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Today's Opinions

  • Slavery is not a modern issue

        I noticed from Rick Howell’s  last column that he’s still fighting battles that were settled 150 years ago. He really needs to do some serious reading on American history. If he does, there are a few facts that he will discover.
        The first fact is that there are no slaves in America. The 13th Amendment, ratified at the end of 1865, outlawed slavery in the entire United States. Today, there are no slaves in the United States and haven’t been any slaves in the United States for 150 years.

  • Letter 09/13/17

    DAR Ready for Centerfest

        Members of the Peaks of Otter Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution have had a busy summer developing and completing several projects.  The sale of these items will fund the things we do to help our Bedford community.  We are pleased to announce the following that will be available for purchase at Centerfest in downtown Bedford on September 23, 2017. 

  • Christians should be fighting racism

        You’d think that Christian people, who claim to follow a religion that teaches love, tolerance and understanding, would be the first in our world to stand strong against racism, both past and present.
        But in the South, particularly, that just hasn’t been the case. Too often, self-styled Christians have led the way in rationalizing, justifying and defending racist practices and making excuses for the Confederacy.

  • Charlottesville was not about slavery

        Rick Howell was very observant to notice that I didn’t use the word “slavery” in my column on what happened in Charlottesville on Aug. 12.  The reason I did not use the word “slavery” is the same reason Mr. Howell made such big deal over the fact that I did not use the word.

  • Frog Went A Courtin’

        Bedford County naturalist, Mike Roberts, knew the frog he heard serenading from the pond on his father’s farm was not one of several indigenous species that sound off there during the hot summer nights each summer. Days later, and after researching a friend’s frog ap, (yes, there is such a thing), Roberts discovered the raucous sounding amphibian was a male, green tree frog, far removed from its normal geographical range.

  • Rationalizations don’t justify the Confederacy

        The reaction from so many Southern whites to the events of Aug. 12 and thereafter is sadly familiar to many of us who grew up in territories of the old Confederacy, but never bought into the racism.
        We were taught it, to be sure, but with sharp minds and good hearts, we grew to know – from our own experience – that to harbor ill feelings toward someone merely because of the color of their skin was, well, stupid.

  • Remembering Lacey

        August 26 turned out to be a sad day. I was checking out Facebook and I started seeing posts about Lacey Putney’s death. He had died that morning.
        I knew he was in seriously bad health. I would run into his brother, Macon, almost every week and ask “How is Lacey?” The news since early this year was never good, so I wasn’t surprised. Still, the news was distressing and it left me in a gloomy mood for several days.

  • Letters 08/30/17

    Taken care of

        I want to thank The Bedford Life Saving Crew for a job well done on August 8, 2017, for getting me to Bedford Centra Hospital and I want to thank all the staff on 3 a.m. shift in The Emergency Room for the quick efficiency work they did for me.
        I don’t believe I would be here today if it wasn’t for each and everyone of them and the good Lord pulling me thru my sickness.
        I want to thank all the staff in the I.C. unit on my stay afterward.