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Columns

  • Why we need a Republican Senate


        Late last week Congressman Robert Hurt sent out a news release on the JOBS Act, which passed the House of Representatives on a 390-23 vote. Congressman Hurt was one of those voting in favor of it. JOBS, in this case, is an acronym that stands for Jumpstart Our Business Startups. The act is actually a collection of six separate bills. An editorial that appeared in the March 8 edition of the Wall Street Journal the same day that we got the news release, while praising the JOBS Act, also calls the collection of bills “housekeeping.”

  • Federal government over-reach is “taking the breath” away from small businesses and family farms

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    During one of our district tours last year, a concerned constituent told me that federal government regulations are “taking the breath” away from small businesses and family farms in the 5th District. And as I make visits with Central and Southside Virginians across our district, I am constantly reminded of those words as I see the devastating effects that unnecessary federal regulations are having on families, individuals, and small businesses.

     

  • Protecting your private property rights

  • Farm Bureau files for judgment in Chesapeake Bay case

    By Donald Lewis
    Goode

        I agree with the law suit against the EPA.
        I am concerned they do not mention the chemical companies’ involvement in the Chesapeake Bay pollution of the nitrogen and phosphorus. The Monsantos and other big rich chemical companies have overloaded farmers for years. The cow manure is not the cause as our government is trying to make us believe.

  • A productive week

        This week Virginia entered into its fourth budget stalemate in 11 years.  This one, however, is very different from those that have occurred previously.

  • Reject anyone selling theocracy

    The United States of America has a long and honorable tradition of separation of church and state. Our Founding Fathers did not intend to form a theocratic “Christian nation.”
        The men (no women or blacks, remember) who founded this country had very differing views about religion. They knew what religious wars between Catholics and Protestants had done to Europe.

  • This is an exciting year


        One of the more memorable ads in this year’s Superbowl was a Mayan apocalypse themed Chevy commercial. The only thing that survives, other than Chevy trucks, are Twinkies. I was glad to see that the Twinkies survived as they were one of my favorites when I was a kid.

  • 5th District Virginians demand a sensible energy policy

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This past week, I traveled throughout the 5th District, making numerous stops in local businesses and neighborhoods in order to talk with Central and Southside Virginians about the pressing issues facing our nation that are most important to them.

     

  • Growing our economy through sound energy policy

    As I travel throughout the 6th Congressional District meeting with my constituents to gather their thoughts and opinions on the important issues of the day, they continue to express frustration over the stagnant economy. They are feeling the pinch and they are particularly concerned about the rising cost of energy, from the cost at the pump to soaring electric bills. Recent estimates indicate that Americans are paying over $1000 more a year in gas than they were just three years ago.

     

  • PTA’s roots are from Bedford

    By Nicole Sheppard
    Historian Virginia PTA
    historian@vapta.org

        How exciting that the PTA at Bedford Primary was one of 45 units across the nation and one of six local units in Virginia to win a $1000 grant from the National PTA as it honored the 115th anniversary of the founding.  The National Congress of Parents and Teachers (the National PTA) was founded in February 1897.  The National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers was founded in Georgia in 1926.