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Today's Opinions

  • Another foreign policy headache


        Another potential foreign policy headache popped up late last month when a Turkish court formally pressed criminal charges against four Israeli generals for their alleged involvement in the deaths of nine activists aboard a Turkish ship, the Mavi Marmara, that tried to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza in 2010. Eight of the activists were Turkish nationals and one was an American of Turkish ancestry.

  • Quoting Saturday’s graduations

    Jefferson Forest High School
        “In school, you learn and then you are tested. In life, often you are tested and then you learn.” —  JF Principal Tony Francis
        “Be not a slave of your own past.” — JF’s Abbigale Anderson, quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson.

  • Letters 06/06/12

    Rogues on the march

        Any Bedford County citizen with a pulse knows the Rogue Majority of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors wants to return to no zoning, using lip service to “tweak the rezoning ordinance” rather than follow planning staff research embodied in the comprehensive plan the planning commission‘s resulting zoning ordinance proposed.
        Now another bombshell against good zoning and planning.

  • Economic uncertainty caused In Washington hinders job creation in the 5th District

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As we traveled East to West on Route 58 this past week, meeting with small business owners and individuals in their hometowns, the one word that continued to be repeated time and time again was “uncertainty.”


     

  • Fighting to cut government spending and balance the budget

  • Chickens come home to roost

        That addiction manifests itself as we queue up at the big box stores:  our carts full of  clinking, clanking, clattering collections of caliginous junk.
        Ah, but junk that is low-priced.
        Our small merchants have been run out of business, unable to compete on the scale of the big box boys.
        We enabled that situation, because we were unable to resist those low prices.

  • It’s still the economy, stupid

        The now well-known phrase, “it’s the economy, stupid,” was coined by James Carville during the 1992 presidential election.
        Carville, the crafty Louisiana-born brain behind Bill Clinton’s campaign, even had the phrase written on the blackboard to remind the Clinton team that whatever else might distract them, the economy was the most important issue.

  • June 6, 1944


        It was 68 years ago today that thousands of American, British and Canadian soldiers boarded landing craft for one of the decisive battles of World War II.
        The United States had wanted to do it the year before. We wanted something to bring the war to a successful end as quickly as possible. The Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin had also been clamoring for the Western allies to open up a second front against the Germans. Winston Churchill, however, had balked. He seemed to want to piddle around in the Mediterranean.