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Today's Opinions

  • Will voters want another Bush?

        Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is getting most of the attention lately as various Republicans position themselves to be a candidate for president in 2016.
        This would be the third Bush of his clan to seek the presidency, giving rise to some strong feelings one way or the other about dynasties in politics.

  • A matter of primary importance

        Meetings are often really boring affairs. The one Bedford County’s Republicans held two weeks ago, however, was certainly anything but boring. I love a good political fight and these guys did not disappoint me. It was a truly entertaining gathering.
        I usually don’t go to political party meetings, but the Republicans have held a couple in the last six months that were significant. I went to this one because they were going to choose the method of selecting Republican nominees for local offices in this fall’s election.

  • Shocking ruling

        The Capital News Service story by Noura Bayoumi starts like this:
        “She was 23 years into her marriage when her husband swung a hammer at her head – and missed. He later was convicted of a felony, and they divorced. But what happened next was almost as shocking as the assault: Her ex-husband asked the court to award him spousal support – and won.”
        That alone is inexplicable.

  • Letter 02/11/15

    Why stay?

        What should convince teachers it’s worth it to stay in Bedford?
        The educators in Bedford County, both teachers and paraprofessionals, have had no meaningful, measurable increase in salary in almost a decade, but our work-load and daily demands have increased immeasurably. After 13 years of service, how am I to convince myself that it will improve in Bedford?

  • The President’s budget proposes the same failed policies

    By Congressman Robert Hurt
    As I travel the Fifth District listening to those I represent, it is clear to me that Virginians recognize that the status quo is unsustainable. Our nation has borrowed $18 trillion, and Washington continues to borrow nearly 20 cents on every dollar it spends.  Parents are gravely concerned about the impact of our national debt on their children’s futures.

     

  • It’s time for Congress to end the ethanol mandate

    Some have called it a “well-intentioned flop” while others say it’s an anti-competitive government mandate, but whatever you call the ethanol mandate, or Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), it’s clear this policy has caused many negative consequences for American consumers.

  • Supports transportation accountability bills

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

        Last week, the General Assembly was in full swing as we approached the midway point of the 2015 session.  Both the House and Senate must complete their work on legislation before “crossover” on February 10.  After that, we will begin work on legislation sent over from the other Chamber.

  • Budget includes funding Bedford reversion money

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd District

        This weekend the Senate Finance Committee released their new state budget.  The measure was presented to the sub-committee chairmen and approved by the full Senate Finance Committee on which I am honored to serve. It represents the Commonwealth’s budget for the next two years.