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Columns

  • The Religious Right is dead … Amen!

        In the 1988 Republican presidential caucuses in Iowa, television preacher Pat Robertson shocked the political world with a second-place finish behind winner Bob Dole.
        George H. W. Bush, the eventual nominee and president, finished a poor third. But the talk of the media and the political intelligentsia was Robertson and the power of what began to be called “the religious right.”

  • It’s still a harsh economy

       

  • House of Representatives

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This past week, the House of Representatives introduced our budget priorities and we considered two important pieces of legislation to reduce the size and scope of the federal government and get 5th District Virginians and all Americans back to work.

     

    HOUSE BUDGET

     

  • Budgeting for the future

    Each year the House of Representatives is responsible for producing a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. This week, House Republicans introduced our budget plan, The Path to Prosperity. The House plan is a responsible step in the right direction and tackles our spending problem head-on.

     

  • Cultivating Big Dreams on a Small Scale

    By J. Calvin Parrish
    State Executive Director
    USDA – Farm Service Agency

        Throughout my tenure as State Executive Director for the Virginia Farm Service Agency (FSA), I have met several small and beginning farmers interested in making a living in production agriculture. 

  • Take time before allowing sludge here

    By Ken Burger
    Big Island

        There was a time when we were certain that asbestos was safe. We knew confidently that it was a great resource for insulation: cheap, easy to use and effective.  That was then. Now we know better, because science teaches us truthfully of the dangers that asbestos presents to anyone who inhales the particles.  Who of us has not seen the ads for “mesothelioma?”

  • TDRs: A program for the benefit of farmers

    By David Lowry
    Moneta

        The Bedford farming community is missing out on a great opportunity of support.

  • Defeated conservatives cry at C-PAC

    If you wanted to be reminded again of why Republicans lost the presidential election last year, all you had to do last week was watch this C-PAC thing they do every year.
        The Conservative Political Action Conference, it’s actually called, and, well, it’s always good for a laugh in my part of the world.
        But if you’re a good Republican who remembers a better party in earlier days, what you saw on display was indeed enough to make you cry.

  • Making sure we feel the pain

        Were you planning to go to the United States Air Force’s Rhythm In Blue Jazz Ensemble concert at Liberty High School last Saturday? Too bad if you were. It was canceled, and that had nothing to do with lack of public support. Rhythm In Blue’s performances are so popular that more than 500 people turned out to hear them when they came to Bedford last year. This performance, as well as the rest of the performances in Rhythm In Blue’s spring tour, were canceled due to the sequester.

  • Venezuela mourns passing of its leader

        The people of Venezuela have been through a public journey of mourning following the death and funeral of their long-time president, Hugo Chávez.
        The only thing close to the public spectacle of grief for a leader like it in this country might have been the aftermath of the death of FDR, or the assassination of President Kennedy.
        Whatever anyone thought of Chávez, it’s clear that a great many of his people loved him and supported his policies.