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Today's Opinions

  • Rain, snow don’t slow down work

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    District 23

        Richmond and snow just do not mix.  For the first four days of the second week of the General Assembly, it rained.  But for the fifth day, it snowed.  And, snow has a way of disrupting just almost everything in Virginia’s capital city.  There is, however, one thing in Richmond that continues without interruption regardless of the weather: the General Assembly.

  • Business compliance

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue

        Is your business in compliance with Federal and State Requirements for reporting Hazardous Materials? 

  • Obama’s second term: liberalism triumphs

    President Barack Obama has now begun the second term afforded him by the American people in a clear and decisive election on Nov. 6, 2012.
        But history is filled with examples of bad luck and misfortune in that last four years of eight for many presidents.
        Certainly, George W. Bush’s second term was a textbook disaster. The war in Iraq didn’t turn up any “WMDs,” and popular support for it went south. He spent most of the last three years with an approval rating of 20-something percent.

  • Charging the NRA’s barricades

        A Wall Street Journal editorial recently noted how President Barack Obama, despite his call for civil political debate, never ceases to demonize his opponents, attributing to them the basest motives. My guess is that this isn’t something peculiar to President Obama, but rather a general characteristic of American left-wing extremists.

  • The Balanced Budget Amendment

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    This past week during our first district work week of the 113th Congress, we had the opportunity to visit Danville and Blairs, and to make our first official visits in Warrenton.  Many miles may separate Danville and Warrenton, but it is clear that those all across our district share a common concern with our nation’s unsustainable debt.

     

  • Tackling spending in the 113th Congress

    You don’t have to be a budget analyst or an accountant to know that out of control spending is the “driving force” behind the debt crisis. As the 113th Congress gets into full swing, unrestrained spending remains one of the greatest threats to our nation.

     

  • Letters 01/16/13

    An amazing year

        2012 has been an amazing year for Bedford Community Christmas Station. 
        We moved into a new space at Westgate Shopping Center in September.  Volunteers from Brookhill Wesleyan Church, the Junior ROTC at BSTC, and other community groups helped us the with enormous task of moving our equipment and merchandise, setting up racks and shelves, and preparing to serve families in December. 

  • Major issues on tap for General Assembly

        With ceremonies reflecting traditions accumulated over the course of centuries, Virginia’s General Assembly convened for its 2013 session this week.  Although this year’s session is scheduled to last just 46 days, it is already apparent that major issues will be discussed and debated.