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Today's Opinions

  • Letters 11/ 02/16

    An outstanding performance

        On Saturday, Oct. 29 my wife Bev  and I attended the fall concert of the Bedford Community Orchestra at Bedford Middle School..What an OUTSTANDING 2 + hours of musical entertainment.!!!  The 13 selections the orchestra performed ranged from a salute to Rogers &Hammerstein, sound tracks by John Williams, music from Apollo 13, Star Trek & much more.

  • The Affordable Care Act: more costly than ever

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • An important conversation is underway

    Right now, an important national conversation is underway in our communities. We’ve all seen the reports of deadly attacks on police officers and excessive use of force by some law enforcement officers. These events have strained race relations and heightened tensions as well as further added to feelings of mistrust between communities and law enforcement. The loss of these lives is tragic, and, like you, I want to see an end to this violence.

     

  • High water, severe storm preparation

    By Chris Bechtler
    Manager, Crazy Horse Marina

        As a dammed body of water, Smith Mountain Lake is susceptible to occasional severe flooding.
         Be it from a stalled tropical system or spring thaw, abnormally high water does occur.  Recent history suggests that AEP has a good grasp on managing the flow of the river and thus the water levels.  While there was some flooding upstream during recent major rain events, SML and our neighbors downstream were not severely impacted.

  • Kasich to GOP: ‘Evolve, or die’

        As Americans gets ready to vote, much attention is being paid to what will happen to the beleaguered Republican Party afterward should the result actually be what facts suggest.
        For several weeks now, Donald Trump has looked as though he’s about to lead the national GOP over a cliff. His disgusting candidacy has shamed not only himself and his supporters, but has made America an extreme curiosity in the rest of the world.

  • Why I will vote for Trump

        Next Tuesday is the big day. American voters will go to the polls and cast their ballots. The frightening part of this election is that somebody is going to win.
        Back in 2012, I held my nose and voted for Mitt Romney. I did not like Mitt Romney, but I voted for him as the lesser of two evils. I felt that reelecting Barack Obama amounted to committing national suicide and Obama, in the last four years, has not disappointed me. His foreign policy, such as it is, has done immense damage.

  • A good step

        It’s obviously not built yet, but it’s certainly a move in the right direction.
        Last week, the town of Bedford’s Economic Development Authority announced it had entered into an exclusive arrangement with Dogwood Development Company to negotiate and plan the feasibility of the construction of a business-class hotel in the town of Bedford.
        This is the shot in the arm the town needed and a good next step as it seeks to build tourism in the area.

  • Letters 10/26/16

    Are you glad...

        Are you glad we have the 13th Amendment?  Thank a Republican!  This amendment abolished slavery with 100% Republican support and only 23% Democrats support.
        What about the 14th Amendment?  Once again the Republicans made it happen with 94% support whereas the Democrats were 100% against it. This amendment provided citizenship and equal rights for all.