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Today's Opinions

  • Preserving work requirements for welfare

    Our nation has a choice – a future where those in need have the opportunity to succeed or a future dependent upon welfare. I believe in helping people get back on their feet and creating a sense of personal responsibility for those seeking assistance – that is the purpose of the work requirements found within the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program created by the groundbreaking bipartisan welfare reform of the 90s.

  • Basic information for veterans benefits

    By Bob Kibler

        While veteran’s benefits are considered equal by VA regardless of when a veteran served, there may be significant differences in the veteran and family awareness of these awards based upon the time period in which the vet served.

  • After Labor Day, it gets very intense

    With President Obama’s speech on Thursday night of this week, both national political conventions for 2012 will have passed into history.
        With the weeks narrowing until Election Day on Nov. 6, the pace of campaigning will pick up; whatever undecided voters are left will begin to think hard.

  • I’m really getting old


        I normally complete my column by Friday so that the editor has time to read and approve it. Neil Armstrong died on a weekend, and Tom focused the editorial on that. Now, it’s my turn to write something because the moon landing was a big event from my past, and in some ways it seems like it was just last year. Armstrong’s death reminded me of just how long ago that was. Forty-three years ago! Wow, I’m really getting old!

  • Let the races begin

    he Republicans had their day in the sun down in Tampa last week; the spotlight is on the Democrats this week in Charlotte.
        And on Friday, following the last speech at the convention Thursday night, the countdown to election day is officially on.
        For Virginians, that’s a good-news, bad-news scenario.

  • Letters 08/29/12

    Bedford Host Lions Club loses a dedicated Lion

        The Bedford Host Lions Club lost its last charter member this month with the passing of Lion Mike Reynolds. 

  • We must put an end to four straight years of trillion dollar deficits

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • The House has acted to address high fuel prices

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As I travel the 5th District, I constantly hear concerns regarding rising fuel prices that continue to negatively impact our families and small businesses and harm our much-needed economic recovery.