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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Welcome Back Roanoke Amtrak!

    Vicki Gardner
    Executive Director, Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce
    and
    Susan Martin
    President/CEO, Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Where is peace?

    By Rev. Troy Keaton
    EastLake Community Church
    Moneta

        Where is Peace?  There is spirit of division in the air.  In every arena of life it seems that hostility is raging.   
        The powers of the world are teetering on the edge of conflict and technology has made it more vocal than ever.   And it is not just the leaders of nations, it seems that rage and anger are the spirit of the day.