Today's Opinions

  • Doughnut hole rebate checks are in the mail

    Last week, in a rare showing of bipartisanship in Washington, the House of Representatives joined forces to pass common-sense reforms related to mortgages and housing loans. The Federal Housing Administration Reform Act, which sailed through the House nearly unanimously, will encourage responsible homeownership for those who can afford it, while rooting out and cracking down on lenders who make risky or fraudulent loans.

  • Bill will extend unemployment benefits

    During last week’s congressional district work period, I spent time talking with business owners, workers, job seekers, and others about what we can do to turn our economy around. I cherish my time here because I never want to lose touch with the challenges and needs of the families who sent me to Washington to work for them. These conversations help supply me with many good ideas that I can take back to Washington.

  • Congress needs to pass a federal budget to restrain spending

    Just last week the U.S. Treasury Department issued its “Annual Report on Public Debt” which confirmed that the national debt will soar to record levels.  The report estimates that the total debt for fiscal year 2010 will reach $14.75 trillion which is over 93 percent of our gross domestic product (GDP).  This current rate of government spending is having a crippling effect on our economy and overall job creation.

  • Spill shows evil of oil dependency

        It’s not a secret that corporations are greedy, often contemptuous of workers, and always, always put profits before anything else. That’s nothing new. But the BP oil spill is a corporate crime that has no match anywhere else in the world.

  • Be a team player

        I saw the Stalin bust when I was at the D-Day Memorial for the 66th D-Day anniversary commemoration. I also read the plaque that goes with it. It states:

  • Helping shape the world

    Less than two weeks ago Bedford County Public Schools honored the district’s top teachers: Katherine West of Staunton River Middle School as the county’s top teacher overall; Amy Mallow of Huddleston Elementary as the county’s top elementary teacher; and Shawn Marie Horrell of Bedford Science and Technology Center as the top high school teacher. All three are deserving of their awards and they stand as true examples of the great quality of teachers this school system’s 10,500 students find on a daily basis in their classrooms.

  • Letters

    The Magnificent Seven rides again

        The Magnificent Seven (I’m referring to the seven members of Bedford City Council) along with the City Manager are moving along over Bedford city’s determination to revert back to town status. Maybe its a good thing we don’t know. All proceedings are secret and they are not going to tell us anything. It’s all a secret.

  • Bills close tax loopholes, provide tax credits to small businesses

    Last week, we scored three major and long overdue victories for American workers. First, we closed the tax loophole that encourages corporations to ship jobs overseas. Second, we made investments in job creation by extending successful tax credits that support small business, research and development, biofuels, and workforce development. And third, we passed the America COMPETES Act that provides a big boost to the next generation of American manufacturing and agriculture. We also protected payments to doctors who participate in Medicare and veteran health care programs.