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Today's Opinions

  • We should not be saddling future generations with debt

    Sunday, April 26th marks Debt Day for the 2009 fiscal year. This is the day the government starts paying for federal spending by borrowing money rather than using its revenue.  This means that all of the money spent from Washington the rest of this year will either be borrowed from other countries or borrowed from future generations, in turn increasing our federal debt dramatically.

  • End trade embargo, restore relations with Cuba

        Under the leadership of President Barack Obama, the United States may finally be prepared to close the book on one of the most lingering and most useless remnants of the Cold War: the trade embargo against Cuba.

  • Another American hero passes on

        Even the weather cooperated last week when Elisha Ray Nance’s body was laid to rest with the honors befitting an American hero.

        By the weather cooperating, I mean that it was perfect for a D-Day funeral. It was overcast, cold and wet, much like that morning when Ray headed for a French beach 65 years ago. Ray was second in command of Company A that day and the only company officer to reach the beach and live to tell about it. He was severely wounded in the process, wounded so badly that it took nearly a year for him to recover.

  • Common sense?

        Has anyone seen common sense lately? Apparently it has vanished off the planet, especially from this country. Every day common sense becomes scarcer as we lay to rest the folks that grew up hard during the great depression and survived WWII. Most of their offspring will believe any propaganda that comes across the tube. The sad thing is that the more education they have the easier they’re brainwashed.

  • Remembering their service

    In less than two months veterans of D-Day from all around the nation are expected to come to Bedford to participate in the 65th anniversary of D-Day gathering scheduled to be held in June. The event is expected to draw thousands and will likely be the last large-scale observance of the anniversary of D-Day. The event, sadly, will be one man short with the passing this week of Ray Nance.

  • Perriello's first bill signed into law

    Last Thursday marked my 100th day as your U.S. Congressman, and I’d like to report back on some of the successes of this first 100 days and what more remains to be done. While the extraordinary times we face have demanded some extraordinary measures, like the recovery bill, I believe we have laid a strong foundation for economic recovery and fought successfully for the priorities for Virginia's working families.

  • Americans call on Washington to be fiscally responsible

    Just a few days ago millions of Americans from across this great country joined together to participate in taxpayer tea parties.  These gatherings were an opportunity for everyone to express their frustration and disdain for our broken tax code and the out-of-control government spending currently taking place in Washington.

  • Tax day “tea parties” make splash

        Tax Day 2009 had a new feature this year: so-called tax day tea parties, where people showed up to replicate the old Boston Tea Party and express their opposition to, well, paying taxes, I guess.

        Held in cities all across the country, including Roanoke, participants bemoaned the Obama stimulus package, the various government bailouts, and of course, the Internal Revenue Service, everyone’s least favorite government agency.