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Today's Opinions

  • Americans are asking “Where are the jobs?”

  • Have Republicans ‘closed the deal?’

        We all know the essential dynamics of this mid-term election: continued high unemployment; a loud movement on the right that calls itself “the tea party;” and a president vilified by conservatives, and whose agenda is not even understood by some of his supporters.

  • Time for a change?

        Tuesday is decision day. America goes to the polls and 5th District voters will decide whether Tom Perriello goes to Washington for another two years, or whether Robert Hurt replaces him.

        If you like ObamaCare, then by all means vote for Perriello. He voted for this healthcare reform bill in the House this past spring.

  • Get out and vote

    Four years ago, when Democrats retook control of Congress, the mid-term election turnout hit about 50 percent in Bedford, while the Presidential election of 2008 brought out a 75 percent turnout. That’s when Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello was elected, usurping the once-thought-to-be-unbeatable Virgil Goode.

  • Letters 10/20/10

    Lobster Fest
    a success


        Our 8th Annual Bedford Kiwanis Lobster Festival was a success, again this year!  We thank each and every one of you who chose to dine on a succulent lobster dinner and watch a beautiful sunset, all while helping us raise over $4,000 for Bedford area Kiwanis-sponsored youth programs.  Since the first festival, we have raised nearly $25,000.00 for our community.

  • Government spending reaches record levels

    Just days ago the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released the details on the extraordinary increase in deficit spending by the federal government during the past two fiscal years.  CBO announced that over the last two years the federal government has increased spending by a startling 21.4 percent.  Unfortunately these numbers further demonstrate what most Americans already know – the federal government’s budget is increasing at an unsustainable pace.

  • Farm use requirements have changed

    By Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown, www.bedfordcountysheriff.org, 540-586-4800 Emergency: Dial 9-1-1

  • Hurt’s debate performance was below par

        Last week, WSLS TV, Channel 10, presented what was the first televised debate between two of the three Fifth District candidates for Congress.

        It really wasn’t much of a debate in the real sense; both men simply sat at a news desk alongside each other and moderator Jay Warren for a little less than 30 minutes.