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Columns

  • 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.

  • 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.