• Working together to save lives in Darfur

    Last year, I had the opportunity to travel as part of a bipartisan Congressional Delegation to the war-torn nation of Sudan and see first-hand, in Darfur, one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent times. As a nation dedicated to freedom and the rights of the individual, the United States has a responsibility to speak out and act to prevent mass genocide from occurring.

  • Mexican trucks decrease safety and security

    The House of Representatives has voted to approve what is called the Omnibus Spending Bill. The vote was 253-to-154 to agree to a Senate amendment that added ten appropriations measures to the Foreign Operations bill. The amendment provides a total of $515 billion in spending, including over $32 billion for foreign aid. Although, some of the spending provisions included in the Omnibus are worthy, I voted ?No,?

  • Senator Webb sums up first year in office

    This month rounds out Senator Webb?s first full year in the U.S. Senate. Over the past 12 months, Webb has worked on issues that affect us internationally, nationally and here in Virginia. Senator Webb also serves on the Committee on Foreign Relations, Committee on Armed Services, Committee on Veterans Affairs, and the Joint Economic Committee.

  • Teen pregnancy and STDs create an invitation to prayer

    The Bedford Christian Fellowship is very concerned about the problem of teen pregnancy in our community.

    The numbers are alarming. In 2005 in Bedford City and County there were 84 teen pregnancies of which 60 resulted in live births. Twenty-one (about 25 percent) of these teen pregnancies in Bedford ended in abortions. Three were ?stillborn.? During the same period there were 13,416 teen pregnancies in Virginia. About 66 percent of these pregnancies resulted in live births. Thirty percent were aborted. The rest were ?stillborn.?

  • House has 60 days to manage 2,000 bills

    For the first time since 2005, the Virginia General Assembly has convened its session in the Virginia Capitol. Renovations to the building, frequently referred to here as ?Mr. Jefferson?s Capitol,? were completed just before Queen Elizabeth?s visit last spring. Now, it is ready again to be used for the purpose it was originally intended, and is filled everyday with legislators holding meetings, visitors seeing the General Assembly in action, and tourists appreciating its rich history.

  • Letters

    Knowing the background of the Jesus Seminar

    In the Dec. 26 edition of the Bulletin, David McLoughlin encouraged readers to take this time to better understand the Bible. In the first paragraph McLoughlin offered several essential elements for sound literary interpretation, stressing the importance of historical and literary context. This is great advice to be followed by every serious student of the Bible.

  • Time to file claims for 2007 medical expenses

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has advised claims for reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses incurred during 2007 will be accepted beginning Jan. 1, 2008.

    If you were receiving monetary benefits under the Improved Pension Program during 2007 you may be eligible for partial reimbursement of medical expenses you paid for yourself or any dependent you are legally obligated to support. You may submit a claim to VA for reimbursement of the expenses you have paid and were not reimbursed by insurance or any other source.

  • GOP faithful anoint Mike Huckabee

    The story goes that on the road to Damascus, Saul of Tarsus, who had been persecuting and killing this new breed of people known as "Christians," was himself converted to the religion by a blinding light and a voice that told him he'd soon have a new calling.

    God, in other words, chose Paul (Saul?s new name), not vice versa. Mitt Romney, on the road to Washington, D.C. via Des Moines, was also blinded. While it may not have been God speaking to him, it was certainly the voice of a large group of people who sincerely believe that God tells them how to make political choices.

  • 'Democrats' accomplished something

    Last month, I wrote how the "Democrats" accomplished nothing during their first year in control of Congress. That's not entirely true. They managed to spend billions of dollars of our tax money through earmarks attached to important funding bills.

  • A magical day

    Many times ? in fact more times than not ? our expectations for trips can exceed reality, a la the Griswold's ill-fated trip to Wally World in the movie "National Lampoon's Vacation."

    But thankfully that's not always the case. My family's visit to Disney World after Christmas is a case in point.

    This wasn't a Disney vacation, but rather a one-day venture out during our Florida trip to see my wife's parents. We had promised our children that one day we'd take them to Disney and this was our chance.

    Walt and the gang at Disney didn't disappoint.