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Columns

  • You did build that

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As I travel across the 5th District, I talk with small business owners who have sustained our local communities for generations. From Pittsylvania to Greene County, and everywhere in between, I have been inspired by the stories of so many who have built their small businesses and family farms from the ground up.

     

  • The House acts again to repeal the President’s health care law

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

  • Cutting government red tape to create jobs

    A recent study reported in Investor’s Business Daily revealed startling news. After measuring countries by the number of regulations they have, “it is now easier to start a business in Slovenia, Estonia and Hungary than in America.” This affects our ability to encourage investment and job creation in our country.

     

  • The Storm: More damaging than any other weather event we’ve experienced

    By Charles Patton

    President
    Appalachian Power

        The massive June 29 storm that tore across Virginia undoubtedly affected you or someone close to you. Nearly everyone can point to individual stories about the storm, but taken in totality, this storm was without a doubt more damaging than any weather event we have ever experienced at Appalachian Power.

  • Why Romney’s wealth seems obscene

    Do you remember the phrase “obscene wealth?” No one uses it much anymore, but it definitely comes to mind when you contemplate the vast riches of Willard Mitt Romney.
        Just how much is the Republican presidential nominee worth? We don’t know, partly because he’s playing hide and seek with most of his recent tax returns. I wonder if Romney even knows himself the dollar value of just how much money, property and assets he owns.

  • What’s President Obama going to do?

  • Growing our economy by getting government out of the way

    Last week the Department of Labor released their monthly report on national unemployment. Unfortunately this most recent announcement simply confirmed what most Americans already know – unemployment remains high and our economy continues to struggle. Last week’s report that unemployment remains at 8.2 percent marked the 41st consecutive month that the national jobless rate was above eight percent.

  • Commentary: Growing fresh fish right around the corner

    By John Graham
    Bedford

        I would like to echo the thoughts of Mr. Forster about our country’s food supply.
        Large corporations do indeed have the ability to lobby and force smaller producers out of the marketplace just as he mentioned. If you have not seen the film documentary Food Inc., (available at the Bedford Library), it puts into frightening perspective the realities of domestic food production – you may never eat another store-bought chicken!

  • Setting the record straight

    By Jim Williams
    Goode

        For the past few months there have been numerous letters and articles to the papers written by Mr. Steve Stevick and a couple others who have bashed the Bedford County Board of Supervisors for not adopting the Planning Commission’s proposed zoning ordinances last year.

  • Passionate Roanoke crowd greets Obama

    It was reported this past weekend that presidential campaign spending in Virginia is the third most of any state, surpassed only by the larger battlegrounds of Ohio and Florida.
    Who would have thought such a thing was possible just a few election cycles ago when Virginia had spent many decades as a rubber stamp victory for any and every Republican nominee?