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Today's Opinions

  • FEMA would do county residents justice by giving its flood plain map a second look

    The Federal Emergency Management Administration hasn't had the best of records lately so Bedford County is right to be checking behind FEMA on its study of flood zones.

    With the flooding in the Midwest still fresh in this nation's mind, no one who should be covered with flood insurance should be without it. At the same time, those who don't need the insurance shouldn't be required to pay the extra money for it.

    That's what the county's study is all about.

  • Letters

    Helping area students

    I remember my first day of school.

    I eagerly clutched onto my new book bag that contained my new crayons, pencils, paper, glue, ruler, scissors and erasers and climbed onto the school bus in anticipation of an exciting year. These were the days before we were expected to bring soap, paper towels, tissues and wet wipes to school, so I didn?t have to think about those things. All I could think about was getting to school and meeting new friends and impressing my teachers.

  • What would General Lee do?

    A Confederate Flag on a private vehicle on the grounds of Liberty High School! Oh my God! Right smack in the middle of a county that supplied over 3,000 soldiers [our forefathers] to the Confederacy and suffered over 400 battle deaths in the war.

  • The Supreme Court's decision last week to uphold an individual's right to bear arms should cause those pushing for gun control to refocus their efforts

    Those who hold the sanctity of one's right to bear arms can breath a sigh of relief after last week's ruling by the United States Supreme Court affirming that right.

    The 5-4 decision struck down a ban of handguns in the District of Columbia. If there was any troubling aspect to the ruling, it was that the vote was so close. One vote made all the difference. That shows how important those justice appointments by the President of the United States are.

  • Letters

    Shaquille O'Neal will lose his special deputy's badge in Maricopa County because of language he used in a rap video that mocks former teammate Kobe Bryant.

    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the Phoenix Suns center's use of racially derogatory word and other foul language left him no choice. Arpaio made Shaq a special deputy in January and promoted him to colonel of his largely ceremonial posse earlier this month.

  • Striving for energy independence

    As we approach the height of the summer travel season, families must factor in a much higher cost for gasoline. It is becoming evident that many families are being forced to either cancel their summer travel plans or at the very least limit much of their activity to an area closer to home. With every passing day, as gasoline surpasses $4 a gallon, our dangerous dependence on foreign oil grows more and more apparent.

  • House passes expanded G. I. Bill

    By an overwhelming, bipartisan margin, the U. S. House of Representatives has passed an expanded G. I. Bill, and this version does not include any tax increases. The bill passed 416-to-12; I voted for the measure.

  • Preserving Virginia's historical and natural landmarks

    One of my highest priorities in the Senate is to preserve Virginia’s abundant natural, historical, and cultural resources. As we approach the height of the summer travel season, I am pleased to report that we have enjoyed several significant accomplishments.