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Today's Opinions

  • Bill passes to increase the number of charter schools

    By Senator Steve Newman

        With 140 lawmakers coming to Richmond from every corner of Virginia to process more than 2,000 pieces of legislation in just 60 days, Capitol Square is a very hectic place during session.  With a limited amount of days available to complete our work, the days can be very long.

  • A Tribute to Allen M. Huddleston

    By James W. Morrison
    Moneta
    Author of Bedford Goes to War

        Allen M. Huddleston died on February 10 at age 96.
        He was a native son of Bedford County who served his country and his community. He is believed to have been the last survivor of the Bedford Boys, the last survivor from Bedford County to have served during World War II in Company A, which had been a National Guard infantry company based in Bedford before it was called to active duty and eventual deployment to Europe. 

  • Hillary is not a liar

    By Elizabeth McCrodden
    Bedford

        We should have learned when George W. Bush was president that untrue statements become “true” if they are repeated over and over again. 

  • Providing more information for a safer workplace

    Americans work an average of 8.9 hours each day. That’s no small amount of time, and we all deserve to know that our work environments are safe from those whose behavior may cause us harm.

     

  • Remembering a true American hero

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Last Wednesday, Allen Huddleston of Bedford passed away at the age of 97.  Mr. Huddleston was the last living member of the Bedford Boys.  I was deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Huddleston’s passing, and our thoughts and prayers remain with his friends and family.  We lost a true American hero this week, and we owe a debt of gratitude for his faithful service to our nation. 

  • But it was good exercise

            It took me a few days to recover from my snow shovel exercise session.

  • No bake sales for the Pentagon

        My political radar always picks up signals when I hear or read conservative Republicans saying they intend to “uphold the Constitution.”
        I read the story here recently about Fifth District Republican congressional contender Jim McKelvey, who seems to believe that his appreciation for the U.S. Constitution makes him rare.
        He said, according to the story, that about 90 percent of those elected to Congress swear an oath to uphold our founding document, but don’t.

  • Reforming COPN is one of the biggest issues of the 2016 session

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        There was a lot of snow on the ground in Richmond this week, but there was not another snow day for the General Assembly.  Although the City of Richmond had great difficulty clearing its streets and sidewalks early in the week, Virginia’s legislature held sessions every day during the third week of its 2016 session.  Sunshine and warmer temperatures finally made Richmond’s streets passable by midweek.