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Today's Opinions

  • “Help Us Help You”

    By Nicole S. Johnson

  • SML property owners no longer own lake front property

    By Bill Brush
    President and Founder of Cut Unnecessary Regulatory Burden, Inc (C.U.R.B.)

        Franklin County Circuit Court Justice Reynolds, on 11 April decided Pressl v APCO in favor of APCO; and on 16 June decided APCO v Nissen, in APCO’s favor. 

  • The Calvin Rice Room

        Calvin Rice is well-known to visitors at the Peaks of Otter. As well he should be. Rice has worked along the Parkway since 1958 and much of that time was spent at the Peaks of Otter Lodge after it opened in 1964.
        Now Rice will be remembered for years to come as visitors gather in the Calvin Rice Room at the Lodge, officially dedicated with a ribbon cutting last Wednesday. The room, which has a splendid view of Abbott Lake and Sharp Top, can be used for conferences, wedding receptions and other events held there.

  • Finding gold

        Two weeks ago a group of people got a look at Bedford’s newest business when Beale’s Brewery opened its doors to host a party. The brew-pub will hold a soft opening this Thursday at noon and open to the public on Saturday.
        This development recycles existing developed property. Instead of plowing over undeveloped land, the developer made use of one of the old industrial buildings that have been moldering along the railroad tracks for decades.

  • Northam, Gillespie set for fall battle

        Last week’s gubernatorial primary didn’t produce any surprise winners, but it still didn’t turn out as largely predicted.
        Democrat Ralph Northam sailed to a more sizable win than had been thought likely, as he cashed in all the chips he’d gathered over the last few years.

  • Tuesday is primary day in Virginia!

        Virginians know how our state holds a governor’s election the year after the presidential contests, and we take for granted that it will be watched everywhere. This year is no less true!
         On Tuesday, June 13, citizens of the Old Dominion who don’t like to miss elections will go to the polls and choose either a Democratic or Republican ballot. Problem is, those “who don’t like to miss elections” are smaller than they’ve ever been, and it’s a serious problem for our democracy.

  • Samson, the Philistines are upon you!

        She said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the LORD had departed from him. (Judges 16:20 NSAB)

  • May we never forget

    By James F. Burns

        A tear welled up in Hal’s eye, a deep sadness etched across his face as he recalled the moment.  Omaha Beach, the day after the D-Day invasion.  Hal had been tasked by his company commander to go back down onto the beach and retrieve some equipment.  A farm boy from Iowa now deep into his 60s, he shared this memory with me, his words below.