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Today's Opinions

  • letters 08/23/17

    Uphold American ideals

        During World War II, 416,800 American soldiers died defeating our enemies arrayed around the world. This included the Nazi forces of Germany, the Fascists of Italy, and the militaristic expansionists of Japan.

  • Virginia’s heat climbs while its leaders nap

    By Stephen Nash

        Let’s say you’re inclined to think that the whole climate-change conversation is, okay, overheated. It’s a swelter out there, but so what? It’s late summer n Virginia, right? Give me a minute, just the same,  to make the case that it’s way past time to get a lot more serious about Virginia’s climate future. 

  • Restore America’s ideals

    By Clay Chastain
    Bedford

        A minuscule number of terrorists are wreaking havoc upon the world while American-born radical extremist groups (and individuals) try to follow suit here at home.

  • The end of ‘heritage’ propaganda

        After Charlottesville, we’re seeing a dramatic change in the attitudes of many Americans: The increasing consensus is that, yes, it’s time to remove Confederate statues and monuments off public property and stop the pretense that Confederate leaders should be revered.
        Right now, after the death of Heather Haier – hopefully the last victim of a war that ended in 1865 – Confederate statues are coming down in a frenzy across the South.

  • Thoughts on Charlottesville

        I’ve been thinking about the events that took place in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. It’s a rather complex, and ugly thing and I’ve come to several conclusions.
        Let me start out by saying that I’m totally opposed to the removal of any Confederate memorials. I am totally opposed to covering them with anything. They should be left right where they have been for 90 years or more. None of these monuments were divisive until some people, for political reasons, started to call for their removal.

  • The Gentleman from Bedford

        Lacey Putney was a statesman, a citizen legislator—the longest serving in Virginia—and a veteran.
        Putney was a Big Island native, a mentor and a good ole country boy.
        He was always ready to tell a story, was a man of action and vigorously represented this area.
        This past Saturday, Putney moved on to his reward, passing away at the age of 89.

  • Did you use the correct lenses?

    By Pastor Troy Keaton
    EastLake Community Church
    Moneta

        Do you see the eclipse this past Monday?  I accidentally did.  I was doing some work on our house and had to make a run to CAPPS Home Building Supply just about the time it was at maximum coverage.  Several of the employees were in the parking sharing glasses to view this “once in a lifetime” cosmic phenomena. They were kind enough to give me a look using the right lenses. 

  • Trump is clearly encouraging racism

         Racism and hate have to be taught. No one is born that way. That was the essence of a tweet that could truly be said to have been read around the world.
        It was from our last president, Barack Obama, sorely missed now by all the millions of Americans so horrified and embarrassed by the bad joke that replaced him.