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Today's Opinions

  • Did he really say that?

        “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

  • Letters 07-11-12

    Top of the list

        On May 28, there was a knock on my door to evacuate because a tanker had overturned in the S-curves of U.S. 460 in Montvale.
        This was the second such accident in less than two years. This raises many concerns for the residents nearby. The number one concern is that there was a fatality in this most recent accident. Also there is concern over contamination of the water supply. Last, the detour creates an inconvenience for nearby residents and all who travel this section of the road.

  • Bringing 5th District Virginians’ concerns To Washington

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    This past week, during our District Work Week, I had the chance to visit with 5th District Virginians in Franklin, Bedford, and Albemarle Counties as Americans across this country joined together to celebrate Independence Day.

     

  • Protecting our Founding Fathers’ vision of freedom

    When our Founding Fathers signed their names to the Declaration of Independence, they could not have known how this experiment of self-government would unfold.  What they were confident of, however, is that liberty is an inherent, God-given right, not one that originates from a King or other form of government.

     

  • Still think there’s no global warming?

    Hopefully, most people are getting back to normal after the June 29 derecho wind event that swept through here from Ohio and went all the way to the Virginia coast and into Washington, D.C.
        If you were lucky, you were relatively unaffected by the power outtages, business closings, and the gold-like lust for bagged ice that plagued most other people. But the lucky were few indeed.
        We know the storms were a product of the extreme heat, a wave that began in late June, which is not the usual time for heat waves.

  • Obama does something right

        NATO supply trucks are once again crossing through Pakistan on their way to Afghanistan. This came after Hillary Clinton told the Pakistani government that the U. S. is sorry that Pakistani troops were killed when American air strikes hit Pakistani army checkpoints that were reported to be firing on Afghan forces in Afghanistan.
        “We are sorry for the losses suffered by the Pakistani military,” Clinton said in a statement.  She added that mistakes were made by both sides.

  • Helping out or taking advantage

    When the worst of times hit, there tends to be two very different scenarios that happen.
        Ideally, dealing with turbulent times brings out the best in folks. They band together, lock arms and plow through whatever problem they face.
        In most cases that seems to have been the case through the recent devastating windstorm that blindsided folks in and around Central Virginia these past two weeks.
        Thousands lost their electricity, but they tapped into the enormous power of a community coming together.

  • Letters — Fourth of July 2012

    Open invitation

        I would like to take this opportunity to invite Bedford City and County law enforcement to join me for a grandstand view on the Bedford Speedway.
        The Speedway runs the length of Oakwood Street. You may join me at any time, night or day, in my driveway at 1709 Oakwood St.   From my view most vehicles are beginning to reach top speeds as they cross over the knoll near the City/County line.