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Today's Opinions

  • Honoring those who have served and sacrificed

    Veterans Day is an opportunity for us to honor the lives and sacrifices of our nation?s veterans. America?s veterans have dedicated themselves to securing the safety and freedom of their fellow Americans. We enjoy rights and freedoms unmatched by any other nation in the world and our brave servicemen and women have served throughout history to make that possible. For these selfless actions, we have a responsibility to ensure that our troops are sufficiently provided for when they return home.

  • Solar Decathlon may pave way for future energy ideas

    The United States Department of Energy is challenging College students to think in new ways about energy and what impact it has on our everyday lives. The challenge comes in a competition called the Solar Decathlon.

  • Letters to the editor

    A special 'Thank You' from the family of Ashton Bonds

    The past few weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster ride for me and my family.

    The illness and untimely death of my son, Ashton Bonds has been overwhelming. My heart is broken; and I miss my son so much, but I know that he is with the Lord. The pain has been unbearable at times, but I know that my strength comes from the Lord. Without Him in my life, I don?t know what I would do.

  • A program in which the county would purchase land development rights from property owners might be more hype than help

    Some 40 percent of land in Bedford County is farmland, according to the most recent census by the U.S. Census of Agriculture.

    But that is a shrinking figure.

    From 1997 to 2002 the county lost 8,000 acres, almost 4 percent, of its farmland. Over that same time the county lost 165 farms, 11 percent of its total, which is well above the state average. Across the state, during that five-year period, Virginia lost 1.5 percent of its farmland and 3.6 percent of its farms.

    A new census is due to be taken and those figures are expected to continue the trend.

  • Citizens don't want Oakwood Villas

    At the July 24, 2007, Bedford City Council Hearing, members voted (5 - 2) for an ordinance approving the preliminary plans for Oakwood Villas Town homes (4-plex and duplex patio condominiums behind Bedford Memorial Hospital) and amending the zoning map from R-1 to PRD.

  • A program in which the county would purchase land development rights from property owners might be more hype than help

    Some 40 percent of land in Bedford County is farmland, according to the most recent census by the U.S. Census of Agriculture.

    But that is a shrinking figure.

    From 1997 to 2002 the county lost 8,000 acres, almost 4 percent, of its farmland. Over that same time the county lost 165 farms, 11 percent of its total, which is well above the state average. Across the state, during that five-year period, Virginia lost 1.5 percent of its farmland and 3.6 percent of its farms.

    A new census is due to be taken and those figures are expected to continue the trend.

  • Letters to the editor

    Get the right man in

    The race for Sheriff of Bedford County has become an interesting event to watch. The incumbent is facing a surprisingly popular "Anybody but Brown" backlash. Mr. Green came out first attempting to capitalize on this negative phenomenon. He appeared, in the beginning, to be making some headway. Of late, the other candidate, Darryl Updike has turned up his efforts considerably. His sensible and positive campaign has gained him respect across political party lines and his support is increasing.

  • The Liberal Agenda

    Recently, there was a “Values Voters” Summit held in Washington, D.C. According to press coverage, none of the Republican presidential candidates who showed up made much of a showing. “Values voters,” of course, refers to the Christian right, as though no one else has values but them.