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Today's Opinions

  • Left wing extremists take control

        I wasn’t quite sure what we had elected back in November. Terry McAuliffe had no elected office track record, so it seemed we had elected a pig in a poke. Now, it’s reached the point at which the  poke has been opened and we can see what sort of pig we bought. Virginians have clearly been left holding the bag.

  • These are the facts

    By Gary P. Hostutler
    District 4
    Bedford County School Board

        This letter is written as a representative of District 4 on the Bedford County School Board, not as chairman.

  • Politics and the Olympics are inseparable

    As we enjoy the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia, no one wants to say out loud what we’re all thinking: Will there be a terrorist attack before it’s all done?
        A Muslim separatist group that launched such attacks in December has pledged to strike again during these Olympics. Hopefully, those plans will be thwarted. But few seem to have much confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin to prevent it.

  • Blood in the water

    Democrats can smell the blood in the water. And they’re going for the throat.
        Republicans may have no one to blame but themselves.
        It was just two years ago that Republicans chose not to share committee assignments with Democrats, using Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling’s vote as a tie-breaker to grab power in the state Senate. It may have seemed like a good idea at the time; but now that power’s gone and the Dems are upping the ante on the power grab.

  • Nothing new about this

  • The state of the union? It’s better!

    How one felt about the president’s State of the Union Address last week is no doubt colored by one’s political point of view. But Barack Obama does in fact have a good argument for why things are getting better in the USA.
        The country has come a good distance down the right road since the financial crisis of 2008.

  • The short end of the stick

        Life is a series of trade-offs.
        You want that second piece of cheesecake?  It'll cost you some extra time at the gym.
        You want to stay up late watching Twilight Zone re-runs?  You'll pay for that by feeling logy at work the next day.
        Regrettably, not all of life's trade-offs are as obvious.  Vaguely-perceived consequences of our decisions, however, can be just as acute in their impact.

  • Long arc of government

    Tommy Foster
    Bedford County

        Here in Bedford County we have the heritage to be proud of our nobility in matters of government and history: Jefferson’s summer home, nearby to Red Hill of Patrick Henry and the D-Day Memorial.