Today's Opinions

  • What would the Lipscombs think?

    By Janet Peggans

        In 1857 three young men — George, John, and James Lipscomb from Pittsylvania County — bought 20 acres of land from Stephen Harris on Terry’s Branch and the Lynchburg-Salem Turnpike. It was along this branch that the village of Moneta developed.

  • What do Iran deal critics want?

        As members of Congress consider the merits of the nuclear deal reached with Iran and the top Western allies, including Russia and China, predictable and reactionary opposition to it from Republicans resounds.
        Hadn’t conservative Republicans made it clear – even while negotiations were under way – that, first, they didn’t believe in negotiation as a diplomatic strategy, and, secondly, they certainly wanted no deal with Iran?

  • Please, no more left-wing ideologues

        America’s economy is growing, but at a sluggish rate. It’s the slowest recovery after any recession in the last 70 years.
        Part of it is probably due to the fact that this past recession is the first one we’ve had since the Great Depression that was caused by a financial crisis. In fact, it seems like the only that kept it from turning into Great Depression II was the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP). That, by the way, was set in motion by the Bush Administration, not the Obama Administration.

  • Letters 08/05/15

    The issue of
    our time

        After reading Mr. Howell’s “Liberal Agenda” on June 29, I have to question his definition of morality.
        He supports a candidate who views Medicaid as “a moral imperative” and as the “issue of our time” but slams his opponent because she is against abortion. 55 million. That is the conservative number for the number of legal abortions since Roe v. Wade. But Medicaid is the “issue of our time” in the mind of someone like Mr. Howell.

  • Independent audits of the VA are necessary for real reform

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Protecting those who serve

    Serving in the line of danger is not foreign to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. They bravely serve throughout the globe, facing threats each and every day. But when acts of horrific violence happen here at home against our men and women in uniform, it is a stark reminder that the threats they face are ever-present and have no clear boundaries.


  • Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital- One year review

    By Diane M. Ludwig
    Media & Communications Manager

        If you’ve driven by Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital lately, you know firsthand that they are making some changes!
        With bulldozers, bricks and equipment scattered on the front lawn, the hospital’s outdated interior and exterior will soon be a thing of the past. Since purchasing the hospital Centra has invested over $4 Million in the hospital, with an additional $1-2 million planned every year for the next three years.

  • Huckabee goes off the deep end

        Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s religious crusade – deployed again as a presidential campaign – went seriously off the rails last week with his outrageous remarks about the nuclear deal with Iran.
        I’ve enjoyed having fun with Huckabee, whom I’ve dubbed “Hillbilly Huck,” given his pride in his backwoods Arkansas origins. Not to mention the book he published to launch his campaign, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy.”