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Columns

  • Jobs remain our top priority

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Would this be legal?

  • Historic law triumphed over racism

    Nothing has probably defined the baby boomer generation in America more than the turbulent, inspiring, dangerous, and ultimately successful civil rights movement of the 1950s and ‘60s.
        In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in Brown v. Board of Education, that segregated schools were unconstitutional, that it was a violation of the rights of black children to be forced, only because of race, to attend schools that were inferior to those of whites.

  • A better proposal

        Talk about audacious!
        Or, perhaps “clueless” is the better descriptor.
        Jim Moran, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, recently complained that he and his colleagues are underpaid.
        The Virginia Democrat, whose 8th district abuts Washington, D.C., made his gripe in a recent interview with CQ Roll Call.

  • 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.