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Today's Opinions

  • Letters 09.12.12

    Profits or people?

        The 2012 election boils down to a simple question of values, and the parties offer two distinctly different visions to choose from. The Republican Party values wealth; the Democratic Party values people. The difference between the two parties is clearly evident in the politics of “Obama-care.”

  • Remembering September 11th

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As we join with our fellow Virginians and Americans this week, we solemnly remember the tragic events that took place now eleven years ago on September 11th, 2001 and those innocent Americans and heroes whose lives were needlessly lost.

     

  • Washington must stop spending money we don’t have

    Last week marked a regrettable milestone for our nation. For the first time in American history the national debt surpassed $16 trillion. That is equal to nearly $51,000 for every man, woman and child in the United States.  Not only is this staggering figure another jarring reminder of the cost of the Obama Administration’s failed policies, it also has serious implications for the future of our country.

  • Tips for safe cooking

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue
     
        Did you know that fires originating in the kitchen are the leading cause of accidental fires in homes? 
        Often fires that occur in the kitchen are caused when cooking with oil and grease and the product becomes to hot igniting items on the burner or in the oven.  Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue would like you to know a few safety tips to keep your family safe when cooking.

  • Obama’s most potent weapon: Bill Clinton

    Some people thought President Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention fell a little flat, a fine statement for his re-election but lacking the usual sizzle.
        Actually, there was only one thing wrong with Obama’s speech: He had to follow the brilliant remarks of the greatest political talent of our time: William Jefferson Clinton.

  • The security threats we face


        Our next president is going to face some serious international problems over the next four years. We will ignore these at our peril.
        Russia will not be one of these, in spite of Russian President (or is it Tsar?) Vladimir Putin’s apparent determination to be a huge pain in the butt. The reason for this is that Russia simply does not have the economic resources to allow Tsar Vladimir I to be the global player he wants to be. At least, Russia is no match for the United States’ capacity for global influence.

  • Letter 09/05/12

    Trillion is a
    two-syllable word

        Trillion is so easy to say. It’s become a common word in D.C. 
        Most people realize it is a lot of money.  The following analogy has helped many outside of D.C. to grasp the magnitude of a trillion: 1 million seconds is 12 days. 1 billion seconds is almost 32 years. 1 trillion seconds is 31,688 years!  

  • Another grim Labor Day

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As we come upon another Labor Day, many across the 5th District are still wondering when we will see the economic recovery and the job creation that was promised to us nearly four years ago.