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Today's Opinions

  • Letters

    Keep schools open

        As a citizen of Bedford County and a resident of the Body Camp Community, I believe there are more options than closing schools.

        To mention a few: 1) Stop allowing maintenance employees who are not on call 24 hours to drive school board vehicles home. Stopping this would free up vehicle up vehicle and gas funds that can be used elsewhere. 2) Start cutting salaries from the top down, beginning with Central Office personnel. 3) Stop running activity buses.

  • Filling out the 2010 census

    In recent weeks, I have heard from dozens of Virginians regarding the 2010 Census. The U.S. Constitution requires that every ten years the government take a census to count the population. Many Virginians have already received their 2010 Census questionnaire in the mail, and I encourage you to take a few minutes to respond.

     

  • Gulf War illnesses

        Gulf War illness, previously called Gulf War Syndrome, is a controversial diagnosis, and some have questioned whether it really exists.

  • Virginia’s extremist attorney general

        During the 2009 campaign for governor, many of us on the Democratic side tried to warn people that voting for Ken Cuccinelli for attorney general would be a great mistake.

        The state senator had a paper trail record as an extreme right-winger who had demonstrated his great desire to pursue his ideological fantasies down whatever yellow brick road he could take.

  • Better be careful

        Congressman Tom Perriello looks vulnerable this fall, a heartwarming thought for area conservatives.

  • The census matters

    The 2010 Census questionnaire will arrive at households throughout Virginia from March 15 through 17.  Census Bureau officials ask you to watch for the 10-question form, fill it out and mail it back immediately in the provided, postage-paid envelope. Doing this will save time and money. 

  • Letters

    Interesting take

        Last week’s article and Letters to the editor regarding Bedford County’s school budget were interesting.

        A few years back, the company I work for was near bankruptcy and the employees were asked to take reduced pay and fewer paid holidays instead of more layoffs. We agreed to this because we understood that every remaining employee was necessary for the continued operation of the company. The company survives, I still have a job and continue to pay my county taxes.

  • The cheapest energy is the energy you don’t use in the first place

    One of the top concerns I hear from working families in Central and Southern Virginia is that the cost of electricity is too high. Especially throughout this tough winter, folks are dealing with brutal energy bills because Virginia state law allows power companies to hike rates before they are approved by the State Corporation Commission. While I do not have jurisdiction over the state, I am working on the federal level to bring down the cost of electricity, particularly for rural households.