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Today's Opinions

  • letters 04/26/17

    Hope for the Heartland

        Early this spring, massive wildfires swept thru the rangelands of western Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado. Hundreds of thousands of acres of pasture, thousands of miles of fence, thousands of cattle, numbers of homes were burned and 7 people lost their lives. Local families with friends and relatives that live in that area kept them informed of the situation. I would like to give some credit to the many people that helped out in this awful situation.

  • Letters 04/05/17

    Setting the
    example

        In September I went to the funeral for the police officer in Shelby, North Carolina. I am an uncle of officer Tim Brackeen’s wife. At first I hesitated to go as I expected that the crowd and the traffic would be tremendous. After hearing that a few family members from the Roanoke Valley decided not to go, I made a last minute decision to go to support my sister and my niece.

  • Letters 03/29/17

    Time to TNR

        There’s been great progress at the Bedford County Animal Shelter in recent years that is a tribute to the staff, area animal welfare groups, and residents.
        The number of animals going in has gone down, and the number of animals going out alive has gone up.

  • Letters 03/22/17

    Appreciation for response

        On behalf of Lake Christian Ministries board members, cherished volunteers and the hundreds of SML-area neighbors who we assist each week, I would like to publicly express our awe and sincere appreciation for the Lake Community’s response during the “Roanoke Valley Gives” on-line fundraising event last week.

  • Letter 03/15/17

    Seeking 22nd VA House of Delegates Democratic candidates

        As of yet, Kathy Byron is unopposed for the 22nd Virginia House of Delegates seat.  The Democratic Committees of the 22nd would like to change that by coming up with viable Democratic candidates and we hope you can help.  

  • The Russian albatross around his neck

        If there’s a fatal scandal brewing in the Trump regime, it’s likely to be based upon the continuing questions over his campaign’s contact with Russian government officials both during and after the election.
        The question may eventually be: Is it possible for Donald Trump to shed this nagging issue without his impeachment?

  • Brawling while the ship heads for the rocks

        And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. Mark 3:24.

        Recently some Republican congressmen have been faced with town hall meetings packed with shrieking liberals. The speakers have been there to oppose Republican efforts to repeal ObamaCare as well as express their disapproval of just about everything  President Donald Trump wants to do.

  • Thoughts from my recent visit with members of the German Bundestag

    By Congressman Tom Garrett

    The past election cycle thrust refugee and immigration issues into the spotlight more so than any time in recent years. A very charged and polarized political climate has left little room for compromise on either side of the aisle and I have been working extremely hard to balance international humanitarian issues with national security and the needs of the United States.