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Today's Opinions

  • Our rural communities could gain a lot from health care reform

    As I continue visiting every county in the 5th District throughout the August recess, I continue to get feedback and questions from constituents about health care reform. Specifically, our neighbors want to know how health insurance reform will help rural America. Our rural areas have almost five percent higher uninsured rate than urban areas, and the current recession means more people are losing access to their employer-based health coverage.

  • Providing for our military and our veterans

    America’s veterans have engaged in one of the noblest forms of public service: defending our nation.  These brave, patriotic men and women have helped to liberate victims of oppression, spread democracy across the world and preserve the freedoms our nation was built upon.  They have served on aircraft carriers in distant oceans, kept the peace on volatile borders, and patrolled the skies of international hot spots.  Theirs is a service marked by humility and born of a love of country.  For these selfless actions, we in turn have a responsibility to ensure that our

  • Steamroll the GOP on health care

        President Barack Obama has bent over backwards to try and be “bipartisan” about health care reform. From the beginning of his administration, and on every single issue, this president has made what most consider a noble effort to get support for his policies from the other party.

  • ObamaCare supporters in deep panic

        President Barack Obama’s radical overhaul of America’s health care system is running into a serious problem. The problem is that most people don’t want it, and most of those who don’t want it have made sure that their congressmen and senators know of their opposition.

  • Letters

    Reason to be proud

        Bedford has reason to be proud! As we watch the disruptive Town Hall meetings across the country, we can point with pride to the recent meeting held at Bedford Elementary School by  our representative in the Fifth District, Tom Perriello.

        Although he had expected to meet with constitutions on a one-to-one basis, he found over three hundred people waiting at the school to be heard.

  • Working to keep terrorists out of the United States

    Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States has been engaged in a war to root out terrorism in order to protect the citizens of the U.S. from further terrorist attacks.  During this war on terror, troops have captured and detained numerous terrorists who have taken up arms against the United States and innocent civilians.  Many of these terrorists are being held as “enemy combatants” at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 

  • Volunteering can be the very best job

        It has been wisely written that “volunteers are unpaid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.”   This column provides information on volunteer opportunities in our area, most require no special skills.  To submit information for your non-profit group, contact Mary Wiley, Bedford Community Health Foundation, at 586-5292 or info@healthybedford.org.

  • Chalk up one for Sen. Jim Webb

        There is probably no politician in Washington harder to figure out - and thus more interesting to watch - than Virginia’s Jim Webb.

        The nation just got another lesson in the curious story of this member of the Senate, who, even though he’s only been in office just shy of three years now, is the state’s “senior senator.”