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Today's Opinions

  • The road to recovery

    This past week House Democrats presented their $3.6 trillion budget resolution – a budget which spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much. The Democrat budget proposes a deficit of $1.2 trillion for 2010, with the national debt climbing to $17.1 trillion.  It also includes one of the largest tax increases in history.  The spending in this budget is so massive that independent estimates suggest roughly 250,000 new federal bureaucrats may be needed to spend it all.

  • Confederate History Month at the museum

        The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library recognizes April as Confederate History Month by presenting stories of Confederate cemeteries that are being restored in honor of the brave people that served.

  • The perils of bipartisanship

        It’s hip to be “bipartisan.” It has been for quite some time now. But is it really all it’s cracked up to be?

        During his successful run for the presidency, Barack Obama got a lot of mileage out of talking about both parties “working together,” politicians in Washington abandoning their “old ways” and “getting things done” for the American people.

  • Mr. Magoo climbs a ladder

        I am not fond of ladders and an experience last month didn’t help matters.

        It was a beautiful sunny Saturday and I decided that it was a perfect day to take care of a task that I had been procrastinating on for several months. Maybe I should have procrastinated a bit longer as I just got new glasses the day before and this task involved a ladder.

  • Letters

    It’s always about the teachers

        I am writing in reference to the letter in your March 11, 2009 edition submitted: By David Goode “Limited Confidence.” While I agree with Mr. Goode and the point he is trying to make, I do take exception with how he goes about it.

        The problem is with one line in his letter stating “Increase Top Management salary while neglecting those who do the real work (Teachers). While I do believe our teachers need to have salaries equal to the surrounding areas, but what about:

  • Where is the accountability?

    At some point there is going to be an accounting of all the money now being spent by our government. Let’s hope that accounting doesn’t come too late.

  • Bipartisan victories in the House

    I’m pleased to report that last week, Congress took swift, bipartisan, and decisive action to protect taxpayers. After it came to light that insurance companies who had taken billions in bailout funds had paid or intended to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in “retention” bonuses to the very executives who got us into this financial mess, the House put together a plan to block them.

     

  • The American people deserve their money back

    Last month the House of Representatives rushed to consider the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” – the so-called stimulus bill.  The Democratic Leadership revealed the final text of the legislation just ten hours before the House began consideration of this enormous bill.