Today's Opinions

  • 2016? Legislative elections come first

        Perhaps, in the “Summer of Donald Trump,” people can be forgiven if they think presidential politics is the only thing happening now. But they would be mistaken.
        This fall, Virginians will vote on all 140 seats in the General Assembly. The winners of the 40 seats in the Senate, and the 100 seats in the House, will make laws that affect us before the next president is sworn into office.

  • House takes first step to end dangerous sanctuary city policies
  • Jeb Bush is right

        A couple of weeks ago Jeb Bush took some heat for a comment he made on the campaign trail. Here is the offending comment:

  • Donald Trump: The GOP’s shame

        What does it say about the Republican Party when Donald Trump can spew xenophobic, racist bile on immigration and rise to the top of their polls?
        Perhaps that question is better answered by asking some other questions. Does it show a party aware that it’s already unpopular with Hispanics, an important, growing demographic? No, it doesn’t.
        Does it reflect a party that has an intelligent and reasonable policy for dealing with illegal immigration? No, it doesn’t.

  • We do care!

    By Patrick Ellis

        I am rarely surprised when I disagree with John Barnhart’s weekly conservative commentary, but I am often amazed that a man so rooted in the community can be so oblivious to the pulse and workings of this town. 
        Last week’s column in which he blames the demise of downtown Bedford on big box stores and the apathy of local residents is a new level of cluelessness.

  • A good deal for Iran, a bad deal for America

    In 1994, President Bill Clinton announced a deal with North Korea aimed at curbing their nuclear ambitions. North Korea was to freeze and dismantle their nuclear program, but they were caught cheating and the deal fell apart leaving a nuclear-capable North Korea in its wake.


  • Five years later: Dodd Frank continues to harm our communities

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Five years ago, the President signed the Dodd-Frank Act into law, touting that it would stabilize our economy and hold accountable those responsible for the financial crisis of 2008.  This law was sold to the American people as an end to “Too Big to Fail” and taxpayer-funded bailouts.  Indeed, Dodd-Frank made noble promises.


  • Letters 10/07/15

    Challenger’s comments bring concerns

        I watched Sheriff Brown’s opponent on TV Friday, and afterward, researched his background. I see from his bio that he put on the Internet, that he has been here for five or six years, having moved down from New Jersey.