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Today's Opinions

  • Take it with a grain of salt

        Congress is still haggling, and making little apparent progress, on raising America’s debt ceiling.  We bumped our heads on that ceiling back in May and we are facing a technical default on our national debt on Aug. 2 if the debt ceiling isn’t raised.  Both Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and  Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke have warned of economic catastrophe if that happens. I also read, a few months ago, warnings that the bond market could get spooked well before we reach doomsday if significant progress isn’t made.

  • Thumbs up, thumbs down

    Thumbs up to Bedford City Council.

        Once again Council saw the value in holding its interviews for a public position in public. Faced with the task of having to appoint three members to the City School Board, Council used that as an opportunity to allow the questions members asked, and the responses applicants made, to be heard in a public forum.

  • Letters 06/29/11

    Needless deaths – wasted lives

  • Protecting jobs by defending Virginia’s right to work status

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Over the past two and a half years, the Administration has imposed several unnecessary government regulations and mandates on the private sector that have destroyed jobs, stifled innovation, and slowed our economic recovery.

     

  • Congress must act to cut spending and balance the budget

    Congress must expressly authorize any increase in the amount of money the federal government can borrow. Unfortunately, because of continued out-of-control spending, we are facing a situation where Congress is once again being asked to increase the amount of debt the federal government can incur in order to avoid default.

  • Finally…we start bringing ’em home

        Saying “it’s time for nation building here at home,” President Barack Obama took a step in the right direction last week announcing that he will withdraw 33,000 troops from Afghanistan within a year.

        Steady troop withdrawals will follow until we are out entirely by 2014, just as the president promised when he bought into the military’s logic and sent in more troops, his own so-called surge.

  • Giving aid and comfort to the enemy

        My level of disgust with the Republicans is growing. Not that I’ll start voting for “Democrats” any time soon. Republicans are still rank amateurs when it comes to being wildly irresponsible. But, they are working on that.

  • Letters 06/22/11

    Domestic

    violence

        Many questions have been raised lately in response to the tragic shooting of Jennifer Agee. Perhaps the one we should be most concerned about is not what caused Jonathan Agee to commit a senseless act of violence, but how to prevent something like this from happening in the future.