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Today's Opinions

  • 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.  

  • Learning to drive

    By Pernie Forehand
    Bedford

  • The Scots-Irish

    By James F. Burns

        Call them the other Irish—the invisible Irish, the Scots-Irish.  They’re more associated with corn, coal, and moonshine than green beer.  They’re the offspring of Scots whom King James transplanted to northern Ireland at the same time he was colonizing Jamestown in Virginia and producing the King James Version of the Bible in the early 1600s.

  • ‘Luck of the Irish’….or success planning?

    By Vicki Gardner,
    Executive Director
    Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce

        We have options.
        St. Patrick’s Day is here once again and with it the term, ‘Luck of the Irish”. 

  • Conservative insanity over health care

        When the Affordable Care Act was first passed, most conservatives acted as though Karl Marx had risen from the grave, seized power in Washington, D.C., and locked us all in communist chains.
        The kindest thing they said about it was that it was “government-run,” health care, which it certainly was not. But they always trot out that mindless phrase any time insurance companies lose the slightest ability to control whether you and I receive affordable care.