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Today's Opinions

  • Say 'No' to the Stalin bust

        A few years ago a visit by a delegation from the local American Legion post should have served warning on Dr. William McIntosh that a proposed bust of Joseph Stalin at the National D-Day Memorial would not be well received. He and the D-Day Memorial Foundation chose to proceed with the plan anyway. Jim Morrison’s well written column in last week’s Bedford Bulletin indicated why so many veterans are upset about that decision.

  • Let your voice be heard

    Today, the American people are facing one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history.  Our economy remains sluggish, people fear losing their jobs and their homes, and many are worried about the future their children and grandchildren will inherit. They are deeply concerned about the outlook for our great country and wonder if their children will grow up in the same America they did.  People are looking for solutions to the problems we face. 

  • A standing O

    You’ve got to wonder just what’s going on at the White House and its administration these days, as well as with the Democrats in Congress.

        The administration continues to attack Arizona’s new illegal immigration law without actually reading it, apologizes to world leaders of communist countries for “human rights violations” in this country and then applauds leaders who stand in our own halls of Congress to denounce this great country.

  • Letters

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        My husband and I have visited the National D-Day Memorial several times and we are still moved by what we see and by what was sacrificed by many young Americans during World War II.

           Installing a bust of Stalin is totally against the mission of the memorial.  We are almost moved to tears when we see the soldiers pulling themselves up the steep cliffs and crawling through the water to defend the United States in that D-Day landing. 

  • Perriello joins effort to restore public faith in our democratic institutions

    When I came to Congress last year, I promised to fight for economic relief for my constituents, but also to change the way business is done in Washington. For far too long, both parties have answered to the special interests instead of to the people. Sometimes it can seem like Congress is not bound by the same rules as everyone else. It’s time to bring Main Street values of decency, openness, and accountability to the halls of Washington.

  • Keeping the focus on creating jobs

    In recent days we've seen another tough economic blow for our friends and families in Southside Virginia.

    Stanley Furniture, a fixture in Henry County for nearly 90 years, announced it will shutter its factory near Martinsville and relocate more than 560 jobs overseas by the end of this year.

    That tough news came on the heels of promising job announcements by two smaller employers just a few weeks earlier.  In too many of our rural regions, it seems we take one step forward -- and then two steps back.

  • Stalin, U.S. and Allied military deaths, and the D-Day Memorial

    Joseph Stalin bears varying degrees of responsibility for the deaths of over 37,000 American and over 60,000 Allied military personnel, plus the wounding of hundreds of thousands of others, with thousands more being imprisoned or missing in action.

        The plan to erect a bust of Stalin on a pedestal—a place of honor—at the revered National D-Day Memorial should provoke outrage in all American and Allied veterans, their families, and the public at large.

  • Obama’s agenda survives primaries

        Last week’s primary elections in several states did produce much of the anti-incumbent sentiment we’ve heard so much about, but Republicans should not assume it means they’ll take control of anything after November.

        The primaries will be long gone when it’s again football season and the leaves have turned brown. Only then will Americans vote for a new House of Representatives and several new U.S. senators.