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Columns

  • Best wishes for a joyous Christmas

    Everywhere you look it is clear that Christmas is here. Christmas carols play on the radio, store windows are filled with elaborate displays, parades make their way down the street, and children line up to meet Santa Claus.

     

  • Bipartisan budget agreement

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    I am pleased to report that last week, for the first time in five years, Congress agreed upon a federal budget.  The House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 by a vote count of 332-94.

     

  • Railroaded

  • Boehner fights back at ‘tea party’

        Just before the House of Representatives left for the holiday season, Speaker John Boehner engineered a bipartisan budget deal that was passed 332 to 94. Astounding, but true.
        The bill, not thought of as perfect by either side, was easily the most impressive act of the largest chamber of the Congress during a time when most people see it as a desperate failure.

  • My Christmas Story

    By Frank E. Landrey
    Forest

        What does December mean to you?
        December is a month of tremendous depression, tears and sadness. While being a month of multiple parties and loud music, the number of family fights in December tops all other months of the year.

  • Focusing on a pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda

    Throughout the first session of the 113th Congress, the House of Representatives has continued to pursue an agenda designed to create jobs, end economic uncertainty, and make America more competitive in the global economy.

  • The blissful state of being a liberal

        They say ignorance is bliss and I’ve always felt that liberals must be very blissful people. How else can one explain why the believe the things they advocate?
        Maybe I’m being a bit harsh, but they do seem to express a very limited knowledge and awareness of the world around them. Rick Howell gave us an example of this last week in his Liberal Agenda.
        In an effort to prove that Barack Hussein Obama is not a Muslim, he wrote:

  • Looking beyond the mid-terms

        After Labor Day, voters will finally start to pay attention to mid-term elections around the country.
        While there are certainly some high-profile choices, it seems likely that nothing much will change the dynamics in Washington.
        Republicans have hopes of taking control of the U.S. Senate, and most of the seats being defended are Democratic. But Democrats have a shot at taking GOP seats in a few states, most notably Kentucky and Georgia.

  • Residents have second chance on a great opportunity

    By Denny Huff
    Executive Director
    Bedford Community Health Foundation

        For everyone who will ever need healthcare in our area, the CENTRA hosted Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, Aug. 14, was a chance to see the future of our community hospital.

  • A pro-consumer, pro-competition policy

    Have you ever wanted to switch wireless carriers, but keep the same phone? Or have you purchased a used phone recently and planned to activate it on a different wireless network? It seems like common sense to me. Consumers who have completed their phone contracts or have purchased a used phone should be able to activate their device on their network of choice. However, if you’ve tried to do that in the last year, you know that this simple action is no longer allowed under current law. But, that’s about to change.