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Today's Opinions

  • He was in the photo before he wasn’t

        Embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam was in the photo before he wasn’t.
        At least that’s the story he’s sticking too.
    The photo in question was first published by Big League Politics. On a page dedicated to photos of Northam from his 1984 medical school yearbook, the now famous photo shows two people, one in a blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan outfit.

  • A very good man

        Harris Printing passed into local history last Friday. Robert Harris, who founded it, owned and ran it turns 89 in June and, after a lifetime of working, was just wearing out.
        The Bedford business community is going to miss him Long time customers are going to have to find somebody else to do their printing work and it may not be easy to find somebody who does his quality of work, with his reliability, for his reasonable prices.

  • Real Christians wouldn’t support Trump

        It’s a given that the religious right makes up a large portion of what’s called Donald Trump’s “base,” the motley collection of the misguided, feeble-minded, and more sinister, extremist, racist types who actually cast ballots for the worst president ever.
        The “Christian conservatives,” as many like to call themselves, labor under the illusion that God not only takes sides in politics, but takes their side! Yes, you see, according to them, God is a conservative.

  • Republicans announce teacher pay raises

    By Delegate Terry L. Austin
    19th House District

  • Democrat’s bill would allow late term abortions

    By Kathy J. Byron
    22nd House District

    Most years, General Assembly sessions are notable for the legislation that passed, the legislation that didn’t, and the various disputes, noteworthy protests, and occasional budget standoffs that grab headlines.  The 2019 session appears poised to surpass all of those, and is well on its way to being one of the most memorable and eventful sessions ever.

  • Northam sets off fire storm with comments

    By Sen. David Suetterlein
    District 19

        While the media’s attention has largely been on major political scandals regarding Virginia’s Executive, the General Assembly remained focused on the legislative work at hand. Robust debates and deciding votes took place this week, on legislation to end the possibility of a massive unlegislated tax increase on Virginians, increasing the age to purchase tobacco, allowing abortions up to and including the time of birth, and anti-gerrymandering redistricting reform.

  • Leaving a stain

        Governor Ralph Northam’s job might have been saved.
        And it’s not because of any apology or commitment to championing racial equality over the rest of his term. No, it’s simple politics.
        When news broke of Northam’s blackface past, cries went out from both Democrats and Republicans for him to resign. Few believed he could weather the storm he was facing. Democrat potential presidential candidates called for him to leave office; so did former Virginia governors and other national figures.

  • Disgust with politics is widespread

        As a lifelong political animal, I can’t say I’ve ever seen a situation like the current one we have in Virginia. All three top state government officials are mired in scandal amid numerous calls for their resignations.
        Given that my deadline here is several days before your newspaper is published, it’s not possible to say for sure who is still in office as you read this.