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Today's Opinions

  • A monkey's uncle

    It always surprises me that Rick Howell is so concerned about global warming. Last week, in his Liberal Agenda he listed this as one of the serious challenges we face.

  • When it comes to monitoring teens television viewing, parents must decide the remote stops here

    There really shouldn't be any surprise at this: Teens who watch Sex in the City, and similar type shows, are more likely to get pregnant.

    That headline hit the national newspapers this week to some fanfare but, unfortunately, no call to arms. Television programming will certainly not be affected by such a revelation. We're way beyond that. The best we can hope for is that parents will once again be reminded about their roles in monitoring just what it is that their children are taking in — whether it's from the TV, their Ipods or the Internet.

  • Letters

    HFH is benefit to the city

    Robert Wandrei, in the write up on individuals running for City Council, noted again that he supports taxpayer money going to some outside agencies but not to Habitat for Humanity as it builds only one house per year benefiting a small number of people.

  • Make sure on Nov. 4 you get out and vote

    In a debate held this week, Bedford Elementary students took the initiative to study and learn about the issues of this year's presidential election by thoughtfully considering the candidates' positions on those issues. The students' arguments were well researched and thought out. Let's hope the adults of this community — and this country — are willing to take that same initiative as they get ready for the Nov. 4 election. And then let's hope they turn out and vote.

  • Letters

    Shopping local for the holidays

    It’s almost Halloween and then around the corner is Thanksgiving and yes, next is Christmas. Don’t remind me!

  • The importance of tax reform

    In a letter written by Benjamin Franklin to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, Franklin said: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Taxes may be a certainty for every American, but complicated taxes shouldn’t be. Today’s tax code is unfair, discourages against savings and investment, and is impossibly complex. We can all agree that the current tax system is broken, and keeping it is not in America’s best interest. We need a less burdensome tax code which will ultimately benefit our national economy and our hard working citizens.

  • Bill provides tuition help for veterans
  • Information on the SWCB water release permit meeting

    On Oct. 16 representatives of TCRC, SMLA, Marine Fire and Rescue, U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Chamber of Commerce, marina operators and residents of Smith Mountain Lake traveled to Richmond to attend the State Water Control Board (SWCB) meeting.