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Today's Opinions

  • Common-sense solutions needed to get Americans back to work

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released November unemployment numbers.  For the second month in a row, the unemployment rate is at 10% -- the highest rate in 26 years.  Equally sobering is the fact that last month the national debt surpassed $12 trillion.

    Earlier this year, the Congress passed a one trillion dollar “stimulus” bill on the promise that it would create jobs immediately.  Instead, three million jobs have been lost since the so-called stimulus bill was signed into law. 

  • Wishing Obama’s plan was different

        Barack Obama’s principled opposition to the war in Iraq in 2008 gained him a lot of attention and a lot of support. For some people, it was the deciding factor in supporting him over other Democrats. He wasn’t tainted with having voted for the war.

        What some may not have noticed then, or perhaps don’t remember now, is that Obama always separated Iraq and Afghanistan. Iraq, he said, was “a dumb war,” and “a war of choice,” the wrong choice. He never said those things about Afghanistan.

  • Sometimes you need a lawyer

        Liberals seem determined to take captive every thought that runs counter to their ideology, and suppress it. This can often lead to conflicts such as the one the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is having with the Washington D. C. City Council.

        Not all conflicts, however, are that bad and some may simply be a case of a misunderstanding on the part of government officials. One such situation happened here in Bedford County a few years ago.

  • Climate change scientists cook the books

    Last week’s revelation that leading scientists with the global warming movement have been cooking the books to support their “scientific consensus” that planet earth is heading towards an apocalyptic end if changes aren’t made should make this nation take pause — including Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello.

  • Letters

    Prejudice and paranoia

        It is not an easy thing I ask.  First of all, hear me out.

        The Confederate battle flag [rebel flag] was used in the 19th century as the banner of a people who fought primarily for their freedom from the oppression[financial, social, and otherwise] of a northern neighbor.  Many Virginians were a part of this cause.  This cause was lost. Every April 15 we are reminded of this.

  • Health care reform will pass

        It was indeed a historic moment when the health care reform bill passed the House of Representatives, simply because corporate opposition and right-wing hysteria have always kept it from getting that far.

        It was President Harry Truman who first tried to institute universal health care. His plans were defeated by the American Medical Association, which trotted out some alleged quote from Lenin about the glories of “socialized medicine.”

  • Liberal intolerance

        The situation the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington D. C. may face shows the extent that liberal politicians will go to shove the homosexual agenda down our throats.

        Members of the Washington D. C. City Council are considering an ordinance that would legalize same-sex marriage in our nation’s capital. The ordinance goes beyond putting a government stamp of approval on these sort of couplings and this creates a problem for the Archdiocese of Washington.

  • With thanksgiving

    In any given year, the reality of life is that one enjoys both blessing and hardship, triumph and defeats.         Many times it is easier to recount the struggles, than to focus on the blessings. Let this week once again provide the impetus to focus on the blessings.