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Today's Opinions

  • Letters

    Prejudice and paranoia

        It is not an easy thing I ask.  First of all, hear me out.

        The Confederate battle flag [rebel flag] was used in the 19th century as the banner of a people who fought primarily for their freedom from the oppression[financial, social, and otherwise] of a northern neighbor.  Many Virginians were a part of this cause.  This cause was lost. Every April 15 we are reminded of this.

  • Health care reform will pass

        It was indeed a historic moment when the health care reform bill passed the House of Representatives, simply because corporate opposition and right-wing hysteria have always kept it from getting that far.

        It was President Harry Truman who first tried to institute universal health care. His plans were defeated by the American Medical Association, which trotted out some alleged quote from Lenin about the glories of “socialized medicine.”

  • Liberal intolerance

        The situation the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington D. C. may face shows the extent that liberal politicians will go to shove the homosexual agenda down our throats.

        Members of the Washington D. C. City Council are considering an ordinance that would legalize same-sex marriage in our nation’s capital. The ordinance goes beyond putting a government stamp of approval on these sort of couplings and this creates a problem for the Archdiocese of Washington.

  • With thanksgiving

    In any given year, the reality of life is that one enjoys both blessing and hardship, triumph and defeats.         Many times it is easier to recount the struggles, than to focus on the blessings. Let this week once again provide the impetus to focus on the blessings.    

  • Letters

    Getting the

    leftovers

        I am going to try to clear up this little matter about Bedford Primary School’s cafeteria floor. I’m one of the custodians at this school.

        Yes, we do need a gym. But we need to get it in a truthful way. But you do not have to bring the custodial staff down in the process. If Mrs. Owens worked a day in the custodian staff shoes, she would find that the comment she made about the cleanliness of the cafeteria floor was and is wrong!

  • McDonnell’s own Jeremiah Wright

        It didn’t take Pat Robertson long, did it?

        He couldn’t even wait until his younger protégé, Bob McDonnell, was sworn in as the next governor of Virginia before he put the spotlight on himself.

        In the wake of the Fort Hood shootings, Robertson took a new opportunity to make an ignorant and hateful remark about Muslims, something he’s done before. This time, though, he set a new standard in expressing his loathing for Islam.

  • Gone over the edge

        I’m still not sure what to make of Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who allegedly killed 12 soldiers and one civilian employee of the Army at Fort Hood three weeks ago. I use the phrase “allegedly killed” because, under our legal system, a person is considered innocent until proven guilty in court.

  • The General Assembly should take a look at lowering speeds

    ccidents happen.

        Sometimes those accidents can’t be avoided, but far too often they could have been. Reducing the speed on secondary roads in Virginia might help.

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors plans to ask legislators to lower the speed limits on all secondary roads from 55 miles per hour to 45 mph, unless a different speed is posted. That change could potentially help save lives in Bedford County and across the commonwealth.

        It’s a request worthy of consideration.