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Today's Opinions

  • Letters 04/09/14

    Confederate History, Heritage Month

        April 1 marks Confederate History and Heritage Month and all across the south, governors and local leaders have signed proclamations to honor the Confederate Veterans who fought and died to defend hearth and home.
        Not so in Virginia, the very State who called the men to fight.

  • It’s not the time to rethink the Libya ban

    Protecting American citizens from terrorist threats both at home and abroad is a fundamental role of the federal government. However, despite Libya’s long history of unrest and ongoing terrorist threats coming from the country, the Executive Branch has proposed reversing a longstanding prohibition against Libyans entering the United States to work in aviation maintenance, flight operations, or to study or train in nuclear-related fields. This shift in policy is misguided and ignores reality.

  • Forest Fire Department has busy first quarter

    By Ryan Burnette-Lieutentant/PIO
    Forest Vol Fire Department

        The first quarter of the year has been extremely busy for Forest Fire Department.
        March brought 53 calls for service, the largest being a 25 acre brush fire on Old Cifax Road. First Quarter totals for calls were 139, up 21 calls from the first quarter last year.
        Members logged over 5,500 man hours this quarter responding to calls, training, public education, maintenance, fundraising, and administrative duties.

  • New report: Climate change worsening

    Those who would deny climate change – or “global warming” as it’s sometimes called – already have a tough job, but it just got harder with the release of a new United Nations report.
        The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has won the Nobel Prize for its previous work. “Things are worse than we had predicted,” said a co-author of the report, referring to the group’s work in 2007.

  • Obama does something right

        I’m always amazed when President Barack Obama actually does something right. It’s so out of character for him. I guess even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then, and maybe that’s what President Obama has done in the midst of an otherwise incompetent, blundering foreign policy. Anyway, I have to give him credit for handling this situation well.

  • Letters 04/02/14

    Misplaced
    priorities

        Twenty-five plus years ago the city of Bedford was in the vanguard of municipalities that were facilitating the recycling of household waste. 
        My family was most impressed when we relocated here from Atlanta, which had virtually no residential recycling programs, to find that our new hometown, smaller than the neighborhood we had just left, offered curbside recycling.

  • Stopping EPA’s water power grab

    On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers issued a proposed rule to “clarify” waters that fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. However, this attempted clarification has made the issue murkier than ever. The proposed rule seeks to expand the term “waters of the United States,” which are those waters that are regulated under the law.

  • Timberlake Christian School’s response to allegations

     Liberty Counsel has been asked to represent Timberlake Christian Schools and to correct the record regarding allegations made about Timberlake Christian Schools and an eight-year-old girl by her great-grandparents and reported by a WSET news station.
        The statement below is from the school.