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Today's Opinions

  • Restored film shows the evils of war

        The late film director John Huston gave us such classic movies as “Key Largo,” “The African Queen,” and “Treasure of the Sierra Madre.”
        He even did some acting, with a memorable performance in “Chinatown,” the Jack Nicholson classic.
        What most people don’t know, though, is that Huston, during World War II, made three movies for the U.S. Army. Propaganda, to be sure, but he was paid for it, and I suppose he needed the money.

  • Listen to Charlie Kolakowski


        Bedford City Council is now in the process of developing its last city budget. Next May Bedford will have to hold elections for a town council as required by the city’s reversion to town status, slated for July 1, 2013. I’m sure the reversion will take place as scheduled. The members of the Virginia Commission on Local Government seemed pleased with what they saw when they came to Bedford on May 14. They also noted that the sparse attendance at the public hearing they held shows that there is no groundswell of public opposition.

  • Letters 05/23/12

    The Harmony
    meeting

        I attended the Board of Supervisor’s meeting on 5/7/2012 for the rezoning of the “Harmony” project. … The meeting started at 7:30 p.m. for the consideration of a request by B&A Investors to rezone Harmony from AR to PD-1.  

  • Thank you to our American heroes

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Virginia’s 5th District has a proud history of service to our great country and it is a profound honor to represent so many veterans from Central and Southside Virginia who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. As this Memorial Day approaches, I hope you will join me in paying tribute to all of those who have selflessly defended our country with distinction and heroism.

  • The U.S. Senate: A barrier to economic growth

  • Why third parties fail in America

    Two years ago, a group of wealthy, politically-minded civic activists formed an organization they would call “Americans Elect 2012.” Led by such people as Peter Ackerman, a financial executive in New York, the group laid out some ambitious plans.
        Determined to capitalize on dissatisfaction with politics in general, and particularly frustration with the Democratic and Republican parties, the group planned to attract a major “centrist” presidential candidate, and get that person on the ballot everywhere.

  • A politically motivated decision


        The weekend before last I read an interview with Major General  H.R. McMaster in the Wall Street Journal’s weekend edition. The interview reminded me of the grave mistake that President Barack Obama is making by his determination to stick to his arbitrary date for withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan regardless of what the situation demands.
        The article points out that we have been making progress since President Obama’s surge reached its peak. The article states:

  • Wear It—Stay Safe!

    With Memorial Day weekend upon us, there will be plenty of opportunities to have fun and stay cool in the water.
        We’re in the middle of National Safe Boating Week (May 19 – 25) which serves as a good reminder for everyone to stay safe while enjoying the water.
        The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is reminding all boaters to remember some important safety tips this boating season. 
        One of the most important – always wear a life jacket while on the water.