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Columns

  • Contrite 'Cooch' returns the money, sort of

    There are new developments in the improbable tale of right-wing extremist Ken Cuccinelli’s attempt to become governor of Virginia.
        As you remember, Cuccinelli had a part, too, in the saga that has enveloped Governor Bob McDonnell, once thought to be a squeaky clean “Christian conservative.”

  • Emergency Preparedness Month

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue

        September is Emergency Preparedness Month and Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue wants to help you take action to get prepared for the first seventy-two hours after an event. 
        For the next three weeks we will be offering tips to help you get better prepared for disasters and emergencies. 

  • The situation in Syria

    Recent developments in Syria have brought the Middle Eastern country to the center of debate in Congress and to the forefront of Americans’ minds.  What started a few years ago as peaceful protests against the Syrian government has spiraled into an intense civil war.  Since then, the violence has escalated between the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebel forces as death tolls continue to rise and Syrians flee the country en masse.

     

  • Taking your concerns back to Washington

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Over the course of the past month, I traveled across the Fifth District, talking with my constituents about what matters most to them.  I am always grateful for the opportunity to spend time in Central and Southside Virginia, and I was able to have many in-depth conversations with Fifth District Virginians about how the policies coming out of Washington are affecting their families, jobs, and businesses.

  • Recent developments: Syria

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    The current situation in Syria is on the forefront of Americans’ thoughts, and for good reason. We are all deeply saddened by the recent use of chemical weapons, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of those who have suffered under President Bashar al-Assad.

  • It’s a fine mess he’s gotten us into

        I’ve heard the saying, “Don’t let your mouth write a check that your tail can’t cash.” Perhaps President Barack Obama should have heeded that advice before he got his mouth in gear and drew his chemical weapons red line last year. He was warning Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad against using chemical weapons in Syria’s civil war.
        The problem is that Assad seems to have decided that this was just more of Barack Obaloney’s empty rhetoric and decided to call his bluff.

  • A people tired of war

    As the president continues to try and get congressional and public support for air strikes against Syria’s government, it’s heartening to observe a new feeling in the American people that goes beyond flag-waving and traditional militarism.
    This country is tired of war. Most people have indeed learned the lessons of the fiasco in Iraq. Even farther back than that, many of the rest of us had already learned it from the shameful waste and many tragedies of Vietnam.

  • The resiliency of America: Reflecting on 9/11 and the Benghazi attack

    Twelve years ago, many of us anxiously crowded around televisions, witnessing the aftermath of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil in our nation’s history. This week, as we mark the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorists attacks, Americans will remember the thousands of innocent lives lost that day at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in a field in western Pennsylvania.

  • Promoting STEM education

    Whether it’s a computer at the office, streaming movies at home, or a navigation system in the car, technology plays a major role in many of our lives these days. The demand for students educated in engineering and technology continues to rise in the United States, but part of the challenge is how to engage students in these subjects and further their understanding of these valuable skills.

     

  • Deciding the future of Medicaid in Va.

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

    Budget
        Debate on the budget began this week in the General Assembly. Many important issues will be decided through the budget this year. Perhaps the most important topic that we will discuss as a part of the budget is the future of Medicaid. The budget will eventually go into a conference with six members of both the House and the Senate who will help to find a compromise. I encourage you to follow along as we continue to discuss amendments to the budget.

    Important Bills