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Columns

  • Preserving the American dream

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This past week, I had the great honor of addressing a group of 36 new American citizens who took their oath of citizenship at the Seventh Annual Red Hill Naturalization Ceremony in Brookneal.

    On that day, at the former home and resting place of one of our Founders, Patrick Henry, those 36 individuals celebrated the end of a long journey to becoming a United States citizen and the beginning of a new life as an American citizen.

  • Standing with Israel in the pursuit of peace

    The situation in the Middle East is exceedingly complex and instability continues to pose a threat to our security and the security of the entire global community. With an enhanced security threat from Iran, uncertainty in Egypt’s future relationship with Israel, escalating violence in Syria and the Palestinian government’s alliance with the terrorist group Hamas and their attempts to obtain UN recognition of a Palestinian state without seeking a peaceful resolution with Israel first, it is increasingly important that the United States stand firmly with our ally Israel.

  • Getting involved: It no longer has any meaning

    By Greg Markham
    Bedford

        When I began to ask people for support in opposing the Harmony Development, I was told by many that it was little use; the decision had already been made. 

  • Romney fails to win LU crowd

    Mitt Romney was treated with politeness and respect at his commencement speech at Liberty University last weekend.
        But that’s all. There was no emotional or deep-seated show of support for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. I watched the address on a streaming video from Roanoke’s CBS affiliate, WDBJ-TV.

  • Obama contributes to Romney campaign


        I read last week that President Barack Obama made a contribution to Mitt Romney’s campaign. Of course, he didn’t pull out his checkbook and write Romney’s campaign a check, but what President Obama did was even better. He came out openly in favor of same-sex marriage.

  • Virginia in the battleground spotlight

    There was a long time when the way Virginia voted in presidential elections wasn’t debated or wondered about. It was taken for granted.
        After going for Lyndon Johnson in 1964, everything changed in Virginia when the national Democratic Party embraced civil rights legislation. Most white segregationists took their racism to the Republican Party or became independents, as did the Byrd family. It was the beginning of the end of the old Byrd Machine in Virginia.

  • The rush to the exits


        One of the many troubling aspects of President Barack Obama’s national defense policy is his rush to the exits in Afghanistan. When he first ran for president, back in 2008, he called the war in Afghanistan the “necessary war” contrasting it with the war in Iraq.
        He was right back then. Invading Iraq in 2003 was something we could have avoided as we had Saddam Hussein contained. Afghanistan, however, was a totally different situation. Let’s remember why we are there in the first place.

  • 5th District concerns generate legislation: The Preserving Rural Resources Act

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Hearing the feedback from the people of the 5th District is very important to me. That is why I have spent countless hours traveling across the 5th District and visiting Central and Southside Virginians in their neighborhoods and their workplaces. The concerns that I hear from the citizens from Danville to Charlottesville and from Franklin to Brunswick guide me as I serve the 5th District in Washington.

     

  • Protecting our economic and national security

  • Pension plan for veterans

    By Bob Kibler

        Veterans with low incomes who are either permanently and totally disabled, or ages 65 and older, may be eligible for monetary support if they have 90 days or more of active military service, at least one day of which was during a period of war.