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Columns

  • Charting a new course of fiscal discipline and restraint

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

  • Honoring and remembering our 40th President, Ronald Reagan

    Just days ago we marked what would have been the 100th birthday of our nation’s 40th President, Ronald Wilson Reagan.  It was a time to honor a man who led such an extraordinary life which had a profound impact on the span of human history.


    President Reagan was born in a small town in Illinois.  At his birth his father remarked, “…who knows, he might grow up to be president some day.”  He couldn’t have known just how true these simple words would be one day.

  • What you should know about skin lesions

    By Eugene W. Lowe Jr., M.D.

    Bedford Surgery

     Spending a good amount of time in the sun can cause many skin problems, including skin lesions, permanent sun spots, wrinkles, blotchiness and one of the most dangerous side effects, skin cancer. Skin cancer affects more than those with fair skin. A blistering sunburn as a child can double the risk of developing skin cancer sometime later in life.
        Skin cancer risk factors (National Cancer Institute):
    Skin that easily burns or freckles

  • House budget includes adjustments to VRS

        The temperatures outside have begun to rise, and this week in Richmond the General Assembly passed the legislative halfway point of session: Crossover.  In addition, the House and Senate released their plans to amend Virginia’s two-year budget.  It was an event-filled week, one including sad news that led to a rare occurrence in the Capitol.

  • Budget process begins

    By Chuck Neudorfer
    District 2 Supervisor

        I am having my quarterly Town Meeting from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Moneta Library on Saturday, February 19.  Please stop any time during that time and we can talk about any topic you chose.

  • Egypt’s revolution: Old lessons learned anew

        In Warren Beatty’s 1981 film, “Reds,” journalist and activist Jack Reed is discussing the pros and cons of Eugene Debs’ 1912 presidential campaign with renowned anarchist Emma Goldman and a few others.

        “Don’t you think,” someone asks Goldman, “that if Debs gets a lot of votes, it will strengthen the anti-war coalition?”

  • An opportunity to look good

        So far it seems that President Barack Obama has had some success in his effort to climb out of the hole that he dug for himself during the first half of his presidency.

  • Too much

    The national debt just continues to grow — and significant cuts apparently won’t be on the way anytime soon.

        President Obama’s budget, released this week, projects more record federal deficits for the current fiscal year and an overall debt greater than the size of of the total U.S. economy.
        It’s not a pretty picture.

  • Getting back to the district: Jobs remain a top priority

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • We must scrap the tax code

    Just days ago in his annual State of the Union address, President Obama said ‘the best thing we could do on taxes for all Americans is to simplify the individual tax code’.  The President stated he was prepared to work with the Congress in this effort.  I couldn’t agree more. For a number of years now I have introduced bipartisan legislation, the Tax Code Termination Act, to abolish our current tax code.  My legislation, which I recently introduced in this new Congress, can be the impetus for overhauling and simplifying our tax system.