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Today's Opinions

  • Putin must be laughing

        I’m sure Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin must be laughing at us right now. Not in public, of course, but I bet he’s laughing at us in private. The political circus going on in Washington following the downfall of Michael Flynn would be his source of mirth.

  • ‘You think our country’s so innocent?’

        As we know, Donald Trump’s relationship with the truth is a very troubled one. He has proven to be utterly clueless about so many things that any president should know.
        He likes to make things up, and possibly, he imagines them to be true. Last week, he stated publicly that the murder rate in the U.S. is “the highest ever,” 47 percent. “Did you know that?” he asked a reporter.

  • Bedford County schools will benefit from enrollment loss supplement

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

        I hope you and your family had a wonderful Valentine’s Day this week! Here in Richmond, we are finishing our work. This week is the final week of the 2017 General Assembly Session. But, much work is still yet to be done! While I look forward to being back home with my family soon, I am still very much at work for you and your family over the next week.

    Education Matters

  • Last week was a productive week

    Calvin Coolidge once observed, “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.” That quote from the 30th President came to mind this week, as House Bill 2108 won approval by the Senate by a vote of 35 to 3.

  • General Assembly Building to be replaced

    By Senator Steve Newman

        Things have been exceptionally busy this year in the General Assembly session. as the record number of visitors to the Capitol continued this year. I am encouraged to see so many folks showing an interest in the legislative process because it reinforces the fact that we truly represent you.

  • Turning point

        April 25, 2017.

        That date won’t carry the weight that Feb. 18, 2001, did but both will serve as major turning points for the sport of NASCAR.
        On that tragic date in 2001 at Daytona International Speedway,  Dale Earnhardt took his final lap, crashing into the retaining wall at the speedway on the final lap of the race. It would be announced a few hours later that Earnhardt, the sport’s most popular driver of his time, had perished in the crash.

  • Frozen

         The latest mountain our news media has decided to make out of a molehill is a new Russian military base on Kotelny Island.
        Actually, sensationalism in news media is nothing new. Newspapers and TV news operations do it all the time. It sells papers and draws eyeballs to TV news programs. William Randolph Hearst’s publications are credited with helping to foment a war with Spain 120 years ago. His publications featured stories of alleged nasty behavior by the Spanish as they fought to put down a Cuban war for independence.

  • Christians, Fox News and sexual harassment

         Last week, conservative hero Bill O’Reilly, of the much hallowed “Fox News” network, was finally fired after settling numerous sexual harassment lawsuits for millions of dollars.
         Naturally, it was a case of a conservative icon being “persecuted” by liberal women. They unfairly accused him – charges he called “unfounded” – the same way such charges were lobbied at our “Make America White Again,” president, God’s own Donald Trump.