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Today's Opinions

  • Preserving employees’ rights to secret ballots

    It has been widely reported that one of the top priorities of the incoming Obama Administration is the enactment of the Employee Free Choice Act, legislation which strikes a huge blow to the privacy rights of workers throughout the country.  With a title like the “Employee Free Choice Act” you would expect this legislation to protect the American worker.  Unfortunately, it does the exact opposite and its title is deliberately misleading. 

  • Veterans Administration benefit changes

    On Sept. 30, 2008, President Bush signed the FY2009 Defense Appropriations Act to fund programs authorized in the FY2009 Defense Authorization Act  he signed Oct. 14, 2008.  These two acts are now law and include several significant changes in benefits for the active duty military, reserves, National Guard, military retirees and veterans.  Some of the changes affecting retirees and veterans follow:

  • Letters

    Enough is enough

        Redundant animal fighting legislation escalated above many laws protecting people from actual crime caused Avery Fitzgerald of Bedford to be arrested and possibly face two felony counts of selling a chicken with “intent.” Potentially, this man can receive 10 years in prison for selling a rooster to police officers that may (or may not) have been for fighting.

  • Katherine W. Carper, 99, Huntington, WV

        Katherine “Kitty” Wheat Carper, 99, of Huntington, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at Woodlands Retirement Community.  Kitty was born Oct. 3, 1909, in Bedford County, Virginia a daughter of the late Otis Pierce and Katie Bascom Ware Wheat. 

  • Obama takes heat from the left

        We say goodbye to 2008 tonight and greet a brand new year tomorrow. Shortly, we will also greet a brand new president when Barack Obama is sworn in as our 44th president. As the old year winds down, he's already taking some heat — from his own party.

  • Saying goodbye to 2008

        That time of the year has arrived again in which we think about what has passed and ponder what may be ahead.

        The United States is, in 2008, in a major recession. We just went through a Christmas season in which retail business may have seen recent record lows in holiday spending. The auto industry got a bailout, but one that was modest compared to what was done for the financial markets.

  • Letters

    Pennies make dollars

        When I was a young child my parents used to say: “Son, save your pennies as they make dollars.”

        So to this day I watch my pennies, nickels and dimes when shopping. It is a sad commentary, recently, to experience at the check out counter of two stores here in Bedford being charged more for an item than posted on their shelves under the items chosen.

  • The Christmas Account

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

        (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

        And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

        And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)