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Columns

  • The real atrocity

      
        I was wondering how long it would be before Rick Howell would write about the mass murder allegedly carried out by an American soldier in Afghanistan. His Liberal Agenda column in last week’s paper did not disappoint me. It was everything I expected it to be, right down to his drawing a parallel between this crime and the My Lai massacre in Vietnam.

  • The House is focused on job creation

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Two years later: The president’s health care law

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As I continue meeting and talking with citizens across the 5th District, it remains clear that too many are suffering not only from the President’s economic policies, but also from the budget-busting policies put forth in the government takeover of health care that was signed into law nearly two years ago today.

     

  • Fighting the government takeover of health care

    I have fought President Obama and the Democrats’ health care law since its earliest stages. I spoke out in strong opposition to the bill when the Democrats passed it against the wishes of the overwhelming majority of the American people and one of my first acts of the 112th Congress was to co-sponsor and vote to repeal this monstrosity in its entirety. At every turn I have worked to repeal and defund this government takeover of our health care system including strongly supporting numerous bills that would repeal some of the most egregious provisions of the law.

  • A glaring U.S. atrocity in Afghanistan

    The lead of a March 17 Associated Press story summed things up very aptly: “Afghan President Hamid Karzai say’s he’s at ‘the end of the rope,’ and a majority of Americans feel the same way.”
        The story, of course, was about Army staff sergeant Robert Bales and a U.S. atrocity in Afghanistan. Bales is believed to be the soldier who walked into a village and shot 16 people to death, nine of them children. It’s been reported that some of the bodies were set on fire.

  • Poison gas, anyone?


        Senator John McCain wants to bomb Syria. In a speech he gave a couple of weeks ago, Senator McCain called for the United States to lead an international effort to carry out piloted air strikes on Syrian government forces.

  • Keeping America farming

  • The Facts about our founding fathers and religion

    By Chris Watts
    Bedford

        In last week’s editorial about the separation of church and state, Rick Howell used a lot of generalizations to make his point that our founding fathers did not intend for America to be a Christian nation. 

  • Stay informed about severe weather

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue
     
         February 24, 2012,Bedford County went under the first Tornado Watch for the 2012 Tornado season. 
        According to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management last year Virginia had 51 tornadoes, the second highest number on record.  It is important for everyone to stay informed of the potential for severe weather and to know what to do when watches and warnings are in effect for Bedford County. 

  • Special session tackles budget standoff

    By Del. Kathy Byron
    22nd District

        The General Assembly adjourned the 2012 regular session Saturday night, and immediately called itself into special session.  The reason for the special session is the continued budget standoff.  But based on the events of the final week of the regular session, a resolution to the impasse may be coming sooner rather than later.