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Columns

  • Up to mischief

        As if you weren’t peeved at banks enough:  Now comes HSBC.
        The two seminal issues of America’s 21st century have been the War on Terror and our ongoing economic malaise.
        The two are not independent of one another.  Undoubtedly, the vast treasure we have spent pursuing bad guys has been a drain on our economic strength.

  • Time to come together to get Fifth District Virginians back to work

    As I travel the 5th District, it is clear that the policies handed down from Washington have very real and very negative impacts on small businesses, families, and individuals throughout our district. There is perhaps no more visible indication of the impact these policies have than the unemployment report released by the Department of Labor each month.

     

  • Ensuring a better America for future generations

    If you’ve been watching the news lately, you’ve likely heard about the impending “fiscal cliff.” The so-called fiscal cliff is Washington-speak for significant tax increases and automatic spending cuts set to go into effect in 2013 if no other action is taken. As negotiations between Congress and the White House continue, it is clear that we cannot address the fiscal crisis and looming tax hikes without addressing the root of the problem – spending and debt.

  • Paying homage to Hillary Clinton

    Right now, no one wants to think much about the 2016 presidential race. But to the extent that it is discussed, one name always pops up: Hillary Clinton.
        Most Democrats believe that Hillary could more or less have the nomination for asking if she chooses to run. But that’s a long way off, and if she never seeks another office or another government post, it’s time to honor this incredible American woman.

  • Call Obama’s bluff this time

  • Keeping in touch – Our monthly video address

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Keeping in touch with the people of Virginia’s 5th District is very important to us and one of the ways in which we stay in touch is by filming a video address at the end of each month. Please visit our website at hurt.house.gov to view our November Monthly Video Address and you may read the address below: 

     

  • Leading the House Judiciary Committee

    Earlier this week I was selected by my colleagues in the House of Representatives to serve as the 52nd Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary. It will be an honor to serve as Chairman of this Committee that will play a critical role in advancing pro-growth policies to create jobs and restore economic prosperity for families and businesses in the Sixth District of Virginia and across the nation.

     

  • Help available for homeless Veterans

    By Bob Kibler
        
        Being homeless, or at risk for homelessness, is one of the most difficult things a person can face.
        Lacking the security of knowing where you’ll sleep at night, having no place to keep your belongings, and not having the ability to care for yourself and possibly your family can lead to stress, anger, a sense of shame, depression and physical discomfort. It can be hard to find employment, live a satisfying life, or do the things you want to do when you are homeless.

  • Reverse 911 upgraded to include cell phones

    By Sheriff Mike Brown

        Bedford County initiated the “Reverse 911 System” back in 2006 with, what was at the time, the most sophisticated system available, to send out emergency messages via telephone, advising citizens of potential dangers.

  • ‘Lincoln’ film reminds us of great truths

        Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is an event that everyone should experience during the holiday season, mainly as a lesson in great truths about the American experience.
    The movie deals with the events in the life of the president and the nation in the year 1865, when the South has mostly been defeated and, unbeknownest to all, Lincoln only has a few months to live.