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Today's Opinions

  • Letters 08/27/14

    Lift restrictions

        Since the Franklin County Board of Supervisors are the elected representatives for the Franklin County Districts, we feel it most important to bring a significant problem to their attention. Many of us, after enjoying many years on our 22,000-acre Resort Lake, find ourselves unable to sell our homes.

  • Promoting policies to allow our family farms to prosper

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

  • A Constitutional solution to America’s perpetual debt problem

    March 2, 1995, was a pivotal day in the history of our country.  On that day, the U.S. Senate failed by one vote to pass a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution.  The amendment had passed the House of Representatives by the required two-thirds majority and the Senate vote was the last legislative hurdle before being sent to the states for ratification.

     

  • The lessons of Ferguson, Missouri

        It’s too soon to say that peace and quiet dominate the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. But things do appear to have calmed down quite a bit.
        National Guard troops, who had been called in to confront rioting, have left. Even much of the national media is gone.
        Now, it will be up to a grand jury to see what, if any, indictments are issued against the white cop who shot to death a black, unarmed, 16-year-old boy.

  • Waging war on working people

        While President Barack Obama is busy waging economic war against Russia, one should remember that the Russians aren’t the only ones in his sights. He’s also busy waging economic war against working people in the United States.

  • The facts of life

    Within the next month, the Bedford County School Board will most likely decide on which other school it will close at the end of this school year.
        The board already voted to close Body Camp Elementary in the Staunton River attendance zone and either Bedford Primary or Thaxton Elementary will likely be chosen as the school to close in the Liberty zone.
        The decision won’t be easy.

  • Letters 08/20/14

    Committed to recycling

        I noted in your August 6, 2014, edition a letter to the editor from Ellen Mackey concerning the action of the Town Council to discontinue curbside recycling.  Mrs. Mackey in her letter mentioned a July 24, 2014, meeting of Council at which many pro recycling citizens expressed their disappointment in the discontinuance of curbside recycling.

  • A pro-consumer, pro-competition policy

    Have you ever wanted to switch wireless carriers, but keep the same phone? Or have you purchased a used phone recently and planned to activate it on a different wireless network? It seems like common sense to me. Consumers who have completed their phone contracts or have purchased a used phone should be able to activate their device on their network of choice. However, if you’ve tried to do that in the last year, you know that this simple action is no longer allowed under current law. But, that’s about to change.