Today's Opinions

  • Dangerous diplomatic dance

        We were treated to a dangerous diplomatic dance routine in the final weeks of 2010.

        It began just before Thanksgiving when North Korea shelled an island controlled by South Korea, killing some people. South Korea returned fire with heavy artillery. Over the next few weeks, North Korea threatened Armageddon if South Korea held a planned artillery firing exercise from the island. Nothing happened, however, when the South Koreans carried out the live fire drill.

  • The Arizona tragedy

    A great tragedy occurred in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday. Six people were killed, including a 9-year-old girl, and 14 were injured, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat.

        The aftershock, however, has been just as tragic. At a time when the country should have been pulling together to deal with the tragedy, politics trumped civility with many on the left using this as an opportunity to take aim at their enemies on the right.

  • Letters 01/05/10

    Thankful for support

        December 2010 marked our fifth year of providing Christmas assistance to low-income families in Bedford City and Bedford County.  Each year, I gain precious memories of events related to our mission of serving low-income families in a dignified and respectful manner.  When thinking about Christmas  2010, I can also be thankful and grateful as I remember what did not happen. 

  • Looking ahead to the 112th Congress

    This week marks the official start to the 112th Congress.  Members of this new Congress, including myself, will be officially sworn into office by the new Speaker of the House, John Boehner.  We face many challenges as we enter into this historic session, including out of control government spending, record unemployment numbers, and many others.  These issues touch the lives of every American.  

  • Time to file claims for 2010 medical expenses

  • Haley Barbour’s Southern fried mess

        Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is very proud of his “Southern heritage.” It’s something he wears on his sleeve.

        A Republican who’s thinking about running for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, Barbour recently got into trouble with some clueless comments about his beloved state.

  • This should be a fascinating year

        Right now, things aren’t looking good for the donkey party. In addition to being rejected by the voters in the midterm elections, census results show that states where Republicans have done well also showed an increase population. States that have been “Democratic” strongholds lost population.

  • Letters 12/29/10

    Appreciates stand

        In reference to the recent School Board vote on the name of the Winter Holiday, thank you Mickey Vanderwerker
        -for standing up for those principles on which our country was founded: religious tolerance and separation of church and state.
        -for acknowledging that there are those in Bedford of different faiths who count.
        -for valuing the ever more diverse nature of our precious community of Bedford.