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Today's Opinions

  • Will racism stop Obama?

    It’s becoming clear that Sen. Barack Obama will face an intense campaign of scrutiny that will question his judgment, experience and temperament for the job of president.

    That’s to be expected, of course. Anyone seeking the presidency should be held to the strictest of standards. But as the first African-American nominee of a major party for president, what is thrown Obama’s way is likely to be racist sooner or later.

  • Anything goes when there is no standard

    At the end of May, Cybercast News Service (www.cnsnews.com) carried an article about statements that Barack Obama made, the previous month, in an interview with a magazine called "The Advocate."

  • Allegations of problems with the Virginia Lottery scratch-off games emphasize the fact that playing the lottery is never a good bet

    It's a good bet that if you play the lottery, you're more likely to lose money than win. Claims this past week that the Virginia Lottery had sold tickets when the top prize had already been won obviously showed the odds were even worse ? there was no chance at all.

    A business finance professor from Washington and Lee University claims that tickets he purchased last summer in the Beginner's Luck game were sold after all of the top prizes of $75,000 had been won. He said there was "zero chance" he could have won the top prize.

  • Volunteer opportunities vary in times and tasks

    This monthly column highlights volunteer opportunities available through area non-profit organizations.

    The information is provided through the efforts of the Bedford Community Health Foundation. To submit information for your non-profit group, contact Mary Wiley, Bedford Community Health Foundation, at 586-5292, between 8 a.m. and noon.

  • We must commit to military spending

    Now than Barack Obama is the "Democrats'" presumptive nominee, he's changing his tune. The day after the last "Democratic" primaries, Obama addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Council, a pro-Israel lobby.

    Obama told this organization, "The danger from Iran is grave and real and my goal will be to eliminate this threat." He also said he would never take the military option off the table.

  • Wishing our graduates all the best

    Senior after senior crossed the threshold Saturday from high school student to graduate ? some 700 total in Bedford County.

    Each leaves their respective schools with different memories. Each enters the next phase of their life with varying expectations and dreams.

    To the success they celebrated Saturday, we offer our congratulations. To the future they now embrace we add our hopes for success. To the the journey that's ahead we say: "Don't waste this opportunity."

  • Thanks to our D-Day veterans

    Some 40 veterans spent June 6, 2008, in Bedford commemorating the 64th anniversay of the D-Day assault. There's not as many of these heroes left this year. Each year takes a few more of them away.

    But their legacy lives on, way beyond their years. The freedoms they fought for, we now enjoy. The sacrifices they made we must always salute. The price that they paid we must never forget.

    To each of them, and to all the military men who have served and are now serving, we give our thanks.

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