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Today's Opinions

  • Letters

    Sustainability

        There is an organization once called, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, now called Local Governments for Sustainability, ICLEI. They are paid dues with public money in several places in Virginia. In fact, Roanoke is on their listing. As a Bedford resident I would like to know if ICLEI has offered to help Bedford to have sustainability over unsustainability items?

  • Both parties let the Washington-Wall Street alliance control House bill

    Last week, I held a conference call with Chambers of Commerce and other business leaders from across the 5th District to gain their ideas on job creation and how to create new competitive advantage in Central and Southern Virginia. Supporting small businesses is one of the best ways we can turn our economy around. Here are some of the ideas and issues they raised:

  • Urging caution on sweeping climate change proposals

    Currently, government officials from around the globe, including President Obama and top U.S. officials, are gathering in Copenhagen, Denmark for the United Nations Climate Change Conference.  These officials are hoping to create a new treaty containing stringent and enforceable requirements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  While specifics of the treaty are still being worked out, there is reason to believe that the treaty will call for dramatic emission reductions that will cause serious economic harm to our already fragile economy. 

  • Judging Obama’s first year

    With 2009 nearly behind us it’s appropriate to critically assess the first year of Barack Obama’s historic presidency.

        It didn’t take long for the promise of his inauguration to give way to the reality of the crushing problems we all knew he’d face. The financial bailouts - controversial and expensive - had actually begun under the previous administration because, once again, it became necessary to save capitalism from itself.

  • Obama made the right decision

        President Barack Obama made the right decision when he opted to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan.

        It wasn’t perfect. I’m concerned that he’s sending in fewer troops than General Stanley McChrystal, the commander on the ground, asked for. General McChrystal is the general that the Obama administration chose to implement a new military strategy. Second guessing your commander on the scene is risky.

  • Open and shut

    Government should always strive for openness, even when the law might allow discussion on an issue to be held behind closed doors. The presumption should always be, "let’s talk about this in the open if we can."

        But government often doesn’t work that way.

  • Letters

    Islam & Rick Howell

        Rick Howell writes in the 11/25th Bedford Bulletin that he knows more about Islam than Pat Robertson.

  • Task force will recommend economic initiatives for the coming year

    My top priority is jobs for Main Street and rebuilding America’s competitive edge in the world. Recently, I was selected for two congressional roles to advance the ball on economic development for Central and Southern Virginia. I was appointed to a Congressional Task Force on Job Creation and was also made Vice-Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee.