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Today's Opinions

  • An example of liberal perversity

    I never see Rick Howell’s Liberal Agenda before I write my column, so anything that looks like coordination between the two is not due to deliberate planning. Sometimes it’s due to two political minds running in the same gutter. In other cases, it’s pure coincidence. Last week’s Bedford Bulletin witnessed one of those coincidences.

  • Gillespie takes unlikely aim at Warner

        The Virginia Republican Party nominated Ed Gillespie on Saturday to run against incumbent Democrat Mark Warner for the U.S. Senate.
        Gillespie easily dispatched two lesser rivals, and was nominated on the first ballot. Newspapers reported that even though some 4,200 delegates had registered, less than 3,000 of that showed up and voted.

  • EPA rules hitting the pocketbook

    In lockstep with regulatory expansion in nearly every part of our economy, on June 2nd the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) put forth yet another rule, this time attacking affordable and reliable energy. Once again, we see the Executive Branch bypassing Congress to enact far-reaching legislative policies that would hit families, small businesses, and manufacturers in the pocketbook.

  • 70th anniversary of D-Day renews our profound commitment to our veterans

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Last week, we commemorated the 70th Anniversary of the largest seaborne invasion in our history, which took place on D-Day.  In honor of the anniversary of this fateful day, I participated in the National D-Day Memorial Commemoration in Bedford to commemorate the Anniversary of the Allied invasion of occupied France.

     

  • They gave their all

    They were farmers, baseball players, factory workers.
        They had girlfriends—they enjoyed using the dollar they earned at National Guard meetings to buy popcorn and share a drink at the movies.
        The got Bibles for Christmas; they shot pool.
        And they gave their all for their country.
        Friday marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when this nation’s best stormed the beaches of Normandy. And in the first wave were the best and brightest of Bedford.

  • Religious persecution is coming

        Facts are indeed stubborn things, as Rick Howell wrote in the Liberal Agenda last week. Liberals are also stubborn things although I often tend to think of them as more perverse than stubborn.
        One area where their perversity comes to fore is how they view the Constitution. When it suits them, they view the Constitution as a rubber document that can be stretched in any direction they choose. At the same time they can be hard-nosed strict constructionists when something can be used to support their social agenda.

  • Unrelenting gun violence strikes again

    The latest gun massacre in the United States struck this time in California, and sent the angry father of a victim on a personal gun control crusade.
        These events have now become so routine in America that they basically contain the same elements: Shooter (disturbed, fired, romantically rejected, depressed, etc.) enters building (school, workplace, shopping mall) and kills as many people with a gun as he can before killing himself.

  • This is ‘not the Virginia way’

        In a recent column, Governor Terry McAuliffe advocated Virginia fully embrace Obamacare by expanding Medicaid.  It is a position to which he is firmly committed, having pledged during last year’s campaign that he would “not sign a budget in Virginia unless the Medicaid expansion is included.”