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Columns

  • Reversing the diminishing workforce

    The reality of our frustrating jobs outlook in the United States must be addressed. The most recent monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that while the unemployment rate decreased to 6.7 percent in December, only 74,000 people found jobs and labor force participation fell once again. Last month, 347,000 Americans dropped out of the workforce, driving the Labor Force Participation Rate – a measure of those who are employed or unemployed and actively looking for work – to 62.8 percent. This represents its lowest level since the Carter Administration in 1978.

  • The winter yields a little entertainment

  • Working to allow Americans to keep their health plans

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Last week, the House approved legislation to allow Fifth District families to keep their health care policies in 2014. H.R. 3350, the Keep Your Health Plan Act, passed the House with bipartisan support.

     

  • Paying tribute to our nation’s veterans

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Communicating with the people of Virginia’s 5th District and hearing your feedback is very important to us. In order to ensure that we keep you up to date on what is going on from month to month, we record a monthly video address. You may watch the video address here, and you may read the address below:

  • Removing fraud and abuse from the legal system

    The House Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over a variety of matters from immigration reform to intellectual property protections, fighting crime and terrorism, and protecting our Constitutional rights. Another issue the Committee deals with is legal reform. This week the House of Representatives took up two important bills passed by the Committee to help to root out fraud and abuse in our legal system.

     

  • Creating a ‘Commonwealth of Opportunity’

    By Gov. Bob McDonnell
    Submitted through Landmark News Service/The Virginian-Pilot
     
        In 2011, the Jones family was forced out of their apartment after the building was condemned. Suddenly the family, with their savings stretched, was faced with the previously unthinkable: homelessness. Today, they are renting a good apartment and looking to buy their first house.

  • Fifty years later, no less pain

    National media, including the Internet, have been filled with historical programming on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
        It will all peak this week, as Nov. 22, occurs on a Friday, just as it did in 1963.
        Probably no one has anything original to add to an event that still, to this day, can seem as improbable as it seemed then. But we’re all entitled to our own memories and reflections, however humble.

  • ‘Democrats’ running scared

  • Honoring America’s veterans
  • Dr. D’s Health Tips

    By Alan Denekas, MD
    Medical Director, Emergency Department
    Bedford Memorial Hospital

        Fall brings to mind many wonderful images,  like  red and gold leaves, harvests rolling in, sipping hot chocolate or cider in front of a crackling fireplace or gathering with loved ones around a full Thanksgiving table.  There are a number of things we can do to ensure that the season fulfills its promise of being healthy, warm, safe and fun.