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Today's Opinions

  • Slow down or move over because there's too much at stake

    With summer traffic in full gear it's time for a reminder: Slow down or move over when passing emergency personnel on Virginia roadways.

    Of course, that should also apply to roads in any state your travels may take you this year.

    Recent events involving Virginia State Police troopers serve as a reminder to make this a priority.

  • Letters

    City's budget and charities

    I'm sure that the different organizations and charities, in these times of financial hardship, still appreciate any funding from the City, even if it was halved for some of them. (Real Estate tax rate article, June 18).

  • Letters

    Thanks for donations

    Bedford Christian Ministries would like to thank everyone in the community who donated food to the recent Letter Carrier's Food Drive; Charles Obenchain at the Post Office who coordinated this effort in Bedford, and Boy Scout Troop 745 who assisted volunteers at BCM when the food was delivered there.

    This food will be distributed to the hungry in Bedford City and County.

    Linda Daniel

    Task Force Coordinator, BCM

  • America needs a real energy policy

    Energy is vital to every sector of the U.S. economy, including homes, small businesses and industries. Energy powers computers, appliances, technology and the Internet and fuels transportation and farming. When energy supplies are tight, families and businesses are severely impacted by the resulting increase in energy costs.

  • Preparing for emergencies and disasters

    In my last article I reminded you of important things to do during severe weather. Today, I want to go a little further. Does your family have a plan for emergencies? Do you have all the supplies you would need if you had to leave your home in an emergency? Do you have a first aid kit?

  • Will racism stop Obama?

    It’s becoming clear that Sen. Barack Obama will face an intense campaign of scrutiny that will question his judgment, experience and temperament for the job of president.

    That’s to be expected, of course. Anyone seeking the presidency should be held to the strictest of standards. But as the first African-American nominee of a major party for president, what is thrown Obama’s way is likely to be racist sooner or later.

  • Anything goes when there is no standard

    At the end of May, Cybercast News Service (www.cnsnews.com) carried an article about statements that Barack Obama made, the previous month, in an interview with a magazine called "The Advocate."

  • Allegations of problems with the Virginia Lottery scratch-off games emphasize the fact that playing the lottery is never a good bet

    It's a good bet that if you play the lottery, you're more likely to lose money than win. Claims this past week that the Virginia Lottery had sold tickets when the top prize had already been won obviously showed the odds were even worse ? there was no chance at all.

    A business finance professor from Washington and Lee University claims that tickets he purchased last summer in the Beginner's Luck game were sold after all of the top prizes of $75,000 had been won. He said there was "zero chance" he could have won the top prize.