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Today's Opinions

  • Bill will prevent "back door" electric rate increases

    een digging out of what has been the snowiest winter in memory, and while school kids are enjoying one of the longest unscheduled breaks in state history, the General Assembly has been passing legislation.  

  • A hard winter that has no politics

        As a lifelong lover of snow, I remember how cool it seemed on Dec. 18 when this winter’s first major snowstorm hit us.

        I was off from work that day in order to get a tooth pulled. I actually  went in early for the appointment at the request of the oral surgeon and his staff, who wanted to escape ahead of the predicted storm.

  • Let’s just freeze in the dark

    Are you enjoying all the winter? I’ve had to shovel global warming out of my driveway two weekends in a row, and what we got the last time was nothing compared with what folks in other parts of the Commonwealth experienced.

        How about those high heating bills? I know one lady who lives in Bedford County who had an electricity bill that topped $500 for a month. She and her husband aren’t heating Al Gore’s mansion, either. They live in a doublewide.

  • This isn’t about the environment, it’s all about raising taxes

    atch out, the Green Police may be on their way to your local grocery store.

     

        Arlington Democrat Delegate Adam Ebbin has introduced legislation into the General Assembly that would require retailers to charge shoppers 5 cents for each non-reusable bag issued to customers. It’s just another case of government sticking its nose where it shouldn’t and, by so doing, hurting the poor and middle class families the most.

     

  • Letters

    Heart Month

        February is American Heart Month and a good time to remind the increasing number of heart patients in Bedford and surrounding area that they are not alone in their recovery. Mended Hearts, affiliated with the American Heart Association, is a national nonprofit organization offering the gift of hope to heart patients, their families and caregivers for more than 50 years.

  • Bill will end monopoly protection for insurance companies
  • Spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much

    Two weeks ago President Obama delivered his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.  In his speech the President called for fiscal discipline and specifically addressed the need to reduce wasteful spending from the federal budget.  However, earlier this week the President sent a $3.8 trillion budget proposal to Congress, which spends too much, taxes too much and borrows way too much.

  • What gets measured gets done

    The federal government has 44 separate job training and employment programs, spread across nine different agencies and departments, spending a combined $12 billion a year serving about 30 million Americans.

    Similarly, the federal government has established a patchwork system of at least 22 separate programs focused on the important consumer health issue of food safety.

    At least 17 stand-alone programs have been established over time to support the federal role in higher education.