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Columns

  • Honoring the sacrifices of our veterans by putting an end to out of control government spending

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This past week, as our nation came together on Veterans Day to honor those who have served our country, I traveled across the 5th District and met with and talked to many Central and Southside Virginia veterans.

     

    In addition to attending events throughout the District, I hosted veterans’ roundtables in Danville and Charlottesville to hear directly from those who have given so much to our nation and to listen to some of their concerns.

  • The land of the free and the home of the brave

    With the recent commemoration of Veterans Day, Americans across this country had the opportunity to honor the lives and sacrifices of the men and women in our nation’s armed forces past and present. They have dedicated themselves to securing the safety and freedom of their fellow Americans by putting the needs of their country before their own. We enjoy rights and freedoms unmatched by any other nation in the world and it is these brave servicemen and women who have made and continue to make that possible.

  • Conservative causes lose at polls

        One year before national Republicans are counting on ejecting Barack Obama from the White House, they and their various extremist causes took a whipping last week at the polls.

        The best result was in Ohio, where voters rejected Gov. John Kasich’s attempt to destroy the public sector unions. By a wide margin, Ohio voters repealed a law passed in the spring that would have prohibited bargaining for health care benefits by teachers, firefighters and other state employees.

  • It’s a mean economy

        We are experiencing a really mean economy, the worst I’ve ever seen. In fact, I believe that there are probably few people still living who can remember it being worse. Nationally, the unemployment rate is 9 percent and job growth has been sluggish. Two years after the recession’s end we’ve only made up for perhaps about a fourth of the jobs that were destroyed in the downturn. In the meantime, more new graduates have entered the job market.

  • Time to get together

    The makeup of two of the county’s governing bodies will change significantly, come Jan. 1.

        Last week’s elections saw an incumbent from both the Board of Supervisors and the School Board defeated in the local races and each board will also have at least one newcomer.

  • Cutting through government red tape

    Over the last few weeks I have been holding telephone town hall meetings with constituents across the 6th Congressional District. These telephone town hall meetings are a great way for me to speak directly to the residents of the 6th District and to gather their thoughts and opinions on the important issues of the day. As my constituents continue to express frustration over the stagnant economy, they have been particularly concerned about the excessive mandates and costly regulations that are being forced upon our citizens from the federal government.

  • “Obstructionism Is Not Leadership”

    Recently, I spoke on the Senate floor regarding a filibuster by Senate Republicans to block my legislation to establish a bipartisan National Criminal Justice Commission, though it enjoys support from more than 100 organizations including the National Sheriffs’ Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, the ACLU, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the Sentencing Project.

     

  • Fair Trade Sale: A win-win event

    By Kathy Lietz


        In India, an old lady knits scarves in a corner of the kitchen in her son’s home.  Her handiwork is sold through Fair Trade venues.  She is able to earn her keep and be a contributing member of her family.

  • Earn a scholarship and serve our community

    By Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown

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    www.bedfordcountysheriff.org

  • Cain shouldn’t hide behind race

        Republican presidential surprise Herman Cain hit a big bump in his “road to the White House” last week when he fought allegations of sexual harassment.

        The political Web site, Politico.com, broke the story, which was then in every other media outlet within minutes.
        At first, the pizza king said he couldn’t remember any incidents that would have led a woman to file such a complaint. A fuzzy memory is always good in these situations, isn’t it?