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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Letters to the Editor 4/23/08

    Don?t forget the locally owned businesses

    ?What do you think will happen to your hardware business when Lowe?s opens here??

    Every day for weeks we?re asked some variation on this question. All we can say is that we?re going to keep doing the same thing we?ve done for 110 years ... listen to our customers and help them solve their problems. We?ll personally attend to those we serve, and at a fair price, just as most other locally owned businesses in Bedford have always done.

  • City and county officials should be commended for taking a look at...The status of Bedford

    Almost 40 years ago, the editorial writer of this page wrote this:

    ?We now live in the City of Bedford ? that is, some 6,500 of us do. Most of these 6,500 had little to say about the decision which brought this about. In fact, a considerable part of them, given the chance last June to render, at least indirectly, a verdict on the plan to make Bedford a city, voted against it. In the circumstances, the council?s decision for the transition must be considered unfortunate, both as to manner and timing.? (from the Bedford Bulletin-Democrat, Sept. 5, 1968).

  • Editorial - Taking time to remember the Virginia Tech tragedy... One year later

    "Take time to remember the legacies, remember the dreams and remember the talent that our community has lost. I hope you are inspired to work harder to honor the 32. Share your talents with the world for the 32. Achieve your dreams from the 32. Be more compassionate, friendly and thoughtful, for the 32. Be better, for the 32. To our brothers and sisters that we lost on April 16th 2007: We love you, we miss you and we would give anything for you to be here with us today.?

    Adeel Khan

    Virginia Tech Student Government Association president

  • Winter soldier hearings ignored

    A few weeks ago in Washington, D.C., Iraq Veterans Against the War sponsored the Winter Soldier Hearings, a public confessional by some of those who?d fought in Iraq and seen - and sometimes committed themselves - crimes against civilians.

    The word would be atrocities, such as what happened during the Vietnam War at the My Lai Massacre. But there are some people who can?t handle that word, and couldn?t handle it during Vietnam. So I looked it up.