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Today's Opinions

  • Republicans need to restore their brand

        Republicans were in disarray at the end of 1974.

        That summer, Richard Nixon became the first U. S. president to resign, avoiding almost certain impeachment and removal from office. Gerald Ford’s pardon, before Nixon was even charged with anything, made matters worse.

        Ford went to his grave swearing that the Nixon pardon was not part of a deal. He even made a video, which was released after his death, denying any deal.

  • No, liberals aren’t angry with Obama

        As Barack Obama completes the selection of his staff and Cabinet, there’s been some talk about how many liberals are supposedly angry at him.

    Some have tried to drum up a story that many on the left are upset about one or two Cabinet choices and feel that the president-elect is already backing away from some of the promises of his campaign.

  • Medicare Part B and Part D premiums to change

                In 2009, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries will receive a 5.8% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).  This means that nearly 55 million Americans will see an increase in their monthly benefits, the largest increase since 1982.  

     

  • Ensuring oversight of the taxpayers’ money

    Just two months ago the Congress passed the Financial Stabilization Package which was designed to stabilize the growing financial crisis currently facing our country.  This legislation, which I voted against, created the Troubled Asset Relief Program, known as TARP, and gave the U.S. Treasury Department broad authority to distribute $700 billion of the taxpayers’ hard earned money with hardly any oversight and no accountability for the irresponsible behavior of the financial institutions that led to this very situation.

  • Letters

    A great place

    to shop

     

        Bedford is a great place to shop, dine, explore and discover!  If you have not had a chance to experience the holiday events in Centertown Bedford, you better hurry ! 

  • Mitchell Loyd Simmons, 17, Chamblissburg

        Mitchell Loyd “Big Country” Simmons, 17, of Chamblissburg, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 1, 2008.

        He was a senior at Staunton River High School, was on the baseball team and a member of the F.F.A. He was a member of the Grace Memorial Baptist Church.

  • Government seems more concerned about Producing debt

    Frank Chervan, a furniture maker, recently announced it would shut down the majority of its Bedford operations.  It seems that 90 jobs are in jeopardy of going away.

        There will be no federal bailout.  Frank Chervan is not “too big to allow to fail.”

        There will be no testimony (translated:  begging for money) in front of Congress, such as we’ve seen lately, most recently with the Big Three automakers.

  • The Christmas story

        I love this time of year because I get to watch Christmas movies  and shows — Elf, the Santa Claus trilogy, Snow, It’s a Wonderful Life, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and A Charlie Brown Christmas, to name a few. The day after Thanksgiving my kids were begging us to watch Elf and it seems like every other day my daughter is coming into the living room proclaiming that one of The Santa Claus movies is on television.