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Editorial

  • Protecting our children

    It has become almost commonplace to turn on the evening news or visit an online news source and see the headlines detailing the latest recall of lead-contaminated products, mostly toys, from China. In 2007 alone, we have had around 77 toy recalls, involving more than 20 million toys. While this represents a very small percentage of the total number of toys sold in the United States, our children deserve better.

  • Agreement with Mexico could cost Social Security billions

    For several years, I have been warning about the potential for disaster if the United States finalizes the totalization agreement with Mexico.

  • Gov. Romney, you're no JFK

    As the generally unimpressive field of Republican presidential candidates continues to slug it out for the party's nomination, one person in particular has had to repeatedly soothe feelings about something that's an obsession with too many Republicans: religion.

    Even without a Mormon, Mitt Romney, in the race, religion would still be a major topic in a party dominated - "controlled" might even be a better word - by the religious right. It's been well documented that Romney's attempt to win the support of this bloc has been frustrating.

  • Hillary will get out the vote

    Along with electing a new president next year, every seat in the House of Representatives will be up for reelection. Here in Virginia, we will be electing a senator.

    I've already seen campaign signs up for Sam Rasoul, the "Democrat" who will challenge Bob Goodlatte for the 6th Congressional District seat. Rasoul apparently is the only "Democrat" in his district willing to try. I understand that two "Democrats" are seeking their party's nod to go up against Virgil Goode in the 5th.

  • Have a Merry Christmas

    Sometimes the busyness of the holiday season can eat away at the enjoyment of celebrating it.

    At times, I know that seems to be true for me, anyway.

    There are a number of steps I take to try and help with that.

    One is keeping traditions.

  • Letters

    The following letter was written by a volunteer driver for the Bedford Ride organization which is administered by the Central Virginia Area Agency on Aging. It clearly shows the caliber of volunteers that we have in that organization.

    "I drive for a volunteer organization that takes persons to various appointments such as the doctors, the pharmacy, to rehab or even to the grocery store. This past week I took an 88 year old gentleman to the doctor. I had driven him once before.

  • Providing for our Armed Forces

    With the holiday season fully upon us and the rush to complete last minute Christmas present purchases underway, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle, and in the process somehow lose sight of more important things.

  • Why grant Iraqi refugees special status if the situation is improving?

    The House of Representatives has approved the National Defense Authorization Act on a vote of 370-to-49. While I supported many of the items in the bill, I could not vote for it, because of the plan to relocate thousands of Iraqi refugees into the United States. A refugee is defined as a person fleeing his or her country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

  • The Christmas account

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

    (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

    And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

    And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

    To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

  • Letters

    Deal smells

    I have been a depositor at the Bedford Savings Bank (now FNB) for over 20 years, and have a good part of my life savings deposited there.

    This deal with VFGI smells to high heaven. This whole national financial disaster has been caused by lending institutions lending money they don't have to people who cannot possibly pay it back.