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Today's Opinions

  • Tackling spending in the 113th Congress

    You don’t have to be a budget analyst or an accountant to know that out of control spending is the “driving force” behind the debt crisis. As the 113th Congress gets into full swing, unrestrained spending remains one of the greatest threats to our nation.

     

  • Letters 01/16/13

    An amazing year

        2012 has been an amazing year for Bedford Community Christmas Station. 
        We moved into a new space at Westgate Shopping Center in September.  Volunteers from Brookhill Wesleyan Church, the Junior ROTC at BSTC, and other community groups helped us the with enormous task of moving our equipment and merchandise, setting up racks and shelves, and preparing to serve families in December. 

  • Major issues on tap for General Assembly

        With ceremonies reflecting traditions accumulated over the course of centuries, Virginia’s General Assembly convened for its 2013 session this week.  Although this year’s session is scheduled to last just 46 days, it is already apparent that major issues will be discussed and debated.

  • The 2nd Amendment

    By Hunter Allen III
    Big Island

        Why does anyone need an assault weapon?
        All you have to do is look at history. Governments and religion have shown repeatedly that people will commit genocide and crush someone else’s Rights that we are supposed to hold dear. The problem with Americans is we live in a fairly peaceful society and haven’t had a war here in a long time, thankfully.

  • Finally, an NRA on the defensive

    Anyone with a good sense of the political climate has to realize that, as amazing as it may be, the ground may be shaking under the historically powerful NRA (National Rifle Association).
        The gun lovers group has long been as good at propaganda as the late Nazi leader Joseph Goebbels; its power over Congress has been similar to that held by Hitler over the Germans, and based, of course, on the same thing: fear.

  • Time to start cutting

        We haven’t fallen off the fiscal cliff, yet. In a last minute deal Congress enacted a deal, and President Obama signed it, that reduced the tax hit that Americans would have suffered if all the Bush tax cuts had been allowed to expire. The deal let the cuts expire for those making $400,000 per year or more and all working people have seen smaller pay checks because a temporary cut in the payroll tax, that funds Social Security, expired.

  • Reacting vs. being reasonable

    While the Obama Administration has jumped on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut as an opportunity to attack gun ownership, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his School Safety Panel are promising to take a reasonable approach to looking at school safety.
        That’s a breath of fresh air.
        It seems anytime there’s a shooting, anymore, politics raises its ugly, reactionary head.

  • The expanding Sixth Congressional District

    As the 113th Congress was gaveled into session on Thursday, the new boundary lines of the Sixth Congressional District were made official. Every ten years, the boundaries of congressional districts are altered to reflect changing populations throughout the Commonwealth.