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Columns

  • April unemployment report demonstrates need to change course

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This past week, the Department of Labor issued the latest unemployment report indicating that 7.5 percent of Americans who are looking for work still cannot find a job. And as I traveled across the 5th District this week, from Pittsylvania County to Fauquier, it is clear that policies handed down from Washington are continuing to burden our families, farmers, and small businesses.

     

  • The ethanol mandate: Hurting American’s economy

    Who’s paying the costs of the federal ethanol mandate? Every family who shops in a grocery store or dines at a restaurant, every livestock producer who faces higher feed costs, and every motorist who fills up their tank at the gas station pays the price of this unworkable policy.

     

  • Upon further consideration

    By Becky Griffith
    Forest

        Comments by Supervisor Annie Pollard regarding Bedford County teachers were met with a great deal of public opinion. Supervisor Pollard’s response to that opinion appears to be an attempt to somehow justify her poorly chosen comments.
        Reading through her lengthy response, several items deserve further consideration:
        *The proper spelling of the Bedford County School Superintendent is Dr. Douglas Schuch; not Shuck.

  • Let’s look at the facts

    By Annie S. Pollard
    Bedford County Supervisor
    District 6

        To the many citizens who have been supportive of my remarks at a recent board meeting, I want to thank you.
        To the majority of Bedford County teachers, I want to repeat my statement from the same meeting which is, “I know that Bedford County has some of the best teachers in the State…” 

  • Governor’s race under way, but few notice

    Virginia will be the most politically-watched state in the country later this year, but you sure wouldn’t know it right now.
        Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for governor, is getting around the state and meeting with supporters. He was in Roanoke last week, and again this week.
        McAuliffe knows that a significant drop in voter turnout from 2012 could very well put his opponent, the extremist attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, in office.

  • Setting priorities won’t be easy

        Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Arrington told me that the supervisors plan to get an early start on next year’s budget. Arrington said that, as soon as they finish their work on revisions to the zoning ordinance, they will start discussing budget priorities. The impression I got is that they will be doing that this summer.

  • The truth must come out

    At least one top diplomatic official believes that the US military could have prevented an attack in Benghazi last Sept. 11, had fighter jets been deployed in a timely manner.
        Other reports continue to surface claiming a cover-up by the Obama Administration on Benghazi, to deflect the true nature of the attack prior to the November elections.
        Even further, some reports show a president detached from the attack on the American Embassy in which US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed.

  • April monthly video address

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Communicating with the people of Virginia’s 5th District and hearing your feedback is very important to us. In order to ensure that we keep you up to date on what is going on from month to month, we record a monthly video address. You may watch the video address on our website at hurt.house.gov, and you may read the address below:

     

  • Seeking answers on Benghazi

    Congressional efforts to uncover more details about the terrorist attack on September 11, 2012 in, Libya continue.  Just a few days ago, I released a report on the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.  This report is part of an ongoing review of the events that led to the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

     

  • House GOP candidates a scary bunch

    Surveying the local Republican field that wants to replace Del. Lacey Putney leaves me wondering whether I should laugh or cry.
        Putney wasn’t even much of a moderate, but listening to the extremist remarks of the “gang of four” that want his job, well, let’s just say we’re all going to have our own reasons for missing him.