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Columns

  • Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney squaring off

    As both political parties maneuver for the presidential campaign of 2016, all the newer names are so far eclipsed by some others that are very familiar.
        It’s not Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, or even Elizabeth Warren who’s grabbing all the oxygen. It’s a Clinton, another Bush, and yes, even....Mitt Romney!
        The party’s 2012 nominee shook the political landscape last week when he backed off his long insistence that he had no further interest in running, and said, well, he still does!

  • Starting with jobs

    The House of Representatives kicked off the 114th Congress this week, eager to work with the new majority in the Senate and take action on several jobs bills. The House is focused on solutions to the problems faced by the American people – solutions that spur job creation and lay the groundwork for a stronger, more vibrant economy. That focus was reinforced by the legislation approved this week.

  • Advancing solutions for a stronger America

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • In the spirit of generosity

        We are now at the start of a brand new year, with a calendar full of days that haven’t happened yet. I’m sure we will all have some good days, some bad days and some neither-nor days as those days move from future unknown to present reality to history. About the only things we can be sure of is that we will all have to pay our taxes, and our local undertakers will not be lacking for customers.

  • Christian school's lawsuit is hypocritical

    Did you hear the joke about the Christian school that – rather than take the Lord's advice and turn the other cheek when it felt abused – actually hired lawyers and went to court instead?
        Sadly, in Lynchburg, it's not a joke at all.

  • Herding Cats

    By Patrick Ellis
    Bedford

        The level of discourse among town council candidates generated by the last campaign season was heartening.  This healthy competition is good for the political process, the sorting of community concerns and ultimately the running of local government.  Now the fun begins … we get to hold the winners accountable for what they said and what they promised!

  • Not free trade but fair trade

        I’m a free trade skeptic. I’m more interested in fair trade than free trade.

  • Bernie Sanders burnin’ it up

        Even in the Summer of Donald Trump – the mainstream media’s favorite obsession – there’s another presidential candidate whose ability to draw huge crowds and resonate with his supporters cannot be ignored.
        He’s Bernie Sanders, the U.S. Senator from Vermont, who is reminding Democrats that we do indeed have a choice – not just a role in a coronation – when it comes to who will be our presidential nominee next year.

  • 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.