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Columns

  • Taking control of the budget

  • Donald Trump lost in ‘birther’ land

        The resistance to Barack Obama as President of the United States has produced a virus of hysteria among some people in this country. The “birthers” are the one manifestation of this that just won’t die out.

        Now, along comes a very prominent person, the billionaire real estate mogul, Donald Trump, who says he’s interested in running for president. You’d think, given his success in business and finance, that Trump might want to highlight the deficit and the debt, job creation, and similar issues.

  • Getting ready for the big one

        A last minute deal between “Democrats” and Republicans on April 8 avoided a government shutdown. As details emerged last week, it became apparent why nobody was happy with the result.

        The “Democrats” didn’t want any cuts at all. A lot of Republicans aren’t happy because a lot of cuts appear to be not real cuts at all. Furthermore funding for the EPA, and a few other things that many Republicans are not happy with, didn’t get cut as deeply as they would have liked.

  • The Good News

    hen the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.  And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.

        And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

  • Letters 04/13/11

    Accountable decision

  • Continued focus on job creation

    This past week in Congress we continued to focus on taking the necessary steps to help foster a better environment for job creation for the people of the 5th District by shrinking the size and scope of the federal government, reducing unnecessary regulations, working to lower energy costs, and cutting spending.

     

  • Accessing energy and creating jobs for Virginians

    &Each week, folks across Virginia and the nation are confronted with the rising cost of energy, from the price at the pump to soaring electric bills. However, Virginians understand that a major component in lessening energy costs is to produce more energy. 

     

  • Allen’s worst nightmare: Tim Kaine!

        Last week wasn’t good for George Allen. The popular former governor of Virginia, Tim Kaine, who has most recently served as Democratic National Committee chairman, ended weeks of speculation with his formal entrance into the 2012 U.S. Senate race.

        Kaine had previously said he probably wasn’t interested in running for Senate, but that was before the incumbent Democrat, Jim Webb, bowed out. Kaine had been Option Number One for most Virginia Democrats since then.

  • Best entertainment value in Bedford

        Last week, the best entertainment value in Bedford turned out to be a board of supervisors budget work session. During the course of the work session, District 1 Supervisor Dale Wheeler likened Dr. Douglas Schuch to a copperhead and Xerxes, the 5th century B. C. Persian monarch who tried to conquer the Greek city-states.

        I don’t know if describing Dr. Schuch as a copperhead is accurate. He doesn’t seem particularly venomous. Overpaid, perhaps, but not venomous.

  • More than words are needed

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors took a stand last week with the School Board’s adopted budget: Change your mind about closing any schools or forget about getting an extra $1.1 million in additional county funding.