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Today's Opinions

  • The broiling politics of summer

    Summer is to be endured.
        I know most people have very romantic notions about it. It’s supposed to be this pristine time of beautiful, clear weather, vacations to the beach, etc., etc.
        Kids, of course, don’t have to go to school, so that makes it magical for them (pretty magical for teachers, too, I’d say). But for some of us, there’s nothing but bugs, flies, storms, and vicious heat to escape.

  • Leading the way — to destruction

  • Letter 07/02/14

    Clearing up the
    confusion

        Thank you for supporting Bower Center for the Arts and the Wharton Society by attending Dr. Bower’s Annual Crawfish Boil. As always, the food, music and ambiance were outstanding. Unfortunately, there was some confusion and misunderstanding at this year’s Crawfish Boil, which we want to clear up.

  • My ‘silly party’ still leads the way

    We heard last week of the death of a man whose time in Washington is forever linked to the 20th century’s greatest political upheaval, the Watergate scandal.
        Howard Baker was a little-known U.S. Senator outside of his home state of Tennessee, when Watergate broke in the early 1970s.
        As fate would have it, he would be paired with the even lesser known Sam Ervin of North Carolina. Both would lead the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Watergate in the summer of 1973.

  • Our national death wish

        After 51 percent of us fell for Barack Obaloney’s hot air for the second time, and reelected him in 2012, I felt that we had committed national suicide. I’m even more convinced of that now that we are halfway through the second year of his second term.

  • Un) intended consequences

    He’s at it again.
        As if the current crisis wasn’t enough, President Obama is going for more.
        When the President penned the “Dream Act” by executive fiat, the consequences went far beyond what the action was intended.
        By using the executive order to suspend deportations of illegal immigrants who came here as children, word went out throughout Mexico and Central America that it was open house for children to illegally enter the United States.

  • Letters 06/25/14

    The future of
    agriculture

        I write this out of deep concern for Bedford County’s agricultural future.
        Our family owns a 594 acre farm in the Big Island area; this land has been in our family and farmed for more than 150 years. We love Bedford County, its beauty and its rich history. Zoning regulations should not be changed in order to allow these industrial farming operations to move into the county.

  • A Southside community pushes back against federal overreach

    By Congressman Robert Hurt