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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.

  • UVA ends distance engineering program

    By Matthew Burrill

    The University of Virginia’s distance engineering program, known as the PRODUCED program, is coming to an end at a time where it seems education is moving more in the direction of online degrees.

  • An ignorant retreat on climate change

         In December, more than 2,000 scientists signed a letter to Donald Trump urging him to recognize reality about climate change and not reverse the U.S. commitment, under President Obama, to address this global problem.
         But as we’ve long known, appealing to this man through facts means absolutely nothing. He doesn’t recognize facts that don’t already jibe with his own “thinking,” a word that belongs in quotes because no one can be sure how his bizarre mind actually works, whether real thinking ever occurs.

  • It’s been easy to roll us

        Some hostile foreign powers have found it easy to roll us in the past because of our general reluctance to get tough along with our often bi-polar approach to foreign policy. Take the Soviet Union and Fidel Castro’s Cuba, for example.

  • Dealing with gangs

        Living in Bedford County can sometimes shield us a little from what many others deal with on a daily basis.
        And then we get a wake up call.
        That came this past week when a teenager’s body from Lynchburg was found on Roaring Run Road. Authorities are calling the homicide of the teen the result of MS-13 gang-related activity involving several undocumented illegal aliens.
        Folks got concerned.

  • 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.

  • Boxwood Blight – a new disease present in Virginia

    By Scott M. Baker
    Extension Agent, Agriculture

        Boxwood blight (also known as box blight) is a serious fungal disease of boxwood that results in defoliation and decline of susceptible boxwood.  It has been identified in Bedford and we are raising awareness in an effort to minimize its impact. 

  • A canary in the coalmine?

    By  James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        Could the terrorist attack on British Parliament be a cultural canary-in-the-coal-mine for us?  Will the London attacker who repeatedly plunged a knife into a policeman guarding Westminster be celebrated by some Brits as a modern-day Guy Fawkes?