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Columns

  • Get out and vote

    hough the statewide elections haven’t generated a lot of excitement in this area, the local town council race in Bedford has been adding to the interest.
        In most years, town council elections take place with little fanfare. Many times the number of candidates on the ballot matches exactly the number of seats open. That is the case in the three, four-year term seats being contested—incumbents Robert Wandrei, James Vest and Steve Rush are running for those.

  • Protecting the nation against terrorist threats

    Protecting the American people from threats against the nation is the highest priority of the federal government. However, in direct contrast to this goal, the Obama Administration recently approved a final regulation to lift a 30-year prohibition on Libyans coming to the U.S. to attend flight school, to work in aviation maintenance or flight operations, or to study or seek training in nuclear science. Once Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson signs this regulation, it will go into effect unless further action is taken.

  • Centerfest Corner

    By Amanda Adams
    Executive Director
    Bedford Main Street, Inc.

        Dear Centertown,
        On Saturday, September 27, Centerfest marks its 33rd year. 
        This rain or shine festival is presented by Bedford Main Street, Inc. and has grown to become one of Virginia’s largest outdoor street festivals (8,000 to 10,000 visitors).   Our family friendly event celebrates and promotes the region’s rich cultural traditions of food, art, craft and music. 

  • Meet Bernie Sanders, Vermont populist

        “Ready for Hillary” is a PAC (political action committee) that has been up and running for quite a while, organizing supporters and raising money for her expected presidential campaign.
        But there are progressive forces in her party who like to call themselves (ourselves, I should say!) “the democratic wing of the Democratic Party.”
        Hillary knows this, and most progressives don’t have a problem at all getting behind her legacy of long-time support for liberal causes.

  • Liberals can be a lot of fun

        Rick Howell doesn’t need to worry about providing me with material for my column. King Barack I, in the White House, Terry McAwful, in the governor’s mansion and various other prominent denizens of the liberal swamp create such a wealth of opportunity for conservative commentary that I often find myself having difficulty deciding what one topic I’ll address. However, taking jabs at Mr. Howell’s columns is such great fun that I’m often unable to resist the temptation.

  • Helping American families save for higher education

    By Congressman Robert Hurt
    As students across Virginia’s Fifth District have settled into the school routine, many high school seniors are preparing to apply for college.  These preparations include more than achieving good grades and completing applications. The rising cost of higher education requires families to start planning for college years in advance, especially to pay for ever increasing tuition and other costs. 

  • The Congressional mail bag: What you’re saying

    Each month, my office receives thousands of phone calls, letters, e-mails, and even Facebook messages from folks across the Sixth District. Many have questions about current issues before Congress while some are requesting assistance with a federal agency. Here are a few of the questions I have received in recent weeks:

     

  • Centerfest Corner

    By Amanda Adams
    Executive Director
    Bedford Main Street, Inc.

        Centerfest will be here in less than 20 days! If you aren’t excited, you should be!

  • Race makes the right so uncomfortable

    I’m always glad to give John Barnhart material for his “Conservatively Speaking” column. I sometimes think that if I didn’t, he’d have a hard time producing one most weeks.
        My column on the Michael Brown shooting certainly got a visceral reaction from some quarters. Barnhart’s predictable and knee-jerk response (pardon the redundancy) was expected.

  • It’s election time!

        It’s that time of year again! It’s election time! In less than eight weeks, Americans will head off to the polls to make the vital decision of who will fill seats and the House of Representatives and the Senate. All house seats are up for reelection as well as a third of Senate seats. In Virginia, Senator Mark Warner is being challenged by Ed Gillespie.