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Columns

  • Let’s audit the Fed

    A key part of good government is accountability to the taxpayers. We have seen in the recent IRS targeting scandal just what can happen when government officials and agencies are not held accountable. The Federal Reserve, or Fed, should not be excluded from this accountability. The Federal Reserve is the central bank of the United States and has a unique role in our financial system. The monetary policy decisions of the Federal Reserve affect every American.

  • National Preparedness Month

    By J. Calvin Parrish

        As the State Executive Director of Virginia, I have traveled around this great state and have personally seen the resilience of our farmers and ranchers. I have watched them rebuild from natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, drought, snow and ice storms, and bounce back from the harsh blows dealt by Mother Nature.

  • Do Republicans know how to govern?

    As the battle for control of the U.S. Senate comes down to the wire in the coming weeks, Americans should ask all Republicans if they remember how to govern.
        Because, if they do win Senate control (God forbid; but it could happen), they will suddenly be faced with ownership of the problems in Washington, and they will have to lay off the insipid Obama-bashing and actually govern this nation.

  • Pick your battles wisely

        Ukraine has dropped out of the headlines now that we have been launching airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. That doesn’t mean everything has settled down there, nor does it mean that calls, from some quarters, for the United States to get involved haven’t stopped.

  • We must work together to combat the threat of ISIL

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    On Wednesday, the President addressed our nation regarding the terrorist group, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Coming just one day before the thirteenth anniversary of that tragic morning of September 11, 2001, it was essential that he engage with the American people about this very real, pervasive threat.

     

  • Confronting the ISIL threat

    The United States is a symbol of liberty across the globe. We enjoy freedoms like no other nation in the world, and we must remain ever vigilant against threats from aggressive terrorist groups that would seek to destroy our very way of life, harm our citizens at home and abroad, or attack our allies.

     

  • Byron's addresses House of Delegates on insurance cancellations

    Delegate Kathy J. Byron (R-Bedford), Chairman of the Virginia Health Insurance Reform Commission, last week addressed her House colleagues on the revelations that as many as 250,000 Virginians will receive notices this year that their health care coverage will be cancelled under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

    Speaking shortly after the House reconvened the Special Session, Delegate Byron delivered the following remarks:

  • Whew!

    By Steve Wilkerson
    Bedford County District 3 Supervisor

        Nine months into my first year as a Bedford County Supervisor!  I’ve learned a lot……mostly from folks like you.  For instance, I now understand the operation of the Animal Shelter and have been educated regarding different feral cat management techniques.  

  • Report on special session

    By Senator Steve Newman
    Virginia District 23

        The General Assembly met in Special Session on Thursday, approving some important changes to the Commonwealth’s biennial budget and electing judges to fill several vacancies in courts around the state.  We also welcomed a new Senator, while the House welcomed two new Delegates.

  • An addiction to government spending

    I’m an optimist, of sorts. If anyone were to say to me, “It can’t get any worse,” I’ll reply “Oh yes it can!”
        My sort of optimism has been getting a serious workout in recent years as I watch my country slowly strangle itself. Out of control government spending is one way we are doing it.