Today's Opinions

  • Hope and change

    There will be a new look to Congress next year following the results of Tuesday’s midterm elections.

        Though the specifics of those results weren’t complete by the time we went to press, all indications were pointing to the Republicans taking control of the House of Representatives and making huge gains in the Senate. If President Obama hopes to accomplish anything over the next two years he will now have to work with his Republican counterparts in those two elected bodies.

  • Letters 10-27-10


        Mr. Phillip Parnell was convicted of 14 counts of animal cruelty in Bedford County because 14 animals were found dead on his property.   
        That is VA code 3.2-6570, Misdemeanor 1.  Each count can bring jail time of 12 months and a fine of $2500. That would calculate to possible consequences of up to 168 months (61,320 days) in jail and a fine of up to $35,000.

  • Cost of Living Ajustment formula is outdated

    During my time in Washington, I have been a strong supporter of Social Security and Medicare because they represent a promise made by our country to ensure basic security and dignity for our seniors. It says something important about our country when we commit to protecting those who have spent a lifetime working and making our country great.

  • Americans are asking “Where are the jobs?”

  • Have Republicans ‘closed the deal?’

        We all know the essential dynamics of this mid-term election: continued high unemployment; a loud movement on the right that calls itself “the tea party;” and a president vilified by conservatives, and whose agenda is not even understood by some of his supporters.

  • Time for a change?

        Tuesday is decision day. America goes to the polls and 5th District voters will decide whether Tom Perriello goes to Washington for another two years, or whether Robert Hurt replaces him.

        If you like ObamaCare, then by all means vote for Perriello. He voted for this healthcare reform bill in the House this past spring.

  • Get out and vote

    Four years ago, when Democrats retook control of Congress, the mid-term election turnout hit about 50 percent in Bedford, while the Presidential election of 2008 brought out a 75 percent turnout. That’s when Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello was elected, usurping the once-thought-to-be-unbeatable Virgil Goode.

  • Letters 10/20/10

    Lobster Fest
    a success

        Our 8th Annual Bedford Kiwanis Lobster Festival was a success, again this year!  We thank each and every one of you who chose to dine on a succulent lobster dinner and watch a beautiful sunset, all while helping us raise over $4,000 for Bedford area Kiwanis-sponsored youth programs.  Since the first festival, we have raised nearly $25,000.00 for our community.