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Today's Opinions

  • Finally, an NRA on the defensive

    Anyone with a good sense of the political climate has to realize that, as amazing as it may be, the ground may be shaking under the historically powerful NRA (National Rifle Association).
        The gun lovers group has long been as good at propaganda as the late Nazi leader Joseph Goebbels; its power over Congress has been similar to that held by Hitler over the Germans, and based, of course, on the same thing: fear.

  • Time to start cutting

        We haven’t fallen off the fiscal cliff, yet. In a last minute deal Congress enacted a deal, and President Obama signed it, that reduced the tax hit that Americans would have suffered if all the Bush tax cuts had been allowed to expire. The deal let the cuts expire for those making $400,000 per year or more and all working people have seen smaller pay checks because a temporary cut in the payroll tax, that funds Social Security, expired.

  • Reacting vs. being reasonable

    While the Obama Administration has jumped on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut as an opportunity to attack gun ownership, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his School Safety Panel are promising to take a reasonable approach to looking at school safety.
        That’s a breath of fresh air.
        It seems anytime there’s a shooting, anymore, politics raises its ugly, reactionary head.

  • The expanding Sixth Congressional District

    As the 113th Congress was gaveled into session on Thursday, the new boundary lines of the Sixth Congressional District were made official. Every ten years, the boundaries of congressional districts are altered to reflect changing populations throughout the Commonwealth.

     

  • Letters 01/09/13

    Thank you

        The staff of Bedford Domestic Violence Services would like to say a huge “Thank You” to all the wonderful donors who made Christmas possible for those in need at this time of year.  We are very proud of the ongoing support we received from local churches, social groups, and individuals. 

  • 'Entitlement’ programs must be preserved

        We seem to have survived one “fiscal cliff” scare, only to have other cliffs ahead of us. It’s the way government is done when one party is driven by ideologues and the other thinks mostly of compromise.
        On March 1, dramatic cuts will take place in both social programs and military spending if Congress does not act.
        Congress will certainly act; probably at the last minute, and to the disappointment of many. Again, such are the times that we live in.

  • It could be worse


        Much as I complain about President Barack Obama, I always have to admit that it could be much worse. Russia is an example of “much worse.” Back in the 1990s and up into the first few years of this century I had hopes that the Russians would finally have a democracy, but it seems that they’ve ended up with a tsar instead. I’m referring to Tsar Vladimir I.
        Perhaps expecting a country to transition easily from Soviet tyranny to a democracy was too much to hope for.

  • The 77 percent

        When they opened up their first paycheck this year, most workers found—or will find—that it contains less money.
        That’s because the New Year’s Day tax passage did not prevent the temporary reduction in the Social Security payroll tax from expiring. For the worker making $50,000, that means they’ll be making about $1,000 less this year. About 77 percent of American workers are affected.