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Today's Opinions

  • Condolences may be in order

        Normal people like sports. I, on the other hand, like politics and that makes Virginia a great place to live. We have elections every year!

        This is because Virginia does not hold state and local elections in the same year that federal elections take place. Virginia’s elections follow a cycle that puts them in odd numbered years. This year, Virginia voters will elect a governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Virginia governors cannot succeed themselves, so we always get a new governor every four years.

  • When making spending decisions, governments must now set aside rosy projections

    Virginia is now facing a fourth round of cuts to the state general fund budget in a year. This time the cuts are being estimated at $1.5 billion. It shouldn’t have been that much.

  • Letters

    Public option

        It appears that President Obama and other Democrats may be backing away from the public option health insurance proposal. Hopefully, that is an indication that they are beginning to listen to the citizens opposing this proposal in the town hall meetings and other forums.  This is much more productive than calling those citizens “mobs,” “unruly,” “stooges” and “un-American.”

  • 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.