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Columns

  • 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.

  • Donkey party hypocrisy


        President Barack Obama spent quite a bit of time blasting private-equity firms, once it became obvious that Mitt Romney would be the Republican nominee. It seems, however, that private-firms are just fine when he needs their services.

  • Enforcing America’s immigration laws

    Enforcing our laws against illegal immigration is a subject of great concern for many in the Sixth District and nationwide. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), 11.5 million illegal aliens resided in the United States as of 2011. The illegal alien population continues to grow, costing taxpayers billions of dollars and placing a significant burden on our schools, health care facilities, and law enforcement. 

  • Back to school time is here!

    By Sheriff Mike Brown

        Yes, it’s hard to believe that the summer is winding down and the youngsters are headed back to school.
        Whether it’s their first year or their 12th, school traffic and activities bring on a whole new level of excitement and anxiety for students as well as those driving in school zone areas. Please be aware that youngsters will be walking to school, riding bikes and loading and unloading from buses. 

  • Military suicide rate at record hig

        Cheryl Ecker of Champion, Ohio, wears a bracelet made out of the laces of her son’s army boots. Her son, Michael, a 25-year-old veteran of the Iraq war, became a tragic statistic in April.
        He was standing in the yard of his home when he called out to his father. After his dad turned around, Michael saluted, raised a gun to his head, and pulled the trigger. His suicide was just one of many among those who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, a cause of increasing alarm at the Pentagon.

  • Ruler of heaven and earth


        While the fighting in Syria has been getting lots of attention lately,  Iran remains our biggest foreign policy problem. The possibility that Shia clerics that are running that country may have nuclear weapons at their disposal in the near future poses a grave threat, and not just to their immediate neighbors. A piece, written by Ayad Jamaluddin that appeared in the Wall Street Journal in the July 17 edition, explains why. Jamaluddin knows what he’s talking about. He’s a Shia cleric himself and served in Iraq’s parliament.

  • Route 40 Tour

    By Congressman Rober Hurt

     

    At a time when uncertainty from Washington has led us to nearly three and a half years of more than 8% unemployment nationally, folks in Washington, DC are still calling for higher taxes and a bigger federal government that will only lead to more uncertainty.

     

  • Ethanol mandates are causing rising food prices

    Food or fuel? We should not put our nation in the position of having to choose one over the other. But federal law has done just that. And with the extreme drought seizing much of the nation and shrinking corn supplies, rising food prices are about to get much worse.

     

  • Making Bedford stronger

    By Clay Chastain

    Bedford

        Bedford is in the enviable position of being a wonderful place to live, but perhaps in need of a bit of rejuvenate tweaking to keep it so.
        Most of us love the lifestyle that Bedford offers, or else we would not choose to live here. But who of us would object if Bedford enjoyed more job opportunities, a more vibrant, bustling downtown, fewer vacant buildings, more things to do for its young people, and an overall stronger economy?