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Today's Opinions

  • Letters

    A brief

    explanation

        In the Classified Advertising section of today’s paper, readers will find an ad announcing that Bedford Hardware is for sale. In light of the recent situations at two other landmark businesses, Murray-Bolling Chevrolet and the Olde Liberty Station Restaurant, we felt it fitting to offer a brief explanation to our customers and friends in the Bedford area regarding our decision.

  • Amendment to education bill addresses disparities

    I’m proud to report that last week the U.S. House passed an amendment I offered to address early childhood education in rural areas as part of the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. The legislation creates an Early Learning Challenge Fund, which would award competitive grants to states that implement improvements to the state’s early learning system.

  • Protecting the Chesapeake Bay
  • Increasing whole grains in your diet

    You wouldn’t drive ½ a car, or go out half dressed would you?  So don’t eat half-way either.  Most Americans eat enough breads and cereals but not enough whole grains. 

        Recently Wal-Mart shoppers learned about the importance of whole grain foods at an in-store event hosted by Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Family Nutrition Education Program.

  • Time to leave Afghanistan?

        When Barack Obama ran for president he attracted a lot of support for his articulate and consistent opposition to the war in Iraq.

        Obama had been free of having to vote on the original war resolution. Therefore, he was able to maintain his 2002 position as Americans steadily turned against the alleged “pre-emptive” war in 2005 and thereafter.

  • Barack Obama retirement watch

        Has Barack Obama been president for only eight months? It feels more like eight years!

        Yes, 2012, when we will have a chance to retire President Obama, is still a long way off. In spite of approval ratings that have been dropping rapidly, President Obama still has plenty of time for that to change. Furthermore, even if the Obama administration turns out to be Jimmy Carter II, it doesn’t mean that he will be a one term president.

  • It’s been a good run

    Politicians are good about trying to put a “face” on their proposed policies. If the subject is healthcare, the Democrats will feature someone in a speech who has gone bankrupt because of a medical problem. Meanwhile the Republicans, to make their point, will share the story about someone from Canada who had to come down to this country for medical care because the government-run program in their own country wouldn’t provide the care.

  • Letters

    Making ends meet

        Like many families across the country, my own family is struggling to make ends meet, pay the bills and fill up the car with gas. Now President Obama wants to tax my family even more to pay for the trillion-dollar healthcare bill. But that’s not the worst of it. He is mandating that abortion be covered under the healthcare plan, meaning that my family will be paying for abortions, whether we want to or not.