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Today's Opinions

  • A canary in the coalmine?

    By  James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        Could the terrorist attack on British Parliament be a cultural canary-in-the-coal-mine for us?  Will the London attacker who repeatedly plunged a knife into a policeman guarding Westminster be celebrated by some Brits as a modern-day Guy Fawkes?

  • An election every year

    If you like politics like I do, then Virginia is a great place to live. We have an election every year. Federal elections and most city and town elections take place on even numbered years. State and county elections are held on odd numbered years.

  • Boxwood Blight – a new disease present in Virginia

    By Scott M. Baker
    Extension Agent, Agriculture

        Boxwood blight (also known as box blight) is a serious fungal disease of boxwood that results in defoliation and decline of susceptible boxwood.  It has been identified in Bedford and we are raising awareness in an effort to minimize its impact. 

  • Wiretap claim another Trump absurdity

        It’s been reported that even Donald Trump’s aides and Cabinet officers live in fear of what kind of nonsense he’ll put out next on his infamous Twitter feed.
        He is, after all, the president – God help us – and generally when a president makes a statement, well, it’s considered a declaration of policy. Cabinet officers, allegedly, worry about what he might say in the middle of the night, because the next day, they may have to defend it as policy.

  • It’s budget season in the county

    By Steve Wilkerson
    District 3 Supervisor
    Bedford County

        Greetings once again. 
        It’s time for the latest quarterly update on the actions by and issues confronting the Bedford County Board of Supervisors.  Besides, it’s budget season, a most critical and intense period on the calendar. 

  • Impeach Trump?

        It seems, from reading Rick Howell’s column last week, that Mr. Howell is ready to impeach President Donald Trump. I believe his enthusiasm for impeachment is extremely premature.
        He made a big deal of claiming that President Trump may have violated the  “emoluments clause” of the Constitution.

  • Conservative insanity over health care

        When the Affordable Care Act was first passed, most conservatives acted as though Karl Marx had risen from the grave, seized power in Washington, D.C., and locked us all in communist chains.
        The kindest thing they said about it was that it was “government-run,” health care, which it certainly was not. But they always trot out that mindless phrase any time insurance companies lose the slightest ability to control whether you and I receive affordable care.

  • ‘Luck of the Irish’….or success planning?

    By Vicki Gardner,
    Executive Director
    Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce

        We have options.
        St. Patrick’s Day is here once again and with it the term, ‘Luck of the Irish”.