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Columns

  • School safety

    By Glen and Linda Smith
    Bedford

    “When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.” So observes Claudius in the play Hamlet.
        Certainly personal trials often come in multiples, while collective sorrows and even tragedies daily abound. We need not be news junkies to apprehend their frequency and sadness. Plane crashes, floods, tornadoes, typhoons—we are bombarded by the stark reality of the suffering. Yet perhaps none of these tragedies slam us with more emotional impact than school shootings.

  • No retreat on health care reform

    It’s been fascinating to watch conservative Republicans express their horror at the cancellation of some people’s insurance policies.
        But wait a minute. Why the sudden concern when it was never there before?
        Through the decades, insurance companies have routinely abused their power, canceling policies, denying coverage because of “pre-existing conditions,” and always putting profits before people.

  • Should schools be gun-free zones?

        Philip VanCleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, came to Bedford to speak at the Nov. 13 board of supervisors meeting. Mr. VanCleave was there to speak in support of District 4 Supervisor John Sharp’s firearms proposal.
        I agree with Mr. VanCleave. The General Assembly should craft a bill along the lines that Mr. Sharp suggested.

  • 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