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Columns

  • Business compliance

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

        Is your business in compliance with Federal and State Requirements for reporting Hazardous Materials? 

  • Obama’s second term: liberalism triumphs

    President Barack Obama has now begun the second term afforded him by the American people in a clear and decisive election on Nov. 6, 2012.
        But history is filled with examples of bad luck and misfortune in that last four years of eight for many presidents.
        Certainly, George W. Bush’s second term was a textbook disaster. The war in Iraq didn’t turn up any “WMDs,” and popular support for it went south. He spent most of the last three years with an approval rating of 20-something percent.

  • Charging the NRA’s barricades

        A Wall Street Journal editorial recently noted how President Barack Obama, despite his call for civil political debate, never ceases to demonize his opponents, attributing to them the basest motives. My guess is that this isn’t something peculiar to President Obama, but rather a general characteristic of American left-wing extremists.

  • The Balanced Budget Amendment

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    This past week during our first district work week of the 113th Congress, we had the opportunity to visit Danville and Blairs, and to make our first official visits in Warrenton.  Many miles may separate Danville and Warrenton, but it is clear that those all across our district share a common concern with our nation’s unsustainable debt.

     

  • Tackling spending in the 113th Congress

    You don’t have to be a budget analyst or an accountant to know that out of control spending is the “driving force” behind the debt crisis. As the 113th Congress gets into full swing, unrestrained spending remains one of the greatest threats to our nation.

     

  • Major issues on tap for General Assembly

        With ceremonies reflecting traditions accumulated over the course of centuries, Virginia’s General Assembly convened for its 2013 session this week.  Although this year’s session is scheduled to last just 46 days, it is already apparent that major issues will be discussed and debated.

  • The 2nd Amendment

    By Hunter Allen III
    Big Island

        Why does anyone need an assault weapon?
        All you have to do is look at history. Governments and religion have shown repeatedly that people will commit genocide and crush someone else’s Rights that we are supposed to hold dear. The problem with Americans is we live in a fairly peaceful society and haven’t had a war here in a long time, thankfully.

  • Finally, an NRA on the defensive

    Anyone with a good sense of the political climate has to realize that, as amazing as it may be, the ground may be shaking under the historically powerful NRA (National Rifle Association).
        The gun lovers group has long been as good at propaganda as the late Nazi leader Joseph Goebbels; its power over Congress has been similar to that held by Hitler over the Germans, and based, of course, on the same thing: fear.

  • Time to start cutting

        We haven’t fallen off the fiscal cliff, yet. In a last minute deal Congress enacted a deal, and President Obama signed it, that reduced the tax hit that Americans would have suffered if all the Bush tax cuts had been allowed to expire. The deal let the cuts expire for those making $400,000 per year or more and all working people have seen smaller pay checks because a temporary cut in the payroll tax, that funds Social Security, expired.

  • The expanding Sixth Congressional District

    As the 113th Congress was gaveled into session on Thursday, the new boundary lines of the Sixth Congressional District were made official. Every ten years, the boundaries of congressional districts are altered to reflect changing populations throughout the Commonwealth.