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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Drug abuse: A cause for concern, a cause for prayer

    The Bedford Christian fellowship wishes everyone in our community to recognize that drug abuse remains a serious problem in Bedford and across the nation.

    The local statistics are eye-opening. The 2004 Bedford City/County Youth Survey Report showed 12.1 percent of Bedford County Public School District students used marijuana and another 7.6 percent used other illegal drugs. By the time they reached 12th grade, 44.8 percent of Bedford County Public School students had tried marijuana and 7.6 percent had tried cocaine. Over 21 percent of 8th graders have tried inhalants.

  • Preserving the separation of church and state

    One of America’s great traditions is the constitutional right to religious freedom. It means that anyone and everyone in this country can choose to practice any religion that speaks to them.

    It also means that anyone and everyone has the right to have nothing whatsoever to do with religion. The right to practice atheism is also guaranteed in the constitution. Again, what’s important here is religious freedom, with emphasis on the word “freedom.” In America, you can believe or not believe.

  • Who will be the best in a crisis?

    Both the "Democrats" and Republicans have chosen the best nominees they could from the field of candidates they had from which to chose.

    Of course, neither John McCain nor Barack Obama have been officially nominated by their respective conventions. However, the party conventions are nothing more than a lot of choreographed nonsense made for TV. These two guys are the nominees.

  • Tasty options

    If you've been waiting to check out what's available at the Bedford Farmers Market, this is the week to do it.

    This is Farmers Market Week across Virginia and we're being urged to choose a day to consume only foods and beverages grown or produced only in the commonwealth.

    And there's plenty to enjoy, right here in Bedford. And you just might win a prize by doing so.

  • Obama will restore America's reputation

    On his recent trip abroad, Sen. Barack Obama saw evidence of the fact that our European allies, like most Americans, want our next president to offer a change of direction.

    After touring Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama spoke to a crowd of tens of thousands of people, many of them young, in Berlin, Germany. He reminded his audience of the long ties between the U.S. and Europe. He knew he was speaking before a crowd that has recently seen the U.S. as a swaggering, arrogant power that, under Bush and Cheney, thumbs its nose at the world.

  • Letters

    Why not have parade in the afternoon?

    In reading about the dispute on when to have the Christmas parade in Bedford, I wondered why it couldn't be held in the afternoon as it was done for decades.

    If I remember correctly, it was changed to the morning because of a conflict that year with a Liberty High championship to be held that afternoon. After that year, it was as if no one realized that the parade could be held in the afternoon as usual.

  • The American Energy Act

    Not a day goes by when I am not asked about rising energy prices. These increased costs affect everyone. A large number of factors have combined to put pressure on energy and gasoline prices, including diminishing U.S. oil production, increased world demand for crude oil, and U.S. refinery capacity that is inadequate to supply gasoline to a recovering national economy. These are serious problems that will not go away with time, and they require real solutions that will restore American energy independence and help ease the pain of record cost fill-up.