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Columns

  • Preserving work requirements for welfare

    Our nation has a choice – a future where those in need have the opportunity to succeed or a future dependent upon welfare. I believe in helping people get back on their feet and creating a sense of personal responsibility for those seeking assistance – that is the purpose of the work requirements found within the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program created by the groundbreaking bipartisan welfare reform of the 90s.

  • Basic information for veterans benefits

    By Bob Kibler

        While veteran’s benefits are considered equal by VA regardless of when a veteran served, there may be significant differences in the veteran and family awareness of these awards based upon the time period in which the vet served.

  • After Labor Day, it gets very intense

    With President Obama’s speech on Thursday night of this week, both national political conventions for 2012 will have passed into history.
        With the weeks narrowing until Election Day on Nov. 6, the pace of campaigning will pick up; whatever undecided voters are left will begin to think hard.

  • I’m really getting old


        I normally complete my column by Friday so that the editor has time to read and approve it. Neil Armstrong died on a weekend, and Tom focused the editorial on that. Now, it’s my turn to write something because the moon landing was a big event from my past, and in some ways it seems like it was just last year. Armstrong’s death reminded me of just how long ago that was. Forty-three years ago! Wow, I’m really getting old!

  • We must put an end to four straight years of trillion dollar deficits

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • The House has acted to address high fuel prices

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As I travel the 5th District, I constantly hear concerns regarding rising fuel prices that continue to negatively impact our families and small businesses and harm our much-needed economic recovery.

     

  • Presidential power grabs

    Since President George Washington's first executive order in 1789, instructing his cabinet members to make a "clear account" of matters within their departments, presidents have issued executive orders to set uniform standards for managing the executive branch or outline a policy view intended to influence the public policy goals of their Administration.

     

  • Keeping our children safe at school

    By Deidre Wilkinson
    Moneta

        Here we go again, another school year another student sexual victim in a Bedford County high school.
        As another school year is upon us, parents may wonder about the safety of their children while they are at school. In the past couple of years at least three students were not kept safe while at school. They were victims of sexual abuse by adults employed at each of our three Bedford County public high schools.

  • Virginia State Fair returns to its roots

    By Matthew J. Lohr
    Commissioner
    VDACS
     
        I learned a valuable lesson from my parents. Actually, I learned many of them, but this one has served me especially well throughout my life: sometimes when things look bleak, we need to think outside the box and discover new opportunities and possibilities. So it has been with the State Fair of Virginia this year.

  • Todd Akin’s scary wing of the GOP

    I have a fundamental question about the presidential campaign at this point: If the economy is so terrible and Barack Obama is such a failed, Kenyan socialist, why doesn’t Mitt Romney hold a commanding lead in the polls?
        One answer is this: Every time it looks like Romney might be about to build a little momentum, something happens to show just how extreme his party has become.