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Columns

  • The threat of ISIL requires clear and bold action

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Teachers’ union misses an opportunity

        It seems like the teachers’ union just can’t seem to avoid whining when they ask for a pay raise. When Chad Honeycutt, a teachers’ union representative, argued before the board of supervisors for a teacher pay raise, his presentation included the results of a poll to which 100 teachers responded. Some claimed they must have second jobs to make ends meet. Later, one of the slides in his Power Point presentation stated that the average teacher salary in Bedford County is $41,023.

  • Religion a useful tool for conservatives

        For very good reasons, the “religiousright” in America seems to get a lot of attention from the mainstream press, but few would know there’s also a “religious left.”
        Decades ago, the late Rev. Jerry Falwell and his minions created “Christian conservatism” out of thin air, using emotional hysteria over abortion as an anchor to launch a new politics from the right.

  • Boating safety education law stays intact

        The General Assembly completed its work a day early this year, adjourning on Friday, February 27.  That is a pretty dramatic contrast to last year’s session, which ended without a budget and immediately went into a special session to resolve the impasse.  So instead of finishing our work in June, we actually finished in February.

  • Senate passes conservative, fiscally sound budget

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd District

        The 2015 Virginia General Assembly Session finished Sine Die on Friday, February 27.  I am proud to report that we completed our work one day early and successfully dealt with most of the priority issues of the session. 

  • Session ends early

    By Del. Terry Austin
    19th District

        Last week, the General Assembly wrapped up the 2015 session.  We adjourned early for the first time in 15 years, adopted a balanced budget, and offered positive solutions to issues important to Virginians.

  • SIS in America

    With increasing regularity, Americans are bearing witness to the depravity of terrorists claiming the mantle of “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” or ISIS, but also sometimes referred to as ISIL.  Relatively unknown to many in America just a few years ago, ISIS relishes in their own barbarity with videos depicting the murders of prisoners. As we have seen recently in Denmark, France, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany, these terrorists are intent on destroying our way of life.

  • The Federal Reserve must be transparent and accountable

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    The Federal Reserve System supervises nearly all banking in the United States and plays a substantial role in the domestic and global economies. Since its creation in 1913, the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors has expanded its power, and its role in monetary policy has gone relatively unchecked. Given the impact that its policies can have on our economy, the Federal Reserve must be transparent and its leaders must be held accountable to the American people.

     

     

  • Farmers Market takes a step forward

        The community is taking a fruitful step forward as it implements changes to the Bedford Farmers Market.
        The changes should yield a good harvest for both area farmers and their customers.
        The proposed changes are the result of community meetings and a management team overseeing the transition of the market.

  • Different cases, different facts

        One of the negative aspects of our history is that some racial and ethnic groups have been shown favors that others did not get. Black people got the short end of the stick in that respect for generations even after slavery was ended. Black people were subject to de jure discrimination in the South until the 1960s and de facto discrimination in the North for much longer.