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Today's Opinions

  • With much humility

    We have to remember; we must never forget.
        Some 1,000 people showed up Monday at the National D-Day Memorial for the annual Memorial Day ceremony there.
        Wherever we are, we must never forget.
        The price of our freedom has been too high to forget.
        The cost to countless families over the years must always be honored: mothers mourning the loss of a child; spouses the loss of a partner; children the loss of a parent. A nation the loss of its innocence.

  • Letters 05/22/13

    Wants apology

        I fully agree and support the request of the chairman for the Bedford County Board of Supervisors that we move on past the issue of Supervisor Pollards comments.
        I am certain Bedford County teachers will gladly do that when they collectively receive the apology from Supervisor Pollard that they rightfully deserve.

  • Protecting 5th District Virginians from federal over-regulation

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • The reasons for repeal

    The fundamental question facing uninsured Americans was never, “how do we give the federal government more power over our lives?” Yet government control over health care was the ultimate result of the president’s health care law. Obamacare costs jobs, reduces choices, lowers the quality of care, and hurts the very people it was intended to help.

     

  • Dependency, indemnity compensation

    By Bob Kibler

        Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

    Eligibility (Surviving Spouse)
        To qualify for DIC, a surviving spouse must meet the requirements below.
        The surviving spouse was:

  • Pay tribute to those who protect and serve

    By Marla Graff Decker
    Virginia Secretary of Public Safety

        I would like to take the opportunity during Law Enforcement Memorial Week to pay tribute to the men and women who protect and serve the Commonwealth, risking their lives each day to keep us safe. 
        Since the first known line-of-duty death in America, there have been more than 19,000 officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  Tragically, 487 of those fallen heroes were serving Virginia when their lives were cut short.

  • Conservatives find holy grail in Obama ‘scandals”’


        Giddy. That’s the word I’m hearing that best describes the way right-wingers have been acting since last week’s media storm about the three “scandals” supposedly plaguing the Obama administration.
        The president’s enemies, so utterly unable to bring Barack Obama down at the polls, now appear to think that they finally have something they can use against him.

  • Honor your father

        May and June have our two holidays honoring our parents. I hope you called your mother, or went to visit her on Mother’s Day. I can’t do this. My mother died in 2002 at the age of 92. My father, John Edwin Barnhart Jr., died in 1964 at the age of 48, something I never quite got over.
        However, I’m sure most of you, who still have living parents, did something to show your mom you love her on Mother’s Day, and I hope you will honor your dad on Father’s Day.