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Today's Opinions

  • We’ll need all the Republicans we can get

        Now that ObamaCare has been signed into law, we are stuck with the same sort of socialist monstrosity that is contributing to the slow suffocation of Europe’s economies.

  • Happy Easter

    Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

        But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

        All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

  • Finally: It’s a right, not a privilege

        There are two things you can count on in the United States: Decency always triumphs in our public policies in the end; conservatives fight it every step of the way.

        So it’s been in the long battle over health care reform, finally signed into law after the courageous efforts of President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and one great American who wasn’t here to see the fruits of his life-long labor, Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts.

  • School budget is reasonable

        “I think this is a reasonable budget.” — District 4 school board member Gary Hostutler

       

        Mr. Hostutler is absolutely correct. The budget the county school board adopted is a reasonable budget. It’s not perfect, but it is reasonable.

  • Letters

    Thanks for

    keeping schools open

        I would like to say thanks to our Board of Supervisors and School Board members for keeping our schools open for the future of all our children, and staff.

        I know this was a tough decision for all of them. Our schools are very important to us and our community.

        Also a big thanks to everybody from Thaxton and Body Camp for all the time spent working together as a community.

    Nancy Walker

    Bedford

  • With health care reform now a done deal, this is what they are saying

    President Barack Obama: “...At a time when the pundits said it was no longer possible, we rose above the weight of our politics ... we proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things and tackling our biggest challenges. We proved that this government -- a government of the people and by the people -- still works for the people.

        “...Today’s vote answers the prayers of every American who has hoped deeply for something to be done about a health care system that works for insurance companies, but not for ordinary people.

  • Letters

    Keep schools open

        As a citizen of Bedford County and a resident of the Body Camp Community, I believe there are more options than closing schools.

        To mention a few: 1) Stop allowing maintenance employees who are not on call 24 hours to drive school board vehicles home. Stopping this would free up vehicle up vehicle and gas funds that can be used elsewhere. 2) Start cutting salaries from the top down, beginning with Central Office personnel. 3) Stop running activity buses.

  • Filling out the 2010 census

    In recent weeks, I have heard from dozens of Virginians regarding the 2010 Census. The U.S. Constitution requires that every ten years the government take a census to count the population. Many Virginians have already received their 2010 Census questionnaire in the mail, and I encourage you to take a few minutes to respond.