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Today's Opinions

  • We must listen to the American people on health care reform

    This summer Democratic leaders in Congress introduced H.R. 3200, the “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act”, which sets the tone for a Washington takeover of the health care system —one defined by federal regulation, mandates, a myriad of new big government programs, and a significant increase in federal spending and debt. 

  • Economy can't afford current, expensive health care system

    Over the past several months, my staff and I have met with health care providers, community leaders, and concerned citizens from across Virginia about the need to reform our nation’s health care system. In addition, my office has received and responded to more than 40,000 e-mails, letters and phone calls from Virginians concerning the health care debate.

     

  • Race and opposition to Obama

        The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a recent posting on the Facebook Web site that posed the following question: “Should President Obama be killed?”

        The choices for answers in this “poll” were telling: yes, no, maybe and “if he takes my health care.” According to news reports, more than 700 people responded before the posting was pulled. I’m not sure I want to know how many people voted “yes.”

  • Where you start makes a difference

        A story on WorldNetDaily, an on-line news site, caught my eye early last week. The title was “Why can’t Christians unite to change America’s ways?”

        The story noted that there are people who claim to be Christians working as activists for both conservative and leftist causes. It contained the results of a poll conducted this year by Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron in partnership with Public Religion Research. The poll revealed some significant differences.

  • Get registered

    While there aren’t any national races in this November’s election, there are still plenty of reasons for Bedford area residents to make sure they’re registered to vote. And, the fact is, this year’s gubernatorial race in Virginia is being treated by some as a national referendum on where this country is headed with the Democrats holding both Houses of Congress as well as the White House.

        So if you’re not registered to vote, you have less than a week to take care of that.

  • Letters

    Appreciate you

        Dear folks of Bedford, the response to my request for your help to fill our shelves of many needed items at Christian Ministries was over the top with your generosity. It was heartwarming to see your response.

  • House votes to stop Medicare Part B premium increase, extend unemployment benefits

    Last week, the Congress took an important action to protect seniors from increases in their 2010 Medicare Part B premiums. I joined with a bipartisan majority in the House to vote in favor of H.R. 3631, the Medicare Premium Fairness Act. With Social Security benefits expected to remain at the same level next year, an increase in Medicare premiums would cut into seniors’ Social Security.

  • Ensuring transparency in our government

    In the early morning hours of June 26th an over three hundred page amendment was approved by the House Rules Committee and included in the infamous Cap and Trade legislation.