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Columns

  • Making government more transparent and accountable

    By U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va)

    I wanted to let you know about the recent progress of legislation I have introduced that will make government work better and save taxpayer money.  

  • A tip on the next focus: 2012

        Now that mid-term elections are over (results not available before my deadline), it’s clear what will be the next obsession of politicians and their observers as the tiny remains of this year soon become 2011.

        Next up: the race for president in 2012. For those who will seek the office, 2011 will be the year to get their campaigns off the ground.

  • More fun than a barrel of rattlesnakes

  • Hope and change

    There will be a new look to Congress next year following the results of Tuesday’s midterm elections.

        Though the specifics of those results weren’t complete by the time we went to press, all indications were pointing to the Republicans taking control of the House of Representatives and making huge gains in the Senate. If President Obama hopes to accomplish anything over the next two years he will now have to work with his Republican counterparts in those two elected bodies.

  • Cost of Living Ajustment formula is outdated

    During my time in Washington, I have been a strong supporter of Social Security and Medicare because they represent a promise made by our country to ensure basic security and dignity for our seniors. It says something important about our country when we commit to protecting those who have spent a lifetime working and making our country great.

  • Americans are asking “Where are the jobs?”

  • Have Republicans ‘closed the deal?’

        We all know the essential dynamics of this mid-term election: continued high unemployment; a loud movement on the right that calls itself “the tea party;” and a president vilified by conservatives, and whose agenda is not even understood by some of his supporters.

  • Time for a change?

        Tuesday is decision day. America goes to the polls and 5th District voters will decide whether Tom Perriello goes to Washington for another two years, or whether Robert Hurt replaces him.

        If you like ObamaCare, then by all means vote for Perriello. He voted for this healthcare reform bill in the House this past spring.

  • Get out and vote

    Four years ago, when Democrats retook control of Congress, the mid-term election turnout hit about 50 percent in Bedford, while the Presidential election of 2008 brought out a 75 percent turnout. That’s when Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello was elected, usurping the once-thought-to-be-unbeatable Virgil Goode.

  • Government spending reaches record levels

    Just days ago the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released the details on the extraordinary increase in deficit spending by the federal government during the past two fiscal years.  CBO announced that over the last two years the federal government has increased spending by a startling 21.4 percent.  Unfortunately these numbers further demonstrate what most Americans already know – the federal government’s budget is increasing at an unsustainable pace.