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Columns

  • We must put an end to Washington’s reckless spending

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • We must cut, cap and balance

    Currently the leadership of both the House and the Senate are engaged in ongoing discussions with President Obama about the future of our country. The negotiations center around the amount of debt the federal government can incur. Unfortunately, because of continued out-of-control spending, we are facing a situation where Congress is once again being asked to increase that amount in order to avoid default.

  • Congressman Hurt should support, not cut, Bay cleanup efforts

       By Ann F. Jennings


    In February, Congressman Robert Hurt voted to support a measure to block funding for all federal work to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. Ironically, these include long stretches of the polluted Appomattox , James, and Rivanna rivers flowing through his district.

  • GOP should heed McConnell’s warning

        By the time you read this it’s possible that a deal has already been reached on the debt ceiling crisis.

        Even if that is the case, and we’ve successfully avoided a U.S. default, there are still some political lessons that remain.
        First, Republicans need to stop trying to fool everyone about how jobs are created. Rich people do not create jobs. Period. That is a conservative myth, particularly a Reagan myth.

  • Doom and gloom a bit premature

        I’m an optimist of sorts. If somebody says, “It can’t get any worse,” I’ll reply, “Oh yes it can!” I usually tend to see the glass as half empty and think that every silver lining has a dark cloud. I also tend to waste a lot of time crossing bridges that I never actually get to.

  • Congratulations and thanks

    Conservation Police Sergeant Karl P. Martin has helped make Smith Mountain Lake and this area much safer during his years of service. Last month he was appropriately recognized for his service.

  • Protecting taxpayers in the 5th District

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    This past week the Department of Labor released a very disappointing jobs report for the month of June. Our national unemployment rate rose to an unacceptable 9.2 percent and only 18,000 jobs were created.

  • 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.