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Today's Opinions

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    Cutting costs

        If there’s anything good about the struggling economy over the past few years, it’s that government is learning to operate with fewer dollars. It’s no longer business as usual and those who spend taxpayers’ dollars are having to learn to do more with less. In many cases that has meant thinking outside of the box.

  • Letters 01/12/2011

    No Stalin bust, please


        I have lived in Bedford County since 1969 and my grandmother, who was born in Bedford County, frequently shared her memories and affection for the county.  I share this to acknowledge that I am no stranger to Bedford and its history.  With that in mind, these are my observations about this Stalin bust fiasco.

  • New beginnings: The 112th Congress convenes

    Congressman Robert Hurt’s Weekly Column

  • New beginnings: The 112th Congress convenes

    Congressman Robert Hurt’s Weekly Column

  • The 112th Congress: A renewed commitment to the Constitution

  • John ‘The Weeper’ Boehner takes over

        It’s official now: Republicans control the House of Representatives and Ohio Congressman John Boehner is the new Speaker of the House.

        There is much to admire in Boehner’s working class background. But somewhere along the way, he rejected his family’s Democratic Party roots and became a Republican.
        Booted out of his party’s leadership a few years back, he’s returned in a major way. But he’s known for his amazing capacity to cry as much as for anything else.

  • Dangerous diplomatic dance

        We were treated to a dangerous diplomatic dance routine in the final weeks of 2010.

        It began just before Thanksgiving when North Korea shelled an island controlled by South Korea, killing some people. South Korea returned fire with heavy artillery. Over the next few weeks, North Korea threatened Armageddon if South Korea held a planned artillery firing exercise from the island. Nothing happened, however, when the South Koreans carried out the live fire drill.

  • The Arizona tragedy

    A great tragedy occurred in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday. Six people were killed, including a 9-year-old girl, and 14 were injured, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat.

        The aftershock, however, has been just as tragic. At a time when the country should have been pulling together to deal with the tragedy, politics trumped civility with many on the left using this as an opportunity to take aim at their enemies on the right.