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Today's Opinions

  • The crack of the bat

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        The crack of the bat sent a tall popup skyward behind home plate.  I was the catcher and staggered beneath that mile-high ball as it rushed earthward.  I thrust my mitt up and made a lucky catch, the ball wedging itself between my mitt and my bare hand.

  • The slow, steady triumph of science

        Popular scientist Stephen Hawking died recently, after a lifetime of defying disability and bringing astronomy to the American public in a way that was engaging, highly informative, and even tinged with humor.
        Hawking had done groundbreaking work on understanding black holes, especially their relation to how the universe began. His 1988 book, “A Brief History of Time,” was an amazing best-seller, credited with bringing complicated scientific theory to a mainstream audience of lay people.

  • John Sharp is right

        A while back I wrote a column with the title “Kevin Willis is right,” This time, it’s John Sharp who is on the right track.

  • Passing it on

        Virginia Trout Heritage Day is this Saturday, April 7, and it’s a good time to pass on to the next generation the joys of fishing. Liberty Lake in Bedford is one of several area bodies of water in Virginia being stocked for this event.
        Trout Heritage Day hearkens back to years gone by when trout season had an official opening season.

  • Letters 03/28/18

    Recycling benefits us, earth

        If you recycle you may have been told: “You might as well give up on recycling, because it is all going into the landfill.”.
        Wake up people and spread the word that this is not true.
        I talked with Vicky Esposito at  (540) 586-7656 at Bedford County Recycling and this is what I learned: “Bedford County is fully committed to treat your recyclables as treasures.”

  • Youth will forge a progressive future

        It’s truly sad to think that a young generation of Americans coming of age now will one day have to say that the first president they remember was…Donald Trump.
        Those of us who have seen many presidents must help our youth know what a deviation from the norm this clown and his regime represents.

  • Solutions, not name calling, are needed

        Three weeks ago I mentioned why I’ve been citing the figures from the Rasmussen poll. Judging from Rick Howell’s Liberal Agenda from last week, it would appear that Mr. Howell has a reading comprehension problem. Actually, I’m sure Mr. Howell has no problem understanding what he reads. His problem is that he is a hyper zealous “Democratic” Party activist. so he will prefer polls that provide him with numbers to his liking.

  • He is Risen!

    Matthew 20:17-19
    17 Now Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples aside on the road and said to them, 18 “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, 19 and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.”

    Matthew 27:33-37: