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Columns

  • I’m really getting old


        I normally complete my column by Friday so that the editor has time to read and approve it. Neil Armstrong died on a weekend, and Tom focused the editorial on that. Now, it’s my turn to write something because the moon landing was a big event from my past, and in some ways it seems like it was just last year. Armstrong’s death reminded me of just how long ago that was. Forty-three years ago! Wow, I’m really getting old!

  • We must put an end to four straight years of trillion dollar deficits

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • The House has acted to address high fuel prices

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As I travel the 5th District, I constantly hear concerns regarding rising fuel prices that continue to negatively impact our families and small businesses and harm our much-needed economic recovery.

     

  • Presidential power grabs

    Since President George Washington's first executive order in 1789, instructing his cabinet members to make a "clear account" of matters within their departments, presidents have issued executive orders to set uniform standards for managing the executive branch or outline a policy view intended to influence the public policy goals of their Administration.

     

  • Keeping our children safe at school

    By Deidre Wilkinson
    Moneta

        Here we go again, another school year another student sexual victim in a Bedford County high school.
        As another school year is upon us, parents may wonder about the safety of their children while they are at school. In the past couple of years at least three students were not kept safe while at school. They were victims of sexual abuse by adults employed at each of our three Bedford County public high schools.

  • 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.