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Today's Opinions

  • Different cases, different facts

        One of the negative aspects of our history is that some racial and ethnic groups have been shown favors that others did not get. Black people got the short end of the stick in that respect for generations even after slavery was ended. Black people were subject to de jure discrimination in the South until the 1960s and de facto discrimination in the North for much longer.

  • CIA torture policy shamed our nation

    As a young president in 1961, John F. Kennedy was reluctant to approve what history would later call the “Bay of Pigs” invasion of Cuba.
        Supporting a Cuban exile invasion of the island to rid America of what warmongers and Cold Warriors considered a communist pest was justified by CIA planners, who had put the scheme together in the months before Kennedy became president.

  • A brewery? Really?

    By Katie Baltzelle
    Body Camp

        I would first like to thank and applaud the gentleman who wrote the “A Grave Injustice” article a few weeks ago regarding the closing of our schools in Bedford County, and the disheartening and irresponsible work of our Superintendent, Doug Schuch, to destroy our school system since 2009.

  • CURB takes issue with FERC chairman’s comments

    By Bill Brush
    Founder and President, CURB

        Cut Unnecessary Regulatory Burden, Inc. (CURB) was formed as a Virginia not-for-profit corporation in April 2011 to educate our Community on the importance of State property rights.   On December the 8th the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Cheryl A. LaFleur responded to a Congressional inquiry from Congressman Robert Hurt regarding the implementation of the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) for Smith Mountain Lake, VA.

  • Letters Tax Day 2015

    What is legal?

        On a recent local TV news cast, a Bedford Co. lady was given a ticket by a Bedford Co Sheriff’s deputy for driving a car with tinted windows.
        A few weeks later, a recent story in the Bedford Bulletin featured a story about two police cars being wrapped in purple to highlight domestic violence. To the best of my knowledge, to put a wrap on the body of a vehicle is legal in Va; however, to put either tint or a wrap on the windows of a vehicle is not legal in Va. as it impairs one’s vision.

  • Letters 04/08/15

    Crowded
    middle schools

        Forest Middle has been crowded for years and zone transfers to that school are closed.
        Now with the closing of Thaxton Elm., Bedford Middle will be over 95 percent of capacity. Zone transfers to Bedford Middle are now closed as well.
        With the addition of next year’s sixth graders from Thaxton, and the current sixth graders moving up to 7th grade, Bedford Middle is maxed out.

  • Letters 04/01/15

    Bedford Agriculture Conference and Expo a success

        On behalf of the Bedford County Agriculture Economic Development Advisory Board, I want to thank all those that participated in the 2nd Annual Bedford AG Conference and Expo held at the Bedford CVCC campus on Saturday March 14. 

  • Letters 03-25-15

    Delay closing Thaxton Elem.

        Every time I read about the School Board I am saddened by the fact that two of our schools are scheduled to be closed in June.