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Today's Opinions

  • Tax fairness and reform are key to a successful economy

    January 1, 2013 – just five short months from now Americans can expect a higher tax bill. Individuals, families, and small businesses alike, are bracing for these tax increases and asking “how can we afford to send even more of our hard earned money to the federal government?” Nearly 13 million Americans are currently looking for work and so crushing tax increases are the last thing we need.

  • Getting ready to go back to school

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue
     
        Pool time and vacations are quickly coming to an end and in the next few weeks it will be back to school time again. 

  • Obama’s not hostile to small business

    It turned out that President Obama’s July 13 appearance in Roanoke took on a life of its own when the Romney campaign leaped all over one segment of the speech.
        The president was discussing the role that any community plays when a business is successful. He was basically paraphrasing the remarks of Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.

  • A little honesty for a change


        Recently President Barack Obama has been busy claiming that his “You didn’t build that” remark has been taken out of context. Actually, when read or heard in the context of his rant in Roanoke, they sound even more anti-capitalist than they do in Mitt Romney’s campaign ads.
        Meanwhile, liberals have been pulling Romney’s comments, made on his international tour, out of context in an effort to make them look like gaffes. Taken in context, they aren’t gaffes at all.

  • To the dogs

    Early this summer, a Bedford County man received a document seeking to register a new voter from his family. Unfortunately the document was sent to his dog Mozart.
        And Mozart had been dead for two years.
        When the form first came Tim Morris said he laughed at first, thinking the solicitation was a joke. Then he realized it was real.
        And that’s a problem.

  • Letters 08/01/12

    Thanks for
    support

        On behalf of the entire membership of the Moneta Volunteer Fire Department I would like to thank the over 1200 persons who attended our July 1 concert and fireworks event, The Moneta FireWORX Fest.
        After last year’s exploratory event we stepped it up this year and made the experience bigger and better. Given the extreme heat and the many people without power we truly appreciate having the large attendance. With everyone’s help the fire department raised over $8,000.

  • Working to reduce red tape and create jobs In Virginia’s 5th District

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Putting Virginians back to work

    Americans are desperately looking for any sign that our economy is on the rebound. They are struggling to find work with the national unemployment rate above eight percent for the last forty-one months. They are facing rising prices on everything from gas to groceries. While Virginians have been fortunate in that we haven’t been hit as hard as other areas of the country, we are in no way immune to these problems. Virginians, like all Americans, want to see a plan to create jobs and end economic uncertainty.