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Today's Opinions

  • The lynch mob mentality

        Being charged with a crime is never a good thing, but it could be especially bad for a black man 100 years ago. The biggest problem wasn’t that he could face racial bias from a jury when he had his day in court; it was possible that he wouldn’t even live long enough to have his day in court. He could end up being lynched, even if the crime he was accused of would not carry the death penalty if he had been convicted.

  • Welcome delay

    Sometimes you have to take what you can get.
        In the case of the Affordable Care Act, that means welcoming the delay, until 2015, for businesses with at least 50 “full-time” employees being forced to provide health insurance for their employees, or face fines.
        The businesses weren’t ready; neither was the federal government.
        And the truth is, politics won the day.

  • Letters 07/17/13

    Appreciates Moose Lodge

        On July 5 a group of residents of the Elks National Home attended the fireworks display held at the Moose Lodge 1897 in Bedford.
        We would like to express our deep appreciation to the officers and members of the Moose Lodge for providing this opportunity. When it was learned there would be no fireworks this year, this organization stepped forward to provide the necessary funding and make arrangements to continue the traditional fireworks to celebrate July 4 in the area.

  • Get the train wreck off the tracks
  • Scandal swarms over McDonnell, Cuccinelli

    One thing we can always rely on about Republicans is their unbridled devotion to capital and business...in other words, to money and power.
        Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell appears to have let his attachment to “mammon” (the Biblical term for money) get the better of him, or, perhaps better described, of him and his wife, Maureen.

  • Maybe liberals are on to something

        I’ve often wondered why Rick Howell occasionally devotes a Liberal Agenda column to trying to convince readers that homosexuality and abortion, the two top social issues for left-wingers, aren’t incompatible with Christianity. Shortly after his most recent effort, I saw a column, entitled The Myth of Unreligious America,  in the Wall Street Journal that may explain why.

  • Saving the day!

    The Bedford Moose Lodge stepped up, when no one else would. Because of that, Bedford had fireworks after all to help area residents celebrate the Independence Day weekend.
        When Bedford’s council cut funding for the fireworks from the budget, it appeared the Bedford skies would be dark for any July 4th celebration. Bedford had funded the event for several years by itself, after the county had pulled its funding.

  • Is this really the American dream?

    It’s interesting and ironic that we celebrate the anniversaries of both the Battle of Gettysburg and Independence Day over the same few days on the calendar.
        On the Fourth, last week, we marked yet another anniversary of    our Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, who had penned the phrase “all men are created equal.”