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Today's Opinions

  • Like a refugee column

        Ukraine’s army, such as it is, provides a good illustration about why Ukraine is so vulnerable to Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin’s efforts to pull it apart.

  • Truly Special were these Olympics

    It was meant to be.
        When Alicia Schneider learned her adaptive physical education students at Liberty High School wouldn’t be able to participate in Roanoke’s Special Olympics this year because it was supposed to be held over Bedford County’s spring break, she knew she needed to take action.
        And act she did.

  • Letters 04/23/14

    Restoring Chesapeake Bay

        Thank you, Attorney General Mark Herring for stepping up to defend Virginia’s right to restore the Chesapeake Bay (“AG Herring defends Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan,” April 11).
        The American Farm Bureau Federation and 21 states are suing to stop bay cleanup, calling it an EPA overreach. Virginia has been engaged in cleaning up the Bay for decades, and we have a long way to go to achieve our goal.

  • Jobs remain our top priority

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • An unaffordable mandate

    It speaks volumes when one of the most vocal supporters of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, says it will “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class” if not fixed. But that is what James Hoffa, president of the Teamsters union, made clear last year in a letter to Democratic leadership in Congress.

  • Obama deserves health care victory lap

    Have you been waiting – because of “Obamacare” - for the United States to fall into the sea? For the mountains to collapse onto the flat-lands and smother us all?
        Or maybe you expected Marx and Lenin to rise from their graves, and cast us all into some Godless, communistic bondage?

  • Correcting a commonly repeated fallacy

        There is a fallacy that I hear repeated without fail every year during budget time. Actually, it isn’t really a fallacy. It’s more of a half-truth. Every year at least one person, who is speaking before the supervisors urging them to raise taxes, will say that the tax rate was higher at some point in the past decade.
        These speakers are correct. It was 65 cents in 2006 and 73 cents in 2002.

  • Letters 04/16/14

    Raise taxes,
    support the school budget

        A former Bedford County resident gave this advice to our Virginia constitutional writers: “That free government rests as does all progress, upon the broadest of knowledge, and that the Commonwealth should avail itself of those talents which nature has sown so liberally among its people by assuring the opportunity for their fullest development by an effective system of education throughout the Commonwealth.” This was offered by our famous summer resident Thomas Jefferson.