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Columns

  • Someone else needs a history lesson

        I have a challenge for the editor: Tell columnist John Barnhart that he has to go a full month – four consecutive columns – without attempting to leech off something I’ve written the previous week.
        Well, I’d probably better withdraw that request, because the editor and I both know Barnhart couldn’t do it. He has a longtime obsession with the contents of my humble “Liberal Agenda.”

  • Restoring trust in federal law enforcement agencies

    Every day, thousands of federal law enforcement agents are hard at work, doing their part to keep Americans safe and delivering them the justice they deserve. I have the utmost respect and appreciation for the dedicated law enforcement professionals who protect and serve our communities. 

     

  • The American people deserve a voice in the Iran nuclear negotiations

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    The prospect of Iran attaining the capability to produce a nuclear weapon is one of the most grave threats we face as a nation, and it must be our policy to do everything within our power to prevent this from happening.  The terms of Iran’s preliminary nuclear understanding with the United States, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom is a cause for concern due to Iran’s longstanding commitment to see the demise of the United States and Israel, our greatest ally in the Middle East. 

  • More left-wing fractured history

        A comparison between last week’s Liberal Agenda and a Virginian-Pilot editorial, which we borrowed, that ran on the same page is a good illustration of the fact that the left is divided on whether President Obama has negotiated a good deal with Iran on its nuclear program. The Virginian-Pilot is owned by the same company that owns the Bedford Bulletin, so we can borrow something from them.

  • Confederate sympathizers must also surrender

        Appomattox, Virginia was the subject of much attention on April 9 as the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender to Grant was marked both in the little town and across the nation.
        Nation, yes. It’s the correct word to use, because it’s one thing that was permanently settled on that day. We would henceforth be a nation and not just a haphazard collection of states.

  • The Congressional mail bag: What you’re saying

    Each month, my office receives thousands of phone calls, letters, e-mails, and even Facebook messages from folks across the Sixth District. Many have questions about current issues before Congress. Here are a few of the inquiries I have received in recent weeks:

  • Fifth District Virginians deserve better from the IRS 

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Neville Obama

        It’s been nearly 80 years since Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned to London after negotiations with Adolph Hitler over the Sudetenland portion of Czechoslovakia. Prime Minister Chamberlain returned, waving a copy of the now infamous Munich Agreement which turned the Sudetenland over to Germany. Hitler, in turn, agreed to make no further territorial claims on Czechoslovakia. Prime Minister Chamberlain, who had made a major concession to Hitler, claimed “There will be peace for our time.”

  • Iran deal won’t please warmongers

        Conservative Republicans had a tough time last week, struggling to defend discrimination in the name of religion in Indiana, and then reaching deep into their playbook of hostility to condemn the president’s historic deal with Iran.
        When people start talking about “restoring religious freedom,” you know they’re up to something no good. That’s because religious freedom has clearly not been lost in America, so it does not need to be “restored.”

  • Outdated statistics provide no smoking gun

    By Robert & Ellen Ashwell
    Huddleston

        The ruckus raised about the outdated average teacher salary comparison presented by the Bedford County Education Association to the Board of Supervisors on February 23, is an example of much being said about very little.  Supervisors Sharp and Parker suggest that the outdated information gives people the wrong impression about what Bedford County teachers are paid.  They use updated information, which they purport to be proof.  Moral indignation is evident in their comments.