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Today's Opinions

  • The reason why

        Last week Bedford Democrats invited all of those running for a Board of Supervisors seat to attend their meeting and make their views known. Two of the candidates showed up—a third had planned to attend but couldn’t because of a medical issue.
        The others declined. At least one of those who didn’t attend stated their reason was because they were seeking the Republican nomination.

  • Letters 04/29/15

    Day of Silence

        The educators I know are dedicated to the children with whom they have been entrusted.  They put in countless hours and are under appreciated.   Some at the middle and high school level are being held hostage by the word “anti-bullying.”
        Educators, parents and grandparents need to have their radar up as The Day of Silence occurs every April since the early 2000s.  This year it was Friday, April 17.

  • The CFPB needs Increased transparency and accountability

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Tax reforms are the foundation of an opportunity economy

    Tax Day has come and gone, but the aggravation and frustration of tax season is still fresh in many minds. It’s during this particularly “taxing” time of year that hard working Americans are confronted with piles of forms, confusing instructions, and the prospect of turning more of their hard-earned money over to the government. Anyone who has filed taxes knows that the current tax code is overly complex and unfair. If America is to remain competitive in the global economy and build an economy ripe with opportunity here at home, the current tax system must be reformed.

  • Death penalty: The other ‘pro-life’ issue

        People who consider themselves “pro-life” have spent decades protesting abortion and rallying against Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that certified the legal right to an abortion.
        For most of them, they have long ignored the other aspect of the “pro-life” equation, which is capital punishment. In fact, most conservatives who are adamantly against abortion are also in favor of the death penalty.

  • Annoying liberals can be fun

        As I mentioned in this space back in the Bulletin’s Sept 17 edition, liberals can be a lot of fun. Specifically, needling liberals can be a lot of fun because the have such a “holier than thou” attitude that it’s not difficult to anger them. Last year, I only had to put out some bait, and wait for Rick Howell to go ballistic. This year, I had to needle him twice to get him to lift safeties.

  • More money for schools

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors opted Monday to provide the school system with $735,000 in additional funds for teacher raises. That allocation takes up most of the county’s funds not previously budgeted for the upcoming year.
        That should help calm a bit of the angst felt by teachers and school personnel asking for raises this year. While the supervisors aren’t raising taxes, they are looking positively at the school system’s needs.

  • The American people deserve a voice in the Iran nuclear negotiations

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    The prospect of Iran attaining the capability to produce a nuclear weapon is one of the most grave threats we face as a nation, and it must be our policy to do everything within our power to prevent this from happening.  The terms of Iran’s preliminary nuclear understanding with the United States, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom is a cause for concern due to Iran’s longstanding commitment to see the demise of the United States and Israel, our greatest ally in the Middle East.