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A monkey's uncle

By John Barnhart

It always surprises me that Rick Howell is so concerned about global warming. Last week, in his Liberal Agenda he listed this as one of the serious challenges we face.


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When it comes to monitoring teens television viewing, parents must decide the remote stops here

There really shouldn't be any surprise at this: Teens who watch Sex in the City, and similar type shows, are more likely to get pregnant.

That headline hit the national newspapers this week to some fanfare but, unfortunately, no call to arms. Television programming will certainly not be affected by such a revelation. We're way beyond that. The best we can hope for is that parents will once again be reminded about their roles in monitoring just what it is that their children are taking in — whether it's from the TV, their Ipods or the Internet.


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HFH is benefit to the city

Robert Wandrei, in the write up on individuals running for City Council, noted again that he supports taxpayer money going to some outside agencies but not to Habitat for Humanity as it builds only one house per year benefiting a small number of people.


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Shopping local for the holidays

It’s almost Halloween and then around the corner is Thanksgiving and yes, next is Christmas. Don’t remind me!


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The importance of tax reform

By Congressman Bob Goodlatte

In a letter written by Benjamin Franklin to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, Franklin said: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Taxes may be a certainty for every American, but complicated taxes shouldn’t be. Today’s tax code is unfair, discourages against savings and investment, and is impossibly complex. We can all agree that the current tax system is broken, and keeping it is not in America’s best interest. We need a less burdensome tax code which will ultimately benefit our national economy and our hard working citizens.


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Bill provides tuition help for veterans

By Congressman Virgil Goode

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Information on the SWCB water release permit meeting

By The Staff

On Oct. 16 representatives of TCRC, SMLA, Marine Fire and Rescue, U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Chamber of Commerce, marina operators and residents of Smith Mountain Lake traveled to Richmond to attend the State Water Control Board (SWCB) meeting.


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The choice for our time

By Rick Howell

It has been said that sometimes history and an individual meet each other at the right moment. Without being melodramatic, that is exactly what many Americans feel about Barack Obama and his quest for the presidency.

One prominent new convert is former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. In endorsing Obama, Powell called the Illinois senator “a transformational figure,“ exactly the kind of inspirational leader with “both style and substance,” as Powell put it, that we need right now.


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A question of judgement?

By John Barnhart

Some people have questioned John McCain’s judgement for selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate. The same could be said for Barack Obama when one considers some of the stuff that has come out of Joe Biden’s mouth in recent weeks.

Ol’ Joe is the fellow who thinks that Franklin Roosevelt was president in 1929 and that television existed back then. He’s also the guy who claims to hang out with blue collar guys at a diner in Delaware that went out of business years ago.


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Make sure on Nov. 4 you get out and vote

In a debate held this week, Bedford Elementary students took the initiative to study and learn about the issues of this year's presidential election by thoughtfully considering the candidates' positions on those issues. The students' arguments were well researched and thought out. Let's hope the adults of this community — and this country — are willing to take that same initiative as they get ready for the Nov. 4 election. And then let's hope they turn out and vote.


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