Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Get involved

        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.

  • Fighting against the Iran Nuclear Agreement

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    For many weeks now, the House and the Senate have been carefully reviewing the nuclear agreement the Obama Administration and the nations of China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom reached with Iran in July.  On our Main Street Tour, I heard from many Fifth District Virginians who are sincerely concerned about this agreement, and I share these concerns.


  • House advances Secret Service reforms

    Restoring the trust that the American people must have in the vital tasks that the Secret Service carries out every day is critical. The Secret Service has two primary missions: criminal investigations and protection of the President, Vice-President, and other dignitaries. As a result, the agency is entrusted with protecting some of our most valuable assets as a nation. This is an extremely difficult, high-profile mission, for which there is no margin for error. 


  • Changing the world with the Girl Scouts!

    By Samantha Houck
    Ambassador Girl Scout
    11th grade JFHS

        What first comes to your mind when you think of Girl Scouts?