Today's Opinions

  • Letters Veterans Day 2015


        I have never been so shocked - and disappointed,  like a punch in the gut - since I’ve lived on Smith Mountain Lake as I have been during this recent election cycle. 
        The Republican Party of Bedford located its Election Headquarters  at the Lake – next door to the Huddleston Post Office - for the very first time this year and we experienced three instances of theft and vandalism. 

  • Letters to the editor 11-04-15

    Fighting for freedom

        I look at the pictures of those tempest-tossed, huddled masses crowding onto the teeming shores of Europe. Many look like young men of fighting age.
        I read about the illegal immigrants, again, many of whom are men of fighting age, who come across our southern border. And I consider other options.

  • eto of troops must not stand

    They protect and defend – spending months away from home and loved ones, risking their lives for the cause of freedom. The sacrifice of the U.S. Armed Forces is great, and these men and women in uniform know all too well the danger they face. They know it’s not a game, and shouldn’t be treated as one. Ensuring our military has the resources they need to operate effectively and protect the American people is nothing to be delayed or held hostage by one signature.


  • Letters 10-28-15

    Endorses Dooley

        Having known Andy Dooley for over 25 years and working with him as a Commissioner, Bedford County Department of Parks and Recreation, I feel he is the most qualified candidate for District 6 Supervisor. Please vote for Andy Dooley November 3, 2015.

    George Beckwith

    Supports Brown

  • Letters 10/21/15

    Supporting spouses of law enforcement

        Over the past year law enforcement has had a lot of negative criticism.
        So, we the spouses of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Bedford Police Department are starting a new program to support our spouses in law enforcement. We are in the infant stages of this program; but one of the first items we would like to do is say thank you with this letter.

  • Letters 10/14/15

    Teach your children about guns

        What can be done in today’s environment to protect students and  teachers from being helpless victims of crazed killers as it just happened in Roseburg, Oregon  USA?
        Fear will inspire you or fear can destroy the multitudes. Wake up America! The killings are not disappearing but continue to increase.
        If those students and teachers could have recognized the hopelessness of the situation many lives could have been saved.

  • Letters 10/07/15

    Challenger’s comments bring concerns

        I watched Sheriff Brown’s opponent on TV Friday, and afterward, researched his background. I see from his bio that he put on the Internet, that he has been here for five or six years, having moved down from New Jersey.

  • Not one cent for Iran

    Abducted, beaten, tortured, murdered – no, this isn’t the plot of the newest crime drama on TV. Instead, they are all-too-real crimes committed against our neighbors and fellow Americans as a result of Iranian state-sponsored terrorism.