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Columns

  • Budgeting for the future

    Each year, families across Virginia set a household budget. Businesses in the Commonwealth, both large and small, do the same. This week, the House of Representatives acted on a budget plan for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins on October 1, 2014. In addition to laying out a blueprint for federal spending, the budget process is also an opportunity to strengthen programs like Medicare and Social Security and expand pro-growth economic reforms like tax reform, domestic energy production, and regulatory reform.

  • House plan to balance the budget, grow the economy, and protect hardworking taxpayers

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    Just as we have done each of the last four years, the House of Representatives approved an annual budget focused on setting a course for our nation and its future.  The Path to Prosperity budget puts us on a path to fiscal sustainability so we can preserve the promise of this great country for our children and grandchildren. 

     

  • Obama does something right

        I’m always amazed when President Barack Obama actually does something right. It’s so out of character for him. I guess even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then, and maybe that’s what President Obama has done in the midst of an otherwise incompetent, blundering foreign policy. Anyway, I have to give him credit for handling this situation well.

  • Forest Fire Department has busy first quarter

    By Ryan Burnette-Lieutentant/PIO
    Forest Vol Fire Department

        The first quarter of the year has been extremely busy for Forest Fire Department.
        March brought 53 calls for service, the largest being a 25 acre brush fire on Old Cifax Road. First Quarter totals for calls were 139, up 21 calls from the first quarter last year.
        Members logged over 5,500 man hours this quarter responding to calls, training, public education, maintenance, fundraising, and administrative duties.

  • New report: Climate change worsening

    Those who would deny climate change – or “global warming” as it’s sometimes called – already have a tough job, but it just got harder with the release of a new United Nations report.
        The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has won the Nobel Prize for its previous work. “Things are worse than we had predicted,” said a co-author of the report, referring to the group’s work in 2007.

  • It’s not the time to rethink the Libya ban

    Protecting American citizens from terrorist threats both at home and abroad is a fundamental role of the federal government. However, despite Libya’s long history of unrest and ongoing terrorist threats coming from the country, the Executive Branch has proposed reversing a longstanding prohibition against Libyans entering the United States to work in aviation maintenance, flight operations, or to study or train in nuclear-related fields. This shift in policy is misguided and ignores reality.

  • Maintaining a commitment to individual liberties

    Throughout America’s history, our country has been engaged in a profound debate on the limits of government. In the Federalist Papers, the Founders argued passionately for a federal government that would protect the American people from foreign threats. At the same time, they struggled to create a structure to contain and control that government in order to protect the God-given rights of the American people. In drafting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, they maintained a careful balance between preserving civil liberties and protecting our citizens from enemy threats.

  • A hole in our intelligence

        According to a March 24 Wall Street Journal article, the Russian military move that quickly sealed off all Ukrainian military bases early last month exposed a hole in our military intelligence gathering capability.

  • ‘Christian’ school rebukes little girl

    Lynchburg’s Timberlake Christian School has gotten national attention over its treatment of a female student who didn’t look “girly enough,” as one headline put it.
        Roanoke’s WDBJ, Channel 7, broke the story of 8-year-old Sunnie Kahle, who has short hair and prefers a boyish look.
        The Campbell County girl is being raised by her great-grandmother, who was surprised to get a letter from the school suggesting that the child go somewhere else.

  • Timberlake Christian School’s response to allegations

     Liberty Counsel has been asked to represent Timberlake Christian Schools and to correct the record regarding allegations made about Timberlake Christian Schools and an eight-year-old girl by her great-grandparents and reported by a WSET news station.
        The statement below is from the school.