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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Letters 10/09/13

    Only’ $34 million

        The Bedford Water Authority insists that they will “only” spend $34 million on their Lakes to Forest Plan, or “whatever we can afford.” I worked many years in the Federal government and have experienced this fairy tale many times before. It’s a nightmare version of the movie “Groundhog Day.”

  • The President’s healthcare law is not ready for primetime

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As of late, the conversations I have with my constituents have a consistently clear message: The President’s healthcare law is hurting families and small businesses.  President Obama’s healthcare overhaul is unworkable and it is having a devastating effect on our fragile economy.  That is why I believe we must take responsible action to delay the implementation of the President’s healthcare law.

     

  • Coming to the negotiating table
  • Shame on ‘tea party’ obstructionists

    If the current government shutdown doesn’t illustrate the harm that’s going to be done by the rabid strain of “tea party” conservatism in the national GOP, then some people are just choosing not to understand.
        To hold hostage the very operations of the government itself in order to insanely pursue a strategy that simply cannot work; well, it’s a choice of madmen. It’s Hitler in the bunker stuff...