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Today's Opinions

  • Cutting government red tape to create jobs

    A recent study reported in Investor’s Business Daily revealed startling news. After measuring countries by the number of regulations they have, “it is now easier to start a business in Slovenia, Estonia and Hungary than in America.” This affects our ability to encourage investment and job creation in our country.

     

  • The Storm: More damaging than any other weather event we’ve experienced

    By Charles Patton

    President
    Appalachian Power

        The massive June 29 storm that tore across Virginia undoubtedly affected you or someone close to you. Nearly everyone can point to individual stories about the storm, but taken in totality, this storm was without a doubt more damaging than any weather event we have ever experienced at Appalachian Power.

  • Why Romney’s wealth seems obscene

    Do you remember the phrase “obscene wealth?” No one uses it much anymore, but it definitely comes to mind when you contemplate the vast riches of Willard Mitt Romney.
        Just how much is the Republican presidential nominee worth? We don’t know, partly because he’s playing hide and seek with most of his recent tax returns. I wonder if Romney even knows himself the dollar value of just how much money, property and assets he owns.

  • What’s President Obama going to do?

  • The usual suspects

    The usual suspects showed up following the tragedy in Aurora, Colo., Friday.
        As if someone shooting 70 people in a packed movie theater—killing 12—wasn’t enough, there are always those ready to pounce on any opportunity to get their face on TV, or to use that opportunity to trash an opponent.
        Those included:
        • the political hacks, trying to blame the other Party’s supporters for being at fault;

  • Letters 07-18-12

    No summonses issued

        Regarding the letter to the editor from Dan Overstreet about officers running radar the day after the storm...
        On June 30, Saturday, the Bedford Police Department issued no summonses for the entire day.Although people may see an officer sitting on the roadside or in a parking lot, they are not always running radar during those times.  They write reports in the car, as well as other paperwork, they eat in the car, for all practical purposes, they live in the car for their 12-hour shift. 

  • Growing our economy by getting government out of the way

    Last week the Department of Labor released their monthly report on national unemployment. Unfortunately this most recent announcement simply confirmed what most Americans already know – unemployment remains high and our economy continues to struggle. Last week’s report that unemployment remains at 8.2 percent marked the 41st consecutive month that the national jobless rate was above eight percent.

  • Commentary: Growing fresh fish right around the corner

    By John Graham
    Bedford

        I would like to echo the thoughts of Mr. Forster about our country’s food supply.
        Large corporations do indeed have the ability to lobby and force smaller producers out of the marketplace just as he mentioned. If you have not seen the film documentary Food Inc., (available at the Bedford Library), it puts into frightening perspective the realities of domestic food production – you may never eat another store-bought chicken!