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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 Our nation’s outdated and complicated tax code is a perfect example of the federal government standing in the way of strengthening our economy for our nation’s families and small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.

     

     

  • Not a hero?

        Donald Trump seems to have a penchant of putting his mouth in gear without engaging his brain. The most recent example occurred after Senator John McCain referred to Trump’s supporters as “crazies.” There has been some speculation that Senator McCain may have said this in an effort to bait Trump, knowing it would push him over the edge and get him to say something outrageous. However, Senator McCain, himself,  has a reputation for making intemperate remarks when he’s irritated.

  • 2016? Legislative elections come first

        Perhaps, in the “Summer of Donald Trump,” people can be forgiven if they think presidential politics is the only thing happening now. But they would be mistaken.
        This fall, Virginians will vote on all 140 seats in the General Assembly. The winners of the 40 seats in the Senate, and the 100 seats in the House, will make laws that affect us before the next president is sworn into office.

  • House takes first step to end dangerous sanctuary city policies
  • Sanctuary cities violate the law and endanger public safety 

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Immigrants who have come to America over the last two centuries refresh, enrich, and restore the promise of American liberty.  The ‎many immigrants who have traversed the path to becoming American citizens – oftentimes through much hardship – have made this country great.  Indeed, we are a nation of immigrants. 

     

  • 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.