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Columns

  • The rush to the exits


        One of the many troubling aspects of President Barack Obama’s national defense policy is his rush to the exits in Afghanistan. When he first ran for president, back in 2008, he called the war in Afghanistan the “necessary war” contrasting it with the war in Iraq.
        He was right back then. Invading Iraq in 2003 was something we could have avoided as we had Saddam Hussein contained. Afghanistan, however, was a totally different situation. Let’s remember why we are there in the first place.

  • 5th District concerns generate legislation: The Preserving Rural Resources Act

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Hearing the feedback from the people of the 5th District is very important to me. That is why I have spent countless hours traveling across the 5th District and visiting Central and Southside Virginians in their neighborhoods and their workplaces. The concerns that I hear from the citizens from Danville to Charlottesville and from Franklin to Brunswick guide me as I serve the 5th District in Washington.

     

  • Protecting our economic and national security

  • Pension plan for veterans

    By Bob Kibler

        Veterans with low incomes who are either permanently and totally disabled, or ages 65 and older, may be eligible for monetary support if they have 90 days or more of active military service, at least one day of which was during a period of war.

  • Analysts blame GOP for D.C. gridlock

    Everyone knows there’s gridlock in Washington and that it’s probably worse than it’s ever been. But the common explanation for it may be wrong.
        Asked to explain, most people would render a “well, both parties, liberals and conservatives alike, share the blame” Or, nothing gets done in Washington because all politicians are alike, and they’re only out for themselves.

  • Government can think creatively


        In an era of tight budgets, the Bedford County Department of Parks and Recreation is doing something right. The staff are finding creative ways to fulfill their mission; and even improve the way they fulfill their mission, without asking the county’s taxpayers for more money.

  • Tax reform is key to a prosperous future

    It’s that time of year again. One that is marked by hours of work, piles of forms, confusing instructions, and the prospect of turning your hard-earned money over to the government – tax season.

  • More commentary on the school funding issue …

        How pathetic that Neudorfer, Strong and Laperle in last week’s paper vehemently defended Bedford School’s funding despite our pitiful 131st position of 132 jurisdictions.  Laperle then has the nerve to imply that this statistic is a lie.  Statistics are facts—not lies—unless purposefully distorted.  I wonder how he would like to be evaluated on just one “lying statistic”; i.e., SOL’s?  Bedford is an abysmal example of school support by our Supervisors.

  • Mitt Romney to kiss LU’s ring

    Liberty University has announced that Mitt Romney, the “presumptive Republican presidential nominee,” (his title now) will be its Commencement Speaker on May 12.
        For Romney, this is part of what pundits say is an enormous amount of work he has to do to secure the support of the hard-core right-wingers in his party. Many of them don’t like him, they don’t trust him, and, even though most of them won’t admit it, they dislike the fact he’s a Mormon.

  • Working to eliminate government waste