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Today's Opinions

  • An antidote to student debt trouble

        This month has seen lots of graduating university seniors collecting their college degrees at schools across America. Soon, others will be collecting something from them — payments on their student loans. Almost all of these new graduates took on some level of student debt during the process of pursuing their undergraduate degree. I’ve read that the average student loan debt load upon graduation is close to $30,000. This is an average and that, of course, means that some incurred less student debt while some took on substantially more.

  • It’s true: Republicans are dying off

        I’ve often remarked here that the basic constituency of the national Republican Party is “old white men.” It’s obviously not possible to build a future winning coalition on such a demographic.
        I was right. I refer you to a very informative article on Politico.com, which, by the way, is an essential source if you’re a political animal.

  • What could the government be doing better

     By Don Gardner DVM
    CEO Gardner Heifers Inc.
    Huddleston

       Last week, I met with our Congressman Hurt as he toured the Fifth District asking agriculture and small business owners what the federal government could be doing to better serve them.
        That list is certainly a lengthy one. From the EPA which inserts itself into every arena it so desires to a complicated tax code that makes it impossible to plan financially, the federal government stands in the way of our success.

  • For the last time

    By Bill Mosley
    Bedford

    We closed our store, Bedford Hardware, this afternoon for the last time. And when I say our store, well, in a way I mean our in the sense of the community’s store; for in a way it was always more than a private business. 

  • Remembering the sacrifice, honoring the service

    By Congressman Bob Goodlatte

  • Thanking those who serve

     By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Republicans are the least of his problems

        Senate Republicans are the least of President Barack Obama’s problems as he seeks to negotiate what looks like a bad nuclear deal with Iran. A couple of weeks ago his own party demonstrated that they don’t trust him when “Democrats” joined Republicans to pass a bill, on a 98-1 vote, that will allow Congress to weigh in on any deal President Obama negotiates.

  • W.’s brother faces a rough campaign

        The brother of the swaggering little Texan – a term I proudly coined for our last and most hapless president – has yet to announce for his sibling’s old job, but it’s clear he’s running for it.
        We know a lot about Jeb Bush. He was governor of Florida, where he helped his brother “win” that state in the 2000 election, under very dubious circumstances.