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Today's Opinions

  • Fifth District Virginians deserve better from the IRS 

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • The Congressional mail bag: What you’re saying

    Each month, my office receives thousands of phone calls, letters, e-mails, and even Facebook messages from folks across the Sixth District. Many have questions about current issues before Congress. Here are a few of the inquiries I have received in recent weeks:

  • Confederate sympathizers must also surrender

        Appomattox, Virginia was the subject of much attention on April 9 as the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender to Grant was marked both in the little town and across the nation.
        Nation, yes. It’s the correct word to use, because it’s one thing that was permanently settled on that day. We would henceforth be a nation and not just a haphazard collection of states.

  • More left-wing fractured history

        A comparison between last week’s Liberal Agenda and a Virginian-Pilot editorial, which we borrowed, that ran on the same page is a good illustration of the fact that the left is divided on whether President Obama has negotiated a good deal with Iran on its nuclear program. The Virginian-Pilot is owned by the same company that owns the Bedford Bulletin, so we can borrow something from them.

  • National HealthCare Decision Day

        April 16 is National Healthcare Decision Day, a national health observance designed to emphasize the importance of planning for health emergencies and end-of-life care. 
        According to a news release from Centra Health, National Healthcare Decision Day “encourages the public to make their wishes and expectations about medical care and end-of-life care known to loved ones and then to solidify these wishes in an advance directive.”

  • Letters 04/08/15

    Crowded
    middle schools

        Forest Middle has been crowded for years and zone transfers to that school are closed.
        Now with the closing of Thaxton Elm., Bedford Middle will be over 95 percent of capacity. Zone transfers to Bedford Middle are now closed as well.
        With the addition of next year’s sixth graders from Thaxton, and the current sixth graders moving up to 7th grade, Bedford Middle is maxed out.

  • Washington should follow the example local governments set
  • FCC’s Net Neutrality Rule wrecks the Internet

    The Internet is one of the most dynamic and competitive marketplaces in existence. It has become a cornerstone of the American economy and culture. Because of this, concerns about the future of an open and fair Internet, coined as “net neutrality,” have come to light. Net neutrality may seem like a complex issue, but at the core the question is simple. Do you want more or less choice? Do you want more regulation governing the Internet? Overall, we have achieved open access to the Internet through free enterprise and competition.