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Today's Opinions

  • Study: America no longer a democracy

        There was a story a few weeks ago that breezed through the news cycle in about 24 hours – as most of them do – and left, probably without a lot of Americans paying any attention, or really thinking about it.
        It was a comprehensive study conducted by academics who spent years on interviews trying to determine where the power really is in this country.

  • Our children are not for sale

    Human trafficking is an extensive problem worldwide. Even though many of these crimes occur outside of the public eye, the impacts are very real. According to the FBI, sex trafficking is the fastest growing business of organized crime and the third largest criminal enterprise in the world.

  • Working to put forth pro-growth policies that will stimulate our fragile economy

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Letters 08/27/14

    Lift restrictions

        Since the Franklin County Board of Supervisors are the elected representatives for the Franklin County Districts, we feel it most important to bring a significant problem to their attention. Many of us, after enjoying many years on our 22,000-acre Resort Lake, find ourselves unable to sell our homes.

  • The facts of life

    Within the next month, the Bedford County School Board will most likely decide on which other school it will close at the end of this school year.
        The board already voted to close Body Camp Elementary in the Staunton River attendance zone and either Bedford Primary or Thaxton Elementary will likely be chosen as the school to close in the Liberty zone.
        The decision won’t be easy.

  • Letters 08/20/14

    Committed to recycling

        I noted in your August 6, 2014, edition a letter to the editor from Ellen Mackey concerning the action of the Town Council to discontinue curbside recycling.  Mrs. Mackey in her letter mentioned a July 24, 2014, meeting of Council at which many pro recycling citizens expressed their disappointment in the discontinuance of curbside recycling.

  • Letters 08/13/14

    25th Anniversary Extravaganza

        On behalf of the Board and Staff of The Sedalia Center, I write to share our deep appreciation of your coverage of the Center’s annual fundraiser, our 25th Anniversary Extravaganza held August 2. 
        In times when many private non-profit organizations have struggled to make ends meet, it is both humbling and a source of pride that we have been able to bring the art of living and the living arts to everyone in our region for a quarter century. 

  • Letters 08/06/14

    Promoting
    recycling

        As of July 1, 2014, the Town of Bedford discontinued curbside recycling. 
        Many residents were discouraged and confused as to why this program ended. At the July 24 Council meeting, many pro- recycling citizens expressed their disappointment in the discontinuation of curbside recycling in Bedford. . Thanks to all who showed up and expressed concern for this important service.