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Today's Opinions

  • Letters

    For years farmers have reported that crops grown in biosolids amended soil appear to be more drought resistant than crops that don’t receive biosolids. Now researchers at Virginia Tech think they know why.

    Biosolids are the nutrient-rich organic materials resulting from the EPA-approved treatment of sewage sludge in municipal wastewater treatment plants. Biosolids are applied as fertilizer and soil conditioner to farmland and forests in Virginia and throughout the U.S.

  • Back to school

    As August comes to a close, students of all ages are stocking up on notebooks, rulers, textbooks, pens and pencils: the telltale signs that another school year is beginning. As teachers and students head back to school we are reminded of the importance of education. President John F.

  • NCLB just might need to be left behind

    It appears that seven schools in Bedford County did not meet the No Child Left Behind's Adequate Yearly Progress requirements this past year and an eighth is on the fence. For all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the NCLB Act back in 2001, those results are more a sign of a failed federal policy than failures within the school system itself.

  • Letters

    Remembering the Community Cannery and New London Academy

    After reading your articles on the Community Cannery, it brought back a lot of memories about the Cannery and New London Academy.

  • Water release protocol

    For those that attended the DEQ Virginia Water Protection (VWP) Permit meeting in Gretna on Thursday night, I?m sure you found it an interesting evening.

    It is apparent the planners did not expect such a large turnout. I want to thank you for taking the time to attend. Your support was what was needed to allow us to have more time to work with the water release protocol and improve it to the benefit of all parties involved. I am now confident we will have another protocol work session in September.

  • Don't make the Dukakis mistake

    We’re told by political analysts that American voters don’t like “negative campaigning.” The talking heads say that voters want “positive” ideas, uplifting proposals about what candidates would offer for the future.

    It’s true that people respond to proposals that reflect their hopes. This was certainly the case during the Great Depression, when most voters saw that Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s promise of a “New Deal” was exactly what they needed. Today, however, we live in far more cynical times.

  • A heartbeat from the presidency

    While President Bush heads off to the Beijing Olympics to plant a big wet kiss on Hu Jintao's rear end, others of us are wondering who the two major party candidates are going to pick as their running mates.

    There's been a lot of speculation. Some think that John McCain ought to pick somebody who will bring economic expertise to the ticket. On the "Democratic" side, there's been speculation that Barack Obama will choose Tim Kaine.

  • Letters

    Wake Up Bedford

    For over three months, a committee from Bedford City Council has been meeting with a committee from the Board of Supervisors, behind closed doors, discussing whether the city of Bedford, after 40 years, should revert back to a town.

    There are advantages and disadvantages. It may be a good thing but we will not know until all the facts are in and presented to the citizens at a public hearing.