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Today's Opinions

  • Time to get serious about reviving downtown

    By Clay Chastain
    Bedford

        Is Bedford ever going to get serious about a comprehensive and sustained revival of downtown?  And, couldn’t Bedford use a few more jobs and a bit more prosperity courtesy of a bustling downtown?

  • No one thought it could happen

        With Donald Trump’s victory in the Indiana primary, and the subsequent exit of his last two rivals from the campaign, there are no remaining obstacles to a reality that ought to give Republicans nightmares.
        Trump – with no political experience, no real presidential qualifications, and no lack of contempt toward Muslims, women, and anyone who dares to disagree with him – will be the nominee of the once great Republican Party.

  • Trump is like Obama in some ways

        Now Donald Trump is the only Republican candidate left standing. Both Ted Cruz and John Kasich have thrown in the towel.

  • Jesus outranks the pope

        It seems, from reading Rick Howell’s Liberal Agenda last week, that Pope Francis is some sort of patron saint for left-wingers. Of course, Mr. Howell claims to be Roman Catholic, so one would expect him to think well of the leader of his church.

  • Letters 05/04/16

    Rate increases unneeded

        At its April 12 and 26,2016 meetings, Bedford Town Council voted to increase the Electric Utilities rate, the Meals tax and rejected the Transient Occupancy tax. As a council member and Chair of the Finance Committee, I recommended against and voted against these increases because I believe they are unnecessary.
    Electric Rate Increase

  • Supporting our small businesses is vital

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Protecting the Fourth Amendment in the digital age

    A lot has changed since 1986. Mail was sent with postage stamp, a search engine was called a library, “tweets” were the sounds made by birds, and “clouds” were found only in the sky. In 1986, computer storage was finite and expensive. It was unfathomable to think that something like email would allow users to send and receive electronic communications around the globe for free, much less store vast amounts of your information.

     

  • Of our American rights and freedoms, which one would you choose to celebrate and why?

    By Megan Horsley
    Jefferson Forest HS Good Citizen Sponsored by Peaks of Otter NSDAR

        Most people would assert that the right to bear arms or the freedom of religion should be celebrated because this is what makes America unique.  However, these rights would not be possible if the right to free speech was not a part of the United States Constitution.  The freedom of speech allowed the founding fathers to create the democratic government that American citizens take for granted today.