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Today's Opinions

  • The school system is stretching the taxpayer's dollars

    This upcoming school year the Bedford County Public School System is going to save 22,000 gallons of gas by adjusting parking locations for school buses.

    That’s 22,000 gallons, some $80,000 or more worth of savings.

  • Further action to rein in energy speculation needed

    In recent months, we have heard about speculators being one of the things that has driven up the price of oil on the world market, resulting in higher gasoline prices in the United States. To address unbridled speculation, the House of Representatives has passed a bill called the Energy Markets Emergency Act. This bill passed 402-to-19; I voted for it.

  • Letters

    Understanding domestic

    violence

    For the past seven years I have been an advocate for domestic violence services and I have been in awe of the outstanding community support given to the domestic violence services by churches, businesses, law enforcement and the people of Bedford City and Bedford County. I believe the stories of how the staff of BDVS and the community of Bedford as well as surrounding communities have helped women and their children need to be told.

  • What I saw in Iraq and Afghanistan

    Recently I was privileged to once again be a part of a congressional delegation to Iraq and Afghanistan to see firsthand the effort being made in the war on terrorism, to meet with members of the U.S. Armed Services serving in that troubled part of the world, and to ask tough questions of our military and civilian leaders about the progress being made. I returned with an even greater appreciation for the job they are doing and with optimism about our prospects for success and our ability to bring more troops home soon.

  • Bush, not Carter, is the worst ever

    I have to say I was somewhat astonished that my colleague to the left of me here came out recently and downright rejected George W. Bush and much of his presidency.

    I’m referring to Dr. John Barnhart, who of course is to the left of me only in the layout of this page. As he himself would be quick to state, he’s to the right of me in every other way.

  • Actually, we do read our Bibles

    Dr. James Dobson was absolutely correct when he criticized Barack Obama for distorting the traditional Christian understanding of the Bible in a speech Obama gave last month.

  • Bedford residents need you

    This monthly column highlights volunteer opportunities available through area non-profit organizations.

    The information is provided through the efforts of the Bedford Community Health Foundation and the generosity of The Bedford Bulletin. To submit information for your non-profit group, contact Mary Wiley, Bedford Community Health Foundation, at 586-5292, between 8 a.m. and noon.

  • Protecting our children from harm

    The victimization of children is a tragic epidemic in our society. According to some statistics, 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys are sexually exploited before they reach adulthood and this problem is further exacerbated by the number of children who are solicited and exposed to inappropriate material online. According to the Department of Justice, 1 in 7 children, ages 10 to 17, receive unwanted sexual solicitations online. I believe we must do everything within our power to stop this travesty, and protect our children from those who seek to victimize them.