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Today's Opinions

  • Volunteering can be the very best job

        It has been wisely written that “volunteers are unpaid not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.”   This column provides information on volunteer opportunities in our area, most require no special skills.  To submit information for your non-profit group, contact Mary Wiley, Bedford Community Health Foundation, at 586-5292 or info@healthybedford.org.

  • Chalk up one for Sen. Jim Webb

        There is probably no politician in Washington harder to figure out - and thus more interesting to watch - than Virginia’s Jim Webb.

        The nation just got another lesson in the curious story of this member of the Senate, who, even though he’s only been in office just shy of three years now, is the state’s “senior senator.”

  • Getting a taste of their own medicine

        Rick Howell should stop listening to Rush Limbaugh. Judging from the tone of his frequent references to Limbaugh in The Liberal Agenda, Limbaugh’s radio program obviously raises Mr. Howell’s blood pressure to dangerous levels. Like me, Mr. Howell is over 50, and it’s really risky for guys our age to get that upset. He’s liable to give himself a heart attack.

  • Agree with him or not, Perriello at least made an effort to listen to the people

    You’ve got to hand it to Tom Perriello — he came to Bedford and faced the “angry mob.”

        While some congressmen have been backing down, canceling town hall meetings and running from any confrontation with those opposed to the current health care proposals being considered, the Fifth District Congressman kept his word and showed up here Saturday to address a crowd of about 300, many who weren’t his supporters.

  • Not seeing the woods for the trees

  • Elderly have conerns about how healthcare reform will affect them

    Last week, I held six “Tom in Your Town” events around the 5th District to hear my constituents’ questions and opinions about how we can solve the healthcare crisis in this country. Many people, including myself, worried that we were moving too quickly and spending too much to fix the problem, so I insisted that Congress spend the month of August sharing accurate information with the American people and listening to everyone’s concerns and hopes.

  • Overdue immigration reform

    The United States of America is a nation of immigrants.  Legal immigration has blessed our nation with talent, diversity, and a commitment to freedom.  However, we are also a nation of laws and illegal immigration mocks these laws and our entire system of justice.

  • Veterans benefits provided by Virginia

    Since July 2007, this newspaper has graciously published a monthly article concerning benefits provided by the U.S.