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Columns

  • Reducing over-regulation to preserve and create jobs in Virginia’s 5th District

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As I travel throughout Virginia’s 5th District, the negative effects of federal over-regulation in the Dodd-Frank law can be clearly seen along our Main Streets and on our family farms. Fewer businesses are starting and more are struggling – and the lack of access to private capital is negatively impacting our economy by limiting job growth and stifling investment. 

  • Enforcement plays a critical role in immigration reform
  • A long, hot and political summer

    The Summer Solstice passed last week; so we are officially into what promises to be the long, hot summer of 2013.
        Already this year, we have seen devastating tornados, floods, wildfires, and other vicious outbreaks of nature. They seem to follow as consecutive events, one right after another.
        It was reported that May of this year was the third hottest such month ever; surpassed only by May in 2010 and 2012.

  • More losers than winners

        I was recently talking with a local businessman who has a business that includes automotive repair and service. He noted a change in some things that people want. There are now folks who want used tires (I think he meant retreads) instead of new ones. He also said that people have been asking him about used brakes, something he does not sell. Both of these are items that nobody was asking him about just a few years ago. This is leading him to believe that half of the people in Bedford County are living hand-to-mouth.

  • We must return to the principles of our founding fathers

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Defending our liberties
  • Camp Lejeune water contamination

    By Bob Kibler

        From the 1950s to the 1980s, Veterans and family members living or serving at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including industrial solvents and components of fuels.

  • Stopping to marvel at the intricacy of nature

    By Jennifer Patterson
    Goode

    With the emergence of the seventeen year periodical Cicadas the past few weeks, I stopped to marvel at the amazing intricacy of nature and how God works through everything around us. When I study the perfection of nature I just don’t understand how a scientist can believe in evolution. How can anyone watch the life cycle of these Cicadas or any other insect, animal or human and think that this all just exploded into place and nature evolved over millions of years or that we all possibly emerged from a swamp?

  • Va. Democrats choose superior ticket

        In their June 11 statewide primary, Virginia Democrats completed the ticket they will present to voters this fall.
        Former national chairman Terry McAuliffe is the party’s d for governor, hoping to replace the now scandal-plagued Bob McDonnell, who remains under FBI investigation.
        McAuliffe will run with two veteran Democratic legislators whom voters chose last week: Sen. Ralph Northam for lieutenant governor; and Sen. Mark Herring for attorney general.

  • They’ll probably blame it on Bush

        President Barack Obama is not having a good year as his approval rating in polls continues to sink.
        His poll ratings fluctuate from day to day in Rasmussen’s daily presidential tracking poll. However, his approval has been on a steady downward trend since February when his approval reached his second term high, topping 55 percent. His most recent tracking poll number puts his approval at 47 percent.