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Columns

  • GOP should heed McConnell’s warning

        By the time you read this it’s possible that a deal has already been reached on the debt ceiling crisis.

        Even if that is the case, and we’ve successfully avoided a U.S. default, there are still some political lessons that remain.
        First, Republicans need to stop trying to fool everyone about how jobs are created. Rich people do not create jobs. Period. That is a conservative myth, particularly a Reagan myth.

  • Doom and gloom a bit premature

        I’m an optimist of sorts. If somebody says, “It can’t get any worse,” I’ll reply, “Oh yes it can!” I usually tend to see the glass as half empty and think that every silver lining has a dark cloud. I also tend to waste a lot of time crossing bridges that I never actually get to.

  • Congratulations and thanks

    Conservation Police Sergeant Karl P. Martin has helped make Smith Mountain Lake and this area much safer during his years of service. Last month he was appropriately recognized for his service.

  • Protecting taxpayers in the 5th District

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    This past week the Department of Labor released a very disappointing jobs report for the month of June. Our national unemployment rate rose to an unacceptable 9.2 percent and only 18,000 jobs were created.

  • We must balance the federal budget

  • Are we in permanent decline?

        I saw a bumper sticker the other day that truly surprised me: The word “America” was emblazoned across the top in all caps with a little message underneath.

        Before I could read the rest, I expected it to be the usual patriotic bombast that you generally see. Instead, it said: “America: Sure was Great While it Lasted.”

  • More thoughts on our debt ceiling

        The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. Not only is it a bright, cheerful celebration with fireworks and such, but it marks the beginning of American independence. It didn’t come easy. The men who signed that document knew they were signing their death warrant if they were captured, but, after a long, difficult struggle, we emerged as a sovereign nation.

  • Celebrating America’s greatness this Independence Day

    As our nation comes together to celebrate this 4th of July holiday, we are once again reminded of the founding principles that guided our Founders as they carefully and deliberately crafted and signed the Declaration of Independence.

     

  • Protecting Americans right to work

  • Nursing Home Care for veterans

        The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides nursing home services to veterans through three national programs: VA owned and operated nursing homes, state veterans homes owned and operated by states and community nursing programs.

        VA nursing homes typically admit residents requiring short term skilled care or those who have a 70 percent or greater service connected disability.