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Today's Opinions

  • Conservatives finally discover deficits!

        With very little to show for his sincere efforts at bipartisanship, President Barack Obama nonetheless signed his landmark economic stimulus bill into law, thanks to the votes of Democrats and just three common sense Republicans in the Senate.

        When one speaks of Republicans and uses the phrase “common sense,” what is being said is a word most conservatives disdain: moderate. Those dipped deeply into the fires of right-wing orthodoxy have no compass for the center. Nor do they want one.

  • Rock solid reasons to believe

        I had the opportunity to attend a conference on Charles Darwin last week held Feb. 15 through 17.  It was scheduled to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his Origin of the Species. Charlie’s birthday is on Feb. 12.

        This conference, by the way was not a Darwin Day celebration. It was sponsored by Answers in Genesis, a creationist organization that believes Darwin got it wrong and can offer data to demonstrate what’s wrong with Darwin’s theory.

  • In the hot seat

    We don't envy the folks on the county's school board, Bedford City council or Bedford County's supervisors. Perhaps some of them are wondering why they volunteered for these jobs. Are they really glad they were elected or reelected?

        The seats they are now sitting in are certainly hot seats. No matter what they do, they are going to make somebody mad.

  • The smoking ban appears to be a done deal

    Some type of a ban on smoking in Virginia’s restaurants now appears inevitable.

        It’s been a cause championed over the past several years by advocates of those who don’t believe the business community can police itself on such matters. It’s a cause that is more show than substance, especially since the bill that appears headed for approval is weak and without much bite.

  • Letters

    The Green Revolution

        Bedford County farmers are leading the way in being part of the Green Revolution.

  • Stimulus bill contains large middle class tax cut

    I am proud to announce that this week, the first piece of legislation I co-authored as a Congressman became law. The "American Opportunity Tax Credit" provides $2,500 a year for the cost of tuition and related expenses (including textbooks for the first time) to individuals making less than $80,000 per year. Up to $1,000 of this tuition tax credit will be refundable, which can be particularly important for displaced workers hoping to pay for advanced training at a community college or university.

  • House plan makes improvements over Gov. Kaine's original cuts

    Temperatures made it feel more like May than February, but legislators didn’t get to spend much time outdoors.  This week, we had some of the longest days of the session, completing our work on all bills filed by delegates and approving a package of amendments to the 2008-2010 Biennial Budget. 

  • Zoning ordinance being rewritten

    A major project for the County is the rewriting of the Zoning Ordinance and the Subdivision Ordinance.  This is being done to bring them into agreement with the recently adopted Comprehensive Plan.  The objective is to combine the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances into one simple, straightforward, and more readily understood document.