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Columns

  • Small businesses are powerful job creators

    Small businesses remain the backbone of our economy, and true economic recovery will come from rewarding the innovation and resilience of our local entrepreneurs. I have been fighting to shift the focus from bailing out big companies to investing in small business, and the tide is starting to turn towards a strategy of making, building, and growing things in America again.  

  • A pledge to America


    Six months ago House Republicans launched an innovative online forum, AmericaSpeakingOut.com.  This site allowed folks from all over the country to share their thoughts and suggestions for the future of our county.  We followed up with thousands of town hall meetings and other contacts with constituents. The goal was to start a national dialogue that brought the halls of Congress into American homes.  I am happy to report that is exactly what has happened.  

  • Rooting out corruption in our judicial system

    It is a rare occasion when the U.S. Congress impeaches a federal judge and removes the accused from the bench.  Indeed, only 15 federal judges have been impeached by the House of Representatives in our nation’s history.  However, when evidence emerges that an individual is abusing his judicial office for his own advantage, the integrity of the judicial system becomes compromised, and the Congress has the duty to investigate the matter and take the appropriate actions to end the abuse and restore confidence in the judicial system.

  • Help us protect you

    By Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown

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    www.bedfordcountysheriff.org

  • Perriello, Hurt race very close

        A few weeks ago, what I heard from Democratic activists and campaign operatives was four very dreaded words: The House is gone.

        Now, things seem to have brightened a bit. Polling shows that Democrats may not lose control of the House, after all. And, because of the nomination victory of “tea party” weirdo Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, the U.S. Senate seems safe for the party of working people.

  • Not a tempest in a teapot

        The TEA Party movement is certainly not a tempest in a teapot. It’s a tempest, alright, but it certainly won’t fit in a teapot. Right now, it looks more like a hurricane and it’s frightening the party hacks in both major parties.

  • The tale of two hearings

    It’s no wonder the American people have little confidence in the federal government. Two sets of testimony given in Washington last week revealed the severe problems with this nation’s current leadership — both in Congress and at the White House.

        To some, providing leadership for this nation appears to be nothing more than a big joke.

  • Rooting out corruption in our judicial system

    It is a rare occasion when the U.S. Congress impeaches a federal judge and removes the accused from the bench.  Indeed, only 15 federal judges have been impeached by the House of Representatives in our nation’s history.  However, when evidence emerges that an individual is abusing his judicial office for his own advantage, the integrity of the judicial system becomes compromised, and the Congress has the duty to investigate the matter and take the appropriate actions to end the abuse and restore confidence in the judicial system.

  • The strange GOP, tea party dance

        With primary elections over, Republicans are now burdened with candidates in several states that are considered so loopy that it may cost them any chance they may have had to take control of the U.S. Senate.

        It’s fascinating to watch the weird dance between Republican regulars and the pretentious, right-wing “tea party” extremists who act as though they just discovered the Constitution and that no one else knows about it.

  • Russia could be an ally

        Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Russia’s Defense Minister Anatoliy Serdyuko signed a memorandum of understanding on military cooperation last week. Gates hosted Serdyuko at the Pentagon.

        “I don’t see Russia as a threat,” Gates was quoted as saying after the meetings.