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Today's Opinions

  • Campaign brings back better memories

        They don’t make Virginia governor’s races like they used to, at least not since 1973.

        That year, liberal firebrand Henry Howell squared off against Mills Godwin, the segregationist Democrat who had left the party after having previously been elected governor in 1965.   

  • The extremists are on the left

        We have less than three weeks to go before the Nov. 3 state and local elections. I hope you’re registered and intend to show up at the polls as these elections are important.

        Granted, the local picture in Bedford County isn’t exciting. The incumbents are running unopposed, so if each one gets his wife to vote for him and not too many people vote for Mickey Mouse, he wins. However, there are contested races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general as well as the 19th House of Delegates seat.

  • Electronics recycling

    Remember the days of the Commodore 64, the Apple II, and the Atari 400. Remember when folks couldn’t figure out what anyone would need with 640K of memory.

        Those are days, long gone by. But in the basements, attics and garages of many area residents those memories appear to linger, along with broken down microwave ovens, old television sets and printers that no longer print.

        But what can be done with all of that electronic garbage? The city of Bedford did its part last week to help us get rid of the waste.

  • Letters

    Grieving the loss

        The community grieves at the loss of Olde Liberty Station.  It has been a welcoming place to enjoy good food for so many.

        Happily Harry and Julie Leist are planning to reconstruct and reopen this well-loved restaurant and landmark.

  • Perriello pushes for key changes in health care reform proposals

    As Congress continues to work on healthcare reform, I am focused on making sure the voices of Central and Southern Virginians are represented in the debate. I know Virginians are deeply concerned about getting health care costs under control, securing the insurance people already have, and taking care of our seniors.  Getting my constituents’ feedback has been of primary importance to me, which is why I launched an online healthcare forum (www.perriello.house.gov/healthcareforum) in June and held over 100 hours of town hall meetings in August.

  • 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.”