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Today's Opinions

  • Time to file claims for 2008 medical expenses

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has advised claims for reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses incurred during 2007 will be accepted beginning January 1, 2009. 

  • Anthony Poindexter

    This week the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library continues to honor those that are making history today.

        Bedford is proud of Anthony Poindexter  who has been Defensive Backs Coach for the football team at the University of Virginia for eight years. He was raised in Forest and attended elementary school at New London Academy. He graduated from Jefferson Forest High School and majored in anthropology at University of Virginia, graduating in 1999.

  • Virginia must have balanced budget every year

        We’re approaching the midway point of the 2008 session, commonly known as “crossover.”  Before Valentine’s Day arrives, both the House and the Senate will have completed work on all the bills submitted by their own members, and also will have approved their respective versions of amendments to Virginia’s biennial budget.

  • A stunning new unemployment rate

        From where I live in Roanoke I can hear the factory whistle blow several times a day. It produces a lonely wail first at 7 a.m., at noon and 12:30 p.m. for the lunch break, and then at 3 p.m. for the end of first shift.

        My son and I have passed the factory many times as we’ve walked to the Roanoke River. We never knew what the initials “FWC” stood for. Recently, I saw familiar footage of the factory grounds on television.

  • Alarmists are the real threat

        Although the weekend’s weather was quite mild, cool rather than cold, the big chill we had last week made me think of a story I did in January.

        I had heard that the city and county “Democrats” were having Weed at a joint meeting at the Welcome Center. Wondering if the sheriff knew about this, I took a camera and notebook and went there to check it out.

  • Making a difference

    Having run through $700 billion in a bailout bill with nothing to show for it, Congress and the President are now salivating over how to spend another $1 trillion that, at best, will do little to stimulate the economy or create jobs. At the same time, however, the people of this nation continue to be the one’s stepping out and making a difference.

        Take the  Society of St. Andrew, for instance.

        The Big Island faith-based hunger relief organization stepped up big last year.

  • Letters

    Be careful when driving

        Once again, our family has gone through a situation that we had hoped would never happen. As all parents know, when your children start driving, you hope they will draw the line between common sense and being reckless.

        Unfortunately, we cannot be with them at all times and remind them of the consequences of a foolish mistake.

  • H. R. 1 is a solid step towards economic recovery

    With the economy in crisis and 16,500 Americans losing their jobs each day, Congress acted rapidly, transparently, and responsibly to pass an economic recovery package for American families. The bill is not perfect and may yet be improved, but it is a reasonable and decisive step out of economic chaos. I voted for H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, because our families and localities need this lifeline.