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Today's News

  • The Supreme Court's decision last week to uphold an individual's right to bear arms should cause those pushing for gun control to refocus their efforts

    Those who hold the sanctity of one's right to bear arms can breath a sigh of relief after last week's ruling by the United States Supreme Court affirming that right.

    The 5-4 decision struck down a ban of handguns in the District of Columbia. If there was any troubling aspect to the ruling, it was that the vote was so close. One vote made all the difference. That shows how important those justice appointments by the President of the United States are.

  • Letters

    Shaquille O'Neal will lose his special deputy's badge in Maricopa County because of language he used in a rap video that mocks former teammate Kobe Bryant.

    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the Phoenix Suns center's use of racially derogatory word and other foul language left him no choice. Arpaio made Shaq a special deputy in January and promoted him to colonel of his largely ceremonial posse earlier this month.

  • Striving for energy independence

    As we approach the height of the summer travel season, families must factor in a much higher cost for gasoline. It is becoming evident that many families are being forced to either cancel their summer travel plans or at the very least limit much of their activity to an area closer to home. With every passing day, as gasoline surpasses $4 a gallon, our dangerous dependence on foreign oil grows more and more apparent.

  • House passes expanded G. I. Bill

    By an overwhelming, bipartisan margin, the U. S. House of Representatives has passed an expanded G. I. Bill, and this version does not include any tax increases. The bill passed 416-to-12; I voted for the measure.

  • Preserving Virginia's historical and natural landmarks

    One of my highest priorities in the Senate is to preserve Virginia’s abundant natural, historical, and cultural resources. As we approach the height of the summer travel season, I am pleased to report that we have enjoyed several significant accomplishments.

  • What about Virginia tomatoes?

    Virginia Cooperative Extension has released information to us about the ongoing tomato outbreak. The information sent from Elaine Lidholm, Director of Communication at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences and Rob Williams, Assistant Professor and Extension Food Microbiologist, Department of Food Science and Technology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, explains what tomatoes are safe, which ones are not and how to keep your family safe from the salmonellosis outbreak.

  • Tough times on this Independence Day

    This July 4th will be, in many ways, just like past celebrations of Independence Day. Grills will churn out hamburgers and hot dogs. Families will vacation, and those not traveling will take full advantage of a much-needed day off.

    That’s the way it should be, as America celebrates its freedom and independence. But everyone knows that this year’s holiday is just a temporary respite from the growing anxiety that most Americans feel about their country.

  • Stop raiding the corn crib

    Last week our sports editor, Mike Forster, dealt with competitive eating contests and touched on the issue of corn-based ethanol. Mike went on to say that doesn't venture deeply into non-sports issues and stuck to the competitive gluttony contests.

  • Overcoming difficulties

    Rachel Farren Short and Mike Short want to set the record straight.

    Rachel Short is Travis Campbell Farren’s mother and Mike Short is his step-father. The couple said that jumping from an Appalachian Trail foot bridge had nothing to do with Farren’s drowning in the James River last month.

    Travis Farren was not one to complain about his problems. One problem he didn’t complain about was that he suffered from epilepsy. Friends knew it, but it wasn’t something he talked about.

  • Bedford County Sheriff's Office cuts ties with O'Neal

    The relationship between Shaquille O'Neal and the Bedford County Sheriff's Office has been severed as the result of a rap with obscene lyrics that O'Neal performed. The rap was performed in a New York City nightclub and has made its rounds on Internet video sites.

    O'Neal has been a reserve deputy for the Sheriff's Office for several years and made public service announcements for the federal Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) program. Brown said he was ICAC's first celebrity endorsement and that he also recruited other celebrities, including Miss America to get involved.