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Today's Opinions

  • Why grant Iraqi refugees special status if the situation is improving?

    The House of Representatives has approved the National Defense Authorization Act on a vote of 370-to-49. While I supported many of the items in the bill, I could not vote for it, because of the plan to relocate thousands of Iraqi refugees into the United States. A refugee is defined as a person fleeing his or her country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

  • The Christmas account

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

    (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

    And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

    And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

    To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

  • Letters

    Deal smells

    I have been a depositor at the Bedford Savings Bank (now FNB) for over 20 years, and have a good part of my life savings deposited there.

    This deal with VFGI smells to high heaven. This whole national financial disaster has been caused by lending institutions lending money they don't have to people who cannot possibly pay it back.

  • The need for a comprehensive energy policy

    Energy is vital to every sector of the U.S. economy, including homes, small businesses and industries. Energy powers computers, appliances, technology and the Internet and fuels transportation and farming processes. When energy supplies are tight, families and businesses are severely impacted by the resulting increase in energy costs.

  • Legislation will create cyber tip-line to report child exploitation

    The Internet is a valuable tool in many cases, and technology has offered many opportunities to advance our lives in the 21st Century. However, some are exploiting technology, and the Internet is being used by those who traffic in and seek out child pornography, with many of those involved in Internet child pornography being in the United States.

    In recognition of the need to fight child pornography on the Internet, the House of Representatives has adopted legislation amending the Missing Children's Assistance Act. I voted for this bill.

  • Yet again, Bush can't master the facts

    In October, in the middle of his latest remarks about the alleged threat from Iran, President George W. Bush actually used the phrase "World War III."

    You'd think that no American president would ever utter such a thing unless we were in the most dire circumstances. But Bush has proven that he lives in a world of his own, where anything goes when it comes to pushing his warmongering view of the world.

    The problem was - and there are always problems with what Bush says - Iran wasn't working on a nuclear weapon and hadn't been since 2003.

  • A baloney sandwich

    The never ending presidential campaign will finally get down to business next month as the first primaries and caucuses are held. In a few months we should know who the two major parties will present to us as their presidential candidates.

  • A simple prayer

    Back in 2006 a study was released questioning the power of prayer to patients undergoing heart surgery. The major national media outlets glowingly carried headlines from the study such as: "Study shrugs off power to heal" (USA Today), "Power of prayer flunks an unusual test" (MSNBC.MSN.com); or "Study: Prayer didn't help sick" (Seattle Times).