Today's Opinions

  • Peace and goodwill to all

    This is a blessed season marked by the company of family and friends, a child-like anticipation of presents under the tree, and perhaps even the hope of a midnight snowfall.   It is a season rooted in traditions and celebrations of all kinds. 

  • Moving forward responsibly on health carer reform

    Like all of my colleagues in the Democratic Party, I voted in favor of proceeding to debate the proposed health- care reform legislation. I have yet to decide whether I will support final passage of the bill.


  • Veterans' affairs: Time to file claims for 2009 medical expenses

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has advised claims for reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses incurred during 2009 will be accepted beginning January 1, 2010. 

  • Christmas gifts for the political world

        There are only days now before we all find out what’s under the Christmas tree for us. I thought it might be fun to speculate about what gifts certain politicians - if this were a just world - should receive for Christmas.

        For U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, there is one gift that would certainly warm his heart: Large, gold-framed photos of all the CEOs of the major insurance companies that run his state of Connecticut, and run him.

  • Liberals’ free speech double standard

        Apparently some colleges and universities seem to think that students leave their First Amendment rights at the gate when they enroll.

        According to a report by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, seven out of 10 American colleges and universities censor students’ speech. The report was cited in a story posted on WorldNetDaily earlier this month.

  • Robert L. Forgie, Jr., 42, Montvale

        Robert “Bob” Latane Forgie, Jr., 42, of Montvale, died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009.  Bob was born in Montvale on Oct. 16, 1967.  He was the son of the late Robert Latane Forgie, Sr. and Hattie S. Forgie. 

        He was a member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church. Bob was a graduate of Liberty High School and VMI class of 1990. 

  • Just STOPP it

    It’s always nice when Republicans and Democrats can come together to pursue legislation that really benefits local citizens. Such is the case with the  Strengthening the Ownership of Private Property (STOPP) Act.

  • Letters


        There is an organization once called, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, now called Local Governments for Sustainability, ICLEI. They are paid dues with public money in several places in Virginia. In fact, Roanoke is on their listing. As a Bedford resident I would like to know if ICLEI has offered to help Bedford to have sustainability over unsustainability items?