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Columns

  • A brewery? Really?

    By Katie Baltzelle
    Body Camp

        I would first like to thank and applaud the gentleman who wrote the “A Grave Injustice” article a few weeks ago regarding the closing of our schools in Bedford County, and the disheartening and irresponsible work of our Superintendent, Doug Schuch, to destroy our school system since 2009.

  • CIA torture policy shamed our nation

    As a young president in 1961, John F. Kennedy was reluctant to approve what history would later call the “Bay of Pigs” invasion of Cuba.
        Supporting a Cuban exile invasion of the island to rid America of what warmongers and Cold Warriors considered a communist pest was justified by CIA planners, who had put the scheme together in the months before Kennedy became president.

  • Different cases, different facts

        One of the negative aspects of our history is that some racial and ethnic groups have been shown favors that others did not get. Black people got the short end of the stick in that respect for generations even after slavery was ended. Black people were subject to de jure discrimination in the South until the 1960s and de facto discrimination in the North for much longer.

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 Our nation’s outdated and complicated tax code is a perfect example of the federal government standing in the way of strengthening our economy for our nation’s families and small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

     

     

  • Racism and the criminal justice system

    In the wake of the two latest instances of police killings of unarmed African-American men, we find ourselves in yet another conversation about racism and our system of criminal justice.
        As if the Michael Brown situation in St. Louis wasn’t questionable enough, it’s the lack of indictment of the officer who blatantly killed 43-year-old Eric Garner, that has again sparked outrage.

  • Comparing apples and doggie dumplings

        It’s always funny when Rick Howell in his Liberal Agenda accuses conservatives of something, and immediately proceeds, in the same column, to do exactly what he’s accused conservatives of doing. He did that last week when he attempted to defend President Obama’s executive order on immigration by comparing it to President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation after writing “Extremism produces its own logic.”  He inadvertently proved his own point.

  • We must prevent Iran from gaining nuclear capability

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    One of the gravest global threats that we as a nation face is the prospect of Iran gaining the capability to produce a nuclear weapon, and it must be the policy of the United States to do everything within its power to prevent this from happening.

  • The President’s “go it alone” approach is an affront to our Constitution

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Unilateral, unconstitutional immigration actions must be stopped

    Reading the Constitution isn’t something many Americans do on a daily basis. However, in light of President Obama’s announcement that he will act unilaterally to change our immigration laws and shield five million unlawful immigrants from immigration enforcement, perhaps we should take a look at our founding document for a refresher. Article 1 Section 1 of the Constitution states that “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States.” The Congress, not the President, has the power to legislate.

  • Hearing finds more Secret Service reforms needed

    At a recent House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing, Acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy called the security lapses that allowed an armed man to jump the fence and enter the White House “devastating.” That is a sentiment I agree with wholeheartedly.