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Columns

  • Perry could still come back

        America is getting sick to death of President Barack Obama. When pitted against a generic Republican in polls, he loses. Over the last few months, the negative gap between those who strongly disapprove of him and those who strongly approve of him has been higher than at any time during his presidency. It stood at -19 in a Rasmussen poll on Nov. 8.

  • Zoning ordinance update

    The time to speak out is now.

        This Thursday, Nov. 10, a public hearing will be held to give citizens the chance to speak out about proposed changes to Bedford County’s zoning ordinance.
        The county recently completed the first phase of updating the zoning ordinance, which was first adopted in 1998. The Board of Supervisors has approved the changes that were submitted by the Planning Commission after many months of deliberation.
        And not everyone has agreed on the process, or the changes.

  • We can’t wait – the Senate must act

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    The past week I testified before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power in support of the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, a bill I co-authored with Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD).

     

  • Working to protect American innovation and jobs

    two weeks ago special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided a farmers market in Washington, D.C. They seized $3 million worth of counterfeit goods including purses, wallets, perfume, watches, shoes, clothes, music and movies. In total they found almost 20,000 pieces of counterfeit merchandise.

     

  • Town meeting

        By now you should have received a letter from the County with regard to the zoning of  your property under the new proposed Zoning Ordinance.  Some additional information has appeared in the local newspapers describing the ordinance changes. 

  • Alien cartoon correct about the GOP

        If ever there was a political cartoon that was just perfectly brilliant, it was the one in the Roanoke Times last week.

        In it, a man and his wife step outside onto their front porch to see a space ship sitting in the front yard. They look at and listen intently to the alien who has emerged from the craft.
    He says, “We have been watching transmissions of something called ‘the Republican debates,’ and we see no reason for your species to continue.”

  • Strange stories and an amazing fact

        This election season has been one of strange stories and amazing facts.

        One of the amazing facts is that, for the first time in the 14 years that I have been covering the Bedford area, there are contested elections. During those years, most school board and board of supervisors incumbents have run for reelection unopposed.

  • Get out and Vote!

    Next Tuesday is the big day! It's the day that we get to do more than just gripe about the government. It's the day we get to do something about it. Nov. 8 is election day.

        Last month the people of the little North African country of Tunisia got to exercise a basic human right that Americans have had for more than two centuries. That country had its first free and fair election in its history and that day didn't come easy. They had to run a dictator out of the country earlier this year and some Tunisians died in the effort.

  • 5th District job creators express discouragement with government regulations

    This past week I held a jobs roundtable with nearly 60 local small business leaders in Danville to talk about the House of Representatives’ pro-growth jobs plan and to hear from our true job creators about ways to help jumpstart our economy.

     

  • Holding the Justice Department accountable

    Just days before Christmas 2010, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, a member of the Border Patrol’s elite Search, Trauma and Rescue team was on patrol with three other agents. He was ten miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border when a gun fight broke out with as many as five illegal aliens. Agent Terry was fatally wounded.