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Today's Opinions

  • A retirement home for al-Bashir

        The International Criminal Court charged Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir with crimes against humanity on March 4.

        While some people are applauding this action, all the evidence so far is that this action by this “court” is a farce. Al-Bashir reacted by expelling 13 aid agencies from Darfur. Other African leaders reacted by rallying around him.

        Al-Bashir continues to rule Sudan and live in luxury.

  • The school board should reconsider its pay proposal for the new superintendent

    Sometimes perception is more important than reality. That very well may be the case in the compensation package being proposed for the Dr. Douglas Schuch, the Bedford County School Board’s choice as its new superintendent.

  • Letters

    Bouncing checks

        Written to Senator Mark Warner, Virginia

  • We must work together to reform health care

    This last week President Barack Obama hosted a forum on health care at the White House.  The forum included Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, representatives from the health care industry including various medical specialties, hospitals, doctors, nurses and technicians, the health insurance industry, the business community and most importantly patients, the health care consumers who must be the focus of this process.  I am encouraged by the fact that so many individuals representing such diverse interests were able to come together to discuss the goal of providing

  • Conservatives ripping into each other

        All Washington was abuzz last week over the dust-up between new GOP national chair Michael Steele and Rush Limbaugh, the self-styled king of right-wing talk radio.

        The only thing larger than Limbaugh’s ego is his religious devotion to conservatism. He showed that this passion means far more to him than even the fate of his country when he stated that he hopes Barack Obama fails.

  • The terror of an activist presidency

        Whether an activist presidency is a joyful thing, or a fearful thing, depends on what that activist president wants to do.

        The greatest American president of the 20th century once said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

  • Welcome Dr. Schuch

    ow we know who Bedford County Public School's next superintendent will be. Dr. Douglas R. Schuch was introduced to the public at a press conference on Friday.

        Although Dr. Schuch is taking command at a difficult budgetary time, he will face a better situation than Dr. James Blevins faced when he came 11 years ago.

        For one thing, Dr. Blevins is leaving while in the good graces of the school board. Back in 1998, the school board was about ready to tar and feather Dr. John Kent and ride him out of town on a rail.

  • Letters

    Family expresses appreciation

        To all of our neighbors, friends, family, including the local businesses, churches, the Bedford Volunteer Fire and Rescue Departments, Bedford Police Department, and the City of Bedford Employees: