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Today's Opinions

  • Obama Claus is coming to town

        Christmas will be over by the time Barack Obama takes the oath of office as our 44th president, but Obama Claus is promising a whole bag full of goodies.

  • Another Kennedy in the Senate?

        In 1946, a young Massachusetts naval veteran named John F. Kennedy got elected to a seat in the House of Representatives. A member of that family has served in the federal government at some level ever since.

        Just when it looked like Sen.     Ted Kennedy’s declining health might leave the U.S. Senate without a Kennedy since 1963, his niece, and JFK’s daughter, emerged recently as a possible choice to replace Hillary Clinton.

  • Aerial photo library will help emergency services

    An important new resource will be in the hands of each county and city government in the Fifth District of Virginia beginning early next year.  Nearly a year ago, I began working with the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center to obtain funding for a new visual intelligence technology resource, pictometry, to all the jurisdictions of the Fifth District, which will greatly benefit first responders and local government agencies in our area.

     

  • Wishing You a Happy Holiday Season

    The holiday season is well underway: there are lights on our neighbors’ window sills, wreaths hanging from city street lights, children are lining up in local shopping centers for a picture with Santa, and there are shopping lists for family and friends.  This time of year can seem so hectic and can quickly pass us by as we rush from task to task attempting to pack in so much in a short amount of time.  It is often in this hustle and bustle that the true meaning of Christmas is sometimes forgotten or overlooked.  

  • Letters

    Spreading the sludge

        A rose by any other name is sweet and lovely to behold. Sewage sludge by any other name BioSolids is stench and not lovely to behold.

  • Report falls short in providing creative solutions

    During last year’s budget discussions the Bedford County School Board decided to hire out a facilities study in order to get a comprehensive look at what to expect in construction needs for the school system in the years ahead. At the time several issues were being discussed, including moving eighth graders over to Liberty High School to make room for sixth graders at Bedford Middle School. The hope was that the study could help provide some plausible solutions to the facility needs of the school system, even possibly looking at some “out-of-the-box” possibilities.

  • 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.