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Today's Opinions

  • Hang in there!

        This is going to be an important week for Bedford County Public Schools, the Moneta and Body Camp communities and, most importantly, the children the school system serves.
        On Monday, the School Board will be conducting a public hearing on potential closing/consolidation of elementary schools in the Staunton River Zone and the resulting redistricting of students. Then, next Thursday, June 5, the School Board will hold a special called meeting to discuss, and potentially vote, to close a school.

  • The Chocolate King

        Ukraine was supposed to have a presidential election last Sunday. As I’m writing this at the end of the week, I don’t know how that came off. Odds are it happened in most of the country, but not in the Donetsk or Lugansk provinces, which voted to secede two weeks earlier. Kiev doesn’t recognize that vote, but it appears that the folks running the show in those provinces are determined to prevent a vote from happening there.

  • Same-sex marriage: Facts are stubborn things

        The legal drive for same-sex marriage is marching throughout the land, as the state of Oregon became, last week, the 13th state in a row where judges ruled laws banning it to be unconstitutional.
        Forces of religion that seek political influence – meaning what we’ve always called “the religious right” – remain opposed to same-sex marriage on purely religious grounds. They don’t seem to understand that American courts don’t work for organized religion.

  • What’s best for everyone

    By Gov. Terry McAuliffe

        When I first made the decision to run for governor, I did so for a simple reason: I believed the knowledge and experience I have accrued from a lifetime in business could help me create jobs, grow and diversify our economy, and lead Virginia forward.

  • Maintaining a commitment to individual liberties

    Throughout America’s history, our country has been engaged in a profound debate on the limits of government. In the Federalist Papers, the Founders argued passionately for a federal government that would protect the American people from foreign threats. At the same time, they struggled to create a structure to contain and control that government in order to protect the God-given rights of the American people. In drafting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, they maintained a careful balance between preserving civil liberties and protecting our citizens from enemy threats.

  • Giving thanks to our men and women in uniform

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As we observe Memorial Day, we remember with gratitude all of those brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives while defending our great nation.  To all of those who are and have been members of our armed forces – thank you for all that you have given up in the name of American liberty.

     

  • Small businesses are the key to more jobs

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Difficult days, even more difficult decisions

        Anytime closing schools is suggested people get upset.
        That response should be expected.
        Moneta Elementary School and Bedford Primary School were both targeted to be closed in the state-mandated efficiency study, which was released to the public and governing bodies last week.