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Today's Opinions

  • Letters

    In agreement

        Thank you Brenda Babb for your letter concerning the bust of Joseph Stalin being brought to the D-Day Memorial.

        I’m convinced that most of the people in Bedford are in agreement with you. To honor such a man along with those who served this country is unthinkable. By doing so you are bringing dishonor to all the names of our service men written there.

        Think again before you act.

    Ouida Witt

    Bedford

    Lockstep

  • Perriello fights to continue funding for police officers and emergency personnel

    Last week, an unspeakable tragedy shook Central Virginia. Christopher Speight is accused of killing eight people near his home in Appomattox County, including three teenagers and his four-year-old nephew. The 24 hours surrounding these horrific events are frightening to say the least, but also a testament to the bravery and skillfulness of our Virginia police force.

  • Helping the people of Haiti

    Since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit on January 12th, the world has

    tearfully witnessed the devastation unfold in Haiti, the poorest country

    in the Western Hemisphere.  The images of newly motherless children,

    people trapped under fallen buildings, and deceased Haitians lying in

    the streets have moved Americans into action.  Across our nation we have

    rallied to help the people of Haiti - gathering together supplies to

    donate to relief efforts, hosting fundraisers to send money, and coming

  • Getting down to business

    As the second week of the legislative session began, our newly inaugurated Governor, Bob McDonnell, quickly got down to business. In an address to a joint session of the General Assembly on Martin Luther King Day, he laid out his priorities.  As stated during his campaign, he made clear that job creation and economic growth would be the chief focus of his new administration for the year ahead.

  • Gov. McDonnell abandons transportation

    Virginia now has a new governor in Robert Francis McDonnell. If the state’s roads and highways could make audible sounds, we would probably hear them moaning.

        It’s pretty clear that this governor has no serious intention of doing much of anything about the pressing transportation problem in this state.

  • Final actions

    Outgoing Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine should be ashamed.

  • Letters

    Ruff is right

        I’m writing this letter today in support of a letter I read in the 1/6/10 edition of this paper that was written by Richard Ruff and was entitled, “Support Local Shelters.” 

  • Stimulus money jump starts energy businesses

    My top priority is supporting job creation in Southside and Central Virginia, and I believe one key part of this will be putting our area at the forefront of the clean energy economy. In the next few decades, we will see a huge boom of energy-related advanced manufacturing, agriculture, and retro-fitting. We can watch as those jobs and economic opportunities go to China and India, or we can decide that American-made energy is worth our investment. We can rebuild our region as the future clean energy capital of our Commonwealth and our country.