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Today's Opinions

  • Bill will help hard-hit construction sector while saving families money

    For eighteen months, I have been fighting for Congress to pass simple legislation to support American manufacturing and construction. Washington seems to lack the urgency that I sense back home on Main Street.

  • Working for peace in the Middle East

    Earlier this month I had the invaluable opportunity to travel to Israel as part of a Congressional delegation.  The delegation met with a variety of Israeli and Palestinian government leaders to discuss issues related to the ongoing violence in the region and efforts to further the peace process.

  • Perriello building campaign war chest

        In this year’s Fifth District Congressional race, we get a rare opportunity to watch a national political drama play out in our own backyards.

        Democrat Tom Perriello is defending his seat after a highly unlikely 727-vote defeat of Virgil Goode two years ago. But he’s running in a dramatic atmosphere tied up with a mid-term fate that hangs in the balance for another unlikely election victor: Barack Obama.

  • The liberal recipe for disaster

        I’ve always wondered how liberals come to think like they do. Were they all dropped on their heads when they were babies? Do they habitually eat beans for supper and then sleep with the covers over their heads?

  • Letters

    Amazing

    program

        On Monday, July 5, my daughter began a two week drama camp run by Mickey Vanderwerker and Margie Skalka at the Little Town Players Theater (in Bedford). I just want to give a shout out to this amazing program.

        In only three days, my daughter has learned so very much. It is all done in a fun and loving atmosphere and I have to tell you at $60 for two weeks of 2 1/2 hours each day, it is quite a deal!  I want to thank them for their hard work with our children.

  • Not distorted history, but a PR disaster

        Two things I’ve heard from two different people in the last few weeks mystify me.

        Actually, only one mystifies me — Robin Reed’s letter to the Bedford County Board of Supervisors. Rick Howell’s “The Liberal Agenda” column last week doesn’t really surprise me, considering the source.

  • We shouldn’t bank on bailouts

    The free flow of money is fundamental to our capitalist system and the entrepreneurial spirit that defines America.  Investors vote with their wallets and the best ideas prevail.  However, this only works when the government does not inject itself into otherwise private matters.

     

  • Even RNC chief doubts Afghanistan

        It’s not easy for anyone to be the head of either the Republican or Democratic national committee when your party is out of power at all levels in Washington. For Michael Steele, it’s always been a bumpy ride.

        Steele was battling a buzz saw last week after some less than enthusiastic comments about the war in Afghanistan, a war that conservative Republicans are required to support.