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Today's Opinions

  • Letters 05/07/14

    Letting their voice be heard

        With all that is being said in the media today about public education and bullying, can you explain to me why we tolerate public officials using their position to be a bully?

  • Letters 04/30/14

    Disappointed by decision

        Several months ago a representative from the D Day 70th Anniversary Committee went to every high school in the Bedford District requesting that the marching bands participate in the parade.  At that time no one--and I repeat--no one indicated that there would be any problem.

  • Letters 04/23/14

    Restoring Chesapeake Bay

        Thank you, Attorney General Mark Herring for stepping up to defend Virginia’s right to restore the Chesapeake Bay (“AG Herring defends Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan,” April 11).
        The American Farm Bureau Federation and 21 states are suing to stop bay cleanup, calling it an EPA overreach. Virginia has been engaged in cleaning up the Bay for decades, and we have a long way to go to achieve our goal.

  • Letters 04/16/14

    Raise taxes,
    support the school budget

        A former Bedford County resident gave this advice to our Virginia constitutional writers: “That free government rests as does all progress, upon the broadest of knowledge, and that the Commonwealth should avail itself of those talents which nature has sown so liberally among its people by assuring the opportunity for their fullest development by an effective system of education throughout the Commonwealth.” This was offered by our famous summer resident Thomas Jefferson.

  • Letters 04/09/14

    Confederate History, Heritage Month

        April 1 marks Confederate History and Heritage Month and all across the south, governors and local leaders have signed proclamations to honor the Confederate Veterans who fought and died to defend hearth and home.
        Not so in Virginia, the very State who called the men to fight.

  • It’s not the time to rethink the Libya ban

    Protecting American citizens from terrorist threats both at home and abroad is a fundamental role of the federal government. However, despite Libya’s long history of unrest and ongoing terrorist threats coming from the country, the Executive Branch has proposed reversing a longstanding prohibition against Libyans entering the United States to work in aviation maintenance, flight operations, or to study or train in nuclear-related fields. This shift in policy is misguided and ignores reality.

  • Forest Fire Department has busy first quarter

    By Ryan Burnette-Lieutentant/PIO
    Forest Vol Fire Department

        The first quarter of the year has been extremely busy for Forest Fire Department.
        March brought 53 calls for service, the largest being a 25 acre brush fire on Old Cifax Road. First Quarter totals for calls were 139, up 21 calls from the first quarter last year.
        Members logged over 5,500 man hours this quarter responding to calls, training, public education, maintenance, fundraising, and administrative duties.

  • New report: Climate change worsening

    Those who would deny climate change – or “global warming” as it’s sometimes called – already have a tough job, but it just got harder with the release of a new United Nations report.
        The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has won the Nobel Prize for its previous work. “Things are worse than we had predicted,” said a co-author of the report, referring to the group’s work in 2007.