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Today's Opinions

  • The Calvin Rice Room

        Calvin Rice is well-known to visitors at the Peaks of Otter. As well he should be. Rice has worked along the Parkway since 1958 and much of that time was spent at the Peaks of Otter Lodge after it opened in 1964.
        Now Rice will be remembered for years to come as visitors gather in the Calvin Rice Room at the Lodge, officially dedicated with a ribbon cutting last Wednesday. The room, which has a splendid view of Abbott Lake and Sharp Top, can be used for conferences, wedding receptions and other events held there.

  • Finding gold

        Two weeks ago a group of people got a look at Bedford’s newest business when Beale’s Brewery opened its doors to host a party. The brew-pub will hold a soft opening this Thursday at noon and open to the public on Saturday.
        This development recycles existing developed property. Instead of plowing over undeveloped land, the developer made use of one of the old industrial buildings that have been moldering along the railroad tracks for decades.

  • Northam, Gillespie set for fall battle

        Last week’s gubernatorial primary didn’t produce any surprise winners, but it still didn’t turn out as largely predicted.
        Democrat Ralph Northam sailed to a more sizable win than had been thought likely, as he cashed in all the chips he’d gathered over the last few years.

  • Letter 06/21/17

    Thank you

        On behalf of the Bower Center for the Arts, I would like to thank the community of Bedford for attending and supporting the 8th Annual Crawfish Festival held on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Over 400 people attended the Festival, which is the lead fundraising event for the Center. Proceeds from the Festival provide funding for ongoing art programs, classes, camps, performances and exhibits.

  • Different times

        We’ve seen just this past week how different media coverage of the presidency can be.
        Had the main stream media treated President Obama the way it is now treating President Trump, a much different narrative would have been painted on Trump’s predecessor.

  • Letters 06/07/17

    Supports Wilkerson

        It is with pleasure that I endorse Steve Wilkerson for r-election as a member of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors for District 3 in the June 13 Republican Primary.

  • Samson, the Philistines are upon you!

    She said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the LORD had departed from him. (Judges 16:20 NSAB)

  • Letters 05/31/17

    Supports Wilkerson in District 3

        I’m writing this letter in support of Steve Wilkerson for Bedford County District 3 Supervisor.  Full disclosure:  He is my son.