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Today's Opinions

  • Making strides toward enhancing our veterans’ health care

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Making veterans care more accessible

    As more information surfaces, the severe mismanagement and “lack of integrity” within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system has grown increasingly clear. A nationwide audit of access and wait times at 731 VA facilities was released just days ago. The results were highly alarming and only added to my serious concerns about veterans’ access to medical care. The audit found that more than 57,000 veterans have waited at least 90 days for their first appointment at a VA facility.

  • Decision needed serious discussion

    By Doris McCabe
    Bedford

        The central issue at the June 9 Board of Supervisors / Planning Board’s public hearing was that zoning regulations effectively blocked an entire industry – Confined Animal Feeding Operations -- from doing business in Bedford County.

  • Eric Cantor and ‘The Great Betrayal’

    While one Virginia politician was making national headlines last week, another one lit a fire in the same kind of partisan fight that had brought down the first one.
        Eric Cantor and Phil Puckett may not know each other, but they found themselves front-line players in the same fight: the ideological battle between the few common sense Republicans left, and the “tea party” fanatics who imagine themselves on some holy mission, like the Crusaders of old.

  • We must never forget!

        Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

        These anniversaries, especially the five-year anniversaries, of D-Day always remind me of why the National D-Day Memorial is vital. Folks often talk about how nice it is for the D-Day veterans to be able to see it, but its mission — remember, it’s a memorial — is to make sure we remember all those guys who never lived to see it.

  • Right decision fixes a bad idea

    It was a bad idea from the start.
        Local schools need to be controlled by local folks, not the state.
        Last week Judge Charles E. Poston of the Norfolk Circuit Court ruled in favor of the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) and the city of Norfolk School Board and held the Opportunity Educational Institution (OEI) and its governing board unconstitutional.
        That was the right decision.
        We need less, not more, state and federal interference.

  • Letters 06/11/14

    Where were the local bands?

        I am so proud to be a part of the wonderful Bedford Community.   The celebration and honors for our veterans this past week was awe  inspiring.  I can’t say enough about the staff and volunteers at the D-Day Memorial.  They  do a fabulous job year around, but they outdid themselves last week.

  • 70th anniversary of D-Day renews our profound commitment to our veterans

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Last week, we commemorated the 70th Anniversary of the largest seaborne invasion in our history, which took place on D-Day.  In honor of the anniversary of this fateful day, I participated in the National D-Day Memorial Commemoration in Bedford to commemorate the Anniversary of the Allied invasion of occupied France.