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Today's Opinions

  • An incompetent foreign policy?

        Just as it’s far too early to declare Barack Obama a one-term president, so it’s too soon to declare his foreign policy incompetent. However, it certainly hasn’t been characterized by brilliance and just this month he made another decision that made me wonder where his head is.

  • Reframing the debate

    Some top Democrats are now trying to paint the majority of those who oppose health care policies touted by the Obama administration as violent or racist — or possibly both.

        Last week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in referring to the national debate, made a reference the 1978 murders of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and city Supervisor Harvey Milk stating: “I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw this myself in the late ‘70s in San Francisco.”

  • Letters

    A brief

    explanation

        In the Classified Advertising section of today’s paper, readers will find an ad announcing that Bedford Hardware is for sale. In light of the recent situations at two other landmark businesses, Murray-Bolling Chevrolet and the Olde Liberty Station Restaurant, we felt it fitting to offer a brief explanation to our customers and friends in the Bedford area regarding our decision.

  • Amendment to education bill addresses disparities

    I’m proud to report that last week the U.S. House passed an amendment I offered to address early childhood education in rural areas as part of the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. The legislation creates an Early Learning Challenge Fund, which would award competitive grants to states that implement improvements to the state’s early learning system.

  • Protecting the Chesapeake Bay
  • Increasing whole grains in your diet

    You wouldn’t drive ½ a car, or go out half dressed would you?  So don’t eat half-way either.  Most Americans eat enough breads and cereals but not enough whole grains. 

        Recently Wal-Mart shoppers learned about the importance of whole grain foods at an in-store event hosted by Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Family Nutrition Education Program.

  • Time to leave Afghanistan?

        When Barack Obama ran for president he attracted a lot of support for his articulate and consistent opposition to the war in Iraq.

        Obama had been free of having to vote on the original war resolution. Therefore, he was able to maintain his 2002 position as Americans steadily turned against the alleged “pre-emptive” war in 2005 and thereafter.

  • Barack Obama retirement watch

        Has Barack Obama been president for only eight months? It feels more like eight years!

        Yes, 2012, when we will have a chance to retire President Obama, is still a long way off. In spite of approval ratings that have been dropping rapidly, President Obama still has plenty of time for that to change. Furthermore, even if the Obama administration turns out to be Jimmy Carter II, it doesn’t mean that he will be a one term president.