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Today's Opinions

  • Obamacare’s two week notice

    As we approach the looming implementation of the President’s health care law, efforts to stop this law in its tracks continue in the House of Representatives. My concerns surrounding the real impacts of this law on hardworking American families have only grown since it was forced through Congress three years ago. And the American people have questions about the law, too.

  • Montvale Rescue Squad: Serving since 1970

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue

        The Montvale Rescue Squad first due response area covers approximately 150 square miles immediately surrounding the Montvale area, stretching to the Botetourt County line. 

  • Pope Francis: ‘Not a right-winger’

    When Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was chosen as the new Pope of the Catholic Church in March, many Catholics had great hopes that he would usher in some much-needed fresh air in church practices and attitudes.
        Now, barely six months into his papacy, it’s absolutely clear that this new Pope is doing exactly that, to the cheers of millions around the world.

  • El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Barack de la Obama

        In his famous novel, El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha, Miguel de Cervantes wrote about a Spanish gentleman who had such an excessive devotion to novels about chivalry that it came to affect his mind.
        Concerning this man, Cervantes wrote, “ And thus, with much reading and little sleep, he dried out his brain in such a manner that he came to lose his judgement.”

  • Festival time

    his week kicks off the fall festival season and there will be plenty to do. Make sure you carve out some time in your schedule to enjoy what’s being offered.
        It’s a good chance to get out and enjoy the cooler weather; it’s a good chance to mingle with your neighbors and support this community’s events.
        And this weekend has quite a few offerings from which to choose.

  • Letters 09/18/13

    Helping our
    veterans

        George C. Lussier Jr. from the American Legion spoke to the 9-11 Prayer Breakfast about Operation Comfort Warriors. The information he gave us is important for all churches and organizations in our county that are interested in helping our veterans.

  • Recent developments: Syria

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    The current situation in Syria is on the forefront of Americans’ thoughts, and for good reason. We are all deeply saddened by the recent use of chemical weapons, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of those who have suffered under President Bashar al-Assad.

  • Taking your concerns back to Washington

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Over the course of the past month, I traveled across the Fifth District, talking with my constituents about what matters most to them.  I am always grateful for the opportunity to spend time in Central and Southside Virginia, and I was able to have many in-depth conversations with Fifth District Virginians about how the policies coming out of Washington are affecting their families, jobs, and businesses.