Today's Opinions

  • Letters 08/24/11

    Tribute to

    Annis McCabe

        Annis McCabe was one of Bedford County’s many blessings. Annis passed away on August 16. A memorial service celebrating her life was held on August 19 in the beautiful garden of the Sedalia Center, the cultural arts facility north of Bedford City which she and her husband, the late Dr. William McCabe, helped establish.

  • Washington has a spending problem, not a ‘we don’t tax people enough’ problem

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Every day our office receives hundreds of phone calls, e-mails, faxes, and letters from people across the 5th District regarding the pressing issues that affect Central and Southside Virginians and all Americans.


  • Reducing unnecessary regulations to create long term economic growth

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Making over 30 stops across the 5th District along Route 29 this past week I talked to and met with many Central and Southside Virginians about the pressing issues currently facing our nation.

  • Protecting consumers from identity theft

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. Identity thieves use identifying information such as a consumer’s Social Security number, credit card numbers, or other financial account information in order to conduct such fraud as opening up new credit cards and gaining access to bank accounts. The ramifications from such crimes can be financially disastrous for citizens and can be extremely difficult to resolve.

  • Please, no more new Texans

        In 2000, I had a bumper sticker that said, “No New Texans,” a clear and simple repudiation of the presidential candidacy of George W. Bush.

    It was also a sneer at the broken “No new taxes” pledge that Bush’s father had reneged on in the light of fiscal and economic reality. That compromise almost seems quaint now, doesn’t it? Given that most conservative Republicans would rather stomp their grandmothers than raise taxes.

  • The European road to perdition

        The pictures from London and several other British cities this month, with buildings ablaze, made me think of the World War II Blitz. Of course, the extent of the damage was nowhere near as great and, in this case the British were doing it to themselves. Gangs of teens and young adults roamed through certain neighborhoods setting fires, attacking people and pillaging shops.

        This was not a race riot. The mobs were racially mixed.

  • Back to school

    It's that time of year again. Big yellow buses are out and about on our highways. Children stand in groups in neighborhoods and road sides waiting to be picked up.

  • Letters 08/17/11


    supports local education