• Let the Games begin

    he athletes, by the thousands, gathered together Friday.
        From some 200 countries they came together in London for the 2012 Olympics. The flags were raised, the flame was lit; Paul McCartney sang.
        And then the games began.
        The scene that played out in women’s gymnastics Sunday displayed both the magic and the heartache of the games that will follow the next two weeks.

  • To the dogs

    Early this summer, a Bedford County man received a document seeking to register a new voter from his family. Unfortunately the document was sent to his dog Mozart.
        And Mozart had been dead for two years.
        When the form first came Tim Morris said he laughed at first, thinking the solicitation was a joke. Then he realized it was real.
        And that’s a problem.

  • Straighten the road

    It’s time to straighten out the dangerous curves on U.S. 460 east of Montvale.
        Enough damage has been done; a life has been lost.
        This past May, a 31-year-old tractor-trailer driver died and his tanker dumped 6,800 gallons of fuel into the ground as the result of an accident on those curves. The environmental cleanup has been ongoing ever since; the eastbound stretch of that road has been closed for more than two months.
        The road has been a known problem for years.

  • One giant leap

        There’s no doubt: His step truly was “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
        Neil A. Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 5, 1930. He died this past Saturday at the age of 82.

  • Let the races begin

    he Republicans had their day in the sun down in Tampa last week; the spotlight is on the Democrats this week in Charlotte.
        And on Friday, following the last speech at the convention Thursday night, the countdown to election day is officially on.
        For Virginians, that’s a good-news, bad-news scenario.

  • The War on Terror

    The attacks this past week on diplomatic posts in Egypt, Libya and other parts of the Middle East and the world were because of the hatred by radical Islamists of the United States, not because of a film.
        It would be laughable to consider such speculation credible—that a low-budget movie sparked such venom—if it weren’t that the official position of our federal government is just that. What does our government say?

  • No intent to hide the vote

    Several times over the past couple of years we have used this space to criticize the Bedford County School Board for its lack of openness, specifically when appointing members to the board to fill seats left vacant because of resignations.

  • A moment of awe

        He stood there for just a moment, somewhere between space and earth, resting on the steps of his capsule—and then he jumped.
        And the world watched in awe.
        Felix Baumgartner was on his way down, 24 miles, to the New Mexico desert.
        It was a jump for the ages—he was a daredevil and a hero.
        To some, Baumgartner was just plain crazy.
        He fell, and he tumbled; he soared and he floated.

  • No time to bury your head

    The presidential debates are over and the 2012 elections are two weeks away. This is no time to bury your head in the sand.
        And it’s no time to trust the recommendations of someone else.
        If you’re going to vote, you should take the time to get to know what the candidates stand for. The decisions are too important to do anything less.

  • Now that it’s over...

    Hopefully, by the time you read this, a winner will have been named in this year’s presidential election.
        If not, Heaven help us. The last situation this nation needs is a closer look at more hanging chads. We’re in trouble if this nation has to relive the 2000 debacle again.