without a budget

    By Delegate T. Scott Garrett, M.D.
    23rd House District

        The 2014 session of the General Assembly has adjourned – without a budget.

  • Honoring women of character, courage, and commitment

    From the birth of our nation, women have played an integral role in history. We can all think of a woman who has influenced the course of the United States. Think of Dolley Madison, who saved the painting of George Washington from fire, or Clara Barton, founder of what is now the American Red Cross. The suffragists who fought for the right to vote also come to mind as well as Rosa Parks who took a stand for civil rights, Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female justice on the United States Supreme Court, and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.

  • Barack Obaloney and the Tsar

        In my first column of the new year, I offered the opinion that Vladimir Putin would not let Ukraine go without a struggle. Events of the past two weeks have proved me right and we may not yet have seen how far Tsar Vladimir I is willing to go to avoid losing what many Russians view as “theirs.”
        The protests that I spoke of in that column steadily grew angrier and Victor Yanukovych became increasingly heavy handed in his efforts, apparently at the Tsar’s urging, to end the protests.