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Today's Opinions

  • No intent to hide the vote

    Several times over the past couple of years we have used this space to criticize the Bedford County School Board for its lack of openness, specifically when appointing members to the board to fill seats left vacant because of resignations.

  • Letters 09/26/12

    A big help!

        Congratulations  to a young man in 11th grade at Staunton River High School.
        In Downtown Moneta this past weekend, the rescue squad had to be called to assist and transport a lady that had severe muscle spasms which also affected her breathing. She was Spanish and spoke no English.

  • The no taxpayer-funded lobbying act: Restoring fiscal responsibility In Washington

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Government waste, fraud, and abuse have long been the objects of Americans’ disappointment in our federal government. And rightfully so. This reckless spending spree in Washington has led us to more than $16 trillion dollars in national debt, and four straight years of trillion dollar deficits. This amounts to roughly $51,000 owed to our creditors by every American man, woman, and child, and nearly 40 cents borrowed on every dollar spent to sustain this binge.

     

  • The Obama administration’s war on coal

    Stop the regulations. It’s one of the requests I hear nearly everywhere I travel in the Sixth District. Federal mandates and overreaching regulations from the Obama Administration have taken aim at many industries from health care and agriculture to energy production – including coal.

  • Romney: A candidate under siege

    One hardly knows where to begin discussing the myriad problems of the Republican candidate for president.
        But let me say something before Republicans say it. Romney supporters will soon be arguing that his troubles are nothing more than a “liberal media” game of reporting, highlighting and blowing out of proportion anything he’s said or done.

  • This movie should frighten us all


        The Saturday before last I saw the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. Prior to that, the first Alien flick back in the late ‘70s held that spot, but not anymore. When I went out of the theater, back then, I knew that there were no voracious alien creatures running around eating everybody in sight. It wasn’t real.    

  • Rabies vaccinations save lives

    Ask anyone whose pet has had a run-in with a rabid animal, and they will tell you how important it is to keep pets’ rabies vaccines up to date, according to a report from the Virginia Department of Health.
        This year during Rabies Awareness Week, September 24-30, the VDH and the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) are stressing the importance of safeguarding the lives of pets and family members by vaccinating pets against rabies.

  • Letters 09/19/12

    What’s the rush?

        If the current superintendent of schools is as qualified and well suited for the job as is needed, then ask yourself this question--”What’s the rush to renew his contract before the election?” 
        Why do certain members of the school board seem intent on doing the contract vote when two districts are currently represented by appointed members and not by persons voted on by the taxpayers of their districts?