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Today's Opinions

  • Town meeting

        By now you should have received a letter from the County with regard to the zoning of  your property under the new proposed Zoning Ordinance.  Some additional information has appeared in the local newspapers describing the ordinance changes. 

  • Alien cartoon correct about the GOP

        If ever there was a political cartoon that was just perfectly brilliant, it was the one in the Roanoke Times last week.

        In it, a man and his wife step outside onto their front porch to see a space ship sitting in the front yard. They look at and listen intently to the alien who has emerged from the craft.
    He says, “We have been watching transmissions of something called ‘the Republican debates,’ and we see no reason for your species to continue.”

  • Strange stories and an amazing fact

        This election season has been one of strange stories and amazing facts.

        One of the amazing facts is that, for the first time in the 14 years that I have been covering the Bedford area, there are contested elections. During those years, most school board and board of supervisors incumbents have run for reelection unopposed.

  • Get out and Vote!

    Next Tuesday is the big day! It's the day that we get to do more than just gripe about the government. It's the day we get to do something about it. Nov. 8 is election day.

        Last month the people of the little North African country of Tunisia got to exercise a basic human right that Americans have had for more than two centuries. That country had its first free and fair election in its history and that day didn't come easy. They had to run a dictator out of the country earlier this year and some Tunisians died in the effort.

  • Letters 10/26/11

    Saddened by news


        As a supporter of law enforcement, and as a public school teacher, I was saddened to hear of the deputy in Bedford being arrested this week for sexual activity with a minor.
        I live in Bedford County and am a fan of Sheriff Brown for many reasons, mainly because of his department’s battle against sexual predators. That being said, I did want to assure myself that the department does everything possible to weed people like Mr. Grubbs out in the initial hiring process.

  • 5th District job creators express discouragement with government regulations

    This past week I held a jobs roundtable with nearly 60 local small business leaders in Danville to talk about the House of Representatives’ pro-growth jobs plan and to hear from our true job creators about ways to help jumpstart our economy.

     

  • Holding the Justice Department accountable

    Just days before Christmas 2010, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, a member of the Border Patrol’s elite Search, Trauma and Rescue team was on patrol with three other agents. He was ten miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border when a gun fight broke out with as many as five illegal aliens. Agent Terry was fatally wounded.

     

  • Virginia veterans benefits

    By Donald Mustard


        This month I am pleased to offer the first of two articles concerning benefits available from the Commonwealth of Virginia for veterans and, in some cases, survivors and dependents, in addition to those provided by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Eligibility for most state and federal benefits is based on discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions.  Benefits for survivors and dependents are based on the veteran’s eligibility.