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Columns

  • Romney fails to win LU crowd

    Mitt Romney was treated with politeness and respect at his commencement speech at Liberty University last weekend.
        But that’s all. There was no emotional or deep-seated show of support for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. I watched the address on a streaming video from Roanoke’s CBS affiliate, WDBJ-TV.

  • Obama contributes to Romney campaign


        I read last week that President Barack Obama made a contribution to Mitt Romney’s campaign. Of course, he didn’t pull out his checkbook and write Romney’s campaign a check, but what President Obama did was even better. He came out openly in favor of same-sex marriage.

  • Virginia in the battleground spotlight

    There was a long time when the way Virginia voted in presidential elections wasn’t debated or wondered about. It was taken for granted.
        After going for Lyndon Johnson in 1964, everything changed in Virginia when the national Democratic Party embraced civil rights legislation. Most white segregationists took their racism to the Republican Party or became independents, as did the Byrd family. It was the beginning of the end of the old Byrd Machine in Virginia.

  • The rush to the exits


        One of the many troubling aspects of President Barack Obama’s national defense policy is his rush to the exits in Afghanistan. When he first ran for president, back in 2008, he called the war in Afghanistan the “necessary war” contrasting it with the war in Iraq.
        He was right back then. Invading Iraq in 2003 was something we could have avoided as we had Saddam Hussein contained. Afghanistan, however, was a totally different situation. Let’s remember why we are there in the first place.

  • 5th District concerns generate legislation: The Preserving Rural Resources Act

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Hearing the feedback from the people of the 5th District is very important to me. That is why I have spent countless hours traveling across the 5th District and visiting Central and Southside Virginians in their neighborhoods and their workplaces. The concerns that I hear from the citizens from Danville to Charlottesville and from Franklin to Brunswick guide me as I serve the 5th District in Washington.

     

  • Protecting our economic and national security

  • Pension plan for veterans

    By Bob Kibler

        Veterans with low incomes who are either permanently and totally disabled, or ages 65 and older, may be eligible for monetary support if they have 90 days or more of active military service, at least one day of which was during a period of war.

  • Analysts blame GOP for D.C. gridlock

    Everyone knows there’s gridlock in Washington and that it’s probably worse than it’s ever been. But the common explanation for it may be wrong.
        Asked to explain, most people would render a “well, both parties, liberals and conservatives alike, share the blame” Or, nothing gets done in Washington because all politicians are alike, and they’re only out for themselves.

  • Government can think creatively


        In an era of tight budgets, the Bedford County Department of Parks and Recreation is doing something right. The staff are finding creative ways to fulfill their mission; and even improve the way they fulfill their mission, without asking the county’s taxpayers for more money.

  • Tax reform is key to a prosperous future

    It’s that time of year again. One that is marked by hours of work, piles of forms, confusing instructions, and the prospect of turning your hard-earned money over to the government – tax season.