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Columns

  • The no taxpayer-funded lobbying act: Restoring fiscal responsibility In Washington

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Government waste, fraud, and abuse have long been the objects of Americans’ disappointment in our federal government. And rightfully so. This reckless spending spree in Washington has led us to more than $16 trillion dollars in national debt, and four straight years of trillion dollar deficits. This amounts to roughly $51,000 owed to our creditors by every American man, woman, and child, and nearly 40 cents borrowed on every dollar spent to sustain this binge.

     

  • The Obama administration’s war on coal

    Stop the regulations. It’s one of the requests I hear nearly everywhere I travel in the Sixth District. Federal mandates and overreaching regulations from the Obama Administration have taken aim at many industries from health care and agriculture to energy production – including coal.

  • Romney: A candidate under siege

    One hardly knows where to begin discussing the myriad problems of the Republican candidate for president.
        But let me say something before Republicans say it. Romney supporters will soon be arguing that his troubles are nothing more than a “liberal media” game of reporting, highlighting and blowing out of proportion anything he’s said or done.

  • This movie should frighten us all


        The Saturday before last I saw the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. Prior to that, the first Alien flick back in the late ‘70s held that spot, but not anymore. When I went out of the theater, back then, I knew that there were no voracious alien creatures running around eating everybody in sight. It wasn’t real.    

  • Debt, doubt, and decline doesn’t have to be the status quo

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Protecting our citizens at home and abroad

    This past week Americans from across the nation joined together to mark the eleventh anniversary of the horrific September 11th attacks on our nation. Nearly 3,000 innocent lives were lost in moments of flagrant injustice and mass destruction that day. While Americans here at home spent this somber anniversary reflecting on the tragedy, anti-American violence was spreading abroad.

  • Medicare Part D open enrollment set to begin in October

    By Rev. Geoff Hubbard, Chair
    Board of Directors
    Bedford Parish Nurse Ministry

        The Bedford Parish Nurse Ministry would like to remind all seniors that open enrollment for Medicare Part D will begin on Monday October 15 and end on Friday December 7.

  • Don’t be scammed

    By Sheriff Mike Brown

        As economic times get tougher for so many, there are always those who find creative ways to steal your money. Bedford County Sheriff’s Investigators have been receiving numerous reports about scams plaguing our county. Please protect yourself and your loved ones. Don’t fall prey to these online and in-person scam artists:

  • What you need to know about fire extinguishers

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue

        Last week’s article from Bedford County Fire & Rescue was about preventing cooking fires in the home. In that article we recommended that if you do not already have fire extinguishers in your home that you go out and purchase some. 

  • Campaign dynamics bad for Romney

    Every now and then it’s very enjoyable to stop, pat yourself on the back and reflect upon just how correct you’ve been all along.
        I don’t know how often that happens for the other columnist on this page, but here at “The Agenda,” if you will, it’s not an unknown feeling.