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Today's Opinions

  • Congresman's decisions will be informed by the voices of the 5th District

    Most Americans take deep pride in the quality of our nation’s medical care, but also share deep concerns about the skyrocketing cost and shrinking accessibility of healthcare.  The rising price of healthcare and insurance is crushing many of our local businesses and our working families, while entitlement programs related to healthcare threaten to explode the national deficit in the decades ahead. 

  • Stay fit and friendly - stay involved

        Statistics prove that socializing and giving to others has a positive impact on your life and longevity.  It could make a tremendous difference in the well being of a neighbor or visitor too.  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.

  • Just nominate her, please

        Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s sudden resignation from office has sparked intense speculation about her future, political or otherwise. Palin’s parting speech as governor didn’t exactly give away her plans, probably because she doesn’t know them herself.

        Some think she’ll embark upon a career in television. Others say she is not at all finished with politics and may in fact have resigned to prepare for either a run for the U.S. Senate or for president in 2012.

  • More foreign policy challenges

        Foreign policy challenges for President Barack Obama abound. While I remain highly skeptical of his ability to meet these, it’s certainly far too early to pronounce him Jimmy Carter Jr.

  • Promoting responsible government

    Working to reduce government waste is a significant undertaking and one to which I remain firmly dedicated even in a Congress where excessive spending runs rampant.

  • Two GOP White House hopefuls Fall away

    It hasn’t been an especially good couple of weeks for Republican governors with presidential aspirations.

        First the news broke that South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford took off for Argentina to meet his mistress. Then, on Friday, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin decided to abruptly resign her post for reasons yet to be explained. If those reasons include a later decision to run for the White House she received some bad advice.

  • Letters

    Needed

    oncology

    therapy

        Several months ago your paper published and article on “A Path To Healing.” This was a pilot program for cancer patients in all stages of treatment or remission, free of charge. I am glad to say that I participated in this program on the second session and it is a well needed program for Bedford. When engaged in the different activities, ie Yoga/Tai Chi, aqua-exercises, and massages/Reiki, your levels of stress, mobility, and fatigue are reduced; which helps in the process of healing.

  • Blueprint for a new energy economy for Central and Southside Virginia