Today's Opinions

  • Kentucky clerk needs a new career

        The religious right has a new hero!
    She is Kim Davis, the Clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, who, at this writing, was in jail.
        That’s because she had been held in Contempt of Court by a conservative federal judge, appointed by George W. Bush, for refusing to issue perfectly legal marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

  • Wandering into a swamp

        WDBJ7 is the station I normally watch. Most mornings I watch their Mornin’ show so I’ve seen Alison Parker many times. I thought she was a talented reporter who did a great job and had a wonderful on-air personality. It also helped that she was very pretty and ended her stories with a really cute smile.

  • Charles Stebbins

        The best way to assure a student will have success in school is for that student’s parent/guardian to be involved.
        That’s as simple as it gets.
        The more a parent is aware of what their child is learning and doing at school, the more that parent can help make sure the student will succeed.
        If a parent cares, the student is more likely to care as well.

  • Letters 09/02/15

    for Fair

        I would like to express my gratitude for the opportunity to be involved in the Bedford County Fair over this past weekend.
        This overwhelmingly positive event came at a time when the community needed it most. To me, the number of local public servants that stepped up to volunteer funding, time and energy for others effectively demonstrated the compassion I hope to always see from my home town.

  • Gun violence: America’s terrible shame

        One of my best friends is a Roanoke native who now lives in Cary, North Carolina, just outside Raleigh. He’s always said that Roanoke is never in the national news unless it’s for something bad.
        Unfortunately, he was proven right on Aug. 26, when the two WDBJ journalists were gunned to death, doing what should have been a routine story on Smith Mt. Lake and the local chamber of commerce.

  • Hoist by her own petard
  • Local tragedy sends shockwaves across the world

        It didn’t take long for word to spread.
        There had been a shooting at Smith Mountain Lake – on live TV.
        At first there was confusion. But soon it became all too clear.
        Tragedy had struck the Lake community, the media family—and, the world.
        At times like this, people come together.

  • Letters 08/26/15

    Let the new board make the choice

        The lame duck coalition of County Supervisors--namely Arrington, Parker  and Pollard, along with incumbent Sharp-- seem to be intent on naming a new County Administrator before leaving office in January. Wouldn’t you think the professional and courteous thing to do would be to hand off that decision to the new Board?

    Lynn Barnes

    What’s the rush?