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Columns

  • Will you please stop whining!

        A delegation from the teachers’ union showed up at last week’s board of supervisors meeting to whine about their pay. What a tragic tale they told! Maybe they should have brought somebody in to play sad music as their woeful story unfolded.
        “It’s just not possible to get to the end of the month on their salary,” whined one teachers’ union representative.

  • Fifth District Virginians visit our nation’s capital for the 57th Presidential Inauguration

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

  • The House continues its work on pro-growth legislation

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    The House of Representatives has wasted no time in addressing the pressing issues that we as a nation confront. Over the past week, the House acted to put our nation back on a path to fiscal sustainability, and we have introduced two bills that will rein in the federal government’s over-reach to protect individual liberties and get our economy back on track.

     

  • Crafting a simpler, pro-growth tax code

    We often hear that nothing in this world is certain except death and taxes. However, the current federal tax code is a source of much uncertainty for many taxpayers. With Americans spending more than 6.1 billion hours to prepare and file their tax returns, it is clear that the current tax code is no longer working in a fair manner.

  • Uranium a main issue last week

        It may be snowing outside, but the General Assembly is heating up.  Committees are busy considering bills. The House and the Senate have even begun holding floor votes on legislation and sending them across the Capitol to the other chamber for consideration.  And, several organizations have flooded the halls and offices of the General Assembly Building, seeking to sway the votes on legislation they favor or oppose.

  • Bill will make access to vital records easier

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    District 23

        With fewer than 30 days before the 2013 General Assembly session is scheduled to end, things are moving briskly at the Capitol.   With the deadline for submitting bills now passed, we know just how much legislation will have to be considered during this year’s session.

  • More on the 2nd Amendment

    Taking offense

    By Tandy Amburgey
    Vinton

        I take offense at Mr. Howell’s slanderous comparison of the NRA with Nazi leaders Goebbels and Hitler! He forgets that this “gun lovers” group marched off to war along with the Bedford Boys to fight a guy named Hitler. They went with skills given them by the NRA.

  • John Kerry and U.S. foreign policy

    Early on, it was clear that John Kerry of Massachusetts had the qualites and the desire to do great things with his life.
        As a student leader at Yale in the early 1960s, Kerry could feel the promise of the decade, personified by the inspiration of the young president, John F. Kennedy.
        Third world countries were escaping the bonds of colonialism, yet the Cold War was raging. Kennedy’s assassination was the first blow to idealistic hopes in that decade.

  • A movie worth watching

        I’ve long been a fan of Sheriff Mike Brown’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC). I thought it was a great idea from the time it first got rolling as Operation Blue Ridge Thunder just before the turn of the century.
        The Internet is a wonderful thing. I use it for research and I use it to buy things. It also makes it possible for me to talk with Oksana, my favorite Russian, via Skype without having to pay a long distance charge.

  • Creating a pro-jobs economy

    Job creation is key to a thriving economy.  While unemployment numbers have dropped over the last year, millions of jobless Americans continue to search for work every day.  For these folks, a job in 2013 would be a welcome change.  The only way to help these individuals and our economy recover is to tear down barriers to job creation and get Washington out of the way.