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Today's Opinions

  • Thoughts from the Intern

    By Brandi Mitchell

        There are a myriad of stereotypes people associate with being 17. Seventeen year-olds work part time jobs, go to high school football games, hang out with their friends and dress up for spirit week. My name is Brandi Mitchell, I am 17 years old, and I embody all of these conventional ideas about being young and in high school. I work at the local Forest ice cream shop, Monkee Joes, and I cheer on the Cavalier football team until I lose my voice every Friday, and there is no question I dress up for spirit week.

  • Our separation of powers must be respected

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Enshrined our United States Constitution, our Founders meticulously designed three branches of government so that too much power would not be concentrated in any one branch. This is because they understood that if one branch were to possess unchecked authority, that power would ultimately diminish the inherent rights of the individual citizen. 

  • Protecting American jobs

    When you have an expensive purchase looming or a big bill coming due, you like a little advance notice, right? The same goes for America’s job creators. Businesses both large and small need time to comply with new federal regulations that mean added costs to their bottom line. That’s one reason why the Department of Labor’s costly new overtime rule is particularly troubling.

     

  • Three current issues

    By Pernie Hatcher Forehand
    Bedford

        1.  I will sure miss that tree in front of Tharp’s.  Will they replant?  Will it receive a decent burial?

        2.  Voting is so unique and precious, giving ineffable feelings of hope and connection to a well-grounded society and “my opinion matters too.”  Any entity hacking into U.S. state voting tallies is, in my opinion, the most outrageous and unethical attack on my American dreams since 9/11.

  • Good riddance, Trump; it’s all over

        Justice has a way of triumphing, even in politics. Decent people everywhere should rejoice in what we now know: Donald Trump will not be president of the United States. Not in January; not ever.
        Those of us who said from the beginning that he was contemptible have been absolutely proven right; those who voted for him in primaries and caucuses are left with the wreckage he has brought them.

  • Pandering to the Children of the Corn

         Hillary Clinton is still struggling to get former Bernie Sanders supporters excited about her candidacy. The feeling these folks have toward Clinton seems to be much like the feeling the Republican base had toward Mitt Romney back in 2012. They didn’t like him and didn’t trust him. While they weren’t about to vote for Barack Obama, a lot may have simply not voted.

  • Pandering to the Children of the Corn

         Hillary Clinton is still struggling to get former Bernie Sanders supporters excited about her candidacy. The feeling these folks have toward Clinton seems to be much like the feeling the Republican base had toward Mitt Romney back in 2012. They didn’t like him and didn’t trust him. While they weren’t about to vote for Barack Obama, a lot may have simply not voted.

  • Candidates Forum

        This Thursday, Oct. 13, a Candidates Forum will be held for Bedford’s Town Council candidates.
        It’s a good chance for those candidates to be heard; it’s a good chance for Bedford’s residents to take time to listen to them prior to the Nov. 8 election.
        House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr. (1912-1994), in his first political campaign in 1935, stated that “All politics is local.” Now that has become a popular saying when it comes to politics as a whole.