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Today's Opinions

  • Inexcusable sloppiness

        Early last month, relying on the accuracy of statistics provided by the teachers’ union, I offered the opinion that these statistics may indicate that Bedford County Public Schools is losing teachers. The statistics offered showed something odd, indicating that Bedford County was dead last in average teacher pay, but not at the bottom of any category in the presentation.

  • Someone else needs a history lesson

        I have a challenge for the editor: Tell columnist John Barnhart that he has to go a full month – four consecutive columns – without attempting to leech off something I’ve written the previous week.
        Well, I’d probably better withdraw that request, because the editor and I both know Barnhart couldn’t do it. He has a longtime obsession with the contents of my humble “Liberal Agenda.”

  • Restoring trust in federal law enforcement agencies

    Every day, thousands of federal law enforcement agents are hard at work, doing their part to keep Americans safe and delivering them the justice they deserve. I have the utmost respect and appreciation for the dedicated law enforcement professionals who protect and serve our communities. 

     

  • The American people deserve a voice in the Iran nuclear negotiations

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    The prospect of Iran attaining the capability to produce a nuclear weapon is one of the most grave threats we face as a nation, and it must be our policy to do everything within our power to prevent this from happening.  The terms of Iran’s preliminary nuclear understanding with the United States, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom is a cause for concern due to Iran’s longstanding commitment to see the demise of the United States and Israel, our greatest ally in the Middle East. 

  • National HealthCare Decision Day

        April 16 is National Healthcare Decision Day, a national health observance designed to emphasize the importance of planning for health emergencies and end-of-life care. 
        According to a news release from Centra Health, National Healthcare Decision Day “encourages the public to make their wishes and expectations about medical care and end-of-life care known to loved ones and then to solidify these wishes in an advance directive.”

  • More left-wing fractured history

        A comparison between last week’s Liberal Agenda and a Virginian-Pilot editorial, which we borrowed, that ran on the same page is a good illustration of the fact that the left is divided on whether President Obama has negotiated a good deal with Iran on its nuclear program. The Virginian-Pilot is owned by the same company that owns the Bedford Bulletin, so we can borrow something from them.

  • Confederate sympathizers must also surrender

        Appomattox, Virginia was the subject of much attention on April 9 as the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender to Grant was marked both in the little town and across the nation.
        Nation, yes. It’s the correct word to use, because it’s one thing that was permanently settled on that day. We would henceforth be a nation and not just a haphazard collection of states.

  • The Congressional mail bag: What you’re saying

    Each month, my office receives thousands of phone calls, letters, e-mails, and even Facebook messages from folks across the Sixth District. Many have questions about current issues before Congress. Here are a few of the inquiries I have received in recent weeks: