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Today's Opinions

  • The Senate’s health care deform bill

    If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street,

    If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.

    If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat,

    If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.

        So went some of the lyrics of the Beatles’ 60s tune “Taxman.” This song is the first thing that came to my mind as I read about the monstrosity that emerged from the Senate on Christmas Eve.

  • Change we can’t believe in

    Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat from Nebraska, found a pot of gold at the end of the healthcare debate rainbow last week. And with his vote, the 60th and deciding secured in the Senate’s vote that was held Christmas Eve, Nelson brought an early Christmas present home to his state. Of course, taxpayers from the rest of the country will be the ones paying the bill. The healthcare vote showed just how low politicians will go.

  • Steps to healthy holidays

    Have you ever used the excuse you are too busy to exercise?  During the winter holidays we often eat more and are stressed.  Both of these can be helped with exercise.  The New Year is the perfect time to get in the exercise habit, so you will see its benefits before Spring. 

  • 2009: A year toeeforget?

        I, for one, will not mourn the passing of 2009. That’s the thing about the New Year; we can always begin it hoping that it will be better than the last one.

        I would submit 2009 as a poster child for that approach. Unfortunately, I can’t think of more positive and memorable events than events and realities that are better off forgotten.

  • 2010 will probably be a tough year

        The recession ended in the United States in the third quarter of this year. Locally, the city of Bedford noted that its sales tax revenue began to turn around in the fourth quarter, in November.

        That doesn’t mean we are out of the woods. Unemployment has continued to rise and, not being an economist, I wouldn’t hazard a guess when that will stop, although the rate at which jobless figures have been rising began decelerating before the middle of the year.

  • Joseph H. Hensley, 79, Big Island

        Joseph Howard “Joe” Hensley, 79, of Big Island, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at Lynchburg General Hospital.  He was born in Bedford County on April 17, 1930, a son of the late Ryland Lee Hensley and Rena Gillespie Hensley. 

        In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sons, Warren Dale Hensley, Douglas Dwayne Hensley, six brothers and one sister. 

  • The Christmas account

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

        (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

        And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

        And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

  • Letters

    About the parade

        I am writing to express my opinion on the cancellation of the Christmas Parade. As how good or bad the parade would have been, I have been going as long as I can recall as I am almost 61 years young.

        I know that there is a lot of work put into the floats and etc. and to just cancel altogether is a joke.

        What in the world would have been wrong with the next day or next week? You can have a parade any night or day, can’t you?