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Today's Opinions

  • I’m your American flag

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida.

        I’ve been to the moon.  I’ve been burned.  But more often I’m honored.  I’m your American flag.
        With 13 stars for colonies clamoring for freedom, I was first flown at Fort Stanwix in New York in 1777—and then carried into battle for the first time at Brandywine in Pennsylvania. By war’s end, I was saluted as the emblem of a sovereign nation, new and free.  I’m your American flag.

  • GOP stuck with Trump’s racist campaign

        The national Republican party is now mired in an historic level of shame with the pending nomination of Donald Trump for president.
        Things have been bad for the party before, as it has spent the last few decades slipping farther and farther into an ideological straitjacket. But with Trump, things have reached a new low, and a lot of Republicans are not very happy.

  • Don’t forget those who survived

        Last week’s D-Day anniversary ceremony included the reading of all 2,499 Americans who were killed on D-Day. It’s the first time all these names have every been publicly read out loud. We should never forget them and the cause they died for.

  • Letter 06/08/16

    Emergency
    service costs money

        I am a retiree who moved from Va. Beach to Bedford Co. (4) years ago. I actually ended up buying my daughter’s house. For the past (4) years I have received a mailing from the Moneta Rescue Squad requesting a contribution that is addressed to my daughter & son-in-law. My son-in-law passed away in 2010.

  • Shifting the focus from permitting to progress

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Putting security before shortcuts

    Sometimes less is more. But when it comes to keeping our communities safe from terrorist threats, security comes before shortcuts. A bill that I strongly support, the Visa Integrity and Security Act, addresses the gaping holes in our immigration process that allow those who wish Americans harm to game the system.

     

     

  • Bathrooms? You gotta be kidding me

        Many years ago, I read a book called “Second Serve,” written by a former doctor and tennis professional named Renee Richards.
        This wasn’t your standard autobiography of a self-obsessed athlete interested in telling her story to make even more money. By today’s standards, it was a ground-breaking introduction to what we now know as being “transgender.”

  • Becoming more lethal