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Today's Opinions

  • President Barack Ocarter

    Last week I spent a pleasant evening at a Bedford County home talking with some teachers and students from Indonesia. The Indonesians are here under the auspices of Legacy International and the United States Department of State. The event I attended was a dinner for those who are staying with families in the Bedford area.

  • Letters

    How to fix it

        With our nation’s health care system in crisis, I have not heard one word about how to really fix it.  I have heard about nationalization, forcing everyone to have insurance and making care providers cut their prices through government mandates.  However, none of these so called “solutions” addresses the real issue, the root cause of skyrocketing health care costs: Health Insurance.

  • Michael Vick has paid his debt and should now be allowed back on the field

    Michael Vick is now a free man. He’s paid his penalty and now should have the right to once again make a living.

        And if he’s in shape, that should include playing in the National Football League this year.

        On Monday, Vick completed his 23-month sentence for running a dog-fighting ring. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell does not yet have a meeting with Vick on his calendar. He should hold that meeting soon and give Vick the opportunity to earn a spot on an NFL roster.

  • Legislation will help veterans, schools

    I’d like to report on two pieces of legislation I’ve introduced in Congress.

    As a member of the Health Subcommittee of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I’ve had the privilege of working to provide the best health care not just for our veterans but also for their families, who join in this incredible sacrifice for our country. To that end, I’ve introduced a bill called the Health Care for Family Care Givers Act of 2009, which would provide medical care for family members who act as the primary caregivers for severely disabled veterans.

  • Vietnam War claims one more casualty

        With all the attention over Michael Jackson and other celebrity deaths in recent weeks, a lot of people may have missed the passing of a very important modern historical figure: Vietnam War architect Robert S. McNamara.

        McNamara died July 6 at the age of 93 at his Washington home. The headline on the obituary story in the Roanoke Times was utterly appropriate: “McNamara never shook Vietnam.”

  • Shame on you President Obama

        In recent weeks we have been treated to the spectacle of the president of what still remains the most powerful nation in the world bullying a small, poor country.

        On June 28, the Honduran Army arrested that country’s president, Manuel Zelaya, put him on a plane and flew him out of the country. President Obama has joined other countries in condemning this as a military coup.

        The problem is, it wasn’t really a coup.

  • Letters

    Supports Cuccinelli

        Recently an elected official stated, “There is no God who condones taking the life of an innocent human being. This much we know.” Hearing that statement you might assume that person is pro-life…

        How President Obama can say that “there is no God who condones taking the life of an innocent human being,” when he himself favors a woman’s right to have an abortion under any circumstance?

  • Veterans health care

        In October 1996, Congress passed Public Law 104-262, the Veteran’s Health care Eligibility Reform Act of 1996.  This legislation paved the way for creating the Uniformed Benefits Package--a standard enhanced health benefits plan available for all enrolled veterans.