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Today's Opinions

  • Candidates Forum

        This Thursday, Oct. 13, a Candidates Forum will be held for Bedford’s Town Council candidates.
        It’s a good chance for those candidates to be heard; it’s a good chance for Bedford’s residents to take time to listen to them prior to the Nov. 8 election.
        House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr. (1912-1994), in his first political campaign in 1935, stated that “All politics is local.” Now that has become a popular saying when it comes to politics as a whole.

  • Letters 10-05-2016

    Support for Johannessen for Town Council

        While I am somewhat biased in my opinion, I want to express my support for Bruce Johannessen in his campaign for a seat on Bedford Town Council.
         In addition to a distinguished career with the VA Employment Commission where he worked for economic development Bruce has been active in our community through a leadership role in the local Elks and a long tenure on the Bedford Town Planning Board and officer on the Friends of the Library board. 

  • Feral Cat Day and TNR

    By Karin Sherbin

        October 16 is National Feral Cat Day, and locally Bedford Cares will mark the day by organizing volunteers to conduct Trap Neuter and Return (TNR) around the town and county to sterilize feral cats and vaccinate them against rabies.
        TNR is a decades-old method of humanely managing feral cat colonies via sterilization. People care for the colonies until they die out.

  • Volunteers

        Bedford Main Street Inc. has one full-time employee, yet its showcase event —Centerfest— will bring in thousands to the Centertown area this weekend. One person can’t do this alone -- it’s the volunteers who will make this event a success.
        The Agape Center in Moneta serves hundreds of families every month, yet relies on 250 volunteers from some 30 churches to keep the ministry going.

  • Letters 09/28/16

    The facts

        What did you think of  the rebuttal to my editorial?  Maybe my editorial will become a hatchet and cut Mike Brown’s lying tongue out.
        For example, the writer states that I don’t appreciate law enforcement or know or care about the facts, also that the state police don’t know how to work an accident involving “hydroplaning.” All his above statements are false. He and Mike Brown write alike-lie-lie-lie. I wonder if he helped write that letter.

  • Cash ransom payments to Iran endanger Americans

    You’ve heard the old phrase: if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. In this case, the Obama Administration secretly paid $400 million in cash to Iran on the same day Iran released several American hostages. I don’t know about you, but that looks an awful lot like a ransom payment to me.

     

  • Before we go Pink, let’s go Gold

        I think at this point we all know that October is breast cancer awareness month.  
        For a few weeks the world wears pink ribbons, the White House changes to pink, and the NFL covers their players in pink shoes and gloves.  Because of this amazing awareness campaign over the past 30 years the survival rates for this disease have increased dramatically.

  • Don’t suffer third party illusions

            I’m happy to report that my adopted hometown of Roanoke has survived another Donald Trump appearance. His rally at the Berglund Center on Saturday was underwhelming.
        He faced a hall that was only half full. He spoke for just about 30 minutes and left quickly, not even wading into the crowd to greet supporters.
        The main thing on display was the unabashed capitalism of the vendors, who lined nearly every available space along the street outside the building.