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Today's Opinions

  • Letters 11-01-17

    Bedford/Franklin
    counties
    welcome Amtrak

        This Halloween, a special “treat” is in store for Southwest Virginia with the launch of passenger train service to and from Roanoke.  As elected representatives of Bedford and Franklin counties, we enthusiastically welcome this important development.
        Traveling by train is gaining in popularity in the U.S. During the last fiscal year, 31.6 million passengers used Amtrak, an all-time record, according to a recent article in Smarter Travel.

  • Welcome Back Roanoke Amtrak!

    Vicki Gardner
    Executive Director, Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce
    and
    Susan Martin
    President/CEO, Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Where is peace?

    By Rev. Troy Keaton
    EastLake Community Church
    Moneta

        Where is Peace?  There is spirit of division in the air.  In every arena of life it seems that hostility is raging.   
        The powers of the world are teetering on the edge of conflict and technology has made it more vocal than ever.   And it is not just the leaders of nations, it seems that rage and anger are the spirit of the day. 

  • He’s headed for a bad end

         I saw a great bumper sticker the other day: “Elect a clown, expect a circus.” That’s exactly what we have with President Boy Child.
        The latest outrage was to find out that this vile wretch had told the wife of a U.S. soldier killed in action that “he knew what he signed up for.” But I doubt if the young man suspected he’d be the latest victim of an unnecessary military deployment in a strange land, only for America’s global ambitions.

  • It’s too late

        A lady I know who is a liberal “Democrat” said something last month that I found disturbing. I won’t mention her name, but the reason I found it disturbing is that I have known her for a decade and have always found her to be one of those rare reasonable liberals and I respect her.

  • Open government

        Bedford Town Council has chosen to give the public a chance to hear from the seven applicants who have filed to fill the seat of James Vest, who has resigned from council because he is moving out of town.
        Council also made the names and information provided by those applicants available to the public this week following a formal Freedom of Information Act request made by the Bulletin.
        Council should be commended on both counts of allowing the public access to that information.

  • Letters 10/25/17

    Unsung heroes

        Behind the scenes of an event such as Bedford Get Together (October 14) are many unsung heroes.  

  • A Mythiopian society

    By James F. Burns

        In the land of Mythiopia, each day an artist painted a colorful rainbow on a new canvas delivered that morning.  The artist sold each painting at day’s end, donating part of the proceeds for the purchase of tickets so that Mythiopians might attend that night’s concert.  In turn, their talented musician used part of the ticket sales to buy a fresh canvas for the artist to use the next day.