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Today's Opinions

  • Letters 10/17/12

    I apologize

        I must apologize to the citizens of the Second District of Bedford County. 
        I have been very privileged to have received your vote to represent you on the Bedford County Board of Supervisors.  It was an honor you gave me and I tried to fulfill it as I tried to represent you and all of Bedford County during my time on the Board. 

  • 5th District job creators tour

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Over the past two years, I have spent time traveling across the 5th District and meeting with job creators from Southside up to Greene County. Recently, we drove over 1400 miles around the district to meet with our farmers and this past week, I visited with Main Street Businesses in Danville, Halifax, Rocky Mount, Bedford, and Charlottesville.

     

  • Has ‘moderate Mitt’ returned?

    During the Republican primaries, one of Mitt Romney’s advisers got in trouble for saying that once the nomination was won the campaign could use an “Etch-a-Sketch” and, well, reinvent some of its positions.
        For people already inclined to doubt Mitt Romney’s transformation from moderate Northeastern Republican to dyed-in-the-wool right-winger, it was considered evidence that they were correct all along.

  • More than a presidential election


        While the presidential election tends to get the most attention, it’s important to remember that we are electing a senator and members of the House of Representatives. These are important elections.
        The senate race features two former governors. Both George Allen and Tim Kaine have stopped in Bedford, although only Allen held a public meeting. Kaine’s only visit was a “Democratic” Party fundraiser that the press was barred from.

  • A moment of awe

        He stood there for just a moment, somewhere between space and earth, resting on the steps of his capsule—and then he jumped.
        And the world watched in awe.
        Felix Baumgartner was on his way down, 24 miles, to the New Mexico desert.
        It was a jump for the ages—he was a daredevil and a hero.
        To some, Baumgartner was just plain crazy.
        He fell, and he tumbled; he soared and he floated.

  • Letters 10/10/12

    A lifetime of the right stuff

        Meet John Douglass.
        Brigadier General John Douglass (Ret) of Virginia, has thrown his cap into the political arena and come out of retirement to serve the Congressional 5th District, his state and his country one more time.

  • Personal opinions: A response to Rick Howell

    By Clifford Russell
    Forest

        I guess I should not be surprised Rick Howell is affiliated with Progressives.
        Mr. Cook’s statement of what I said is not accurate.  We were discussing what to do about the poverty produced by illegitimate children and I stated it would be better to execute the parents and put the child up for adoption.
        The following is the first section of my response to the article on the Progressive Web site.

  • Local GOP volunteer: Execute 'illegitimate' parents

    Mr. Clifford Russell’s letters in this paper have always made me chuckle; they’re so predictable and so extreme. He rants about something he calls the “atheistic, socialistic media.” He links Democrats to the Devil Himself, blaming our party for every possible social ill.
        He presents his very extreme right-wing views as somehow “Christian,” and of course, by doing that, he thinks he can justify it.