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Today's Opinions

  • Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...
  • Letters 03/19/14

    Pre-K funding woes

        The March 6, 2014, News and Advance had a front page story concerning changes to Pre-k funding.
          The Lynchburg and Bedford school systems could lose almost 100 slots for Pre-K students due to this change.  I have a solution to ease the funding woes.  Both localities have a number of existing high-quality private Pre-schools that could educate those students at a significant savings compared to the public schools. 

  • Honoring women of character, courage, and commitment

    From the birth of our nation, women have played an integral role in history. We can all think of a woman who has influenced the course of the United States. Think of Dolley Madison, who saved the painting of George Washington from fire, or Clara Barton, founder of what is now the American Red Cross. The suffragists who fought for the right to vote also come to mind as well as Rosa Parks who took a stand for civil rights, Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female justice on the United States Supreme Court, and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.

  • GA adjourns—without a budget

    By Delegate T. Scott Garrett, M.D.
    23rd House District

        The 2014 session of the General Assembly has adjourned – without a budget.

  • What’s up with the $6 million?

    By Ann Briscoe
    Thaxton

        I attended the Bedford County Board of Supervisors’ meeting March 11. 

  • The influence of the web ever increases

    Apparently, there was a 25th anniversary last week of the founding of the World Wide Web. It was 1989 when British inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee first proposed and used the word “Web” to describe this global connection through computers.
        Or something like that...and I say “apparently” about the anniversary, because, according to an article on Slate magazine, the Web has too many anniversaries. If you look at when the first e-mail was sent, or when the first “.com” address was established, those are all different dates.

  • Obama is no match for Putin

        I’ll admit that I’m quick to blame everything bad in the world, including stinkbug infestations, on Barack Obama. However, I think the weak, indecisive leadership of a former community organizer was only one factor in former KGB Colonel Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin’s calculations when he decided to send Russian troops into Crimea.

  • For the kids

        Adults have many responsibilities when it comes to children.
        We feed them, house them and clothe them.  We provide for their education and for their well-being.
        We give them opportunities to have fun, and we provide them with models on how they should live their lives.
        Those last two responsibilities came into play in the furor over the Bedford Central Recreation Association.