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Today's Opinions

  • Winter soldier hearings ignored

    A few weeks ago in Washington, D.C., Iraq Veterans Against the War sponsored the Winter Soldier Hearings, a public confessional by some of those who?d fought in Iraq and seen - and sometimes committed themselves - crimes against civilians.

    The word would be atrocities, such as what happened during the Vietnam War at the My Lai Massacre. But there are some people who can?t handle that word, and couldn?t handle it during Vietnam. So I looked it up.

  • Hillary is right on Iran

    As I mentioned last week, it?s rare that I agree with a ?Democrat? and I start to worry about myself when I find myself agreeing with Hillary Clinton two weeks in a row. However, I must once again say that Clinton is absolutely correct about a foreign policy issue. At least, she is right concerning her differences with Barack Obama on Iran.

    Clinton has described Iran as a threat to American interests in the Persian Gulf region. She also voted in favor of declaring Iran?s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization in September, and called for new sanctions against it.

  • Letters to the editor 4/16/08

    Letters to the editor

    Historic Big Otter Mill

    Ever wonder about that tall, beautiful red structure on Big Island Highway? It?s the historic Big Otter Mill (formerly Forbes Mill) and it is finally undergoing the restoration it deserves.

  • A taxing time

    If you?re reading this and haven?t yet filed your tax return for 2007 you?ve either filed for an extension or...

    You?re late!

    I hate filing taxes. I hated going through the process even when I was going to get some of my money back. That reality, however, at least eased the pain.

    But I especially hated it this week.

    Because of some one-time issues that kicked in this year I apparently owe more money. That just rubs salt in the wound all the more.

  • Letters

    Response to letter

    Mr. Frank West of Moneta refers to Billy Hackworth's recent editorial as "ranting and drivel" which means to drool, slaver and foolish. After re-reading Mr. Hackworth's editorial, I fail to see the connection. Mr. Hackworth is letting the taxpayer of Bedford County know where a lot of their tax dollars are going. What's foolish about that?

    Does Mr. West have a "ranting and drivel" problem? Or does he know something about Sheriff Brown the county citizens need to know? You be the judge.

    Billy Burnette

    Bedford

  • Service connected disability compensation

    Service connected disability compensation is a monetary benefit paid to veterans who are disabled by an injury or disease incurred or aggravated during active military service.

    These disabilities are considered to be service-connected. Disability compensation varies with the degree of disability and the number of dependents, and is paid monthly. Veterans with certain service connected disabilities may be eligible for additional special monthly compensation. The benefits are not subject to federal or state income tax.

  • Scrapping the tax code

    With spring underway, warmer weather is returning, the days are growing longer, and everything is in bloom. Unfortunately, the arrival of spring also kicks off a second and largely unwelcomed 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.

  • More Americans killed in U. S. by illegal aliens than have died in Iraq

    Over the last five years, 4,000 U. S. soldiers have died fighting for freedom from Islamic extremists in Iraq. This figure has received major news coverage on nearly every major media outlet. However, the untold story that the media does not focus on is the number of persons in the United States who have been killed by illegal aliens. Statistics compiled by Representative Steve King of Iowa show that the number killed by illegal aliens since September 11th exceeds the number of soldiers that we have lost in Iraq.