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Columns

  • We must balance the federal budget

  • Are we in permanent decline?

        I saw a bumper sticker the other day that truly surprised me: The word “America” was emblazoned across the top in all caps with a little message underneath.

        Before I could read the rest, I expected it to be the usual patriotic bombast that you generally see. Instead, it said: “America: Sure was Great While it Lasted.”

  • More thoughts on our debt ceiling

        The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. Not only is it a bright, cheerful celebration with fireworks and such, but it marks the beginning of American independence. It didn’t come easy. The men who signed that document knew they were signing their death warrant if they were captured, but, after a long, difficult struggle, we emerged as a sovereign nation.

  • Celebrating America’s greatness this Independence Day

    As our nation comes together to celebrate this 4th of July holiday, we are once again reminded of the founding principles that guided our Founders as they carefully and deliberately crafted and signed the Declaration of Independence.

     

  • Protecting Americans right to work

  • Nursing Home Care for veterans

        The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides nursing home services to veterans through three national programs: VA owned and operated nursing homes, state veterans homes owned and operated by states and community nursing programs.

        VA nursing homes typically admit residents requiring short term skilled care or those who have a 70 percent or greater service connected disability.

  • GOP considers two Mormons (moderates?)

        Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, not just in life but even in presidential politics.

        Given the rise of the religious right in Republican Party politics since the 1980s, the GOP has been seen by many as almost a completely religious party.
        But no one would have foreseen that next year, two of the party’s leading presidential candidates would be…Christians, yes, but…Mormons?

  • Take it with a grain of salt

        Congress is still haggling, and making little apparent progress, on raising America’s debt ceiling.  We bumped our heads on that ceiling back in May and we are facing a technical default on our national debt on Aug. 2 if the debt ceiling isn’t raised.  Both Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and  Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke have warned of economic catastrophe if that happens. I also read, a few months ago, warnings that the bond market could get spooked well before we reach doomsday if significant progress isn’t made.

  • Thumbs up, thumbs down

    Thumbs up to Bedford City Council.

        Once again Council saw the value in holding its interviews for a public position in public. Faced with the task of having to appoint three members to the City School Board, Council used that as an opportunity to allow the questions members asked, and the responses applicants made, to be heard in a public forum.

  • Protecting jobs by defending Virginia’s right to work status

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Over the past two and a half years, the Administration has imposed several unnecessary government regulations and mandates on the private sector that have destroyed jobs, stifled innovation, and slowed our economic recovery.