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Today's Opinions

  • The Charge of the Light Brigade

        Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward,
 All in the valley of Death, Rode the six hundred. ‘Forward, the Light Brigade!
 Charge for the guns’ he said: Into the valley of Death
 Rode the six hundred. — From “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

  • Don’t wait until election day

    In less than two weeks Virginia voters will go to the polls. Local and statewide races will have important implications for years ahead. Voters shouldn’t wait until Tuesday, Nov. 5 to decide who to support. The time to do your research is now. Go to the polls as an educated voter; this isn’t the time to be uninformed, or worse, a partisan with no desire at getting to the truth.
        These elections matter.
        At the state level, of course, we will be electing a new governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

  • The Senate must join us at the negotiating table

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    There is no denying that the current situation in Washington, which has led to a lapse in government operations, is unfortunate and needs to be rectified as soon as possible.  At the root of it all, our constitutional prerogatives are at stake.  Article One, Section Eight, which states the enumerated powers of Congress, expressly authorizes the U.S. Congress power of the purse.  It is our job to establish the spending priorities for the nation. 

  • Calling on the President and the Senate to negotiate and reopen the government

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Starting a dialogue on entitlement reform and debt

    The discussion in Congress has once again turned to the debt limit. Unfortunately, because of continued out-of-control spending, we are facing a situation where Congress is being asked to increase the amount of debt the federal government can incur in order to avoid default. To be certain, allowing the U.S. to default on its creditors would result in severe economic consequences for the United States and its citizens.

  • Medicare Part D Open Enrollment

        All people on Medicare should remember that October 15 will be the opening date for the Open Enrollment period for Medicare Part D for 2014.
        This has nothing to do with the new Health Care Exchanges; this is Medicare Part D, the prescription drug part of Medicare. Everyone receiving Medicare has the period from October 15-December 7 to select a Medicare Part D plan for 2014. The plan in which you are enrolled on midnight Dec 7th is the plan you must stay in for all of 2014.

  • Cuccinelli’s tea bag is leaking

    It might be just about time to head into your kitchen, select your finest knife, and get ready to plunge it into the political turkey we know as “Ken Cuccinelli for Governor.”
        Cuccinelli has so much going against him, it’s very difficult right now to see how he could pull this out on November 5.

  • A failure of leadership

        As I write this column, the partial government shutdown is still dragging on and the deadline to raise the federal debt ceiling is looming. Subscribers receive the Bedford Bulletin by mail on Thursday, so, by the time you read this Congress will have either reached an agreement or the United States will be on the brink of sailing into uncharted waters — a first-ever default on our sovereign debt.