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Today's Opinions

  • Many qualifying workers miss out on Earned Income Tax Credit

    In this economy, every dollar counts — and so does a tax credit worth up to $5,657.

    January 29 was designated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day. More than 534,000 Virginia taxpayers took advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and received more than $1 billion in refunds for the 2008 tax year.

  • Real solutions to restore confidence in our economy

    Earlier this week President Obama delivered his first official State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. The President articulated to the American people in very frank terms, what most Americans know all too well – economic uncertainty continues to plague our nation.  In this tough economic climate, Americans are looking to the government for leadership.

  • Time flies in the Capital city

    It’s hard to believe we are already in the third week of session, but time flies here in the Capital city.  And, even though we’re considering hundreds of bills and crafting a new two-year spending plan, the everyday concerns that come along with possibility of snowfall this weekend have taken over many discussions at Virginia’s Capitol.  This is due to the fact that the delegates, aides and staff come from all corners of our Commonwealth and most return to their families on the weekends.   With the inclement weather forecast upon us for the weekend, th

  • Voters angry at everyone now

        If Republicans think they’re about to inherit the national government on a silver platter because of one special Senate election, they’d better think again.

        If Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and the other leaders of the Republican Party think they can kill health care reform - which a majority of Americans support - and win voter favor, they’re making a tragic mistake.

  • Living in never never land

        It’s always amazing how liberals seem to be living in some sort of fiscal never never land when it comes to taxes. Last week, Rick Howell gave us an example of this in “The Liberal Agenda” as he took Governor Bob McDonnell to task for not proposing new taxes to pay for transportation projects.

  • Barack Obama retirement watch

        Barack Obama has been president for a year, now, and it’s been an interesting year.

        When he first took the oath of office, I was concerned that the “Democrats” would get a bright idea. Hey, we have a guy who is so popular, he could be elected to a third or fourth term, just like Franklin Roosevelt. Lets’ get rid of that pesky ol’ 22nd Amendment that limits presidents to a maximum of two terms.

  • Letters

    In agreement

        Thank you Brenda Babb for your letter concerning the bust of Joseph Stalin being brought to the D-Day Memorial.

        I’m convinced that most of the people in Bedford are in agreement with you. To honor such a man along with those who served this country is unthinkable. By doing so you are bringing dishonor to all the names of our service men written there.

        Think again before you act.

    Ouida Witt

    Bedford

    Lockstep

  • Perriello fights to continue funding for police officers and emergency personnel

    Last week, an unspeakable tragedy shook Central Virginia. Christopher Speight is accused of killing eight people near his home in Appomattox County, including three teenagers and his four-year-old nephew. The 24 hours surrounding these horrific events are frightening to say the least, but also a testament to the bravery and skillfulness of our Virginia police force.