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Today's Opinions

  • Letters

    In the red

        Being a former Bedford County business teacher for 27 years, I don’t understand how Bedford County schools can be in the red $7,000 (Roanoke Times, July 17 - “Bedford board may scrap virtual school”). 

  • New federal education benefits now available

    A well-educated workforce is critical for regaining America’s long-term competitive advantage. But the cost of paying for college and community college is becoming even more burdensome for Americans in this economy. While families are losing income and benefits, college tuition prices continue to rise. The average student now graduates with over $22,000 in total student debt, including federal and private student loans.

     

  • Where is your money going?

    It is no secret that the American people are facing a very tough economic climate. Families and small businesses are cutting back on expenses.  As economic uncertainty continues, many across our nation are looking to the government for leadership during this difficult time.  In these challenging economic times it is even more important for government to control spending and enact fiscally responsible solutions that are actually likely to turn our economy around.

     

  • Sticks and stones? Bring ‘em on

        My blessed mother reads the paper every week and always notices the hateful and snarling letters that are often aimed at your favorite liberal.

        “Did you see that awful letter?” she’ll ask. I usually haven’t seen it yet, but I’ll say, “Yeah, mom. It’s no big deal. It’s just the hot air you get from some people who can’t stand that somebody else disagrees with them.”

  • President Barack Ocarter

    Last week I spent a pleasant evening at a Bedford County home talking with some teachers and students from Indonesia. The Indonesians are here under the auspices of Legacy International and the United States Department of State. The event I attended was a dinner for those who are staying with families in the Bedford area.

  • Letters

    How to fix it

        With our nation’s health care system in crisis, I have not heard one word about how to really fix it.  I have heard about nationalization, forcing everyone to have insurance and making care providers cut their prices through government mandates.  However, none of these so called “solutions” addresses the real issue, the root cause of skyrocketing health care costs: Health Insurance.

  • Michael Vick has paid his debt and should now be allowed back on the field

    Michael Vick is now a free man. He’s paid his penalty and now should have the right to once again make a living.

        And if he’s in shape, that should include playing in the National Football League this year.

        On Monday, Vick completed his 23-month sentence for running a dog-fighting ring. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell does not yet have a meeting with Vick on his calendar. He should hold that meeting soon and give Vick the opportunity to earn a spot on an NFL roster.

  • Legislation will help veterans, schools

    I’d like to report on two pieces of legislation I’ve introduced in Congress.

    As a member of the Health Subcommittee of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I’ve had the privilege of working to provide the best health care not just for our veterans but also for their families, who join in this incredible sacrifice for our country. To that end, I’ve introduced a bill called the Health Care for Family Care Givers Act of 2009, which would provide medical care for family members who act as the primary caregivers for severely disabled veterans.