Today's Opinions

  • Not one cent for Iran

    Abducted, beaten, tortured, murdered – no, this isn’t the plot of the newest crime drama on TV. Instead, they are all-too-real crimes committed against our neighbors and fellow Americans as a result of Iranian state-sponsored terrorism.


  • 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.

  • Letters 09/02/15

    for Fair

        I would like to express my gratitude for the opportunity to be involved in the Bedford County Fair over this past weekend.
        This overwhelmingly positive event came at a time when the community needed it most. To me, the number of local public servants that stepped up to volunteer funding, time and energy for others effectively demonstrated the compassion I hope to always see from my home town.

  • Letters 08/26/15

    Let the new board make the choice

        The lame duck coalition of County Supervisors--namely Arrington, Parker  and Pollard, along with incumbent Sharp-- seem to be intent on naming a new County Administrator before leaving office in January. Wouldn’t you think the professional and courteous thing to do would be to hand off that decision to the new Board?

    Lynn Barnes

    What’s the rush?