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Today's Opinions

  • Trump was never a threat

        Not long after Donald Trump was elected a man who I have as a Facebook friend — I also know him in real life — expressed his concern that Trump is a dictator wannabe. While I’m not a Trump fan, and I’m sure he’s frustrated with Congress as he never had to work with a board of directors in business — I don’t think that’s one of his dreams. I always thought Barack Obama had more autocratic proclivities than Trump.

  • Letters 11-08-17

    Rezoning is
    necessary

        Bedford County schools are finally considering the idea of rezoning the county schools. This is not a popular idea in all areas of the county, but it is necessary from both a financial and school capacity perspective.

  • The face of war

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        I see the face of war, the one who went for me; the soldier, sailor, airman, the one who served for me.  The flash of exploding bombs, the crack of guns, the terrible screams of pain. 
        Most of us experience military service only through the eyes, ears, and efforts of others—our father, brother, son, uncle, aunt, sister, or mother.  But mostly men and often friends as well as relatives.

  • Plan now for the Holidays

    By Nicole S. Johnson
    Director of Tourism

  • Roy Moore: Alabama’s fruit salad fanatic

        There was a hilarious article recently in “The New Yorker” about the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Alabama, God’s own Roy Moore.
        Moore, whom we know from his Ten Commandments obsessions, defeated Senator Luther Strange in a Republican primary. This is the election to replace Jeff “Beauregard” Sessions, unfortunately now the U.S. Attorney General.

  • Talk radio didn’t do it

        Last month, I was talking with a group of people who I believe were mostly liberal “Democrats.” A major topic was how our society came to be so polarized. They blamed it on conservative talk radio.

  • A matter of prayer

        We have been reminded once again this week of the depths to which some men’s souls can fall.
        Last Sunday our nation was thrust into another tragedy when a deranged man entered a small Texas church and opened fire on those in attendance, killing 26 and injuring many more. The man was killed in a subsequent pursuit by an armed neighbor of the church, but the horrific damage had already been done.

  • Letters 11-01-17

    Bedford/Franklin
    counties
    welcome Amtrak

        This Halloween, a special “treat” is in store for Southwest Virginia with the launch of passenger train service to and from Roanoke.  As elected representatives of Bedford and Franklin counties, we enthusiastically welcome this important development.
        Traveling by train is gaining in popularity in the U.S. During the last fiscal year, 31.6 million passengers used Amtrak, an all-time record, according to a recent article in Smarter Travel.