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Today's Opinions

  • NCLB just might need to be left behind

    It appears that seven schools in Bedford County did not meet the No Child Left Behind's Adequate Yearly Progress requirements this past year and an eighth is on the fence. For all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the NCLB Act back in 2001, those results are more a sign of a failed federal policy than failures within the school system itself.

  • Letters

    Remembering the Community Cannery and New London Academy

    After reading your articles on the Community Cannery, it brought back a lot of memories about the Cannery and New London Academy.

  • Water release protocol

    For those that attended the DEQ Virginia Water Protection (VWP) Permit meeting in Gretna on Thursday night, I?m sure you found it an interesting evening.

    It is apparent the planners did not expect such a large turnout. I want to thank you for taking the time to attend. Your support was what was needed to allow us to have more time to work with the water release protocol and improve it to the benefit of all parties involved. I am now confident we will have another protocol work session in September.

  • Don't make the Dukakis mistake

    We’re told by political analysts that American voters don’t like “negative campaigning.” The talking heads say that voters want “positive” ideas, uplifting proposals about what candidates would offer for the future.

    It’s true that people respond to proposals that reflect their hopes. This was certainly the case during the Great Depression, when most voters saw that Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s promise of a “New Deal” was exactly what they needed. Today, however, we live in far more cynical times.

  • A heartbeat from the presidency

    While President Bush heads off to the Beijing Olympics to plant a big wet kiss on Hu Jintao's rear end, others of us are wondering who the two major party candidates are going to pick as their running mates.

    There's been a lot of speculation. Some think that John McCain ought to pick somebody who will bring economic expertise to the ticket. On the "Democratic" side, there's been speculation that Barack Obama will choose Tim Kaine.

  • Letters

    Wake Up Bedford

    For over three months, a committee from Bedford City Council has been meeting with a committee from the Board of Supervisors, behind closed doors, discussing whether the city of Bedford, after 40 years, should revert back to a town.

    There are advantages and disadvantages. It may be a good thing but we will not know until all the facts are in and presented to the citizens at a public hearing.

  • Providing for our military and our veterans

    America’s veterans have engaged in one of the noblest forms of public service: defending our nation. These brave, patriotic men and women have helped to liberate victims of oppression, spread democracy across the world and preserve the freedoms our nation was built upon. They have served on aircraft carriers in distant oceans, kept the peace on volatile borders, and patrolled the skies of international hot spots. Theirs is a service marked by humility and born of a love of country.

  • Bill would have provided better oversight of commodities trading

    The Commodity Markets Transparency and Accountability Act received a majority vote in the House of Representatives, but it failed to pass, because it was brought up on what is known as the suspension calendar. A bill brought up on suspension must have a two-thirds majority to pass. I voted for the bill and hope that it will be brought back as a regular order of business.