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Today's Opinions

  • Helping out

        Liberty High School Principal Dr. Kathleen Dills has plenty to be proud of when it comes to her students and staff.
        The school may be the smallest high school in the county, but it’s making a huge impact.
        The Minutemen have adopted a high school from Ingleside, Texas, to help the Mustangs overcome the devastation their school suffered because of Hurricane Harvey. The flooding that came as a result of the record-setting rain that fell swept through the school, damaging it inside and out.

  • Slavery is not a modern issue

        I noticed from Rick Howell’s  last column that he’s still fighting battles that were settled 150 years ago. He really needs to do some serious reading on American history. If he does, there are a few facts that he will discover.
        The first fact is that there are no slaves in America. The 13th Amendment, ratified at the end of 1865, outlawed slavery in the entire United States. Today, there are no slaves in the United States and haven’t been any slaves in the United States for 150 years.

  • A horrible and disgraceful president

        The American presidency has always been the office we hold in the highest esteem. Our history demonstrates that it should be held by people of the best quality, who are experienced and able to do the job.
        We’ve truly had some giants; the first president, George Washington, set the example of transferring power democratically to the next one, something extremely rare at the time.

  • Enhancing our community with autumn decor

    By Vicki Gardner
    Executive Director
    Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce

        Soon we will welcome Autumn with it’s amazing colors, blue skies and all the joy associated with harvest, feasts, family and togetherness.  Fall in our mountain, lake and quaint ‘towns’ region is prime for tourism.  Now is the time for the business community to roll out the welcome mat leading to your door with a brilliant fall theme.

  • Christians should be fighting racism

        You’d think that Christian people, who claim to follow a religion that teaches love, tolerance and understanding, would be the first in our world to stand strong against racism, both past and present.
        But in the South, particularly, that just hasn’t been the case. Too often, self-styled Christians have led the way in rationalizing, justifying and defending racist practices and making excuses for the Confederacy.

  • Frog Went A Courtin’

        Bedford County naturalist, Mike Roberts, knew the frog he heard serenading from the pond on his father’s farm was not one of several indigenous species that sound off there during the hot summer nights each summer. Days later, and after researching a friend’s frog ap, (yes, there is such a thing), Roberts discovered the raucous sounding amphibian was a male, green tree frog, far removed from its normal geographical range.

  • The Gentleman from Bedford

        Lacey Putney was a statesman, a citizen legislator—the longest serving in Virginia—and a veteran.
        Putney was a Big Island native, a mentor and a good ole country boy.
        He was always ready to tell a story, was a man of action and vigorously represented this area.
        This past Saturday, Putney moved on to his reward, passing away at the age of 89.

  • Thoughts on Charlottesville

        I’ve been thinking about the events that took place in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. It’s a rather complex, and ugly thing and I’ve come to several conclusions.
        Let me start out by saying that I’m totally opposed to the removal of any Confederate memorials. I am totally opposed to covering them with anything. They should be left right where they have been for 90 years or more. None of these monuments were divisive until some people, for political reasons, started to call for their removal.