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Today's Opinions

  • Byron's addresses House of Delegates on insurance cancellations

    Delegate Kathy J. Byron (R-Bedford), Chairman of the Virginia Health Insurance Reform Commission, last week addressed her House colleagues on the revelations that as many as 250,000 Virginians will receive notices this year that their health care coverage will be cancelled under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

    Speaking shortly after the House reconvened the Special Session, Delegate Byron delivered the following remarks:

  • Whew!

    By Steve Wilkerson
    Bedford County District 3 Supervisor

        Nine months into my first year as a Bedford County Supervisor!  I’ve learned a lot……mostly from folks like you.  For instance, I now understand the operation of the Animal Shelter and have been educated regarding different feral cat management techniques.  

  • Report on special session

    By Senator Steve Newman
    Virginia District 23

        The General Assembly met in Special Session on Thursday, approving some important changes to the Commonwealth’s biennial budget and electing judges to fill several vacancies in courts around the state.  We also welcomed a new Senator, while the House welcomed two new Delegates.

  • Ed Gillespie’s blue state fight

    There’s only about five weeks left in Republican Ed Gillespie’s improbable campaign for the U.S. Senate.
    Gillespie’s candidacy is proof that Virginia Republicans continue to struggle to offer state voters reasonable and acceptable candidates.
        Last year, voters dispatched with the extreme right-wing views of Ken Cuccinelli, the single most ideological candidate ever nominated by a state party here.

  • An addiction to government spending

    I’m an optimist, of sorts. If anyone were to say to me, “It can’t get any worse,” I’ll reply “Oh yes it can!”
        My sort of optimism has been getting a serious workout in recent years as I watch my country slowly strangle itself. Out of control government spending is one way we are doing it.

  • Protecting the nation against terrorist threats

    Protecting the American people from threats against the nation is the highest priority of the federal government. However, in direct contrast to this goal, the Obama Administration recently approved a final regulation to lift a 30-year prohibition on Libyans coming to the U.S. to attend flight school, to work in aviation maintenance or flight operations, or to study or seek training in nuclear science. Once Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson signs this regulation, it will go into effect unless further action is taken.

  • Centerfest Corner

    By Amanda Adams
    Executive Director
    Bedford Main Street, Inc.

        Dear Centertown,
        On Saturday, September 27, Centerfest marks its 33rd year. 
        This rain or shine festival is presented by Bedford Main Street, Inc. and has grown to become one of Virginia’s largest outdoor street festivals (8,000 to 10,000 visitors).   Our family friendly event celebrates and promotes the region’s rich cultural traditions of food, art, craft and music. 

  • Letters 09/17/14

    Wasted money

        Hurray for Sheriff Brown. He has received another award, gotten his picture in the paper for more undeserved recognition.
        The article goes on to say that the award is given “to an individual in recognition of their contributions to and support of the National Sheriff’s Association President.” This means you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.