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Today's Opinions

  • There’s more than the devil in the details

        While Congress wrangles over ObamaCare, my home phone has been ringing off the hook. Everybody has a short recorded message they want me to listen to. It’s almost as irritating as the bad old days before the Do Not Call list when I was constantly getting pestered by telemarketers. I’ve reverted back to my habit of not picking up the phone and just letting an answering machine take the call.

  • In weighing in on the case, the President makes unfortunate, but not unintentional comments

    Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., President Barack Obama and Cambridge Police Sergeant James Crowley may all soon sit down at the White House for a beer to discuss old times. It’s a shame that get-together didn’t occur before the President spouted off last week about the arrest of Gates, his long-time friend.

  • In the red

        Being a former Bedford County business teacher for 27 years, I don’t understand how Bedford County schools can be in the red $7,000 (Roanoke Times, July 17 - “Bedford board may scrap virtual school”). 

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    In the red

        Being a former Bedford County business teacher for 27 years, I don’t understand how Bedford County schools can be in the red $7,000 (Roanoke Times, July 17 - “Bedford board may scrap virtual school”). 

  • New federal education benefits now available

    A well-educated workforce is critical for regaining America’s long-term competitive advantage. But the cost of paying for college and community college is becoming even more burdensome for Americans in this economy. While families are losing income and benefits, college tuition prices continue to rise. The average student now graduates with over $22,000 in total student debt, including federal and private student loans.

     

  • Where is your money going?

    It is no secret that the American people are facing a very tough economic climate. Families and small businesses are cutting back on expenses.  As economic uncertainty continues, many across our nation are looking to the government for leadership during this difficult time.  In these challenging economic times it is even more important for government to control spending and enact fiscally responsible solutions that are actually likely to turn our economy around.

     

  • Sticks and stones? Bring ‘em on

        My blessed mother reads the paper every week and always notices the hateful and snarling letters that are often aimed at your favorite liberal.

        “Did you see that awful letter?” she’ll ask. I usually haven’t seen it yet, but I’ll say, “Yeah, mom. It’s no big deal. It’s just the hot air you get from some people who can’t stand that somebody else disagrees with them.”

  • President Barack Ocarter

    Last week I spent a pleasant evening at a Bedford County home talking with some teachers and students from Indonesia. The Indonesians are here under the auspices of Legacy International and the United States Department of State. The event I attended was a dinner for those who are staying with families in the Bedford area.