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Columns

  • 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.

  • ‘Social issues’ won’t win in November

    Much is being written about Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s marching orders to his Republican troops. “Don’t overreach,” he said, after his party had claimed supreme power in the state senate.
        Last week, he got a strong lesson in how powerfully they ignored him. And they got a lesson in just how much he wants to be Mitt Romney’s running mate.

  • Keep taxes low and regulation light

  • Preserving the american dream in honor of our veterans

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Our country continues to face great challenges as we work toward balancing our budget, getting Americans back to work, and putting our nation on a fiscally sustainable course.  And though this battle will not easily be won, it is a battle that we must continue to fight if we want to preserve the American Dream for our children and grandchildren.

     

  • A reckless and irresponsible budget

    This past week, President Obama sent his budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 to Congress. A budget proposal which contains more failed attempts to tax, spend, borrow and bail our way out of the economic difficulties that the country faces. It is these same reckless fiscal policies that have so far failed to jump start our economy.

  • Statewide Burning Law now in effect

    By  Marci L. Stone
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue

        Virginia’s Statewide Burning Law went into effect on  February 15, also marking the start of spring fire season. 
        This law prohibits open burning before 4 p.m. each day between February 15  and April 30, 2012.  This statewide law has been implemented annually because open burning has become a major cause of wildland fires throughout our state and across the nation.   

  • A full assault on women’s rights

    The Virginia General Assembly is working hard to confound all the fears many of us had when Republicans refused a power-sharing agreement and stormed to all the power they could get after a 20-20 tie in the state senate.
        If anything, the power of the party’s most extreme members to get things done may be even worse than we imagined. What’s developed during this session, amid all the usual pro-gun bills, is nothing less than a militant assault on women’s rights.

  • President Obama scares me


        I’ve always strongly opposed most of President Barack Obama’s policies because I’ve thought most of them were really bad ideas. This includes ObamaCare, which I figured would take a health care system that had serious problems and make a total train wreck of it.

  • The legislative line-item veto

    By Congressman Robert Hurt