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Columns

  • Heck of a way to start 2014

    I hope you’re enjoying your new year; just got mine started a few days ago.
        Oh, I was around on Jan. 1, but not where I thought I’d be.
        Once you’re past 50, I suppose, a health crisis of any kind should not be much of a surprise. Still, one prefers not to think about them until presented – rather directly, I’d say – with the evidence.

  • The rising need for school protection

    By Glen Smith
    Bedford

        The mayhem and deadly violence in schools continues.
        An ABC News report recently pointed out that since 2009, school shootings in the U.S. have averaged sixteen per year, up from five per year in the few years previous. This alarming trend underscores the need for a trained law officer in each school, the single most effective protection available.

  • Medicaid expansion to be point of disagreement

    By Delegate Kathy J. Byron
    22nd District

    Every four years when Virginia changes governors, legislators get to hear a lot of speeches.  First, the outgoing governor begins the General Assembly session with his final State of the Commonwealth Address, as Governor McDonnell did on the session’s opening day.

  • Addressing the vulnerabilities in the president’s healthcare law

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    It seems as though every day we are presented with a new glitch or problem associated with the President’s health care law that harms the American people.  Whether it be the excessive waste in the implementation of the law, canceled policies, far higher premiums and deductibles, fewer work hours and jobs, or the cybersecurity risks within Healthcare.gov, it could not be clearer that the President’s healthcare law and its execution have been flawed, misguided, and mismanaged.

     

  • Economic freedom generates growth and prosperity

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Crawling out of the pit

        I’m an optimist of sorts. If somebody were to say to me, “Things can’t get any worse,” I would reply, “Oh yes they can!” This sort of “optimism” defines what I expect from the Obama administration’s behavior this year.
        One ray of light that’s been poking through this cloudy outlook is the U. S. economy. In spite of President Barack Obama’s best efforts to kill it, our economy is slowly crawling out of the pit it fell into six years ago.

  • Reaching out to you

    Each year my office hears from thousands of constituents from the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia. As your representative, an important part of my job is finding various ways to reach out to you, respond to your questions, seek suggestions on legislative activities, and hear your opinions. In 2013, I sent over 59,000 responses to constituents who contacted my office by phone, e-mail, fax, or postal mail. My office also helped constituents with thousands more individual cases.

  • Pope Francis is not a Marxist

        Let me preface this by reminding readers that I’m not Roman Catholic. I’m Anglican.

  • Freedom USA:2014

    By Tommy Foster
    Fx2 Farm
    Bedford County

  • Plans

    By Steve Wilkerson
    District 3 Supervisor

        Greetings and the wish of a prosperous new year to everyone. 
        As I write this, the Monday morning forecast  is predicting temperatures in the low double digits.  I’m hoping that doesn’t cause any problems for anyone, myself included.  I’m also preparing to leave for a “New Supervisor’s Forum” in Richmond, hoping to return with a better skill set for serving you all.