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Columns

  • Troubling times

    Here we go again.
        The Obama Administration continues to rewrite the law of the land, declaring Monday that most employers won’t be fined if they don’t offer workers health insurance.
        And don’t forget, it was the administration's  law that in the coming year keeps changing. The one the president had to offer goodies to some members of Congress to get their votes to pass it. The law Congress had to pass in order to find out what was in it. The law that had a failed launch and an even worse aftertaste.

  • 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

  • Reflecting back on 2013 and looking toward the year ahead

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Since coming to Congress, my top priority has been promoting job growth.  As we look back at 2013 and we begin the New Year and the second session of the 113th Congress, I am encouraged by the progress my colleagues in the House and I have made in this effort.  We have approved numerous pieces of legislation aimed at rejuvenating our economy, and it is my hope that many of these will continue to move through the legislative process as we return in January.

  • Looking ahead in the New Year

    As we ring in 2014, the House and Senate return to Washington for the start of the second session of the 113th Congress. Looking forward, it is abundantly clear that our nation has much to accomplish to tackle the challenges of today and ensure a prosperous future for generations to come. However, with a new year and a new session of Congress come new opportunities.

     

  • Plans

    By Steve Wilkerson
    District 3 Supervisor

        Greetings and the wish of a prosperous new year to everyone. 
        As I write this, the Monday morning forecast  is predicting temperatures in the low double digits.  I’m hoping that doesn’t cause any problems for anyone, myself included.  I’m also preparing to leave for a “New Supervisor’s Forum” in Richmond, hoping to return with a better skill set for serving you all. 

  • Freedom USA:2014

    By Tommy Foster
    Fx2 Farm
    Bedford County

  • Pope Francis is not a Marxist

        Let me preface this by reminding readers that I’m not Roman Catholic. I’m Anglican.

  • Ending empire: A vision for the future

    For a long time now, conservatives have been shouting “Benghazi, Benghazi” at the top of their lungs, asserting that the deaths there of the U.S. Ambassador and others represent a great crime of President Obama.
        Surely, they claim, the entire episode was the fault of an administration asleep at the wheel in the face of yet another Al Qaeda attack. They even allege a “cover-up” of the truth.

  • Rebuilding the Russian Empire