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Today's Opinions

  • Like taking a dog by the ears

        The truce signed in Minsk, Belarus, in February seems to be holding, although it’s certainly a fragile truce. French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela  Merkel brokered the agreement between Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko back in the middle of February.

  • The Good News

    Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.  And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
        And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

  • Letters 03-25-15

    Delay closing Thaxton Elem.

        Every time I read about the School Board I am saddened by the fact that two of our schools are scheduled to be closed in June.

  • Protecting Americans’ information on HealthCare.gov

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Hearing from those living and working in Virginia’s Fifth District has always been, and continues to be, my greatest resource as I serve you.  Your input has brought to light problems created by some of the big government programs coming out of Washington.

  • Enforcement comes first

    There are many issues plaguing our nation’s immigration system, but the biggest problem is that immigration laws are not enforced. While presidents of both parties have not fully enforced our immigration laws, President Obama has made several moves to unilaterally gut them altogether. In order to protect against this, it is essential that any immigration reform start with enforcement.

  • 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.