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Today's Opinions

  • The rising need for school protection

    By Glen Smith
    Bedford

        The mayhem and deadly violence in schools continues.
        An ABC News report recently pointed out that since 2009, school shootings in the U.S. have averaged sixteen per year, up from five per year in the few years previous. This alarming trend underscores the need for a trained law officer in each school, the single most effective protection available.

  • Reversing the diminishing workforce

    The reality of our frustrating jobs outlook in the United States must be addressed. The most recent monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that while the unemployment rate decreased to 6.7 percent in December, only 74,000 people found jobs and labor force participation fell once again. Last month, 347,000 Americans dropped out of the workforce, driving the Labor Force Participation Rate – a measure of those who are employed or unemployed and actively looking for work – to 62.8 percent. This represents its lowest level since the Carter Administration in 1978.

  • Addressing the vulnerabilities in the president’s healthcare law

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    It seems as though every day we are presented with a new glitch or problem associated with the President’s health care law that harms the American people.  Whether it be the excessive waste in the implementation of the law, canceled policies, far higher premiums and deductibles, fewer work hours and jobs, or the cybersecurity risks within Healthcare.gov, it could not be clearer that the President’s healthcare law and its execution have been flawed, misguided, and mismanaged.

     

  • Economic freedom generates growth and prosperity

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Don’t forget about your pets

    We all want to stay warm. Last week reminded us of that.
        But as we prepare for the next blast of winter weather, it’s important that we also remember to have a plan to keep our pets warm.
        After all, they are counting on us to take care of them, especially if they are outdoor dogs or cats.
        To help keep your entire family safe and warm, the American Red Cross and the Humane Society suggest a number of winter safety reminders for both you and your pets.

  • Crawling out of the pit

        I’m an optimist of sorts. If somebody were to say to me, “Things can’t get any worse,” I would reply, “Oh yes they can!” This sort of “optimism” defines what I expect from the Obama administration’s behavior this year.
        One ray of light that’s been poking through this cloudy outlook is the U. S. economy. In spite of President Barack Obama’s best efforts to kill it, our economy is slowly crawling out of the pit it fell into six years ago.

  • Great expectations?

    As 2014 gets underway, it’s time to hope that the workings of government—most notably at the federal level—get better.
        It certainly couldn’t get much worse than 2013, so expectations are somewhat low. For those in the White House and in Congress that’s good news; they have nowhere to go but up. At least that’s what you would think—we’ll have to see what happens.
        These aren’t the days of great expectations, but it is time to expect something of value from our elected leaders.

  • Pope Francis is not a Marxist

        Let me preface this by reminding readers that I’m not Roman Catholic. I’m Anglican.