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Today's Opinions

  • Legislation would protect employers with English only policies

    No organization is more respected nor has more wide-spread appeal than the Salvation Army. Founded in London in 1865, the Salvation Army provides aid and assistance to troops who are far from home and to the needy in countless communities worldwide.

  • A woman for president

    Living in Virginia as I do, I?m never surprised to see a good ?ole boy in a pick-up truck in front of me in traffic. It comes with the territory, right?

    But this one had a bumper sticker with a picture of one of my favorite Democrats, Hillary Rodham Clinton, on it. About to break into a smile at the thought of the person I support for president, I then had to read the accompanying text.

  • More than a weekend out with the boys

    We billed this as "The Boys Weekend Out."

    It started rather simply, I wanted to take my three sons (ages 15, 12 and 7) to a Charlotte Bobcats game. As I perused the schedule the Nov. 24 date against the Boston Celtics stood out. I quickly ordered four tickets online, believing that the game would be a big draw, with Boston now the best team in the league.

    Then, a couple of days later, another thought struck me. "I wonder if the Panthers are in town that weekend?" I asked.

    Sure enough, the Saints were traveling to Charlotte for an NFL showdown with Carolina.

  • Shop local first

    This Friday Centertown businesses are planning to stay open late as part of the Christmas kick-off festivities. We've said it before, and we'll say it again: If you haven't already shopped locally, this is a good time to start.

    Buying locally is more than a nice slogan, it's about supporting the community and those businesses that serve as its foundation. The lure to shop at the malls and stores in Lynchburg and Roanoke should be tempered with the reality of the unique options provided by the local merchants located in Bedford, and throughout the county.

  • Letters to the editor

    Response to Sheriff's election comment

    If Sheriff Brown is so disturbed by Mr. Green's negative race, then I personally would like for him to write an editorial explaining where Mr. Green and his supporters are wrong.

    He should be sure to explain how the deputies were falsely criticized. I thought the letters were very accurate. They caused him to give out more signs each week, but caused me to hear more complaints about him and his office every day.

  • Keeping the Internet safe for our children

    The Internet is one of the most useful inventions of all time. The Internet provides access to a wealth of information and services that enable our children to look up information for school projects, allows us to check the weather for Saturday?s soccer game, and even to order groceries online and have them delivered to our door. Unfortunately, the Internet can also be used by criminals to prey on our children.

  • Rising health care costs hit self-employed particularly hard

    A bill that is important to self-employed Americans has been introduced in the House of Representatives. I am a co-sponsor of HR 3660, which would amend the Internal Revenue Service Code to provide that the deduction for the health insurance costs of self-employed individuals be allowed in determining self-employment tax. Passage of this bill would end a significant inequity within the tax code, an inequity that penalizes self-employed citizens and makes it increasingly difficult to afford health coverage.

  • The problem of illegal immigrants (Part I)

    Many Bedford residents may not have given it a thought, but that does not mean we do not have a problem sitting at our door that the longer we put off addressing the more difficult it will be to resolve.

    The problem is illegal immigrants.