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Columns

  • Disability compensation for Veterans

    By Bob Kibler

        Disability compensation is a monthly tax-free benefit paid to Veterans who are at least 10 percent disabled because of injuries or diseases that were incurred in or aggravated during active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training.
        A disability can apply to physical conditions, such as a chronic knee condition, as well as mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • Could not support final transportation plan

        The General Assembly adjourned on schedule this year, immediately after approving both a package of amendments to the 2012-2014 Biennial Budget and higher taxes to fund transportation.  While those two measures garnered most of the headlines, more than 800 bills have been approved and forwarded to the Governor.

  • Too many new taxes in transportation bill

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd District

        The General Assembly adjourned on time and as scheduled on February 23, completing its 46-day session.  This year the General Assembly approved more than 800 bills, including a package of amendments to the 2012-2014 Biennial Budget.

  • The heroic work of labor unions

    When the other columnist on this page wrote his “whiny teachers” column, he mistakenly gave union status to the state teachers association, a point on which he has since been corrected.
        But what stands out from that effort is his apparent contempt and loathing of the very concept of unions, a regrettable, even ignorant, attitude about so much of American history.

  • The check’s in the mail

        Last week, Rick Howell’s latest effort to demonize the NRA as Nazis sent me on a little Internet research expedition. In the Feb. 20 edition of the Liberal Agenda, Mr. Howell once again likened the NRA’s effort to defend our Constitutional rights to German Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels’ efforts on behalf of his master, Adolf Hitler.

  • The president’s words should be followed by actions

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Reflecting on the State of the Union
  • Promoting sustainability

    By Tommy Foster
    Fx2 Farm
    Bedford County

        As to the Board of Supervisors and Planning meeting on Feb. 11 which I attended and spoke briefly, I offer the following written clarification and re-statement:

  • Promoting sustainability

    By Tommy Foster
    Fx2 Farm
    Bedford County

        As to the Board of Supervisors and Planning meeting on Feb. 11 which I attended and spoke briefly, I offer the following written clarification and re-statement:

  • Budget, transportation issues being negotiated

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd District

        With only days remaining until the 2013 session is scheduled to adjourn, the Virginia General Assembly is negotiating the highest profile measures under consideration: the budget and transportation.  As session is winding down, work on all legislation must be done by this Saturday, Feb. 23.