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Columns

  • More fiscal drama ahead

  • Be safe, have fun

    The unofficial kick off of summer took place this week and Smith Mountain Lake was full with those enjoying all the offerings it has.

        With the summer season upon us, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is reminding all boaters to remember some important safety tips this boating season. 

  • New family caregiver program

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), on 4 May, 2011, published the interim final rule for implementing the Family Caregiver Program for the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Service Act 2010.  This new rule will provide additional support to eligible post 9/11 veterans who elect to receive their care in a home setting from a Primary Family Caregiver.

  • The effects of rising gas prices on the 5th District

    This past week, I attended and hosted over 20 events throughout the 5th District. We made stops in Charlottesville, Danville, South Boston, Chase City, Farmville, Hardy, Rocky Mount, Java, Martinsville, Lawrenceville, Kenbridge, and Chatham.

     

  • Hearing from my constituents

  • How bad can the GOP field get?

        The weak and mediocre state of the Republican presidential field for 2012 has become such a given in recent weeks, I almost feel like I’m picking on them if I write about it….

        But, I said almost…Honestly, I’ve observed presidential politics for a long time, since about 1968, and I’ve never seen a field of “contenders” from an out-of-power party – Democratic or Republican – that’s this bad.

  • Mission accomplished

        Do you remember, back in 2003, when President George W. Bush strode onto the deck on an aircraft carrier with a banner emblazoned with “Mission accomplished” hanging from the carrier’s island? He’s often been ridiculed by the left because of this, and that’s why I laughed when I read Rick Howell’s “The Liberal Agenda” last week.

  • Honoring the intelligence community in the 5th District

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This past week the House approved H.R. 754, the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 with near unanimous support. This bill provides and allocates critical resources for the intelligence community that help keep 5th District Virginians and all Americans safe.

     

  • We need a comprehensive strategy to promote American-made energy

    As the summer months quickly approach and families start to plan vacations, our country continues to struggle with high energy costs. Since energy is vital to every sector of the U.S. economy these increased costs are affecting everyone. With the national average for a gallon of gasoline hovering around $4.00, the need for comprehensive energy legislation is quite apparent.

     

  • Open up D-Day Foundation and let sunshine in

    It is time to open up the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, add new members to the foundation’s board, and let sunshine in on its planning, operations, and finances.  

        For years, the foundation has operated as a close-hold, private organization, run by a self-selected board of directors, which, in turn, selects a president. The foundation has held information about its plans, operations, and finances close to the vest.