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Columns

  • War’s end should be quicker

        Now that the real reason for going into Afghanistan is behind us, it should only be logical to escalate our exit from a war that 60 percent of Americans no longer support anyway.

        The Obama Administration had already planned to begin withdrawing troops this July, with plans to be out entirely by 2014.

  • My gratitude to an old soldier

        We said goodbye to one more of the Bedford Boys last week. Ray Noell was originally a member of Company A, although he had been transferred out of the company in 1942 after Capt. Taylor Fellers sent him and a couple of others off to officer candidate school. He came ashore in Normandy two days after D-Day and commanded a platoon in another company in the brutal hedgerow fighting.

  • Too much

    “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”

  • Veterans' widow pension benefits

        The topics for this month are the widow befits programs  of which there are two program, each distinctively different and each  with its own eligibility criteria.

        The first to be addressed is the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) program.  For a survivor to be eligible for DIC compensation the veteran’s death must have resulted from one of the following causes;
        1. A disease or injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty while on active duty or active duty for training.

  • Do not ignore the facts

        “There is no art for art’s sake. There are no, and cannot be “free” artists, writers, poets, dramatists, directors or journalists, standing above the society. Nobody needs them.” Josef Stalin, 1946

  • Expanding American energy production

    By Congressman Rober Hurt

     

    This past week started off with a great victory in the war on terror.

     

  • Justice is the reward for vigilance

    Nearly ten years ago, Americans looked on in horror as the events of September 11, 2001 unfolded. At the end of the day the skyline of one of our greatest cities was forever changed, the Pentagon, a symbol of America’s military strength was still smoldering, and a previously indistinguishable field in western Pennsylvania had suddenly and terribly become an unmarked grave for America’s newest heroes.

     

  • Give Obama the credit he deserves

        After first digesting the news of Osama bin Laden’s death on May 1, I had two quick thoughts: I’d glad that’s over, and that this man who took such an evil path in his life and caused so much death and suffering has finally been brought to justice.

        Then, I thought, Barack Obama just got himself re-elected in 2012. More on that later…

  • Neither Keynesian nor a stimulus

        Last month, the Wall Street Journal offered the opinion that the “Democrats” stimulus has acted as a drag, rather than a boost, to the economy. They dubbed it a “Keynesian discount” on growth.

        I think those folks are being rather charitable. They're at least giving "Democrats" credit for attempting a Keynesian stimulus. Actually, what the “Democrats” did was neither Keynesian nor a stimulus. It was just a cynical partisan political ploy.

  • Investigation should end

    Osama bin Laden is dead.

        Now it’s time for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to see the criminal investigation into CIA agents who used enhanced interrogation techniques against captured terrorists meets the same fate. That investigation should end; it should have never been started in the first place.