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Today's Opinions

  • An antidote to student debt trouble

        This month has seen lots of graduating university seniors collecting their college degrees at schools across America. Soon, others will be collecting something from them — payments on their student loans. Almost all of these new graduates took on some level of student debt during the process of pursuing their undergraduate degree. I’ve read that the average student loan debt load upon graduation is close to $30,000. This is an average and that, of course, means that some incurred less student debt while some took on substantially more.

  • 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.

  • Honoring our law enforcement officers

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Attend public hearing on rezoning

    By Sandra Boyes
    Bedford

        This is my very first letter to the editor. I have lived in this lovely, safe, convenient Town of Bedford Virginia for 48 years, and up to now, “everything seemed to be pretty much in order.”    I cannot think of a better place in which to have lived with my husband Dave and our five children, David, Lee, Mark, Mary and Paul.  Moving to Bedford gave us a wonderful life.

  • W.’s brother faces a rough campaign

        The brother of the swaggering little Texan – a term I proudly coined for our last and most hapless president – has yet to announce for his sibling’s old job, but it’s clear he’s running for it.
        We know a lot about Jeb Bush. He was governor of Florida, where he helped his brother “win” that state in the 2000 election, under very dubious circumstances.

  • Republicans are the least of his problems

        Senate Republicans are the least of President Barack Obama’s problems as he seeks to negotiate what looks like a bad nuclear deal with Iran. A couple of weeks ago his own party demonstrated that they don’t trust him when “Democrats” joined Republicans to pass a bill, on a 98-1 vote, that will allow Congress to weigh in on any deal President Obama negotiates.

  • 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.

     

  • Small businesses have a large impact on local economies

    Driving through the Sixth Congressional District is a lesson in the role small businesses play in shaping and growing our communities. Whether it’s a hardware store that’s been around for generations, an assisted living facility that prides itself on quality care, or a tech startup paving the way forward, small businesses are instrumental in driving local economies and providing jobs for our family members, neighbors, and friends. In fact, half of America’s workforce in the private sector is employed by small businesses.