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Columns

  • It has been an honor to serve the people of the fifth district in the 111th Congress

    Last week, I left the US Congress after a final legislative act – unanimous passage of my bill to make sure that no American soldier is welcomed home from duty with a foreclosure notice. For the next two years, our heroes in uniform will be protected from foreclosure for at least 9 months after a tour of duty.

  • Virginia’s historic court ruling

    Just weeks ago a significant ruling with national implications came out of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Judge Henry Hudson became the first judge to rule that Section 1501, the Minimum Essential Coverage Provision, which is commonly referred to as the “individual mandate,” of the new health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is unconstitutional.  

  • Time to welcome a New Year

        My son, Ryan, remembers last year when we hung out together in Roanoke to bring in the New Year. I was looking for an alternative to cooking, so we decided to call out for pizza.

        The person on the other end of the line said, Sure, we can deliver a pizza tonight, but we’re very busy. You’ll have to wait a while. That’s fine, I said. Roughly, how long? Three hours, was the answer.

  • Time to welcome a New Year

        My son, Ryan, remembers last year when we hung out together in Roanoke to bring in the New Year. I was looking for an alternative to cooking, so we decided to call out for pizza.

        The person on the other end of the line said, Sure, we can deliver a pizza tonight, but we’re very busy. You’ll have to wait a while. That’s fine, I said. Roughly, how long? Three hours, was the answer.

  • Sometimes you can’t avoid a fight

        I was never a John Lennon fan. I guess I’ve always been a cynic and Lennon, to me, was just somebody who made gobs of money from writing and performing music. I thought some of his music was pretty good, but that didn’t add any weight to what he said or did in the political realm.

  • Starting next week, Bulletin online content will be subscription based

        You may have seen the story on the front of the Dec. 15 Bedford Bulletin.

        On Wednesday next week, the Bulletin's Web site, www.bedfordbulletin.com, will become a subscription-based news and information source.
        So what does that mean to you, our loyal readers?

  • A wish for peace and goodwill

  • Let Peace be our Christmas

        December has been a momentous month and it’s not even Christmas yet. But much has happened that makes me wonder about whether we’re properly living the true spirit of Christmas.

        A death and a death’s anniversary squarely put the issue of war and peace before us yet again. Imagine that at Christmas time, as Christians celebrate the birth of…who? The Prince of Peace? That’s right. Not the Prince of War and Guns.

  • "Democrats" gift to the GOP

        The “Democrats” reaction, in the wake of last month’s election reminds me of how the Republicans reacted to the election of 2006. They couldn’t quite figure out what happened to them, wandered around on the freeway in a daze, and got run over by another electoral 18-wheeler in 2008.

  • The Christmas Account

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

        (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
        And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
        And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)