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Today's Opinions

  • A check-up from the neck up

    By Art Cournoyer

        Spring is here and lots of outdoor activities are suddenly competing for our time.  Grass and other landscaping needs attention, outdoor living areas need all that pollen cleaned off, and the dock and boats need to be de-winterized and readied for all the fun times with family and friends that summer weather allows.

  • Letter 09/13/17

    DAR Ready for Centerfest

        Members of the Peaks of Otter Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution have had a busy summer developing and completing several projects.  The sale of these items will fund the things we do to help our Bedford community.  We are pleased to announce the following that will be available for purchase at Centerfest in downtown Bedford on September 23, 2017. 

  • Rationalizations don’t justify the Confederacy

        The reaction from so many Southern whites to the events of Aug. 12 and thereafter is sadly familiar to many of us who grew up in territories of the old Confederacy, but never bought into the racism.
        We were taught it, to be sure, but with sharp minds and good hearts, we grew to know – from our own experience – that to harbor ill feelings toward someone merely because of the color of their skin was, well, stupid.

  • Remembering Lacey

        August 26 turned out to be a sad day. I was checking out Facebook and I started seeing posts about Lacey Putney’s death. He had died that morning.
        I knew he was in seriously bad health. I would run into his brother, Macon, almost every week and ask “How is Lacey?” The news since early this year was never good, so I wasn’t surprised. Still, the news was distressing and it left me in a gloomy mood for several days.

  • Letters 08/30/17

    Taken care of

        I want to thank The Bedford Life Saving Crew for a job well done on August 8, 2017, for getting me to Bedford Centra Hospital and I want to thank all the staff on 3 a.m. shift in The Emergency Room for the quick efficiency work they did for me.
        I don’t believe I would be here today if it wasn’t for each and everyone of them and the good Lord pulling me thru my sickness.
        I want to thank all the staff in the I.C. unit on my stay afterward.

  • 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.

  • Letter 08/23/17

    Give an hour a week

        As the new school year begins, I’d like to make our community aware of a wonderfully meaningful experience that has been in our area for several years: The Big Brothers Big Sisters Site-Based Mentor Program.
        It is designed to pair a caring adult with a child in need of extra support.  They meet once weekly at school for about an hour during the child’s lunch/recess time.

  • Stories of endurance

    By James F. Burns

    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        Four family stories of endurance begin in the Ohio wilderness of 1798.  A bone-chilling wind whipped through the forest, the howling harbinger of a driving snowstorm.  John Hosbrook had run into a blizzard on his homeward hike from the fort where he had replenished his family’s salt supply.  That family and a warm cabin awaited him—if only he could get there.