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Columns

  • The Keystone Pipeline: Key to our economic recovery

  • Switch to Traditional Medicare still possible

    By Rev. Geoff Hubbard
    Chair of the Board of Directors
    Bedford Parish Nurse Ministry

  • Bashing the ‘Massachusetts moderate’

    Newt Gingrich’s win in the South Carolina primary was a victory for the so-called social conservatives, and all the other right-wingers who practice conservatism like it’s a religion.
        In other words, it was a win for all the worst and most extreme elements in American politics.

  • Beware of unintended consequences

  • The Keystone Kops

    here seems to be a revival of incompetence as it applies to the proposed Keystone pipeline.
        And just like their fictional counterparts of the silent film comedies in the early 20th century, those who seek to police this issue operate in a state of confusion, uncertain of what to do but determined to do it anyway.
        The problem with these Kops, however, is that the stakes are real. And the consequences of their actions, if followed, will have long-lasting destructive effects for our country.

  • Town Meeting

        I will be holding a Town Meeting at the Moneta Library on January 21st from 10:00 to 11:30 a. m.  I hope you will find the time to stop by and talk about Bedford County.

  • A new year with the same challenges

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As I met with fellow citizens from the 5th District this past week and attended events and roundtables in Charlottesville down to Southside, it remains clear that creating jobs, removing burdensome government regulations on small business owners, and putting our economy on a fiscally sustainable course continue to be the top priorities for Central and Southside Virginians.

     

  • Protecting our system of checks and balances

  • Romney won’t be stopped now

    Primaries and caucuses will continue as the Republican presidential race plays out until the summer convention, but for all practical purposes, it’s over. Mitt Romney will be the party’s 2012 nominee for president.
        There seems to be no realistic scenario for anyone – even a still-mentioned “late entry” into the race – to prevent what appears inevitable.

  • The public’s right to know shouldn’t be a burden

    Gadov. Bob McDonnell released this week 20 ways in which he wants to see the state government become less burdensome on local governments. Some of those are good ideas and should be addressed. Some, however, are simply an ongoing attempt to hide what government is doing and should be rejected.
        When it comes to having the government’s actions open to the public, any attempts to hide those actions is a step backward. That’s why including two references to the public’s right to know in the mandate proposal is not acceptable.