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Today's Opinions

  • What’s wrong with this picture?

    At the National D-Day Memorial, General of the Army George C. Marshall, VMI graduate, Roosevelt’s Army Chief of Staff and “the true organizer of victory” in Churchill’s words, is honored with a plaque in the Gray Plaza along with plaques memorializing the commanders of U.S. V and VII Corps.

        At the National D-Day Memorial, Joseph Stalin, Hitler’s early ally, who, with Hitler, invaded and dismembered Poland in 1939 thus becoming with Hitler the co-architect of WWII, is to be given a prominently located sculpture, a bust.

  • Liberty students elect a delegate

        For a while on Election night, it looked as though Lynchburg Delegate Shannon Valentine, a Democrat, had survived the slings and arrows of a very negative campaign aimed at her by Republican Scott Garrett.

        With only one precinct still not reporting, Valentine had 53 percent of the ballots cast, roughly a 1,400 vote lead. But it was not to be, because the one precinct that was out was Heritage Elementary School, where Liberty University students had been shipped out in buses to vote.

  • It’s time to build

    City of Bedford School Board member Mickey VanDerwerker asked the most relevant question during last Thursday’s Bedford County School Board meeting to discuss a long-range facilities plan for the school system: “What are we going to do about the gymnasium at Bedford Primary now?”

        But instead of answers, there are still only questions. And the sad news is the students at Bedford Primary are the ones suffering. It’s time for the county and school board to stop putting a decision off and to take steps to solve this problem.

  • Letters

    A tyrant

        The president of the United States, Barak Obama, is a tyrant. There, I said it. Before you go on about what a hysterical overstatement that is, or that I am some kind of overzealous, right wing bigot, let’s look at some recent moves by the White House.

  • Taking our time and listening to constituents has paid off

    Last week, a new version of health care reform legislation was unveiled in the U.S. House. I was pleased to see major changes in the bill that move us in the right direction. Though I was unsatisfied with the original bill, I’ve been working hard for reforms that I can support, because doing nothing would mean that premiums would double over the next decade for the middle class and small business owners. I argued that we could reduce skyrocketing premiums, bring the uninsured into the system, and reduce the federal deficit through an emphasis on prevention and increasing competition.

  • Common-sense transparency measures would bring needed reform to legislative process

    During the Presidential election campaign then Senator Obama called for transparency in the legislative process, even promising that health care reform negotiations would be “televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies.”

  • Steps to healthy holidays

        The holiday season is upon us, starting with last month’s Halloween candy-consuming event to the traditional New Year’s feast.  If you find yourself indulging in tasty, rich holiday fare, don’t dispair! Steps to Healthy Holidays will guide you in maintaining healthy habits.   During the coming weeks, this eight-article series will be discussing in more detail the following topics in an effort to keep you physically and emotionally healthy.

  • Enduring a health care ordeal

        When this column didn’t appear a few weeks ago many people were mystified and some actually made inquiries. Wow….It appears I might have a few fans in my hometown.