Today's Opinions

  • Help wanted! Salary: Fun & Appreciation

    By Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown


    Dial 9-1-1

  • Obama takes initiative on jobs

        President Obama has lately had either bad publicity or watched on the sidelines as most of the media’s attention has been on Republican candidates for his job.

        But all that changed with his Sept. 8 speech to a Joint Session of Congress. The president laid out his plan for a $447 billion jobs program that would put people back to work on the nation’s infrastructure of roads and bridges.

  • Wrestling with the budget bear

  • Letters 09/07/11

    Timing of repairs

        I know that the state has to watch its budget with the economy as it is these days. This is especially true with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). That is why it was very puzzling when I saw the repaving being done on eastbound US 460 around Bedford.  It is not that it wasn’t needed, but the timing of it being done. 

  • Route 58 Tour

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This past week on our Route 58 Tour, we traveled across the 5th District making over 40 stops from Stanleytown to Martinsville, Brosville, Danville, Ringgold, South Boston, Clarksville, Boydton, South Hill, La Crosse, Ebony, and Lawrenceville.


  • Serving the people of the 5th District

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Constituent services continues to be a top priority for me in Washington, and there are several ways in which our office can help and serve 5th District Virginians.


  • Restoring the promise of America

    As we mark Labor Day we take the time to honor the ingenuity and perseverance of America’s workers.


    Of course, ours are the best workers in the world, and given a level playing field, they can compete and win against anyone. 


  • GOP has abandoned the middle class

        It’s important to have a sense of humor in life, but there are so many absurdities coming out of the Republican Party now that make one unsure as to whether to laugh or cry.

        Two recent events, seemingly unrelated, demonstrate once again what a straightjacket, hard-core party of extremists the GOP has become.