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Today's Opinions

  • Time to get together

    The makeup of two of the county’s governing bodies will change significantly, come Jan. 1.

        Last week’s elections saw an incumbent from both the Board of Supervisors and the School Board defeated in the local races and each board will also have at least one newcomer.

  • Letters 11/09/11

    The search for Robbie Wood


        On Tuesday Oct 26 as I was studying for the Air Force Association’s Cyberpatriot competition, I got a phone call. It was from an officer at my local Civil Air Patrol squadron, of which I am the Cadet Commander, calling to see if I could get a search team together for a missing person search. With the help of the other cadets with me, I activated the phone tree and was able to get a search team together in less than an hour.

  • Cutting through government red tape

    Over the last few weeks I have been holding telephone town hall meetings with constituents across the 6th Congressional District. These telephone town hall meetings are a great way for me to speak directly to the residents of the 6th District and to gather their thoughts and opinions on the important issues of the day. As my constituents continue to express frustration over the stagnant economy, they have been particularly concerned about the excessive mandates and costly regulations that are being forced upon our citizens from the federal government.

  • “Obstructionism Is Not Leadership”

    Recently, I spoke on the Senate floor regarding a filibuster by Senate Republicans to block my legislation to establish a bipartisan National Criminal Justice Commission, though it enjoys support from more than 100 organizations including the National Sheriffs’ Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, the ACLU, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the Sentencing Project.

     

  • Fair Trade Sale: A win-win event

    By Kathy Lietz


        In India, an old lady knits scarves in a corner of the kitchen in her son’s home.  Her handiwork is sold through Fair Trade venues.  She is able to earn her keep and be a contributing member of her family.

  • Earn a scholarship and serve our community

    By Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown

    540-586-4800
    Emergency:
    Dial 9-1-1

    www.bedfordcountysheriff.org

  • Cain shouldn’t hide behind race

        Republican presidential surprise Herman Cain hit a big bump in his “road to the White House” last week when he fought allegations of sexual harassment.

        The political Web site, Politico.com, broke the story, which was then in every other media outlet within minutes.
        At first, the pizza king said he couldn’t remember any incidents that would have led a woman to file such a complaint. A fuzzy memory is always good in these situations, isn’t it?

  • Perry could still come back

        America is getting sick to death of President Barack Obama. When pitted against a generic Republican in polls, he loses. Over the last few months, the negative gap between those who strongly disapprove of him and those who strongly approve of him has been higher than at any time during his presidency. It stood at -19 in a Rasmussen poll on Nov. 8.