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Today's Opinions

  • Statewide Burning Law now in effect

    By  Marci L. Stone
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue

        Virginia’s Statewide Burning Law went into effect on  February 15, also marking the start of spring fire season. 
        This law prohibits open burning before 4 p.m. each day between February 15  and April 30, 2012.  This statewide law has been implemented annually because open burning has become a major cause of wildland fires throughout our state and across the nation.   

  • A full assault on women’s rights

    The Virginia General Assembly is working hard to confound all the fears many of us had when Republicans refused a power-sharing agreement and stormed to all the power they could get after a 20-20 tie in the state senate.
        If anything, the power of the party’s most extreme members to get things done may be even worse than we imagined. What’s developed during this session, amid all the usual pro-gun bills, is nothing less than a militant assault on women’s rights.

  • President Obama scares me


        I’ve always strongly opposed most of President Barack Obama’s policies because I’ve thought most of them were really bad ideas. This includes ObamaCare, which I figured would take a health care system that had serious problems and make a total train wreck of it.

  • The big dog

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors has spent the past year flexing its muscles and showing folks who’s in charge.
        And that show of strength probably isn’t over.

  • Letters 02/15/12

    Going rogue

        “If they don’t like what we are doing here, they can go. I’m sure the road they came in on has a lane that goes in the opposite direction. “--Roger Cheek, Bedford Co. Board of Supervisors. [Bedford Bulletin, Jan. 25, 2012

  • The legislative line-item veto

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Protecting your Constitutional rights

    In a few months the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to take up the case of whether the President’s new health care law is unconstitutional due to the individual mandate and $17 billion penalty on Americans who do not purchase health insurance. Public outrage over the constitutionality of the government’s takeover of our health care system began even before Democrats rammed the bill through Congress and rightfully so. All Americans should be worried anytime the federal government tries to ignore our Constitution.

  • C-PAC meeting always a lot of fun

    The American Conservative Union last week completed its 2012 staging of the C-PAC gathering and, as you might expect, there was a lot of right-wing mindlessness on display.
    The Conservative Political Action Conference lends itself every year to those who want to play with the acronym and make it a more realistic rendering, such as Crazed Partisans Against Common sense, or many other such possibilities.