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Today's Opinions

  • American families need tax simplification

    With spring underway, warmer weather is slowly returning, the days are growing longer, and everything is in bloom.  Unfortunately, the arrival of spring also kicks off a second and largely unwelcome season.  This season is marked by piles of forms, confusing instructions, and the prospect of turning your hard-earned money over to the government - tax season.

  • Albert Anderson

        The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library recognizes April as Confederate History Month by presenting stories of Confederate cemeteries that are being restored in honor of the brave people that served.

  • Individualism is neither dead nor dying

        Alas, we must pity the poor individual. The American individual, that rock of our very fabric, is now under dire threat from a new and relentlessly socialist assault by the policies of President Barack Obama.

        Gone, or at least soon to be gone, is the individual’s ability to make choices for himself, or direct his life in any serious way outside the bitter tyranny of a leftist government bent on destroying his freedoms.

  • A poor choice of causes

        Last week, Rick Howell reminded me of why I find the thinking of the “Democratic” Party’s base so troubling. He’s chosen an interesting cause to champion.

        Is Mr. Howell concerned about Euna Lee and Laura Ling, two American journalists who were detained by North Korea last month? North Korea claims they illegally crossed North Korea’s border with China and accuses them of being spies. While I can’t say that Mr. Howell is not concerned about them, they weren’t the subject of his column.

  • There can be a high cost when businesses get assistance from the government

    The cost of doing business with the government became clear last month and everyone should take a long hard look at those consequences: Bailout-mania comes with a heavy price tag. Just ask Rick Wagoner.

  • Letters

    Bedford Ride needs high-speed Internet

        County Supervisors and other groups are working to have high speed Internet available to all or most county residents who are interested.

  • Budget makes some progress towards getting the deficit under control
  • A fiscally irresponsible budget

    Just days ago the House Democrats pushed through their budget resolution for fiscal year 2010,  a $3.6 trillion budget resolution which spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much.  This fiscally irresponsible budget, which I voted against, will significantly increase the tax burden on American families and small businesses to pay for new wasteful government spending while heaping trillions of dollars of debt on future generations.  Facing a slowing economy and an increased cost of living, Americans have to tighten their belts and carefully budget their hard-earned m