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Columns

  • Legislation moving quickly

        This week, we were reminded of how quickly legislation moves during the short session, as one of my bills made it to the floor of the House after just one week.  House Bill 1419 would end Virginia’s mandate that girls receive the human papillomavirus vaccine before entering the sixth grade.

        The mandate was passed by the General Assembly in 2007.  This decision made it the first time that Virginia mandated vaccinations for a disease that cannot be transmitted through casual contact.

  • Repeal of health care reform will fail

        Shame on all the conservative Republicans, including Bob Goodlatte and Robert Hurt, who voted in the House to repeal President Obama’s health care reform law.

        Let all Americans know what this means: House Republicans care more about the profits of the insurance industry than they do about 50 million Americans without health insurance.

  • Time for some guarded optimism

        It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Hey, wait a minute! Somebody already used that! Oh well, it’s a Dickens of a good opening.

  • Park Service comes to Bedford

    Long before the National D-Day Memorial opened in Bedford a decade ago, skeptics expressed doubts about its location and its ability to draw enough visitors to remain economically viable. ...

        The privately run Memorial, in the Blue Ridge foothills between Lynchburg and Roanoke, has struggled financially from the start. Shortly after the monument and grounds opened to the public, the foundation overseeing the property filed for bankruptcy amid serious allegations of mismanagement.

  • Moving forward together

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Resilience in the face of tragedy

  • Up and running

    The Virginia General Assembly is up and running for 2011, and we are gearing up for a “short” session that will deal with major issues.  General Assembly sessions held in odd-numbered years are called “short” because they have two fewer weeks than the 60-day sessions held in even-numbered years.  This year’s session is scheduled to end on February 26.

  • Arizona sheriff raised the right questions

        “Pretty soon we’re not going to be able to find reasonable, decent people willing to subject themselves to serve in public office.”

        Those were the words of Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, after the awful shooting in his state that killed six people and almost killed a Democratic Congresswoman.

  • Two special victories

        Once again, “Democrats” did not do well in an election.

  • Thumbs up, thumbs down

    Cutting costs

        If there’s anything good about the struggling economy over the past few years, it’s that government is learning to operate with fewer dollars. It’s no longer business as usual and those who spend taxpayers’ dollars are having to learn to do more with less. In many cases that has meant thinking outside of the box.