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Today's Opinions

  • Preserving the American dream

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This past week, I had the great honor of addressing a group of 36 new American citizens who took their oath of citizenship at the Seventh Annual Red Hill Naturalization Ceremony in Brookneal.

    On that day, at the former home and resting place of one of our Founders, Patrick Henry, those 36 individuals celebrated the end of a long journey to becoming a United States citizen and the beginning of a new life as an American citizen.

  • Standing with Israel in the pursuit of peace

    The situation in the Middle East is exceedingly complex and instability continues to pose a threat to our security and the security of the entire global community. With an enhanced security threat from Iran, uncertainty in Egypt’s future relationship with Israel, escalating violence in Syria and the Palestinian government’s alliance with the terrorist group Hamas and their attempts to obtain UN recognition of a Palestinian state without seeking a peaceful resolution with Israel first, it is increasingly important that the United States stand firmly with our ally Israel.

  • Getting involved: It no longer has any meaning

    By Greg Markham
    Bedford

        When I began to ask people for support in opposing the Harmony Development, I was told by many that it was little use; the decision had already been made. 

  • Romney fails to win LU crowd

    Mitt Romney was treated with politeness and respect at his commencement speech at Liberty University last weekend.
        But that’s all. There was no emotional or deep-seated show of support for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. I watched the address on a streaming video from Roanoke’s CBS affiliate, WDBJ-TV.

  • Obama contributes to Romney campaign


        I read last week that President Barack Obama made a contribution to Mitt Romney’s campaign. Of course, he didn’t pull out his checkbook and write Romney’s campaign a check, but what President Obama did was even better. He came out openly in favor of same-sex marriage.

  • Here we go again

    Uh oh. Here we go again.
        At the 11th hour, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors is considering pulling funds away from the school system, once again.
        Last year, the supervisors withheld funds from the school board, as budget negotiations got acrimonious between the two boards. This year should be different. The school board members and school administration have done all they could to keep the lines of communication open between the two boards. There shouldn’t be any surprises.

  • Letters 05/09/12

    KBBC spring clean-up winners

        The Keep Bedford Beautiful Commission held its spring clean-up on Saturday, April 21 with a successful turnout. The winners of the day were as follows:
        Group winners — first place — Garden Club of Bedford, 2nd place — Girl Scouts 2087, 3rd place — Republic Services, 4th place — Bedford Police Department Cop Camp.
        Individual prizes — Shelly Dawson, Amy Grocholl, Debbie St. Clair.

  • Virginia in the battleground spotlight

    There was a long time when the way Virginia voted in presidential elections wasn’t debated or wondered about. It was taken for granted.
        After going for Lyndon Johnson in 1964, everything changed in Virginia when the national Democratic Party embraced civil rights legislation. Most white segregationists took their racism to the Republican Party or became independents, as did the Byrd family. It was the beginning of the end of the old Byrd Machine in Virginia.