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Today's Opinions

  • Virginia in the battleground spotlight

    There was a long time when the way Virginia voted in presidential elections wasn’t debated or wondered about. It was taken for granted.
        After going for Lyndon Johnson in 1964, everything changed in Virginia when the national Democratic Party embraced civil rights legislation. Most white segregationists took their racism to the Republican Party or became independents, as did the Byrd family. It was the beginning of the end of the old Byrd Machine in Virginia.

  • The rush to the exits


        One of the many troubling aspects of President Barack Obama’s national defense policy is his rush to the exits in Afghanistan. When he first ran for president, back in 2008, he called the war in Afghanistan the “necessary war” contrasting it with the war in Iraq.
        He was right back then. Invading Iraq in 2003 was something we could have avoided as we had Saddam Hussein contained. Afghanistan, however, was a totally different situation. Let’s remember why we are there in the first place.

  • Student performance, Grade A

    Several weeks ago we ran an editorial highlighting where Bedford County ranks in per pupil spending among the other school districts in Virginia. Several took offense to the editorial for a variety of reasons.
        Our goal was to spark a conversation about Bedford County’s commitment to funding education, not to question the education area students are receiving. We feel students here do very well, for a variety of reasons—good teachers, parental involvement and volunteers who go above and beyond.

  • Letters 05/02/12

    Closing of schools

        Here we are again having to fight to keep small schools open.
        We appreciate our School Board members, but Gary Hostutler, again thinks we need to close small schools. Our children get a better education than these classes with 25 or 30 students. We the taxpayers should have a say so before Gary Hostutler speaks out before they close any school.

  • 5th District concerns generate legislation: The Preserving Rural Resources Act

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Hearing the feedback from the people of the 5th District is very important to me. That is why I have spent countless hours traveling across the 5th District and visiting Central and Southside Virginians in their neighborhoods and their workplaces. The concerns that I hear from the citizens from Danville to Charlottesville and from Franklin to Brunswick guide me as I serve the 5th District in Washington.

     

  • Protecting our economic and national security

  • Pension plan for veterans

    By Bob Kibler

        Veterans with low incomes who are either permanently and totally disabled, or ages 65 and older, may be eligible for monetary support if they have 90 days or more of active military service, at least one day of which was during a period of war.

  • Analysts blame GOP for D.C. gridlock

    Everyone knows there’s gridlock in Washington and that it’s probably worse than it’s ever been. But the common explanation for it may be wrong.
        Asked to explain, most people would render a “well, both parties, liberals and conservatives alike, share the blame” Or, nothing gets done in Washington because all politicians are alike, and they’re only out for themselves.