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Columns

  • The Senate’s inaction prevents strong economic recovery

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As I spoke with constituents throughout the district this month, the most common theme, as I have heard so many times before, is the need for Congress to pass jobs bills that will promote economic growth in our communities.  Many hardworking individuals are still looking for work, and I share the frustrations of the industrious Virginians with whom I spoke.  

     

  • Protecting students’ college choices

    Across the Sixth District and the nation, new college students are moving onto campuses for the first time, setting up dorm rooms, preparing for classes, and are just beginning to embark on their higher education. They have chosen a school, have enrolled, and are preparing to work hard to better themselves. I remember well choosing to attend Bates College and Washington and Lee University for my education, and similarly I remember helping my two children choose the universities that they attended.

  • Learning to stay at home

    In 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell tried to warn President George W. Bush that if he invaded Iraq, he would “own it.”
        Bush and his war-planners were nothing if not confident (cocky would best describe it). They thought sure we’d be in and out in a month.
        Well, The Law of Unintended Consequences hit Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and all the rest pretty hard. Not to mention the casualties suffered by our soldiers and the Iraqi people.

  • A liberal rush to judgement

        Rick Howell’s Liberal Agenda did a great job of giving us another trip through the bat sanctuary that comprises the liberal world view.
        While Mr. Howell applied a fig leaf to due process by noting that it’s up to a grand jury to decide if Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, it’s clear what he believes this grand jury should decide. He implies that justice won’t be done if the grand jury does not indict Wilson on criminal charges.

  • Promoting policies to allow our family farms to prosper

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

  • A Constitutional solution to America’s perpetual debt problem

    March 2, 1995, was a pivotal day in the history of our country.  On that day, the U.S. Senate failed by one vote to pass a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution.  The amendment had passed the House of Representatives by the required two-thirds majority and the Senate vote was the last legislative hurdle before being sent to the states for ratification.

     

  • The lessons of Ferguson, Missouri

        It’s too soon to say that peace and quiet dominate the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. But things do appear to have calmed down quite a bit.
        National Guard troops, who had been called in to confront rioting, have left. Even much of the national media is gone.
        Now, it will be up to a grand jury to see what, if any, indictments are issued against the white cop who shot to death a black, unarmed, 16-year-old boy.

  • Waging war on working people

        While President Barack Obama is busy waging economic war against Russia, one should remember that the Russians aren’t the only ones in his sights. He’s also busy waging economic war against working people in the United States.

  • 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.

  • 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.