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Today's Opinions

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    Festival of Trees

        When we moved here several years ago it was a pleasant surprise to see the signs, “Bedford, The Christmas Capital of Virginia.”

        We have enjoyed the display at the Elks Home and really appreciate the work involved for the wonderful display at Liberty Lake Park. What a treat for the children to see the Christmas Parade and enjoy the Buggy Rides in Centertown on Fridays.

  • Bill will extend Virginians’ unemployment for an additional 14 weeks

    I want to update Virginians on some of the efforts I am undertaking in Congress to get our economy back on track.

  • Health care reform: there is a better way
  • Conservatives in a purging mood, again

        Democrats picked up two more seats in the House on Election Day, winning special elections in New York and California. The party’s majority in the House now is such that it won’t be seriously threatened for many election cycles.

        Most of the media’s attention was on New York’s 23rd congressional district. There, conservative ideologues wickedly attacked the GOP nominee and forced her out of the race.

  • Will ACORN sprout in ObamaCare?

        A couple of months ago, thanks to some enterprising private citizens, ACORN got caught giving advice on how to break the law.

        Videos surfaced in September of employees at ACORN field offices in three different cities advising a pair, posing as a pimp and a prostitute, on how to launder money earned from prostitution. They also got advice on how to evade the law to bring underage prostitutes into the country and house them.

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    Don’t take away our leftovers

        Bedford Primary School is the only school in the county without a gym.  Earlier this year Dr. Blevins announced at a PTA meeting that the county would most likely begin construction in August of 2009 and complete construction before the end of the school year.  Now the county is trying to put the project on hold again.

  • The public’s option?

    For Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello the recently-passed health care reform bill is the best medicine invented since chicken soup. But Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte has a different take — calling the bill a budget buster and a job killer. To him it’s nothing more than a bitter pill to have to swallow from a House controlled by Democrats.

  • House passes health care bill

    The House of Representatives recently passed the Affordable Health Care for America Act, which will make health care affordable for the middle class, provide security for seniors, and reduce the federal deficit. After months of listening to constituents, doctors, and seniors around the 5th District, I cast my vote in favor of this bill because we cannot sit back and let health care costs continue to crush middle-class families and our seniors.