Today's Opinions

  • Letters 03/13/13

    What's in the heart

        One of the great things about America is our democratic form of government, a government for the people by the people.
        Thomas Jefferson said, “The purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors.” So in the spirit of democracy I’d like to propose a piece of legislation for our representatives to consider.

  • Venezuela mourns passing of its leader

        The people of Venezuela have been through a public journey of mourning following the death and funeral of their long-time president, Hugo Chávez.
        The only thing close to the public spectacle of grief for a leader like it in this country might have been the aftermath of the death of FDR, or the assassination of President Kennedy.
        Whatever anyone thought of Chávez, it’s clear that a great many of his people loved him and supported his policies.

  • Frank Rogers has a great idea

        Deputy County Administrator Frank Rogers should be applauded for a proposal that takes care of two problems at once.

  • Good riddance

    Why anyone would feel the need to give props to recently departed Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez seems beyond explanation, but it’s certainly all the rage this past week for folks on the left.
        Suddenly this inept, dictatorial politician is eulogized as a conquering hero, a champion of the poor, a standard-bearer for all that is right and good.

  • Letters 03/06/13

    A tax
        I would like to share my perspective on the impending Transportation bill awaiting your signature. My background is in engineering, thus I try to evaluate problems from an analytical approach. The one part of the bill that seems completely contradictory to existing Virginia code (law) pertains to the proposed $100 annual fee (tax) on hybrid vehicles.
        I will not cite the complete code regarding energy; however, I am listing a few specific line items to illustrate my point:

  • Now is the time get leadership from the President and the Senate

    By Robert Hurt

    Each month we provide an address to the people of Virginia’s 5th District to keep you posted on the work we are doing in Washington and throughout the District. You may read our February video address below:


  • Making America more free and competitive
  • Read the Record

    By Douglas W. Rideout Jr.

        The people’s voice of concern for the future of Bedford County is documented and formulated into the Comprehensive Plan, which was tabulated by scientific surveys. In a true democracy the “voice of the people,” as expressed in the Comprehensive Plan, is carried out by the elected leaders. One major issue of concern to 95 percent of all citizens surveyed is the protection of Agricultural Lands within Bedford County.