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Columns

  • Reform the tax code to stimulate growth, create jobs, and raise wages

    By Robert Hurt

    As I travel across Virginia's Fifth District, I often hear from my constituents about how unnecessary bureaucratic red tape is hindering job growth and making life more difficult for working Virginians. Our nation’s outdated and complicated tax code is a perfect example of the federal government standing in the way of strengthening our economy for our nation’s families and small businesses.

     

     

  • 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!

  • The gift of the conservatives

        I want to thank Rick Howell for his “Cracker Jack box prize” version of American history in his Liberal Agenda last week. I’ve always thought that liberals must be either ill informed or perverse to believe the things they profess to believe. Mr. Howell has a university degree but, not knowing what all is in the curriculum behind a political science degree, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. It may be a bit light on history.

  • Farmers Market takes a step forward

        The community is taking a fruitful step forward as it implements changes to the Bedford Farmers Market.
        The changes should yield a good harvest for both area farmers and their customers.
        The proposed changes are the result of community meetings and a management team overseeing the transition of the market.

  • Different cases, different facts

        One of the negative aspects of our history is that some racial and ethnic groups have been shown favors that others did not get. Black people got the short end of the stick in that respect for generations even after slavery was ended. Black people were subject to de jure discrimination in the South until the 1960s and de facto discrimination in the North for much longer.

  • We must prevent Iran from gaining nuclear capability

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    One of the gravest global threats that we as a nation face is the prospect of Iran gaining the capability to produce a nuclear weapon, and it must be the policy of the United States to do everything within its power to prevent this from happening.

  • The President’s “go it alone” approach is an affront to our Constitution

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Unilateral, unconstitutional immigration actions must be stopped

    Reading the Constitution isn’t something many Americans do on a daily basis. However, in light of President Obama’s announcement that he will act unilaterally to change our immigration laws and shield five million unlawful immigrants from immigration enforcement, perhaps we should take a look at our founding document for a refresher. Article 1 Section 1 of the Constitution states that “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States.” The Congress, not the President, has the power to legislate.