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Today's Opinions

  • Obama’s agenda survives primaries

        Last week’s primary elections in several states did produce much of the anti-incumbent sentiment we’ve heard so much about, but Republicans should not assume it means they’ll take control of anything after November.

        The primaries will be long gone when it’s again football season and the leaves have turned brown. Only then will Americans vote for a new House of Representatives and several new U.S. senators.

  • Will Kagan help unchain the beast?

        Back in 1788, delegates from the 13 original states gathered in Philadelphia to revise the Articles of Confederation, which had governed the United States since they declared themselves independent from Great Britain. Instead of revising this document, they wrote a constitution for a new government, creating a federal republic.

  • Waiting for a decision

    If it wasn’t clear to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder last week, it should be now: Virginia vehemently opposes the transfer of convicted Bedford County double-murderer Jens Soering back to Germany.

        When questioned about the issue by Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte during a congressional committee hearing last week, Holder said he was waiting to see “what the state’s position is going to be.”

  • Letters

    Bravo for the Community Orchestra

        Bravo! Bravo! Bravo for the Bedford Community Orchestra and its May 15 spring concert.

         Saturday was the first time we’ve attended one of the orchestra’s concerts, and we discovered how remiss we’ve been. We’re going to correct that in the future.

        The concert was marvelous—music from a Harry Potter movie, Copeland’s Rodeo, Abreu’s Tico-Tico, Ravel’s Bolero, and Celtic music from Lord of the Dance.

  • The case for financial reform

    In the early days of our republic, President Andrew Jackson established an important principle of American-style democracy – that we should measure the health of our society not at its apex, but at its base.  That focus has been lost, as many on Wall Street have accumulated vast wealth while the middle class falls steadily behind.  When regions of Virginia are experiencing more than 21% unemployment and so many working Americans continue to struggle in this economy, it is only just that our leaders protect the interests of America’s working people.

  • Home Star Energy Retrofit Act will create American jobs

    Last week, we received some encouraging news as the Department of Labor announced that the economy added 290,000 jobs in the month of April – 231,000 of them in the private sector. This is the largest number of new jobs in four years and the fourth consecutive month of job growth.

  • Congress has enacted more than $800 billion of tax cuts

    One of my top priorities in Congress has been reducing financial burden on middle- and working-class families during these tough economic times. Last week, USA TODAY reported that Americans paid their lowest level of taxes in 2009 since Harry Truman’s presidency. The news story reported: “Federal, state and local taxes — including income, property, sales and other taxes — consumed 9.2% of all personal income in 2009, the lowest rate since 1950, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports.

  • Congress needs a budget

    Traditionally, Congress is expected to agree on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year by April 15th.  It is this budget process at the beginning of each year where the decision is made regarding total federal spending for the year.  It is the budget that sets the stage for how fiscally responsible government spending will be.  Since the passage of the Budget Act of 1974, the House of Representatives has never failed to pass an initial budget to set the spending priorities for the following fiscal year.