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Today's Opinions

  • Standing with Israel

    The United States and Israel share a strong bond. Since Israel declared its independence in 1948, the U.S. has developed a positive relationship with Israel based on shared democratic values and common security interests. Israel has proven to be a valuable American ally since.

  • BOS wrapping up the budget

    By Steve Wilkerson
    Bedford County District 3 Supervisor

        Greetings to all, and a happy upcoming spring.

  • Sorry, Bibi; no war with Iran

        Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought his case against Iran, and its apparent plans for a nuclear weapon, to the Congress last week, in a speech sponsored by America’s new foreign policy chief, John Boehner.
        Actually, Boehner, the Speaker of the House, has no authority whatsoever in foreign policy, but he acted like it when he invited “Bibi,” as he is known, without informing the White House in any way.

  • The form of a republic without the substance

        As regular readers of this column know, I always put democrat and democratic in quotes when I’m referring to a particular political party. That’s because I’m convinced the modern “Democratic” Party is anything but democratic. This party has become dominated by its extreme left wing and has increasingly authoritarian leanings.

  • Take time to thank a farmer!

        Agriculture is vital to Bedford County.
        The county boasts some 200,000 acres of farmland and 1,400 farms, with more than $23.6 million in annual farm sales. More than 40 percent of all of Bedford County’s land is used for farming.
        And there are almost 3,000 agriculturally-based jobs in the county.

  • Letters 03/04/15

    Supports Messier, Willis and Dolley

        After four years of constant failure from our current Board of Supervisors, Bedford voters will soon have a chance to hold their elected officials accountable for closed schools, poor treatment of County employees, and a Supervisor pay raise to the tune of 31.5%. My neighbors, I encourage you to select John Messier, Kevin Willis, and Andy Dooley when you go to the polls on June 9 for the Republican Primary. Here’s why.

  • The Federal Reserve must be transparent and accountable

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    The Federal Reserve System supervises nearly all banking in the United States and plays a substantial role in the domestic and global economies. Since its creation in 1913, the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors has expanded its power, and its role in monetary policy has gone relatively unchecked. Given the impact that its policies can have on our economy, the Federal Reserve must be transparent and its leaders must be held accountable to the American people.

     

     

  • ISIS in America

    With increasing regularity, Americans are bearing witness to the depravity of terrorists claiming the mantle of “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” or ISIS, but also sometimes referred to as ISIL.  Relatively unknown to many in America just a few years ago, ISIS relishes in their own barbarity with videos depicting the murders of prisoners. As we have seen recently in Denmark, France, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany, these terrorists are intent on destroying our way of life.