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Today's Opinions

  • Be thankful for our system


        I’m sure President Barack Obama is not happy with the way things are going.
        The month began with economic bad news. Job creation was very weak in May and manufacturing was down. This is just another example of why a majority of Americans disapprove of President Obama’s handling of the economy. It also reinforces Republicans’ contention that President Obama’s policies have impeded, rather than helped the recovery.

  • Buying votes


        To no one’s surprise, President Obama’s announcement that he plans to grant temporary legal status to close to 1 million illegal immigrants was met with great praise from the Hispanic community.
        That’s certainly what he wanted, wasn’t it. This is all about November.

  • Letters 06/13/12

    Thanks for understanding

        Throughout my 40 years with the NPS, I have been grateful for the mutual support provided by staff, visitors, and community members aligned with a common interest, such as the events held to celebrate the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary in 2010.  As Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway, I come to you now requesting your support and understanding of the reasons for the unkempt appearance of the Parkway.

  • Another step in the fight to repeal Obamacare

    The eyes of the nation are on the Supreme Court as we await their decision in the landmark case on the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care law. Just over two months ago, the nine Supreme Court justices heard roughly six hours of oral arguments on several portions of the massive health care law. Since then they have been reviewing additional materials before issuing a written opinion, which is expected by the end of the month.

     

  • Thanks for help!

    By Vicki Elmore, Captain

    Montvale Rescue Squad
     

  • Enough already

    By Kandy Shackelford
    Bedford

        I am a lifelong resident of Bedford with the last 30 years being in the City of Bedford.
          I have seen businesses come and go.  I have seen our young people leave Bedford because there was nothing for them to do here.  The nearest place to have fun and socialize would be to drive to Roanoke or Lynchburg. 

  • Allen, Goodlatte set for the fall

     
                 I began this week’s column with the confidence that by the time it’s read, George Allen and Bob Goodlatte will have won their respective primaries on June 12.
        I suspect that Goodlatte had an easier time of it than Allen. The former UVA party boy was rather brutally targeted by his main tea party opponent, Jamie Radtke.

  • Another foreign policy headache


        Another potential foreign policy headache popped up late last month when a Turkish court formally pressed criminal charges against four Israeli generals for their alleged involvement in the deaths of nine activists aboard a Turkish ship, the Mavi Marmara, that tried to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza in 2010. Eight of the activists were Turkish nationals and one was an American of Turkish ancestry.