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Today's Opinions

  • Another typical Republican budget

        Now that Republicans control both houses of the U.S. Congress, they’re being carefully watched to see if they actually know how to govern responsibly.
        Anybody can demonize Barack Obama, something they’ve been quite proficient at, but can the party put aside its ideological obsessions long enough to govern?
        Well, the answer, at best, is mixed so far. Certainly, their behavior over the nomination of Loretta Lynch as attorney general is not encouraging.

  • The gift of the conservatives

        I want to thank Rick Howell for his “Cracker Jack box prize” version of American history in his Liberal Agenda last week. I’ve always thought that liberals must be either ill informed or perverse to believe the things they profess to believe. Mr. Howell has a university degree but, not knowing what all is in the curriculum behind a political science degree, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. It may be a bit light on history.

  • Of primary importance

        On June 9, Bedford County’s Republicans will hold a state-run primary to elect its slate of candidates for a set of local offices—the board of supervisors seats and all constitutional officers that are up for election in November.
        But the reality is the primary results will likely actually settle who will be elected, at least in most cases, for the November general election. Put an R by someone’s name in these parts and it generally means an election victory.

  • Letters 03/18/15

    Funding research

        My husband, Jim was diagnosed with dementia in 2008. I watched him decline over the next several years, ultimately dying in 2011. He gradually lost his memory, his ability to think and his ability to enjoy life.

  • The House budget plan will prevent a fiscal crisis

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    For far too long, the people of Virginia’s Fifth District have been negatively impacted by Washington’s inability to live within its means.  This lack of fiscal discipline has created economic uncertainty and prevented more dynamic job growth from occurring.  It is high time we put an end to business as usual in Washington and stop spending money the federal government does not have.

     

  • Protecting Second Amendment rights

    The United States Constitution is not a document of suggestions for how the U.S. should be governed. It’s not a “choose your own adventure” novel where you can pick which portion to follow and ignore the rest. The Constitution is the framework for our entire system of government and provides for the protection of our rights and liberties as Americans. Actions by the Executive Branch to unilaterally change our laws are in direct contradiction with the separation of powers outlined by the Constitution.

  • Honoring America’s farmers on National Ag Day March 18

    By J. Calvin Parish
    Virginia SED

        For more than 40 years we have celebrated National Ag Day as a time to pause and honor the American farmer. Today, our farmers are the most productive and efficient in the world with each one helping feed more than 144 people.   We thank you, as well as everyone who plays a role in producing the food, fiber and fuel our country and the world depends upon.
        This year National Ag Week is March 15 – 21 and is highlighted by National Ag Day on Wednesday, March 18.

  • Conservative zealots fighting history books

        Name just one.
        I’m wondering if anyone out there could inform us all of even a single program of decent, humane reform that has ever been brought to America by conservatives?
        The question arises because of recent movements in several states, most notably Oklahoma, where right-wingers are even going to court to fight modern standards in public school history books.