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Editorial

  • The 77 percent

        When they opened up their first paycheck this year, most workers found—or will find—that it contains less money.
        That’s because the New Year’s Day tax passage did not prevent the temporary reduction in the Social Security payroll tax from expiring. For the worker making $50,000, that means they’ll be making about $1,000 less this year. About 77 percent of American workers are affected.

  • Reacting vs. being reasonable

    While the Obama Administration has jumped on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut as an opportunity to attack gun ownership, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his School Safety Panel are promising to take a reasonable approach to looking at school safety.
        That’s a breath of fresh air.
        It seems anytime there’s a shooting, anymore, politics raises its ugly, reactionary head.

  • Who’s counting?

    Need an example of why the government doesn’t need any more of your money? Take a look at the Superstorm Sandy relief measure, expected to pass Congress soon.
        The final $50 billion in emergency aid will eat up, and surpass, the money funded through the recently approved, “fiscal cliff” tax increases.
        The fact is, the cliff just keeps getting taller.

  • Truth be told: It’s already unraveling

    he news should come as no surprise to anyone: The government program to cover those who cannot get health insurance because of a preexisting medical condition is out of money. After just two years.
        And for anyone who isn’t already signed up in the plan, it’s too late.
        Those who trusted the government to get this right were living a fantasy. The truth about government run entitlement programs is this: It will always cost more money than is advertised and it will be run with great ineffectiveness.

  • Another hit

    Don’t expect Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to get much support from conservatives should he aspire to higher office.
        He just committed the conservative cardinal sin: implementing tax increases.
        And his transgression turned out to be a whopper—one of the highest tax increases in the history of the commonwealth.
        That just won’t play well on the Tea Party circuit. And it shouldn’t.
        What was he thinking?

  • Good riddance

    Why anyone would feel the need to give props to recently departed Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez seems beyond explanation, but it’s certainly all the rage this past week for folks on the left.
        Suddenly this inept, dictatorial politician is eulogized as a conquering hero, a champion of the poor, a standard-bearer for all that is right and good.

  • Opportunity lost

        Last week the Bedford County School Board voted to spend an additional $750,000 to hire seven more teachers to help with secondary school programs as well as eight teachers to work in schools that are currently Accredited with Warning.
        Those appear to be needed areas to shore up some trouble spots in the system.

  • Believest thou this?

    Matthew 27:50-54 (KJV)

  • Making a rec of things

    One of the truly unfortunate outcomes of the city’s reversion to town status is that some employees that have provided services to city residents over the years will be losing their jobs as a result of the action.

  • When tragedy strikes

    It was a gruesome scene.
        Just before 3 p.m. Monday afternoon, as the second half of the 23,000 runners participating in the Boston Marathon continued to make their way to the finish line, two bombs went off at the end of that 26.2-mile course.
        At least three people were killed; more than 140 injured.
        It was mass carnage—and mass confusion.
        Many of those injured were children; an 8-year-old child was among those killed.