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Today's Opinions

  • Democrats must soon choose governor nominee

    Only a few weeks remain now until Virginia Democrats must pick their nominee for governor to face Republican Attorney General Bob McDonnell in the fall.

        The paper’s policy forbids a direct endorsement of any candidate by its correspondents and writers, and I’m happy to abide by that. But I can tell you what many Democrats are weighing as they consider whether to select state senator Creigh Deeds, former delegate Brian Moran, and former DNC chair Terry McAuliffe.

  • Congratulations are in order

    Congratulations are in order for the Bedford area’s General Assembly delegation.

        The Family Foundation released its report card for the Virginia General Assembly, covering our state legislature for 2008 and 2009. The delegates and state senators were rated on their record for family-friendly votes. Senator Steve Newman, Delegate Lacey Putney and Delegate Kathy Byron all received a score of 100 percent.

  • With the temperatures getting warmer, it’s time to remember to be safe boaters

    The temperatures are up, the sunscreen is out and the boats are back in full force at Smith Mountain Lake.

        National Safe Boating Week is May 16 – 22, which makes now the right time to remind boaters to be safe on the water. “First and foremost, boaters need to think about life jackets and plan to wear them,” a release from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries states. Why? Because a significant number of boaters who lose their lives by drowning each year would be alive today had they worn their life jackets.

  • Letters

    Appreciates work

     

        On behalf of the Bower Center for the Arts and the Wharton Memorial Foundation, we want to express our appreciation for the work done by Amy Carter as our executive director.  As some of you may be aware, in this period of economic downturn, we, like many other non-profit organizations, are unable to continue to fund a salaried position.  We therefore regret that we have had to eliminate the executive director position which Amy Carter has so ably filled.

  • Economic recovery payments can make a real difference in the lives of millions of older Americans

    Starting last week and continuing through the end of May, Social Security recipients in the 5th District will see some economic relief as $250 economic recovery payments are sent out. Nearly $37.5 million dollars will be put directly back in the pockets of 5th District residents. The payments, which were provided by the American Recovery Act and Reinvestment Act, started to go out on May 7 with the goal of all the payments being sent out by the end of May.

     

  • Innovation, conservation, and production: the keys to a sound energy policy

    Congressional Democrats are working to pass a massive new energy tax on all Americans simply for using the only energy option available to them – electricity.  Congressman Henry Waxman, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has introduced the so-called “American Clean Energy and Security” legislation, which implements a cap and trade system or more accurately: cap and tax. 

  • What's on your mind?

        I will be in the meeting room at the Moneta Library from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday May 16. 

        I hope you will come to discuss any topic of your choosing.  By that time we will have made what may be our final filing with FERC on the re-licensing of the Smith Mountain Project.  The County is continuing the work on the rewrite if the Zoning Ordinance. 

  • The GOP loses another one

        The national Republican Party, already crippled and bleeding, suffered another wound when Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Arlen Specter announced that he was switching to that great defender of the working people: the Democratic Party.

        For President Barack Obama - the most effective and most popular world leader on the scene now - it’s another Senate ally that leads him closer to the precious 60 votes that could invoke cloture against any Republican filibuster. He’ll get the last vote when Minnesota’s Al Franken comes on board.