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Today's Opinions

  • Honoring the Bedford Boys

    Across a vast ocean, 11 boys from Bedford, Virginia are buried overlooking the windswept beaches of Normandy.  Bedford lost 19 during the D-Day liberation…the greatest proportional loss suffered by a single town on that day.  In words inscribed on the wall of a chapel that lies amidst the rows of crosses we are given the following charge: “Think not only upon their passing.  Remember the glory of their spirit.”

  • Obama’s historic appeal to the Muslim world

        Last week, President Barack Obama was in Cairo, Egypt to give a speech that his administration billed as an appeal to a new beginning between the United States and the Muslim world. It did not disappoint.

  • Keeping their story alive

        I got to spend the end of last week in the company of heroes.

        On Thursday and Friday, I attended the Overlord Echoes conference, hosted by Liberty University and the National D-Day Memorial Foundation. Along with the historians, several World War II veterans spoke. There were soldiers, including a silver star recipient, a P-51 pilot and an airborne soldier who arrived in Normandy on D-Day via a glider.

  • Liberty University shows its true colors

    Anyone familiar with the political mindset at Lynchburg’s Liberty University should not be surprised that the little college has banned its Democratic party student chapter. The real shock is that it ever allowed one in the first place.

        The very existence of the humble and courageous chapter, a handful of proud Democrats in a lion’s den of right-wing religious fanatics, is due to the high popularity of President Barack Obama among young people.

  • A theological response (Part II)

        This is the remainder of my attempt at the theological response that David McLoughlin sought for his letter published in our March 13 edition.

        I’ll make one last note on the Old Testament before going on to Mr. McLoughlin’s allegation that the New Testament contains multiple, conflicting Christologies.

  • With the money available, the gymnasium project at Bedford Primary School should proceed without delay

    Staunton River will get its office space renovated this summer but students at Bedford Primary School will have to continue to wait to see if they will get a gymnasium. Let’s hope that wait isn’t too long.

  • Letters

    Keep the Memorial going

        The headlines of both the Roanoke Times and The News&Advance read “National D-Day Memorial at risk of closing.”(May29, 2009. ) As a volunteer of the Memorial and a citizen of Bedford County I implore the residents of Central Virginia not to let that happen.

  • Letters

    Needed: More job fairs

     

        On behalf of the Bedford County Ministerial Association I’d like to thank Thaxton Baptist Church for holding a job fair on Friday, May 15. On that day representatives of 12 companies that are hiring met with 30 people who came looking for work. I have no idea of the results but I’ll bet somebody who was unemployed on May 15 will be working soon, if not working already, as a result of that job fair. If so then every bit of work that went into that event was worth it.