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Columns

  • Immigration reform is about getting it right

    Right now Congress is engaged in a serious debate on immigration reform. In the House of Representatives, we are taking a step-by-step approach to methodically review each component of immigration reform in detail. While the Senate has produced their own bill, I believe it is fundamentally flawed and unworkable because it repeats the mistakes of the past and does not guarantee the enforcement of our immigration laws.

     

  • Veterans aid and attendance benefits

    By Bob Kibler

        Veterans and survivors who are eligible for a VA pension and require the aid and attendance of another person, or are housebound, may be eligible for additional monetary payment. These benefits are paid in addition to monthly pension, and they are not paid without eligibility to Pension.

  • Oh, how the meaning has changed!

        “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”
        When in Washington, D.C. recently, I saw those words on a statue which stands outside of the National Archives.
        My wife, upon reading the phrase, commented, “Boy, has the meaning of THAT changed.”
        Indeed it has.
        There exists some confusion regarding who it was who made that quote in the first place.  Some say it was Thomas Jefferson.  Others insist it was Wendell Phillips.

  • Some GOP donors reject Cuccinelli

    Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s problematic campaign for governor is running into some opposition even within his own party, as he attempts to parlay his extremist record into the Governor’s Mansion.
        Virginia Republicans, like many state parties around the nation, have succumbed to the passions of the far-right “tea party” types, and they are the ones who engineered Cuccinelli’s nomination at a sparsely-attended convention.

  • Truth doesn't change over time

        It was interesting to read, in last week’s Liberal Agenda, that Rick Howell is thinking of ordaining me. He wrote that perhaps he should consider calling me “Pastor” Barnhart. I’m Anglican, so I would be Father Barnhart. However, Mr. Howell isn’t in a position to ordain anyone and I’m not a candidate for the priesthood.

  • House passes my bipartisan bill to protect jobs

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

  • The House has acted to suspend mandates in the president’s health care law 

    By Congressman Rober Hurt

  • Student success starts locally

    Nothing is more important to America’s future than ensuring a high-quality education for our nation's children.

  • People should learn: Live and let live

    I’m not about to get into a weeks-long back and forth about the Bible, Scripture, “fulfilling the law,” and other such religious stuff.
        I write about politics and government. My own religious beliefs are my personal business and I don’t see political activity as a religious crusade, as the “Christian conservatives” do.

  • The lynch mob mentality

        Being charged with a crime is never a good thing, but it could be especially bad for a black man 100 years ago. The biggest problem wasn’t that he could face racial bias from a jury when he had his day in court; it was possible that he wouldn’t even live long enough to have his day in court. He could end up being lynched, even if the crime he was accused of would not carry the death penalty if he had been convicted.