Today's Opinions

  • Pope Francis: Climate change a moral issue

    Pope Francis first got the attention of the political world several months after his 2013 election, when, in answer to a question, he said, “I’m not a right-winger.”
        Progressives all over the world knew, at that moment, that a new day had dawned. This wasn’t going to be a Pope in the style of the German Benedict XVI, or even the socially conservative Pope John Paul II.

  • Power is derived from the people

        We are now, as I write, between two milestones on the road toward the freedom we now enjoy. Last week, we marked the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, when English nobles forced King John to affix his seal to copies of a document that recognized some individual rights.
        Initially, these English nobles were the beneficiaries but the council of barons Magna Carta provided grew into Parliament with its House of Lords and House of Commons and the rights recognized became seen as rights of Englishmen in Genera.

  • Letters 06/17/15

    Election results

        The crybabies have spoken.
    Frank Spaulding
    Thanks for help

        The Bedford International Alliance thanks those who helped with the Bedford Boys Cemetery Ceremony on Memorial Day.
        The flowers were donated by Frederic’s Flowers and Rapid Printing. We thank American Legion Post 54, the Rev. Jack Davis, Mrs. Lisa Butler and the members of the BIA who participated in the ceremony

    Al Vincent

  • A message to our graduates: It’s just the beginning
  • Beating the tea party in Tidewater

        Politics can often be a terrific venue for the mixture of business and pleasure. If you can’t manage it in Tidewater, so close to Virginia Beach, you’ll never figure it out.
        But I had no such trouble last week, working on the campaign of House of Delegates candidate Steve Heretick in Portsmouth and Norfolk.
        Heretick was waging what many considered a nearly impossible task, seeking to end the career of longtime delegate Johnny Joannou in the June 9 primary.

  • Eight centuries of individual rights

        Monday marked the 800th anniversary of a major event in the development of American freedom. On June 15, 1215, King John of England was forced by both England’s nobles and clergy to sign a document that came to be known as Magna Carta. King John signed multiple copies — actually, he affixed his royal seal to them — and four of these originals still exist.

  • Move over

        Keep our emergency responders safe – don’t forget, to “Move Over.”
        June is now designated as “Move Over Awareness Month” in the Commonwealth. The designation is the result of the 2014 Virginia General Assembly Session and continues the effort to raise drivers’ attention about this lifesaving law, a recent press release from the Virginia State Police noted.

  • Letters 06/10/15

    Problems with article
        I have a new bone to pick with John Barnhart regarding his article about Appalachian Vapors.