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Today's Opinions

  • The shot I'll remember

    If the first hole was any indication, it was going to be a very long day.

    I had received the invitation to go to a media day for the grand reopening of The Water’s Edge Golf Course and gladly accepted. Bulletin publisher Jay Bondurant and I set out for the course about 8 a.m. Thursday.

    It had been two years since I had been on a golf course. I wasn’t very good then and the first hole we played Thursday proved I hadn’t gotten any better with age.

  • Letters

    Speaking out

    Thank you to the Bedford Bulletin Editor for speaking on behalf of residents and business owners, especially when Bedford City officials turn a deaf ear and require a proposed business owner to “build a sidewalk to nowhere.” The May 14 editorial is piercingly clear: City Planners, supported by (Assistant) City Manager Warner, are enforcing an ordinance in a way that is simply unfair and inconsistent, and needs to change.

  • Before too long, we may all be relying on pedal power

    udos to the Bedford Police Department for helping save the city $1,000 a month in fuel costs.

    Though that savings wasn’t the primary reason for starting its bike patrol a year ago, it’s definitely a welcome side effect. As fuel prices continue to go up, pedal power is at least saving city taxpayers some money.

  • Special veterans' benefits

    The veteran who currently receives VA service-connected disability compensation, or benefits under the Improved Pension Program may also be entitled benefits provided in two other programs.

  • Providing for our armed forces

    Daniel Webster once said, “God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.” These words appropriately describe our brave men and women in uniform who have put their lives on the line for our nation. They serve on aircraft carriers in distant oceans, keep the peace on volatile borders, patrol the skies of international hot spots, and their work is difficult, lonely, and often very dangerous.

  • Democrats reject bill to increase refinery capacity

    Memorial Day is a time that helps us to recall what it means to be an American. Patriotism and appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our veterans was displayed proudly at the Memorial Day events that I attended around the Fifth District. Especially moving was the ceremony at the D Day Memorial in Bedford.

    Last week, the large defense authorization measure, which included pay raises for our military, was considered. I was saddened that the Motion to Recommit, which provided fuel savings and greatly expanded G. I. Bill benefits, was rejected by the Democrats.

  • Letters

    The way it was intended

    If there were a way to bring Sherwin-Williams to Bedford on Saturday afternoon in May, they would go back, invent a paint color and call it Bedford Blue. It is the color of the cloudless sky at 2:00 in the afternoon in Bedford, Virginia. It is the color that God intended the sky to be.

    If the people who bottle water want to know how it should taste they will come to Bedford, Virginia on a Saturday in May and taste the fresh cool water, the way that God intended it to be.

  • Ted Kennedy's service to America

    A serious illness has put the Kennedy name where it has so often been in modern American political history — at the top of the news.

    Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, “Ted” or “Teddy” to the millions who love him, has a malignant brain tumor, for which he will be treated over the coming months. News coverage of the senator following this development has proven the depth of respect and admiration for him from both political parties, historians, commentators, and political observers of all kinds.