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Today's Opinions

  • Town meeting

    I will be at the Moneta Library from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday November 13 for my quarterly town meeting.  The elections will be over so we can meet and talk about something else for a change.

  • Making government more transparent and accountable

    By U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va)

    I wanted to let you know about the recent progress of legislation I have introduced that will make government work better and save taxpayer money.  

  • A tip on the next focus: 2012

        Now that mid-term elections are over (results not available before my deadline), it’s clear what will be the next obsession of politicians and their observers as the tiny remains of this year soon become 2011.

        Next up: the race for president in 2012. For those who will seek the office, 2011 will be the year to get their campaigns off the ground.

  • More fun than a barrel of rattlesnakes

  • Hope and change

    There will be a new look to Congress next year following the results of Tuesday’s midterm elections.

        Though the specifics of those results weren’t complete by the time we went to press, all indications were pointing to the Republicans taking control of the House of Representatives and making huge gains in the Senate. If President Obama hopes to accomplish anything over the next two years he will now have to work with his Republican counterparts in those two elected bodies.

  • Letters 10-27-10

    Insufficient
    penalty

        Mr. Phillip Parnell was convicted of 14 counts of animal cruelty in Bedford County because 14 animals were found dead on his property.   
        That is VA code 3.2-6570, Misdemeanor 1.  Each count can bring jail time of 12 months and a fine of $2500. That would calculate to possible consequences of up to 168 months (61,320 days) in jail and a fine of up to $35,000.

  • Cost of Living Ajustment formula is outdated

    During my time in Washington, I have been a strong supporter of Social Security and Medicare because they represent a promise made by our country to ensure basic security and dignity for our seniors. It says something important about our country when we commit to protecting those who have spent a lifetime working and making our country great.

  • Americans are asking “Where are the jobs?”