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Today's Opinions

  • The House continues to work for Fifth District priorities

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This week, we in the House continued to address two of the most urgent priorities I hear about from Fifth District Virginians. First, we advanced legislation to cut off government funds from being used to carry out President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

     

  • No one is immune

        A few years ago, then-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was a rising star on the Republican political scene.
        He was being mentioned as a possible running-mate for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. He was even being touted as a potential presidential nominee for the upcoming election.
        But that’s a lifetime away.
        Now, McDonnell is a convicted felon.
        A star can fall fast—and hard.

  • A peaceful solution for Ukraine

        People like to talk about a new year as if it were a clean slate. It isn’t. Stuff from the old year always carries over into the new. Sometimes it’s the fruit, or consequences, of what we did in the old year. Often, it’s unfinished business.

  • Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney squaring off

    As both political parties maneuver for the presidential campaign of 2016, all the newer names are so far eclipsed by some others that are very familiar.
        It’s not Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, or even Elizabeth Warren who’s grabbing all the oxygen. It’s a Clinton, another Bush, and yes, even....Mitt Romney!
        The party’s 2012 nominee shook the political landscape last week when he backed off his long insistence that he had no further interest in running, and said, well, he still does!

  • Starting with jobs

    The House of Representatives kicked off the 114th Congress this week, eager to work with the new majority in the Senate and take action on several jobs bills. The House is focused on solutions to the problems faced by the American people – solutions that spur job creation and lay the groundwork for a stronger, more vibrant economy. That focus was reinforced by the legislation approved this week.

  • Advancing solutions for a stronger America

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • A difficult year ahead

        This year will be a difficult year for Bedford County's board of supervisors. At least, the first four months will be difficult as they climb down into the pit to wrestle with the budget bear.
        It's not going to be easy and they are probably going to be facing a situation in which the creek is rising and the house is settling.

  • In the spirit of generosity

        We are now at the start of a brand new year, with a calendar full of days that haven’t happened yet. I’m sure we will all have some good days, some bad days and some neither-nor days as those days move from future unknown to present reality to history. About the only things we can be sure of is that we will all have to pay our taxes, and our local undertakers will not be lacking for customers.