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Today's Opinions

  • The descent into chaos

        Last week I mentioned that there seems to be a double standard when it comes to religion in the public school classroom. I noted the same left-wingers who defended a teacher who had students copy the Muslim statement of faith as part of a geography assignment, would have been after that teacher’s head if she had had her students copy a Christian text, such as the Lord’s Prayer.

  • New year, new opportunities

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As 2015 comes to a close, so too does the first-session of the 114th Congress, and I believe that we have much to look forward to as we embark upon a new year.

  • New year, new opportunities

    A new year brings new opportunities for our country. It’s a time to refocus and, with a fresh perspective, look ahead at all that must be accomplished. As we ring in 2016, Congress has much to do to address the priorities of the American people.

     

  • Christians and guns: An unholy mix?

        Recently, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring decided that our state wouldn’t recognize conceal carry permits from other states. Those states, he said, might be more lenient in what kind of people they let carry firearms.
        Republican Sen. Bill Carrico got so fired up by Herring’s ruling that he said he’d file legislation to take away Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s armed security detail. It was a snarky reaction, to be sure.

  • The ACLU would have a fit

        It was interesting to see Rick Howell close out the year with a defense of a world geography lesson that included students copying the Muslim statement of faith. This happened last month in River Heads High School in Augusta County. It’s interesting because, if a public school teacher were to have her students copy a passage from the Bible, such as the Lord’s Prayer, Mr. Howell would howl about separation of church and state. The ACLU would have a fit, threaten a lawsuit and probably demand the teacher’s head on a platter.

  • Letters 12/30/15

    Thanks for Charity
    Chug support

        Thanks to the Community for Support of the “Charity Chug”
        On Wednesday, December 9, the Smith Mountain Lake Railroad Group presented to Lake Christian Ministries checks totaling $3100., the contributions generously made by members of  our community and visitors from impressive distances who came to our model train open houses.

  • Fear of Islam is not Christian

        It was a simple lesson in a social studies class in a public high school of Augusta County, Virginia. Yet, a few hysterical parents responded with fear and hatred to get the county schools shut down.
        Ignorance can go a long way when accompanied by two other ingredients: fear and religious fanaticism. All were at work in the recent school closure at River Heads High School, over a lesson that involved the Arabic writing tool of calligraphy.

  • There’s no yellow brick road

        In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy follows the yellow brick road to Oz to meet the Wizard of Oz. She wants to get back to Kansas, although I’m not sure why anybody would want to go to Kansas, and believes the Wizard can make that happen. It turned out that there was no Wizard of Oz.
        There’s no Wizard of Oz who can make economic development happen in Bedford. There isn’t even a yellow brick road. There’s no magic solution to revitalizing Bedford’s Centertown, or even one clear road to follow.