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Today's Opinions

  • The Declaration of Independence

         When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

  • A progressive tide sweeps ashore!

        Recently, it seemed that 100 years of progressive change took place in a single week. Taken together, the events were a great victory for justice, decency, and fairness under American civil law.
        When we honestly try to live up to all those great words in our Constitution, what results is necessary change: an expansion of civil rights, not a continued denial for reasons of bigotry, religion, or even “tradition.”

  • Democracy was the loser

        On the last Friday of June I ran into Town Councilman Beckham Stanley at the Bower Center ground breaking. The Supreme Court had just struck down state laws banning same-sex marriage and Mr. Stanley asked me if I planned to write a column telling why the Supreme Court and a majority of the American people are wrong. By a majority of the American people, I assumed he was referring to a recent poll that showed 57 percent of Americans favored same-sex marriage.

  • What the Confederate flag means to me

    By Steve Everett
    Forest

        Someone asked me what is so special about the Confederate flag.
        Well, I can tell you, plain and simple. To me it has a lot to do with someone I wish I could have met, my third great grandfather, Elias Newman. He, along with four of his brothers proudly served our country in the Confederate army during the bleak and horrific time in our nation’s history that we call the Civil War.

  • A majority of Americans support scrapping the tax code

    Three out of four Americans say the current federal tax code is unfair. While this number is the result of a recent survey by the nonprofit group Let Freedom Ring, you only have to try wading through the depths of the tax code yourself to come to the same conclusion. The tax code is inherently unfair, inefficient, and mind-numbingly complex at times.

     

  • We must avoid following in Greece’s footsteps

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • A truly moving experience

        People who have a clean desk never know the pleasure of finding something they thought they lost.
        The Bedford Bulletin moved to new quarters at 233 Depot Street last week and I found all sorts of things as I dug through nearly 18 years of clutter prior to our move. I didn’t unearth an original copy of Magna Carta, but I did find a Bedford City Council agenda from 1997. I also found an appointment calendar from 2000. I figured that I wouldn’t need either of them, so I tossed them.

  • Conservatives stumble over race again

        For a long time, conservative Republicans have explained away racism, rationalized it, or even denied its existence outright in instances where it appears obvious to everyone else.
        In the recent spate of police shooting or beating deaths of African-Americans, conservatives seemed to search the very stars in the heavens for any answer other than one that involved racism.