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Columns

  • 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. 

  • Allen, Goodlatte set for the fall

     
                 I began this week’s column with the confidence that by the time it’s read, George Allen and Bob Goodlatte will have won their respective primaries on June 12.
        I suspect that Goodlatte had an easier time of it than Allen. The former UVA party boy was rather brutally targeted by his main tea party opponent, Jamie Radtke.

  • Another foreign policy headache


        Another potential foreign policy headache popped up late last month when a Turkish court formally pressed criminal charges against four Israeli generals for their alleged involvement in the deaths of nine activists aboard a Turkish ship, the Mavi Marmara, that tried to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza in 2010. Eight of the activists were Turkish nationals and one was an American of Turkish ancestry.

  • Economic uncertainty caused In Washington hinders job creation in the 5th District

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As we traveled East to West on Route 58 this past week, meeting with small business owners and individuals in their hometowns, the one word that continued to be repeated time and time again was “uncertainty.”


     

  • Fighting to cut government spending and balance the budget

  • Chickens come home to roost

        That addiction manifests itself as we queue up at the big box stores:  our carts full of  clinking, clanking, clattering collections of caliginous junk.
        Ah, but junk that is low-priced.
        Our small merchants have been run out of business, unable to compete on the scale of the big box boys.
        We enabled that situation, because we were unable to resist those low prices.

  • It’s still the economy, stupid

        The now well-known phrase, “it’s the economy, stupid,” was coined by James Carville during the 1992 presidential election.
        Carville, the crafty Louisiana-born brain behind Bill Clinton’s campaign, even had the phrase written on the blackboard to remind the Clinton team that whatever else might distract them, the economy was the most important issue.

  • June 6, 1944


        It was 68 years ago today that thousands of American, British and Canadian soldiers boarded landing craft for one of the decisive battles of World War II.
        The United States had wanted to do it the year before. We wanted something to bring the war to a successful end as quickly as possible. The Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin had also been clamoring for the Western allies to open up a second front against the Germans. Winston Churchill, however, had balked. He seemed to want to piddle around in the Mediterranean.