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Today's Opinions

  • Legislation provides a tax credit of up to $2,500 for the cost tuition and related expenses

    As students return to college and community college this fall, many of them and their families have questions about the new American Opportunity Tax Credit and how they can take advantage of this important new tax benefit.

  • With students back in school, remember to be safe on the roads

    he county’s students are back in school and an event last week reminds us of how important it is to take extra care on the roads.

        Less than a week into the school year an elementary student was hit crossing the road to get on a bus. On Thursday morning a 17-year-old driver, traveling in the opposite direction of the bus on Route 757 in Goodview, struck the 9-year-old student. There’s too much at stake for us not to take the extra precautions that are needed.

  • Letters

    Defending Socialism

        I am shocked that anyone who grew up in Bedford County or City would publicly defend socialistic ideas in letters to the Bedford Bulletin.  If the government owns the healthcare system it is Socialism.  If it does not own the healthcare system but controls the healthcare system it is Fascism [Nazism] by definition.  Obamacare is Socialism calling itself Universal Healthcare.  Just what part of Socialism do the defenders of Socialism not understand? 

  • Speakers at 5th District townhall meetings showed respect

    It’s been quite an August. Over the course of the month, I’ve had the privilege of holding 21 town hall meetings throughout the 5th District – more than any other Member of Congress in the country. In total, nearly 5,000 people participated and the average length of each meeting was three hours. The topic of healthcare was definitely the number one concern, although people also brought up education, jobs, the federal deficit, and our nation’s energy policy.

  • Putting an end to the bailout culture in Washington
  • The Kennedys made America better, period

        The death of Senator Edward Kennedy, however not unexpected, has nonetheless left many of us with the familiar feeling that all our best heroes are dead or dying.

        As one friend of mine put it when we were discussing his death last week, it seems that all of our lives we’ve been burying Kennedys. It’s been possible to feel, sometimes, that with each death we’ve lost a lot of our hopes for the country and the world. But that’s not what any of the Kennedy brothers would have wanted.

  • Condolences may be in order

        Normal people like sports. I, on the other hand, like politics and that makes Virginia a great place to live. We have elections every year!

        This is because Virginia does not hold state and local elections in the same year that federal elections take place. Virginia’s elections follow a cycle that puts them in odd numbered years. This year, Virginia voters will elect a governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Virginia governors cannot succeed themselves, so we always get a new governor every four years.

  • When making spending decisions, governments must now set aside rosy projections

    Virginia is now facing a fourth round of cuts to the state general fund budget in a year. This time the cuts are being estimated at $1.5 billion. It shouldn’t have been that much.