Today's Opinions

  • Protecting those who serve

    Serving in the line of danger is not foreign to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. They bravely serve throughout the globe, facing threats each and every day. But when acts of horrific violence happen here at home against our men and women in uniform, it is a stark reminder that the threats they face are ever-present and have no clear boundaries.


  • Independent audits of the VA are necessary for real reform

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Not a hero?

        Donald Trump seems to have a penchant of putting his mouth in gear without engaging his brain. The most recent example occurred after Senator John McCain referred to Trump’s supporters as “crazies.” There has been some speculation that Senator McCain may have said this in an effort to bait Trump, knowing it would push him over the edge and get him to say something outrageous. However, Senator McCain, himself,  has a reputation for making intemperate remarks when he’s irritated.

  • 2016? Legislative elections come first

        Perhaps, in the “Summer of Donald Trump,” people can be forgiven if they think presidential politics is the only thing happening now. But they would be mistaken.
        This fall, Virginians will vote on all 140 seats in the General Assembly. The winners of the 40 seats in the Senate, and the 100 seats in the House, will make laws that affect us before the next president is sworn into office.

  • House takes first step to end dangerous sanctuary city policies
  • Jeb Bush is right

        A couple of weeks ago Jeb Bush took some heat for a comment he made on the campaign trail. Here is the offending comment:

  • Donald Trump: The GOP’s shame

        What does it say about the Republican Party when Donald Trump can spew xenophobic, racist bile on immigration and rise to the top of their polls?
        Perhaps that question is better answered by asking some other questions. Does it show a party aware that it’s already unpopular with Hispanics, an important, growing demographic? No, it doesn’t.
        Does it reflect a party that has an intelligent and reasonable policy for dealing with illegal immigration? No, it doesn’t.

  • We do care!

    By Patrick Ellis

        I am rarely surprised when I disagree with John Barnhart’s weekly conservative commentary, but I am often amazed that a man so rooted in the community can be so oblivious to the pulse and workings of this town. 
        Last week’s column in which he blames the demise of downtown Bedford on big box stores and the apathy of local residents is a new level of cluelessness.