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Today's Opinions

  • Making Bedford stronger

    By Clay Chastain

    Bedford

        Bedford is in the enviable position of being a wonderful place to live, but perhaps in need of a bit of rejuvenate tweaking to keep it so.
        Most of us love the lifestyle that Bedford offers, or else we would not choose to live here. But who of us would object if Bedford enjoyed more job opportunities, a more vibrant, bustling downtown, fewer vacant buildings, more things to do for its young people, and an overall stronger economy?

  • Bring on the ‘entitlement’ debate

    Before choosing his running mate last week, Mitt Romney was looking at a series of polls that showed him losing to President Obama.
        Even the Fox News poll had Obama leading Romney 49 to 40 percent. Something had to be done.
        The Wall Street Journal wrote a persuasive editorial that urged Romney to pick Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, and by doing so, inject the conservative crusade for “entitlement reform” as a major issue in the race.

  • Another perspective on the atomic bombs

      
        Last week marked the anniversary of the first and only use of atomic bombs in warfare.
        Last year I met Jim Belcher, a fellow from Waynesboro, who came to Bedford with the Waynesboro Players when they performed “Tuesday Mourning,” a play about the Bedford Boys. Jim provided actual World War II vintage uniforms, with the correct insignia to the actors, as well as teaching the actors how to wear them and proper military bearing, which added to their authenticity.

  • 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.

  • Letters 08/08/12

    Thanks for forum

        Thanks to General John Douglass, 5th District Congressional candidate, for bringing his Help VA Families Forum to Bedford. 
        He has an impressive resume:  a career in the U.S. Air Force, serving on President Reagan’s National Security Council and Assistant Secretary of the Navy under President Clinton.  On August 1, 2012, he brought his ideas for giving VA families a fair chance for a better future to a panel discussion with community representatives.

  • The House will not raise taxes on anyone in this economy

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Tax fairness and reform are key to a successful economy

    January 1, 2013 – just five short months from now Americans can expect a higher tax bill. Individuals, families, and small businesses alike, are bracing for these tax increases and asking “how can we afford to send even more of our hard earned money to the federal government?” Nearly 13 million Americans are currently looking for work and so crushing tax increases are the last thing we need.

  • Getting ready to go back to school

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue
     
        Pool time and vacations are quickly coming to an end and in the next few weeks it will be back to school time again.