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Today's Opinions

  • The Scots-Irish

    By James F. Burns

        Call them the other Irish—the invisible Irish, the Scots-Irish.  They’re more associated with corn, coal, and moonshine than green beer.  They’re the offspring of Scots whom King James transplanted to northern Ireland at the same time he was colonizing Jamestown in Virginia and producing the King James Version of the Bible in the early 1600s.

  • Learning to drive

    By Pernie Forehand
    Bedford

  • Letters 05/24/17

    You won’t be disappointed

        I strongly urge everyone to kick off the summer season at Smith Mountain Lake with two premier performances: Lakeside Singers and the brand new Lake Pops, both sponsored by Smith Mountain Arts Council. You will not be disappointed!

  • Rebuild our Navy

        The cruise missile attack on a Syrian airbase early last month was amazing. In a precision attack, the base was hit by 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles in 60 seconds. According to a Wikipedia article, 60 missiles were launched, but one fizzled and fell in the sea.
        Syria was able to resume launching air strikes from the base but the advance warning we gave the Russians, so they could get their personnel out of the way, also allowed the Syrians to shield some of their aircraft, reducing the damage that was done.

  • Letters 05/17/17

    Faith, family and freedom

        Having choices through elections is an American standard; preferring one choice does not necessarily mean that we are adamantly or rudely opposed to another.  It simply means that we prefer one for specific reasons and we make that choice. 

  • Letters 05/10/2017

    Driven to
    distraction

        Just as sure as the sun rises in the east, two or three times a year Billy Hackworth writes to the Bedford Bulletin complaining about Sheriff Mike Brown. Why is that? He may have some good points, but they are obscured by his obsession with and vendetta for Sheriff Brown.

  • Letters 05/03/17

    National Dog Bite Prevention Week

        In April, the United States Postal Service promoted National Dog Bite Prevention Week.
        I am writing to ask our customers to extend their efforts and help make this “National Dog Bite Prevention Year.”
        Pet owners’ efforts are critical when you consider the number of Postal Service employees attacked by dogs last year reached 6,755 - more than 200 higher than the year before.

  • Don’t be complacent

        Last month I saw a news story about Russia’s plan to build new class of aircraft carriers. Right now, Russia only has one carrier, the Kuznetsov.