Today's Opinions

  • What the Confederate flag means to me

    By Steve Everett

        Someone asked me what is so special about the Confederate flag.
        Well, I can tell you, plain and simple. To me it has a lot to do with someone I wish I could have met, my third great grandfather, Elias Newman. He, along with four of his brothers proudly served our country in the Confederate army during the bleak and horrific time in our nation’s history that we call the Civil War.

  • A majority of Americans support scrapping the tax code

    Three out of four Americans say the current federal tax code is unfair. While this number is the result of a recent survey by the nonprofit group Let Freedom Ring, you only have to try wading through the depths of the tax code yourself to come to the same conclusion. The tax code is inherently unfair, inefficient, and mind-numbingly complex at times.


  • We must avoid following in Greece’s footsteps

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Letters 09/30/15

    Cats being killed

        The community needs to know that calling animal control about cats results in cats being killed and nothing more.
        Our tax dollars are being used to kill healthy animals at the Bedford pound. Don’t be under the illusion that cats find homes once brought to the “shelter”.

  • Letters 09/23/15

    ‘Jewel’ of Bedford

        A few years ago, I wrote about Bedford’s “Jewel,” which is Bedford County Nursing Home. Now again, I must sing the praises that they so richly deserve.
        My grandmother, my mom, and now my niece, Nan Hemminger were sent to the Lord from the loving arms of  the nursing home staff. The care received from the staff and administrators far exceeded their individual roles.  We were surrounded by loving, caring, “family” of caregivers.

  • Letters 09/16/15

    Act on climate change

        On Tuesday, September 25, Pope Francis will visit the United States and meet with the President and also a joint session of Congress.
        Our nation, he will remind us, has often led in times of great challenge. We face a great challenge now, a global challenge.

  • Letters 09/09/15

    Why didn’t they show up?

        At a recent Bedford Republican Party meeting, three candidates for the soil and water board were on the agenda to speak to the committee but did not show up.

  • Charles Stebbins

        The best way to assure a student will have success in school is for that student’s parent/guardian to be involved.
        That’s as simple as it gets.
        The more a parent is aware of what their child is learning and doing at school, the more that parent can help make sure the student will succeed.
        If a parent cares, the student is more likely to care as well.