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Columns

  • Forgetting the lessons of Eisenhower’s address

    There was some dramatic news out of Afghanistan last week, but by now most Americans are so bored by the topic that they barely pay attention.
        The Taliban, the once and very likely future leaders of that country, attacked a resort hotel just outside Kabul. Before the five fighters were killed, they managed to snuff out the lives of 18 innocent people.

  • Incompetence and political games


        I voted for John McCain back in 2008 because I had Barack Obama pegged as a left-wing ideologue who lacked the experience necessary to be president of the United Sates. As he reaches the end of his first (and hopefully last) term, I can say that he has met my expectations. Actually, he has exceeded my expectations. When it comes to foreign policy, his performance goes beyond a leader who is in over his head. It’s been an appalling combination of incompetence and political game-playing.

  • The House will continue fighting to change the spending culture In Washington

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As American citizens, we own a nearly $16 trillion debt that leaves us borrowing 40 cents on every dollar and leaves each man, woman, and child owing over $50,000 to our creditors. The implications of these facts are devastating, as our national debt now threatens the very future of this great country.

  • Preventing tax hikes and saving jobs by repealing the president’s health care law

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This past week, the House voted for the 30th time to ensure that the President’s health care law does not negatively impact 5th District families and small businesses any further than it already has. The cost of this budget-busting law is too much for Central and Southside Virginians to afford and, listening to those we represent, we in the House remain committed to working on their behalf to repeal and replace this misguided law.

     

  • Mr. President: The private sector is not ‘doing fine’

    Proving just how out of touch he is with the American people, President Obama recently said during a press conference that “the private sector is doing fine.” Really, Mr. President? The truth of the matter is that the private sector is not “doing fine.”

     

  • Mitt Romney seizes the moment


    When the unemployment report for May was released at the start of this month, it was the best news Mitt Romney had gotten since he all but clinched his party’s nomination.
        The report showed that far less new work had been created than the government expected, causing the unemployment rate to go back up to 8.2 percent.

  • Be thankful for our system


        I’m sure President Barack Obama is not happy with the way things are going.
        The month began with economic bad news. Job creation was very weak in May and manufacturing was down. This is just another example of why a majority of Americans disapprove of President Obama’s handling of the economy. It also reinforces Republicans’ contention that President Obama’s policies have impeded, rather than helped the recovery.

  • Another step in the fight to repeal Obamacare

    The eyes of the nation are on the Supreme Court as we await their decision in the landmark case on the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care law. Just over two months ago, the nine Supreme Court justices heard roughly six hours of oral arguments on several portions of the massive health care law. Since then they have been reviewing additional materials before issuing a written opinion, which is expected by the end of the month.

     

  • Thanks for help!

    By Vicki Elmore, Captain

    Montvale Rescue Squad
     

  • Enough already

    By Kandy Shackelford
    Bedford

        I am a lifelong resident of Bedford with the last 30 years being in the City of Bedford.
          I have seen businesses come and go.  I have seen our young people leave Bedford because there was nothing for them to do here.  The nearest place to have fun and socialize would be to drive to Roanoke or Lynchburg.