Today's Opinions

  • Dropout rates of local high school students affect our community and nation

    How would your life be different if you had not finished high school?

    Would you have the same job?ee marriage?ee security? For some people in our community, this is not a “what if” situation; it is reality. They have dropped out of school and are now in very difficult situations. What can we do to help those who have dropped out of school achieve the skills they need to succeed in society, and how can we motivate those who are in school to stay in and graduate?

  • Many Christians abandon right-wing politics

    The 2008 presidential race might be the first one in a while that hasn’t been decided by what we’ve previously known as “the religious right.” Many signs exist to suggest that those two words just don’t go together as well as they once did.

  • Rev. Jeremiah Wrong

    I can understand why Rick Howell believes that the national news media is obsessed with Jeremiah Wright and that this obsession is absurd. Mr. Howell is a member of the Roanoke City "Democratic" Committee and Barack Obama is the likely "Democratic" presidential nominee.

    He made an apples-and-oranges comparison which contrasted news coverage of the Rev. Wright's connection to Obama with John Hagee's endorsement of John McCain. There is no comparison.

  • Without a commitment for a sidewalk along Independence Boulevard, the zoning requirement results in a sidewalk to nowhere

    Up until recently, city of Bedford officials were counting on the Virginia Department of Transportation to come up with funds to build a sidewalk along Independence Boulevard. Because of that, developers along the road weren’t required to comply with the zoning ordinance to build sidewalks as part of their development.

    Up until now.

  • Working to make health care more accessible and affordable

    Currently, more than 47 million Americans are without health insurance and millions more are underinsured. These statistics are simply unacceptable. It is time for real health care reform which focuses on strategies that help Americans obtain the best quality health care at the least cost.

  • M-Spam becoming a serious problem

    Spam in text messages on cell phones is a growing problem in the United States, and several of us are sponsoring legislation in the House of Representatives to outlaw this practice.

    Earlier in this decade, the ?Do Not Call? registry was enacted in response to consumer complaints that unwanted telemarketing calls had become a serious nuisance at home and on their cell phones. Ever since the registry was established, the amount of unwanted telemarketing calls has dropped significantly.

  • Letters

    The Old Paths

    I like the Old Paths, when moms were at home dads, were at work, brothers went into the Army and sisters got married and then had children. Crime did not pay, hard work did and people knew the difference. Moms could cook, dads would work, children would behave.

    Husbands were loving, wives were supportive and children were polite. Women looked like ladies and men were gentlemen. Women wore jewelry and men wore pants, and children looked decent. People loved the truth and hated a lie, they came to the church to get in, not to get out.

  • Expand your world - volunteer

    If you believe volunteering is all about giving to others, you’ve missed half the point. Very often you will find that you “get” even better than you “give”.