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Today's Opinions

  • Say 'thanks' before they're gone

    France buried its last World War I veteran last week.

    Actually, Lazare Ponticelli was Italian. Born at the end of 1897, he left Italy, when he was 9, to join his brothers who were already in France. When Germany invaded in August, 1914, Ponticelli, still 16 at the time, lied about his age in order to enlist in the Foreign Legion. He wanted to fight for the country that took him in.

  • Working to decrease America’s dependence on foreign energy

    Each week, folks across the Sixth District and the nation are confronted with the rising cost of energy, from the gas pump to their electric and gas bills. Energy is vital to every sector of the U.S. economy, including homes, small businesses and industries. When energy supplies are tight, families and businesses are severely impacted by the resulting increase in energy costs.

  • Pension program for veterans

    This is the first of four consecutive monthly articles scheduled for publication in this newspaper to address both compensation and pension benefits for veterans and eligible family members.

  • Bush’s legacy of torture

    When George W. Bush recently vetoed a bill that would have banned so-called waterboarding as an approved interrogation technique, he solidified his sorry legacy: the first president to actually want the United States of America to practice torture.

    Bush won’t call it torture, and he’ll insist at any of his barely coherent press conferences, in the pseudo-language he uses to mimic English, that “The U.S. doesn’t torture.” But like most everything with Bush, it’s either a lie or a distortion.

  • America's anti-American left

    There was an interesting item on ABC New's Web site, Thursday.

    According to this story, ABC News reviewed dozens of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's sermons, offered for sale by Trinity United Church of Christ, in Chicago. This is the church that Wright pastors. The article states that these sermons contain repeated denunciations of the United States. Wright tells his congregants not to sing "God Bless America" but to replace "Bless" with another word. This other word turns "God Bless" into a phrase that I never use as I was taught that it amounts to taking God's name in vain.

  • Taking time out to celebrate agriculture

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reminds us this week that you don't have to live or work on a farm to celebrate Virginia Agriculture Week which is being celebrated March 16 – 22. As a release from the organization stated: "Every Virginian can and should get on the bandwagon. You eat here, don’t you? Then you have a reason to join the celebration."

  • Biosolids editorial fails to tell both sides

    While last week’s editorial on biosolids allowed that there are “two sides to this story,” the writer then proceeded to tell only one side—the one opposed to the recycling of biosolids as a fertilizer and soil amendment for farms and forestlands.

    The editorial cited only sections of a recent Associated Press story to raise alarm about the land application of biosolids, while ignoring other sections, other court decisions and years of scientific research and experience that demonstrate the safety and benefits of biosolids recycling.

  • Letters

    Work with system

    I would like to respond to the article written by Pattie Davidson in the Bedford Bulletin in which she stated Big Island responded to an emergency call in the Bedford area and that we need a more modern paid first responder system. Personally, I don't think anyone would argue with her statement. Until that time comes we need to work with the system we now have in place.