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Columns

  • Mission accomplished

        This month began with the Justice Department filing sealed indictments against several unnamed suspects in the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi last year. This is the attack that left our ambassador to Libya and three others dead. According to an Aug. 6 Wall Street Journal article, one of these suspects is said to be Ahmed Abu Khattalah, founder of Libya’s Islamist militia Ansar al-Sharia. The article stated that Abu Khattalah was seen at the compound when it was overrun.

  • The Senate immigration bill is not the solution

    Nearly everyone agrees that we need to fix our nation’s broken immigration system, but the House and Senate are taking two very different approaches to solving this complex issue. The Senate recently passed a massive 1,000 page immigration bill; however, it largely fails to address the problems with our current immigration system.

     

     

  • Aid and Attendance benefits

    By Bob Kibler
        Veterans and survivors who are eligible for a VA pension and require the aid and attendance of another person, or are housebound, may be eligible for additional monetary payment. These benefits are paid in addition to monthly pension, and they are not paid without eligibility to Pension.

  • E. W. Jackson’s extremism shining forth

        Virginia Republicans have a difficult job trying to elect the “tea party” ticket they nominated for statewide office back in the spring.
        It’s bad enough that they’re saddled with the dubious candidacy of Ken Cuccinelli, the most ideological attorney general in the history of the state. He is a man who clearly used the office as his own personal platform for a right-wing agenda.

  • Better support for fire departments needed

        Last month Jack Jones, the county’s director of fire and rescue, reminded the Bedford County Board of Supervisors how much it costs to equip a fire department.
        Jones was asking for funds for turn-out suits, the coats and pants firefighters wear. One item that he presented was a diagram showing how much it costs to equip a firefighter, including the air packs that allow them to go into a smoke-filled building. The total cost came to $11,088.

  • Continuing a pro-growth agenda

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Reining in regulations to stop government abuse

    Just a few days ago, President Obama announced that he would once again “pivot” to the economy. The bottom line of his speech: after four-and-a-half years of the Obama Administration, “We're not there yet.”

     

    The President is right. We’re not there yet.

  • There are many healthy ways to meet your daily dairy requirements

    By Carter Davis
    Virginia Cooperative Extension Intern

        Since 1937, June has been recognized as what started out as Nation Milk Month now called National Dairy Month. 

  • In Virginia, our businesses do not need a health insurance tax

        Virginia’s economic growth, which has outpaced the national recovery, has been driven in no small part by our more than 640,000 small businesses.  
        With more than 3 million employees throughout the commonwealth working in small businesses, many of them technology-based startups, it is imperative that we maintain the competitive edge that makes Virginia one of the best places for businesses to grow or locate.  But a forthcoming tax threatens to put the brakes on this fragile economic recovery we are experiencing.

  • Conservative idiocy over health care

    I saw a bumper sticker the other day that truly sums up the health care debate in this country: “Obamacare is a helluva lot better than ‘I don’t care.’”
        By their statements and their actions, especially their peculiar hysteria over the Affordable Care Act, conservatives have shown precisely that: They don’t care.