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Today's Opinions

  • The resiliency of America: Reflecting on 9/11 and the Benghazi attack

    Twelve years ago, many of us anxiously crowded around televisions, witnessing the aftermath of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil in our nation’s history. This week, as we mark the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorists attacks, Americans will remember the thousands of innocent lives lost that day at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in a field in western Pennsylvania.

  • A people tired of war

    As the president continues to try and get congressional and public support for air strikes against Syria’s government, it’s heartening to observe a new feeling in the American people that goes beyond flag-waving and traditional militarism.
    This country is tired of war. Most people have indeed learned the lessons of the fiasco in Iraq. Even farther back than that, many of the rest of us had already learned it from the shameful waste and many tragedies of Vietnam.

  • It’s a fine mess he’s gotten us into

        I’ve heard the saying, “Don’t let your mouth write a check that your tail can’t cash.” Perhaps President Barack Obama should have heeded that advice before he got his mouth in gear and drew his chemical weapons red line last year. He was warning Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad against using chemical weapons in Syria’s civil war.
        The problem is that Assad seems to have decided that this was just more of Barack Obaloney’s empty rhetoric and decided to call his bluff.

  • Time to move on project

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors and the County School Board need to move ahead with securing the money, the site and the plans of the new middle school in the Liberty Zone.

  • Letters 09/04/13

    There is a crisis
     
        “We don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt,” President Obama boldly stated in a March interview with “Good Morning America.” The national debt in the United States stands at $16,882,459,082,109. Can you even say that number? If this is not a debt crisis, what is?

  • The latest effect of the President's healthcare overhaul

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Over the course of my time in Washington, my Republican colleagues in the House and I have made it a priority to develop a way to bring meaningful reform to our healthcare system that does not harm our economy and reduce jobs.  Americans deserve a plan to reform healthcare in a way that does not put our small businesses and families at risk with overwhelming tax increases and unnecessary regulatory burdens.

     

  • Let’s end federal policies tipping the scale in favor of ethanol

    What federal policy harms a diverse group like livestock producers, food banks, families, restaurant owners, and truckers? Believe it or not, it is the promotion of corn as a fuel source in the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

     

  • Time to face the facts

        They say politics makes strange bedfellows.
        Apparently, so does snooping.
        Through projects, such as the once-top secret PRISM program, the NSA has developed the means to do a whole lot of prying on the citizens that pay for its existence.  That’d be you and me.
        Now, there has been a lot of ink (and I wish there was a lot more) expended on how dangerous such programs are to our fundamental freedoms.