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Today's Opinions

  • A moment of awe

        He stood there for just a moment, somewhere between space and earth, resting on the steps of his capsule—and then he jumped.
        And the world watched in awe.
        Felix Baumgartner was on his way down, 24 miles, to the New Mexico desert.
        It was a jump for the ages—he was a daredevil and a hero.
        To some, Baumgartner was just plain crazy.
        He fell, and he tumbled; he soared and he floated.

  • Letters 10/10/12

    A lifetime of the right stuff

        Meet John Douglass.
        Brigadier General John Douglass (Ret) of Virginia, has thrown his cap into the political arena and come out of retirement to serve the Congressional 5th District, his state and his country one more time.

  • Personal opinions: A response to Rick Howell

    By Clifford Russell
    Forest

        I guess I should not be surprised Rick Howell is affiliated with Progressives.
        Mr. Cook’s statement of what I said is not accurate.  We were discussing what to do about the poverty produced by illegitimate children and I stated it would be better to execute the parents and put the child up for adoption.
        The following is the first section of my response to the article on the Progressive Web site.

  • Local GOP volunteer: Execute 'illegitimate' parents

    Mr. Clifford Russell’s letters in this paper have always made me chuckle; they’re so predictable and so extreme. He rants about something he calls the “atheistic, socialistic media.” He links Democrats to the Devil Himself, blaming our party for every possible social ill.
        He presents his very extreme right-wing views as somehow “Christian,” and of course, by doing that, he thinks he can justify it.

  • Do we really want to be like Europe?


        We have less than four weeks to go before election day when we will make decisions that will decide the direction in which our country moves.
        President Barack Obama, who wants four more years, seems to have a vision for turning America into Europe. Europe is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there and I’m glad that my German, English, Italian and Welsh ancestors came here, starting in the late 18th century. I’m very happy that I am not European.

  • Letters 10/03/12

    Insulted by Romney
     
        I am insulted by Mitt Romney. 
        I am part of the 47 percent whose vote he will never get, but I do not feel victimized or entitled to government assistance. 

  • Protecting American creativity and innovation

  • To tweak or not to tweak, that is the question

    By Stephen Stevick,
    Bedford County Planning Commissioner
    District 5, 2005 to 2011

        Bedford County Board of Supervisor member Ms. Tammy Parker and various members of the Bedford County Planning Department staff have announced that they were at odds with senior staff on the issue of whether or not the updating of the county’s zoning ordinance to bring it in line with the Comprehensive Plan should be comprehensively rewritten or simply “tweaked.”