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Today's Opinions

  • Keeping internet access tax free

    Few people study their telephone and Internet bills closely, but it might be worth taking a second glance next month. Take a close look at your next phone bill, and at the bottom you will see a laundry list of access taxes. But if you look at your Internet service provider’s bill, those access taxes will be missing. Wouldn’t you like to keep it that way?

     

  • McAuliffe slam dunks the House GOP

    House Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly have met their match, and it is Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe.
        Tired of their refusal to reach some reasonable compromise that would have allowed many new Virginians insurance coverage through Medicaid, the governor stuffed the ball on them.
        McAuliffe did exactly what Sen. Creighton Deeds had publicly said he should do: Adopt the general budget but use a line-item veto to reject the refusal to expand Medicaid.

  • The real betrayal

        The workings of a political party hack’s mind are always fascinating. Sometimes they seem to think their party is more important than their state, or the United States itself. It’s even more fascinating when a party hack’s thinking ends up in print.
        That happened last week.

  • Funding flushed?

        Something got lost in the translation.
        Hopefully it’s just a misunderstanding that can be quickly fixed. But there may be other issues.
        After apparently reaching a consensus that the county would support helping to pay to extend sewer service in Moneta—through a public-private partnership involving the county, the school system, local developer George Aznavorian and the Bedford Regional Water Authority—that support was called into question Monday by the supervisors.

  • Letter 06/18/14

    Reflections of a Virginia
    country boy

        How much longer will Senators Kaine and Warner and fellow Congressmen allow the gross over reach of the President and his Executive Departments?

  • Making strides toward enhancing our veterans’ health care

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Making veterans care more accessible

    As more information surfaces, the severe mismanagement and “lack of integrity” within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system has grown increasingly clear. A nationwide audit of access and wait times at 731 VA facilities was released just days ago. The results were highly alarming and only added to my serious concerns about veterans’ access to medical care. The audit found that more than 57,000 veterans have waited at least 90 days for their first appointment at a VA facility.

  • Decision needed serious discussion

    By Doris McCabe
    Bedford

        The central issue at the June 9 Board of Supervisors / Planning Board’s public hearing was that zoning regulations effectively blocked an entire industry – Confined Animal Feeding Operations -- from doing business in Bedford County.