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Today's Opinions

  • Putin must be laughing

        I’m sure Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin must be laughing at us right now. Not in public, of course, but I bet he’s laughing at us in private. The political circus going on in Washington following the downfall of Michael Flynn would be his source of mirth.

  • ‘You think our country’s so innocent?’

        As we know, Donald Trump’s relationship with the truth is a very troubled one. He has proven to be utterly clueless about so many things that any president should know.
        He likes to make things up, and possibly, he imagines them to be true. Last week, he stated publicly that the murder rate in the U.S. is “the highest ever,” 47 percent. “Did you know that?” he asked a reporter.

  • Bedford County schools will benefit from enrollment loss supplement

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

        I hope you and your family had a wonderful Valentine’s Day this week! Here in Richmond, we are finishing our work. This week is the final week of the 2017 General Assembly Session. But, much work is still yet to be done! While I look forward to being back home with my family soon, I am still very much at work for you and your family over the next week.

    Education Matters

  • Last week was a productive week

    Calvin Coolidge once observed, “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.” That quote from the 30th President came to mind this week, as House Bill 2108 won approval by the Senate by a vote of 35 to 3.

  • General Assembly Building to be replaced

    By Senator Steve Newman

        Things have been exceptionally busy this year in the General Assembly session. as the record number of visitors to the Capitol continued this year. I am encouraged to see so many folks showing an interest in the legislative process because it reinforces the fact that we truly represent you.

  • Letters 04/05/17

    Setting the
    example

        In September I went to the funeral for the police officer in Shelby, North Carolina. I am an uncle of officer Tim Brackeen’s wife. At first I hesitated to go as I expected that the crowd and the traffic would be tremendous. After hearing that a few family members from the Roanoke Valley decided not to go, I made a last minute decision to go to support my sister and my niece.

  • Letters 03/29/17

    Time to TNR

        There’s been great progress at the Bedford County Animal Shelter in recent years that is a tribute to the staff, area animal welfare groups, and residents.
        The number of animals going in has gone down, and the number of animals going out alive has gone up.

  • Letters 03/22/17

    Appreciation for response

        On behalf of Lake Christian Ministries board members, cherished volunteers and the hundreds of SML-area neighbors who we assist each week, I would like to publicly express our awe and sincere appreciation for the Lake Community’s response during the “Roanoke Valley Gives” on-line fundraising event last week.