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Columns

  • Congratulations Class of 2011

    We congratulate the close to 800 Bedford County high school graduates from the Class of 2011. You're to be commended for this achievement and for the work you've already done.

        We also  look forward to what you will accomplish in the days ahead. You have great potential: Make the most of it!
        And don't forget these words offered on your behalf at your graduation ceremonies on Saturday:

  • A pro-growth plan to spur job creation in the 5th District

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Central and Southside Virginians have made it abundantly clear that the most important issue facing the people of the 5th District is job creation, and the disappointing May unemployment report highlighted the critical need for real change in our nation’s Capitol.

     

  • Americans deserve a waiver from the new health care law

    Nearly a year and a half ago, with total disregard for the will of the American people, President Obama signed the new health care reform legislation into law. This new law is defined by federal regulations, mandates, a myriad of new big government programs, and a significant increase in federal spending and debt at a cost to our country too high to bear.

  • ‘Tea Party’ flexing its alleged muscle

        In the Virginia legislative elections for this year and in next year’s presidential race, we haven’t seen the end of the “tea party” thing. Not yet, anyway.

        It seems their candidates are popping up everywhere and their alleged influence is under scrutiny at the national level.

  • Giving credit where credit is due

        I’m still am not sure what to make of President Barack Obama. I’ve seen some Facebook postings nominating him as the worst president ever, although I don’t think that description fits him. Jimmy Carter still has a firm grip on that honor and I’ve come to the conclusion that President Obama is not Jimmy Carter II.

  • Town Meeting

    I will be at the Moneta Library from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on June 4 for my quarterly Town Meeting.  I hope you will come by to talk about any topic you wish.  

        The bigger topics might be the budget, real estate assessments and tax bills.  The budget has been passed and the funds will be allocated at our first meeting in June.  It was a difficult budget year, as you probably saw in the papers.  We are not anticipating an easier year next year but there will not be the added complicating factor of the reassessment.

  • A thank you to those who serve

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Memorial Day is a time for us to come together as a nation and honor the sacrifice of those brave men and women who have given their lives in defense of our country.

     

  • Putting Americans back to work and growing our economy

    Today, the American people are facing one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history.  Our economy remains sluggish, people fear losing their jobs and their homes, and many are worried about the future their children and grandchildren will inherit. They are deeply concerned about the outlook for our great country and wonder if their children will grow up in the same America they did.  People are looking for real solutions to the problems we face. 

     

  • Facebook, America’s newest small town

    By Beck Stanley

    Bedford

        Facebook is turning our world into a small town. From constant streams of useless rumors, to the birthdays of all 975 of your “friends,” the social networking site is building us into a digital community. People are able to log on, post whatever is on their mind about themselves or others, and later face few consequences for clicking “Remove Post,” an action that can erase prior behavior. Let’s see that happen in real life.

  • GOP Medicare scheme defeated

        Rep. Paul Ryan’s radical plan to end Medicare as we know it has met with two immediate results: defeat in the U.S. Senate, and a galvanizing point of organization for Democrats.

        Last week’s special U.S. House election in the state of New York surely gave Republicans a shock. Democrat Kathy Hochul won the race in a district that has rarely elected anyone from her party.