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Today's Opinions

  • 'Entitlement’ programs must be preserved

        We seem to have survived one “fiscal cliff” scare, only to have other cliffs ahead of us. It’s the way government is done when one party is driven by ideologues and the other thinks mostly of compromise.
        On March 1, dramatic cuts will take place in both social programs and military spending if Congress does not act.
        Congress will certainly act; probably at the last minute, and to the disappointment of many. Again, such are the times that we live in.

  • It could be worse


        Much as I complain about President Barack Obama, I always have to admit that it could be much worse. Russia is an example of “much worse.” Back in the 1990s and up into the first few years of this century I had hopes that the Russians would finally have a democracy, but it seems that they’ve ended up with a tsar instead. I’m referring to Tsar Vladimir I.
        Perhaps expecting a country to transition easily from Soviet tyranny to a democracy was too much to hope for.

  • The 77 percent

        When they opened up their first paycheck this year, most workers found—or will find—that it contains less money.
        That’s because the New Year’s Day tax passage did not prevent the temporary reduction in the Social Security payroll tax from expiring. For the worker making $50,000, that means they’ll be making about $1,000 less this year. About 77 percent of American workers are affected.

  • Taking on the gun Goliath

    It appears that we will have a major legislative battle in the New Year over gun control, a surprising development made possible only by the horrifying details of the latest gun massacre in Connecticut.
        We’ve tolerated these incidents for many years now, but when it comes to someone storming through an elementary school and murdering first-graders, using a weapon only the military should possess, well, that’s the stuff that should change hearts and minds.

  • Congratulations are in order

  • A good decision

    e would like to offer our congratulations to the Bedford County School Board for their decision concerning Bedford Middle School. It was a wise decision.

  • Historic year falling behind us

    If you haven’t heard, you should be aware that President Barack Obama is Time magazine’s 2012 “Person of the Year.”
        Naturally, his critics will disagree, but then again he has defeated his critics at nearly every juncture, an old habit for him. He’s only lost one election in his life, a Congressional primary in Illinois long before the rest of the country had ever heard of him.

  • Never let a good tragedy go to waste


        Shortly after the election of 2008, a certain “Democrat,” who is now mayor of Chicago, said “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” He was referring to the financial crisis that had dragged America into recession, implying that Congressional “Democrats” could use this as an opportunity to pass a wish list of spending proposals under the guise of economic stimulus.