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Today's Opinions

  • A naive foreign policy

    It's rare that I agree with a "Democrat" and it's even rarer that I agree with Hillary Clinton. She is, however, absolutely correct in one of her criticisms of Barack Obama. Obama would pursue a very naive foreign policy.

    Obama has said that one of his first acts as president would be to meet with the leaders of countries such as Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, Syria and Iran. These meetings would be without preconditions and the offers would be made without any advance diplomacy.

    I can imagine the letter he may write to Venezuela's President Hugo Chvez.

    Dear Hugo,

  • A classic portrayal

    One of my favorite cinematic moments of all time is in the Ten Commandments when Moses encounters God at the fiery bush that didn't burn.

    "Moses! Moses!" God calls out from within the bush, in a deep, bellowing voice.

    And there Moses, played by Charlton Heston in one of the epic performances of all time, meets "I Am Who I Am" and sets out to set His people free.

    It was a great moment in a great movie.

  • By staying the execution of the man convicted of murdering a Winchester police officer, Gov. Kaine went too far

    Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine has found another reason to break a campaign promise by failing to go through with yesterday's scheduled execution of Edward Nathaniel Bell.

    Kaine's reasoning is shallow.

    In staying the execution of Bell ? convicted of murdering Winchester Police Sgt. Rick L. Timbrook in 1999 ? Kaine said he feared the emotional toll such an execution, and possible delay, takes on those administering the justice, as well as the families of the victim.

  • Letters

    Supervisors made bad decision

    Speaking for myself, as a minister who has served this community for 13 years I am shocked by the story ("Supervisors Deny Townhouse Request", March 12) of a company being denied a permit to build townhouses for its seasonal workers, apparently because the seasonal workers were Hispanic.

    Although I have not spoken directly to anyone involved with anyone involved the story as written is shocking on several levels.

  • Protecting our children

    It has become almost commonplace to turn on the evening news or visit an online news source and see the headlines detailing a terrible crime involving a child. While most of us shudder at the thought of a child being harmed, each year hundreds of thousands of children are victims of abuse, neglect, or violence.

    It is time that we take back our communities and strengthen protections for our children.

  • Drilling in ANWR should be permitted

    On the way to a meeting last week, I stopped to talk with some farmers. One of them was quick to point out how to improve our economy. “We don’t need a check in the mail,” he said, adding, “We need to bring down the cost of gasoline.” I agree.

  • Youth can make the difference

    When it comes to drug use in Bedford, youth can make the difference.

    This is the conclusion from a report about drug abuse student councils in colleges. This could also be applied to junior high schools and high schools.

  • U.S. deaths in Iraq pass 4,000

    Iraq war death number 4,000 happened as a result of a roadside bomb, which has been a typical way our troops have died in that war.

    As we reached this dubious milestone in a war that seemingly has no end, the USA Today newspaper made a commendable effort to put names and details on the numbers.

    It reported, for example, that more than half (52 percent) of the 4,000 U.S. deaths were from bombs. Only 16 percent died by enemy gunfire.