Today's Opinions

  • Fifth District small businesses are our economic engine

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Festival time

        Labor Day weekend kicks off a number of pastimes.
        Labor Day weekend used to signal the end to summer and the unofficial beginning of fall, with schools opening. But those days are long gone and by the time Labor Day hits now students have been in classes for two weeks or more.

  • Why we need the ICAC task force

        Last week Brian McAlexander pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography. McAlexander had put child porn on an Internet peer-to-peer network and that’s how he got caught. The Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is looking for guys who do things like that. 

  • Junior Falwell’s lame defense of Trump

        Lost recently in all the back and forth between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was a fairly remarkable op-ed piece in defense of Trump written by none other than Junior Falwell.
        You know, Jerry Falwell, Jr., whom I like to describe as LU’s “gun-slinging chancellor.” He earned that title after his embrace of guns on campus so that students might “end those Muslims” should something occur.

  • The Affordable Care Act: Unsustainable and unlawful

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Back to school

        Students headed back to school this week in Bedford County and for the most part the first day went OK, though it did get a little warm, especially for students at Forest Elementary School.
        At FES, the air conditioning units weren’t operating so the school went into cool down mode with box fans in every class, extra time for breaks and bottled water made available for students. School maintenance crews were working to get the HVAC units back online as quickly as possible.

  • Neither cart nor horse

        I was very skeptical, just after the turn of the century, when Bedford County and the former city of Bedford decided to form a joint tourism department and hire a director of tourism. I thought I heard the sound of a toilet flushing, with taxpayer money headed down the tubes. Nanci Drake, the first  tourism director changed my mind. Drake was a dynamic visionary. She had a Type A personality, but unlike most Type A people, everybody who dealt with her liked her. She had the ability to get things done while leaving friends, rather than enemies, in her wake.

  • Can prayer stop violence against Hillary?

        Given that America’s history is filled with tragic political violence, you’d think that no candidate for any office would ever get caught even appearing to incite “second amendment solutions” against an opponent.
        But as we know, Donald Trump is capable of anything. He has no sense of qualms or limits; whatever comes out of his mouth is what guides him.