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Columns

  • Holding the IRS accountable

    Unacceptable, illegal, outrageous, a blatant abuse of power, and a breach of trust – all terms appropriately used to describe the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) recent admission that they targeted various conservative groups for additional scrutiny as they applied for tax-exempt status. 

     

  • Are you ready for E. W. Jackson?

    Ken Cuccinelli got what he wanted when he and his supporters manipulated the state GOP into scheduling a convention rather than a primary for their 2013 nominees.
        Everyone knows that a primary is more democratic than a convention. Anyone in your party can show up at their usual voting location and cast a ballot.

  • The end of an era

  • Protecting 5th District Virginians from federal over-regulation

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • The reasons for repeal

    The fundamental question facing uninsured Americans was never, “how do we give the federal government more power over our lives?” Yet government control over health care was the ultimate result of the president’s health care law. Obamacare costs jobs, reduces choices, lowers the quality of care, and hurts the very people it was intended to help.

     

  • Dependency, indemnity compensation

    By Bob Kibler

        Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

    Eligibility (Surviving Spouse)
        To qualify for DIC, a surviving spouse must meet the requirements below.
        The surviving spouse was:

  • Pay tribute to those who protect and serve

    By Marla Graff Decker
    Virginia Secretary of Public Safety

        I would like to take the opportunity during Law Enforcement Memorial Week to pay tribute to the men and women who protect and serve the Commonwealth, risking their lives each day to keep us safe. 
        Since the first known line-of-duty death in America, there have been more than 19,000 officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  Tragically, 487 of those fallen heroes were serving Virginia when their lives were cut short.

  • Conservatives find holy grail in Obama ‘scandals”’


        Giddy. That’s the word I’m hearing that best describes the way right-wingers have been acting since last week’s media storm about the three “scandals” supposedly plaguing the Obama administration.
        The president’s enemies, so utterly unable to bring Barack Obama down at the polls, now appear to think that they finally have something they can use against him.

  • Honor your father

        May and June have our two holidays honoring our parents. I hope you called your mother, or went to visit her on Mother’s Day. I can’t do this. My mother died in 2002 at the age of 92. My father, John Edwin Barnhart Jr., died in 1964 at the age of 48, something I never quite got over.
        However, I’m sure most of you, who still have living parents, did something to show your mom you love her on Mother’s Day, and I hope you will honor your dad on Father’s Day.

  • Our prayers are with those in Oklahoma

        Though 1,200 miles away, the devastation Moore, Okla., suffered Monday gripped our hearts right here in Bedford as we watched in anguish as the tragedy unfolded before us in television reports, photographs and homemade videos.
        And what was left in the wake of the two-mile wide tornado proved horrifying: