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Today's Opinions

  • Boating legislation update

    By Bruce Dungan
    SML Water Safety Council

        It has been an interesting session in Richmond with respect to boating legislation.

  • Centerfest Corner

    By Amanda Adams
    Bedford Main Street Executive director

        Would you believe it’s been 33 years since Bedford hosted its first Centerfest? Thirty-three years and this amazing festival is still the Bedford event of the year that draws thousands of people into Centertown!

  • Un) intended consequences

    He’s at it again.
        As if the current crisis wasn’t enough, President Obama is going for more.
        When the President penned the “Dream Act” by executive fiat, the consequences went far beyond what the action was intended.
        By using the executive order to suspend deportations of illegal immigrants who came here as children, word went out throughout Mexico and Central America that it was open house for children to illegally enter the United States.

  • Our national death wish

        After 51 percent of us fell for Barack Obaloney’s hot air for the second time, and reelected him in 2012, I felt that we had committed national suicide. I’m even more convinced of that now that we are halfway through the second year of his second term.

  • My ‘silly party’ still leads the way

    We heard last week of the death of a man whose time in Washington is forever linked to the 20th century’s greatest political upheaval, the Watergate scandal.
        Howard Baker was a little-known U.S. Senator outside of his home state of Tennessee, when Watergate broke in the early 1970s.
        As fate would have it, he would be paired with the even lesser known Sam Ervin of North Carolina. Both would lead the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Watergate in the summer of 1973.

  • Funding flushed?

        Something got lost in the translation.
        Hopefully it’s just a misunderstanding that can be quickly fixed. But there may be other issues.
        After apparently reaching a consensus that the county would support helping to pay to extend sewer service in Moneta—through a public-private partnership involving the county, the school system, local developer George Aznavorian and the Bedford Regional Water Authority—that support was called into question Monday by the supervisors.

  • The real betrayal

        The workings of a political party hack’s mind are always fascinating. Sometimes they seem to think their party is more important than their state, or the United States itself. It’s even more fascinating when a party hack’s thinking ends up in print.
        That happened last week.

  • McAuliffe slam dunks the House GOP

    House Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly have met their match, and it is Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe.
        Tired of their refusal to reach some reasonable compromise that would have allowed many new Virginians insurance coverage through Medicaid, the governor stuffed the ball on them.
        McAuliffe did exactly what Sen. Creighton Deeds had publicly said he should do: Adopt the general budget but use a line-item veto to reject the refusal to expand Medicaid.