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Columns

  • A people tired of war

    As the president continues to try and get congressional and public support for air strikes against Syria’s government, it’s heartening to observe a new feeling in the American people that goes beyond flag-waving and traditional militarism.
    This country is tired of war. Most people have indeed learned the lessons of the fiasco in Iraq. Even farther back than that, many of the rest of us had already learned it from the shameful waste and many tragedies of Vietnam.

  • It’s a fine mess he’s gotten us into

        I’ve heard the saying, “Don’t let your mouth write a check that your tail can’t cash.” Perhaps President Barack Obama should have heeded that advice before he got his mouth in gear and drew his chemical weapons red line last year. He was warning Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad against using chemical weapons in Syria’s civil war.
        The problem is that Assad seems to have decided that this was just more of Barack Obaloney’s empty rhetoric and decided to call his bluff.

  • The latest effect of the President's healthcare overhaul

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Over the course of my time in Washington, my Republican colleagues in the House and I have made it a priority to develop a way to bring meaningful reform to our healthcare system that does not harm our economy and reduce jobs.  Americans deserve a plan to reform healthcare in a way that does not put our small businesses and families at risk with overwhelming tax increases and unnecessary regulatory burdens.

     

  • Let’s end federal policies tipping the scale in favor of ethanol

    What federal policy harms a diverse group like livestock producers, food banks, families, restaurant owners, and truckers? Believe it or not, it is the promotion of corn as a fuel source in the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

     

  • Time to face the facts

        They say politics makes strange bedfellows.
        Apparently, so does snooping.
        Through projects, such as the once-top secret PRISM program, the NSA has developed the means to do a whole lot of prying on the citizens that pay for its existence.  That’d be you and me.
        Now, there has been a lot of ink (and I wish there was a lot more) expended on how dangerous such programs are to our fundamental freedoms.

  • GOP misses an opportunity

    On Aug. 28, Americans of all races, ages and gender came together in Washington, D.C. to remember the historic “March on Washington” in 1963, the event that featured the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
        President Obama rose to the occasion with a fabulous speech, reminding the nation that those who marched and protested back then were the very agents of change that have improved race relations ever since.

  • If they snooze, the taxpayers lose

        Normally, I don’t cover the school board. Tom Wilmoth, the editor usually covers school board and town council while I go to the board of supervisors and county planning commission meetings. Sometimes Tom will assign the school board to me when he has to be in two places at the same time. That happened last month and, as I didn’t find out about it in time to seek asylum in Russia, I went to the meeting. The meeting was mercifully brief and I got to hear School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler make what I think is an excellent suggestion.

  • Making strides toward affordable college education for Virginians

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    This week, as the new academic year is starting at many of Virginia's colleges and universities, we are reminded of the sacrifice and hard work that so many families put forth for the opportunity to send their children to college.

     

  • Guarding Americans’ civil liberties
  • Veterans’ diseases associated with Agent Orange

    By Bob Kibler

        Veterans who served in Vietnam between August 5, 1964, and May 7, 1975, (or were in country between February 28, 1961, and August 5, 1964) or served in a unit in or near the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) anytime between April 1, 1968, and August 31, 1971, and who have a disease VA recognizes as associated with Agent Orange exposure are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides.