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Columns

  • 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.

  • Don’t let kittens loose

    By Karin Sherbin

    Bedford Humane Society

        Most people think of this time of year only as spring, but for people in animal rescue it’s called the kitten season as young unwanted cats overwhelm shelters or else are abandoned to fend for themselves.
        If anyone thinks they are doing the kittens (or even grown cats) a favor by letting them loose instead of surrendering them to a shelter, they need to think again.

  • Taking action to reduce gas prices

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This past week was another one spent in the District meeting with and talking to people across Central and Southside Virginia.

     

  • Putting Americans back to work

    While the national unemployment rate has improved slightly, millions of Americans continue to struggle to find work. The only way to help these individuals and our economy recover is to tear down barriers to job creation and get Washington out of the way.