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Columns

  • Congratulations are in order

  • Historic year falling behind us

    If you haven’t heard, you should be aware that President Barack Obama is Time magazine’s 2012 “Person of the Year.”
        Naturally, his critics will disagree, but then again he has defeated his critics at nearly every juncture, an old habit for him. He’s only lost one election in his life, a Congressional primary in Illinois long before the rest of the country had ever heard of him.

  • Never let a good tragedy go to waste


        Shortly after the election of 2008, a certain “Democrat,” who is now mayor of Chicago, said “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” He was referring to the financial crisis that had dragged America into recession, implying that Congressional “Democrats” could use this as an opportunity to pass a wish list of spending proposals under the guise of economic stimulus.

  • Now’s the Time – Resolve to be Ready in 2013!


        New year … new start!  Now is the time for you and your family to make an important resolution for 2013 that won’t cost much and could save a lot of heartache: resolve to be ready for any emergency.
        Whether severe winter storms, tornadoes, spring flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes or something else hits Virginia next year, you can be prepared ahead of time. 

  • Christmas Memories

    By Becky Wuergler
    Bedford

        Christmas in the country in the early 1950’s  was  a Currier and Ives moment.   I remember it well.
        It was a time of family and friends, and less about gifts.  We always had gifts under the tree, but Christmas was so much more than that.

  • Protecting Americans right to work

  • Christmas, Peace, and George McGovern

    Surely another Christmas is not about to pass, although the calendar would disagree.
        Time flies when you’re having fun is the old saying. But once you get past a certain age, well, time just flies anyway.
        “So, this is Christmas,” John Lennon wrote. “And what have you done? Another year older; another year gone.”
        But the rest of the song is not as depressing as all that; nor should    we be about the passing of yet another year.

  • 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.