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Today's Opinions

  • Looking beyond the mid-terms

        After Labor Day, voters will finally start to pay attention to mid-term elections around the country.
        While there are certainly some high-profile choices, it seems likely that nothing much will change the dynamics in Washington.
        Republicans have hopes of taking control of the U.S. Senate, and most of the seats being defended are Democratic. But Democrats have a shot at taking GOP seats in a few states, most notably Kentucky and Georgia.

  • Residents have second chance on a great opportunity

    By Denny Huff
    Executive Director
    Bedford Community Health Foundation

        For everyone who will ever need healthcare in our area, the CENTRA hosted Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, Aug. 14, was a chance to see the future of our community hospital.

  • A pro-consumer, pro-competition policy

    Have you ever wanted to switch wireless carriers, but keep the same phone? Or have you purchased a used phone recently and planned to activate it on a different wireless network? It seems like common sense to me. Consumers who have completed their phone contracts or have purchased a used phone should be able to activate their device on their network of choice. However, if you’ve tried to do that in the last year, you know that this simple action is no longer allowed under current law. But, that’s about to change.

  • Take responsibility

        Normally this back-to-school editorial challenges parents to take responsibility for their children’s education.
        They should. The more involved parents are, the more likely their children are to be successful in school.
        But students must take responsibility, too. And that’s the focus of this year’s exhortation.
        The time of sliding by needs to be dumped in the trash with those federally-mandated healthy lunches nobody wants to eat.

  • E pluribus duobus?

     

        Peggy Noonan, in her column that appeared in the Wall Street Journal at the beginning of the month, speculated on the possibility that American society has become so divided that the United States may eventually split up. She cites our sharp divisions over issues, such as abortion, immigration, government regulation and ObamaCare.

  • The limits of American power

        In the wake of President Obama’s decision to launch American airstrikes in Iraq, it’s been common in the media to refer to him as “the reluctant warrior.”
        Well, that phrase describes him very well and we should be grateful. We should also remember that if the last president had been as reluctant, none of the mess in Iraq would exist as it does now.

  • Supermoons and Super-Parties

    By Hannah Steele

        Everyone likes to have a party. But what about a party where there is more learning and laughing than drinking and dancing?
        On August 10, the moon was as close to the Earth as it will be this year.  This closest approach of the moon to the earth is called a perigee.  2014’s perigee  resulted in the moon appearing much bigger and brighter than a normal full moon, thus giving it the title of supermoon.

  • Sustainable Agriculture

    By Richard H. Ruff
    Goode

        There’s a new buzz-word going around in the country called sustainable farming.
        There can only be one definition of sustainable agriculture. The operator generates enough income to support a family off the land without off-farm income or farmer’s welfare while maintaining the soil fertility, the fences and keeping a young productive herd of livestock plus reducing his debt load.