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Today's Opinions

  • VIPER attracts business

    VIPER, the motor sports initiative at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), continues to develop into a potent economic engine for Southside Virginia.

  • Blues and BBQ

    On Saturday April 19, Centertown Bedford came alive with the soulful sounds that only Blues Music can create in our Farmer’s Market.

    Top blues performers, Minus John, Eli Cook & Band, Billy Sutton & Roadhouse entertained the crowd in the rain all night. Keith Campbell did a great job as emcee and filling in for our first musician who could not attend.

  • Letters

    Taking care of pets, the county

    I have been thinking of the ways you could increase the budget and maybe alleviate the pet (humane) population. I have been a pet owner all my life. Cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, chickens, rabbits. Here is my estimation on how to increase the revenue for Bedford and Bedford County.

    Dogs - females that are used to breed more of their breeds - $20 fee or maybe even $25. They do sell these animals for a profit.

    Dogs - a female mutt pet $15 or even $20 if spayed a total of $10 per dog.

  • The economic mess is downright scary

    When it comes to the economy, I might have a little something in common with John McCain.

    The Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee said sometime ago - another remark he now regrets - that he really didn’t know much about the economy. I have to say that I, too, don’t know as much about economic issues as I do other topics included in the vast realm of politics.

  • We need to build up our Navy

    Once again, I find myself having to agree with a "Democrat." Not the one on the opposite side of this page from me. I'm talking about Senator James Webb.

  • Wise spending

    This week the federal government was supposed to start sending U.S. taxpayers back some of their own money, through what has been touted as an economic stimulus tax rebate payment.

  • The madness of spring (and politics)

    Don?t hold the presses just yet, but it looks like we have actually achieved spring.

    With that comes a certain madness, the kind that makes some people think it?s July already. Modes of dress (especially among the young) are starting to become shorter and more ?summery,? if there?s such a word. Yet the colds that many people still have should refer them back to the calendar.

  • A subject for prayer

    I'm in Ukraine this week. At least, I assume I am as I wrote this before I left Roanoke on April 16. The news reports in the days before my departure were full of stories about canceled flights due to FAA inspections, but the airline I'm flying on wasn't being affected by these. I'm sure that, as you read these words, I'm in Ukraine.