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Columns

  • Meet Bernie Sanders, Vermont populist

        “Ready for Hillary” is a PAC (political action committee) that has been up and running for quite a while, organizing supporters and raising money for her expected presidential campaign.
        But there are progressive forces in her party who like to call themselves (ourselves, I should say!) “the democratic wing of the Democratic Party.”
        Hillary knows this, and most progressives don’t have a problem at all getting behind her legacy of long-time support for liberal causes.

  • Liberals can be a lot of fun

        Rick Howell doesn’t need to worry about providing me with material for my column. King Barack I, in the White House, Terry McAwful, in the governor’s mansion and various other prominent denizens of the liberal swamp create such a wealth of opportunity for conservative commentary that I often find myself having difficulty deciding what one topic I’ll address. However, taking jabs at Mr. Howell’s columns is such great fun that I’m often unable to resist the temptation.

  • Helping American families save for higher education

    By Congressman Robert Hurt
    As students across Virginia’s Fifth District have settled into the school routine, many high school seniors are preparing to apply for college.  These preparations include more than achieving good grades and completing applications. The rising cost of higher education requires families to start planning for college years in advance, especially to pay for ever increasing tuition and other costs. 

  • The Congressional mail bag: What you’re saying

    Each month, my office receives thousands of phone calls, letters, e-mails, and even Facebook messages from folks across the Sixth District. Many have questions about current issues before Congress while some are requesting assistance with a federal agency. Here are a few of the questions I have received in recent weeks:

     

  • Centerfest Corner

    By Amanda Adams
    Executive Director
    Bedford Main Street, Inc.

        Centerfest will be here in less than 20 days! If you aren’t excited, you should be!

  • Race makes the right so uncomfortable

    I’m always glad to give John Barnhart material for his “Conservatively Speaking” column. I sometimes think that if I didn’t, he’d have a hard time producing one most weeks.
        My column on the Michael Brown shooting certainly got a visceral reaction from some quarters. Barnhart’s predictable and knee-jerk response (pardon the redundancy) was expected.

  • It’s election time!

        It’s that time of year again! It’s election time! In less than eight weeks, Americans will head off to the polls to make the vital decision of who will fill seats and the House of Representatives and the Senate. All house seats are up for reelection as well as a third of Senate seats. In Virginia, Senator Mark Warner is being challenged by Ed Gillespie.

  • The Senate’s inaction prevents strong economic recovery

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As I spoke with constituents throughout the district this month, the most common theme, as I have heard so many times before, is the need for Congress to pass jobs bills that will promote economic growth in our communities.  Many hardworking individuals are still looking for work, and I share the frustrations of the industrious Virginians with whom I spoke.  

     

  • Protecting students’ college choices

    Across the Sixth District and the nation, new college students are moving onto campuses for the first time, setting up dorm rooms, preparing for classes, and are just beginning to embark on their higher education. They have chosen a school, have enrolled, and are preparing to work hard to better themselves. I remember well choosing to attend Bates College and Washington and Lee University for my education, and similarly I remember helping my two children choose the universities that they attended.

  • Learning to stay at home

    In 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell tried to warn President George W. Bush that if he invaded Iraq, he would “own it.”
        Bush and his war-planners were nothing if not confident (cocky would best describe it). They thought sure we’d be in and out in a month.
        Well, The Law of Unintended Consequences hit Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and all the rest pretty hard. Not to mention the casualties suffered by our soldiers and the Iraqi people.