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Today's Opinions

  • ISIS in America

    With increasing regularity, Americans are bearing witness to the depravity of terrorists claiming the mantle of “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” or ISIS, but also sometimes referred to as ISIL.  Relatively unknown to many in America just a few years ago, ISIS relishes in their own barbarity with videos depicting the murders of prisoners. As we have seen recently in Denmark, France, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany, these terrorists are intent on destroying our way of life.

     

  • The Federal Reserve must be transparent and accountable

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    The Federal Reserve System supervises nearly all banking in the United States and plays a substantial role in the domestic and global economies. Since its creation in 1913, the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors has expanded its power, and its role in monetary policy has gone relatively unchecked. Given the impact that its policies can have on our economy, the Federal Reserve must be transparent and its leaders must be held accountable to the American people.

     

     

  • Letters 05/27/15

    Inaccuracies in argument

        So now Mr. Donald M. Campbell wants to join the tit for tat and I find myself defending the Museum again against inaccuracies.
        The Museum is not a charity, it is a non-profit corporation that employees 5 tax-paying Bedford County residents and also provides employment for a large number of retired volunteers. I wish our funding was automatic, it is not.

  • Letters 05/27/15

    Time for a Change

        Citizens of Bedford, we finally have the opportunity to change the direction of the county on June 9.
        After 50 years of having no voice in the funding of the school system residents of the Town of Bedford, along with those in the county, can vote for members of the Board of Supervisors. Democrats, Independents, and Republicans in districts 5, 6 and 7 - you can all vote in this Republican Primary. It is vital to do so.

  • Our veterans deserve better from the VA

    Last month marked one year since we learned of the gross mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that resulted in tragic outcomes for those who have made countless sacrifices to protect our nation’s freedoms. The problems within the VA are the result of a broken system, and though our work is far from over, the House has worked to implement meaningful, structural reforms to ensure our veterans have the care they deserve.

     

  • Letters 05/06/15

    The town we need

        We apparently now have an increase in our Town real estate taxes for the coming fiscal year.    The Town may need this increase, but how can we keep increasing taxes and at the same time cutting needed access to our Landfill and other services. The cuts started some years ago by cutting the hours of operation.

  • Letters 04/29/15

    Day of Silence

        The educators I know are dedicated to the children with whom they have been entrusted.  They put in countless hours and are under appreciated.   Some at the middle and high school level are being held hostage by the word “anti-bullying.”
        Educators, parents and grandparents need to have their radar up as The Day of Silence occurs every April since the early 2000s.  This year it was Friday, April 17.

  • Letters Tax Day 2015

    What is legal?

        On a recent local TV news cast, a Bedford Co. lady was given a ticket by a Bedford Co Sheriff’s deputy for driving a car with tinted windows.
        A few weeks later, a recent story in the Bedford Bulletin featured a story about two police cars being wrapped in purple to highlight domestic violence. To the best of my knowledge, to put a wrap on the body of a vehicle is legal in Va; however, to put either tint or a wrap on the windows of a vehicle is not legal in Va. as it impairs one’s vision.