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Today's Opinions

  • Shortfall leaves General Assembly scrambling for answers

    House Republicans saw the economic downturn coming last year and in January asked Gov. Tim Kaine and his staff for an update to budget revenue projections. That update didn't come until this past week.

    And the outlook wasn't good (a $1.4 billion shortfall) and the timing was late (just days before budget proposals were to be finalized).

    Now significant changes must be made. And they won't be easy.

  • McCain will need a conservative Veep

    Last week I mentioned a fellow at my church as an example of an evangelical Christian who supported Mitt Romney. After Romney dropped out of the race, I asked this guy who he planned to vote for in the Virginia primary. He said that he planned to vote for Mike Huckabee and explained why.

    He was convinced that John McCain will be the Republican Party's nominee for president. However, he felt that it would be good if Huckabee shows up at the Republican National Convention with enough support to have an influence.

  • Letters

    Not happy with policies

    Forty three years ago I came to Bedford County and fell in love with this small town. I remember how billboards dominated every inch of Tidewater in the 1960s, a real culture shock from Europe. Bedford, however, was full of only mountains and fresh air. This area has changed quite a bit since then, but it still retains its charm ....

  • Major tax hikes, by default, will hit if Congress doesn't act

    If Congress fails to act, we Americans will pay the price. Unless Congress acts, the following tax increases will automatically occur for the following tax-years:

    2008:

    ...The exemption for the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) will decrease from $44,350 to $33,750 for single filers and from $66,250 to $45,000 for married couples filing jointly.

    ...Taxpayers will not be allowed to deduct their state and federal general sales taxes from their federal income tax.

  • House of Delegates honors Rev. Jerry Falwell

    In last week’s column, I mentioned how many bills we have to process before the February 12 midpoint of the General Assembly session, commonly referred to as “crossover.” In just one day, Monday, February 11, the House will consider more than 200 bills.

  • Are the GOP moderates back?

    With Mitt Romney’s sudden departure from the Republican presidential race, Sen. John McCain has reached “presumptive nominee” status.

    We know McCain will be the candidate, but in a party that everyone thought was dominated by right-wingers, both religious and secular, it may not be clear just yet how he got there.

  • Bedford County educators attend annual Lobby Day in Richmond

    Several Bedford County teachers joined a cadre of professional educators at Lobby Day in Richmond on Feb. 4 to urge elected representatives to approve financial support for schools throughout the commonwealth.

    The local contingent met with Del. Lacey Putney, Del. Kathy Byron and state Sen. Steve Newman to encourage funding of teacher salary increases, protection of teacher planning time to support quality instruction for all students, and full funding of the rebenchmarking of the Standards of Quality.

  • When the call comes in, volunteers are there to answer the call

    Volunteers make a difference.

    You didn't have to look far this week to see that truth.

    All across the county, volunteers took their place on the line to help protect homes and to help out their community as the weather caused numerous problems for the area.

    High wind, coupled with a low relative humidity, provided the spark needed to ignite fires all over the county this past weekend. On Sunday at least 11 fires had been reported, several of significant consequence. The high winds had also left some without power.

    Volunteers stepped in to stand in the gap.