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Today's Opinions

  • Another typical Republican budget

        Now that Republicans control both houses of the U.S. Congress, they’re being carefully watched to see if they actually know how to govern responsibly.
        Anybody can demonize Barack Obama, something they’ve been quite proficient at, but can the party put aside its ideological obsessions long enough to govern?
        Well, the answer, at best, is mixed so far. Certainly, their behavior over the nomination of Loretta Lynch as attorney general is not encouraging.

  • Protecting Americans’ information on HealthCare.gov

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Hearing from those living and working in Virginia’s Fifth District has always been, and continues to be, my greatest resource as I serve you.  Your input has brought to light problems created by some of the big government programs coming out of Washington.

  • We let them get away with it

        Last week I mentioned my concern that President Barack Obama’s executive overreach, aided and abetted by the “Democratic” Party, poses a threat to our republic. The Man Who Would Be King, and his political party, aren’t the only problem. The folks in Congress who have been bought and paid for by some special interest are also a serious problem.

  • Conservative zealots fighting history books

        Name just one.
        I’m wondering if anyone out there could inform us all of even a single program of decent, humane reform that has ever been brought to America by conservatives?
        The question arises because of recent movements in several states, most notably Oklahoma, where right-wingers are even going to court to fight modern standards in public school history books.

  • Honoring America’s farmers on National Ag Day March 18

    By J. Calvin Parish
    Virginia SED

        For more than 40 years we have celebrated National Ag Day as a time to pause and honor the American farmer. Today, our farmers are the most productive and efficient in the world with each one helping feed more than 144 people.   We thank you, as well as everyone who plays a role in producing the food, fiber and fuel our country and the world depends upon.
        This year National Ag Week is March 15 – 21 and is highlighted by National Ag Day on Wednesday, March 18.

  • Protecting Second Amendment rights

    The United States Constitution is not a document of suggestions for how the U.S. should be governed. It’s not a “choose your own adventure” novel where you can pick which portion to follow and ignore the rest. The Constitution is the framework for our entire system of government and provides for the protection of our rights and liberties as Americans. Actions by the Executive Branch to unilaterally change our laws are in direct contradiction with the separation of powers outlined by the Constitution.

  • The House budget plan will prevent a fiscal crisis

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    For far too long, the people of Virginia’s Fifth District have been negatively impacted by Washington’s inability to live within its means.  This lack of fiscal discipline has created economic uncertainty and prevented more dynamic job growth from occurring.  It is high time we put an end to business as usual in Washington and stop spending money the federal government does not have.

     

  • Take time to thank a farmer!

        Agriculture is vital to Bedford County.
        The county boasts some 200,000 acres of farmland and 1,400 farms, with more than $23.6 million in annual farm sales. More than 40 percent of all of Bedford County’s land is used for farming.
        And there are almost 3,000 agriculturally-based jobs in the county.