• Prayer breakfast remarks rile extremists

        For most people, President Obama’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast was a historically accurate attempt to make a simple, basic point: Any religion can be twisted and distorted to justify evil.
        “Any religion,” of course, is a phrase that must necessarily include Christianity. Sadly, there are certain self-styled Christians who – in the popular phrase from film - “can’t handle the truth.”

  • Bedford—The best little town in America

    By Bill and Ethan Vickery

        “What Do I Think?” the writer asked last week regarding our, “Quaint little town of Bedford”. She implied the town needed more entertainment. We’ve lived here 10 years so we can at least partly answer her question.

  • Addressing workforce development

        With more than half of this year’s General Assembly session behind us and with the legislative halfway mark, crossover, looming, this week in Richmond was filled with action on bills and resolutions.

  • Budget includes funding Bedford reversion money

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd District

        This weekend the Senate Finance Committee released their new state budget.  The measure was presented to the sub-committee chairmen and approved by the full Senate Finance Committee on which I am honored to serve. It represents the Commonwealth’s budget for the next two years. 

  • Supports transportation accountability bills

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

        Last week, the General Assembly was in full swing as we approached the midway point of the 2015 session.  Both the House and Senate must complete their work on legislation before “crossover” on February 10.  After that, we will begin work on legislation sent over from the other Chamber.

  • It’s time for Congress to end the ethanol mandate

    Some have called it a “well-intentioned flop” while others say it’s an anti-competitive government mandate, but whatever you call the ethanol mandate, or Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), it’s clear this policy has caused many negative consequences for American consumers.

  • The President’s budget proposes the same failed policies

    By Congressman Robert Hurt
    As I travel the Fifth District listening to those I represent, it is clear to me that Virginians recognize that the status quo is unsustainable. Our nation has borrowed $18 trillion, and Washington continues to borrow nearly 20 cents on every dollar it spends.  Parents are gravely concerned about the impact of our national debt on their children’s futures.


  • Money wasted

        Time is money.
        For a board of supervisors that prides itself on its thriftiness, the inability to get in tune with the school board and address the construction of a new middle school in the Liberty attendance zone makes little sense.
        This issue isn’t new.
        It’s been on the table for years and was a major player in the reversion agreement between the county and Bedford, prior to reverting to town status.
        So why the delay?

  • Fifth district veterans deserve better

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This past week, as our nation came together on Memorial Day to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, I traveled across the Fifth District and met with many veterans from Henry County to Brunswick County and from Fauquier County to Danville.


  • The Good News

    Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.  And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
        And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!