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Today's Opinions

  • More on the 2nd Amendment

    Taking offense

    By Tandy Amburgey
    Vinton

        I take offense at Mr. Howell’s slanderous comparison of the NRA with Nazi leaders Goebbels and Hitler! He forgets that this “gun lovers” group marched off to war along with the Bedford Boys to fight a guy named Hitler. They went with skills given them by the NRA.

  • John Kerry and U.S. foreign policy

    Early on, it was clear that John Kerry of Massachusetts had the qualites and the desire to do great things with his life.
        As a student leader at Yale in the early 1960s, Kerry could feel the promise of the decade, personified by the inspiration of the young president, John F. Kennedy.
        Third world countries were escaping the bonds of colonialism, yet the Cold War was raging. Kennedy’s assassination was the first blow to idealistic hopes in that decade.

  • A movie worth watching

        I’ve long been a fan of Sheriff Mike Brown’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC). I thought it was a great idea from the time it first got rolling as Operation Blue Ridge Thunder just before the turn of the century.
        The Internet is a wonderful thing. I use it for research and I use it to buy things. It also makes it possible for me to talk with Oksana, my favorite Russian, via Skype without having to pay a long distance charge.

  • Who’s counting?

    Need an example of why the government doesn’t need any more of your money? Take a look at the Superstorm Sandy relief measure, expected to pass Congress soon.
        The final $50 billion in emergency aid will eat up, and surpass, the money funded through the recently approved, “fiscal cliff” tax increases.
        The fact is, the cliff just keeps getting taller.

  • Creating a pro-jobs economy

    Job creation is key to a thriving economy.  While unemployment numbers have dropped over the last year, millions of jobless Americans continue to search for work every day.  For these folks, a job in 2013 would be a welcome change.  The only way to help these individuals and our economy recover is to tear down barriers to job creation and get Washington out of the way.

     

  • Focusing on workforce development

        The second week of the General Assembly featured a lot of rain, a little snow, and some fast action on legislation.  It also marked the week when Governor McDonnell unveiled his job creation and workforce development agenda for the session.

  • Rain, snow don’t slow down work

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    District 23

        Richmond and snow just do not mix.  For the first four days of the second week of the General Assembly, it rained.  But for the fifth day, it snowed.  And, snow has a way of disrupting just almost everything in Virginia’s capital city.  There is, however, one thing in Richmond that continues without interruption regardless of the weather: the General Assembly.

  • Business compliance

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue

        Is your business in compliance with Federal and State Requirements for reporting Hazardous Materials?