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Today's Opinions

  • Letters 10/21/15

    Supporting spouses of law enforcement

        Over the past year law enforcement has had a lot of negative criticism.
        So, we the spouses of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Bedford Police Department are starting a new program to support our spouses in law enforcement. We are in the infant stages of this program; but one of the first items we would like to do is say thank you with this letter.

  • Democrats show how to debate

        Watching the Democratic presidential debate last week was such a contrast from the painful experience of the Republican debates.
        Democrats managed to hold a debate without bashing immigrants, denigrating women, or bowing and scraping at the throne of the NRA.
        Candidates didn’t attack each other. No one was called “stupid,” or “loser,” or even “low energy.” No, we don’t have a Donald Trump in our party, and that makes us proud.

  • Time for action in the South China Sea

        The U. S. Navy has been prepared to carry out freedom of navigation operations (FONOPS) around artificial islands China has built in the South China Sea over the last few years. The ships would sail within 12 nautical miles of these islands.

  • The governor and guns

        Governor Terry McAuliffe, last week, signed an executive order directing actions that he said were designed to keep guns out of dangerous hands by better enforcing existing Virginia law.

  • Letters 10/14/15

    Teach your children about guns

        What can be done in today’s environment to protect students and  teachers from being helpless victims of crazed killers as it just happened in Roseburg, Oregon  USA?
        Fear will inspire you or fear can destroy the multitudes. Wake up America! The killings are not disappearing but continue to increase.
        If those students and teachers could have recognized the hopelessness of the situation many lives could have been saved.

  • We must return to the Constitution

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    In our U.S. Constitution, our Founders meticulously designed three branches of government so that too much power would not be concentrated in any one branch because they understood that if one branch possessed unchecked authority, that power would ultimately diminish the inherent rights of the individual citizen. 

  • Healthy competition needed in the health care industry

    Competition is at the center of the American economy. It helps promote a healthy and favorable market for consumers. It forces businesses to perform at their highest and best level, working for the consumers, not against them.

     

  • Finding common ground on criminal justice reform

    Finding common ground isn’t always the headline story from Washington. But there are a number of issues where both Republicans and Democrats can agree. One of these is the need for reforms to the criminal justice system.