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Today's Opinions

  • What would ‘Christian America’ really look like?

        Lately, there’s been a lot of speculation about why so many self-styled Christians voted for Donald Trump, especially given Trump’s obvious love of himself and money, his habitual lying, and other major character concerns.
        It seems everyone has settled on 80 percent as the reliable percentage of “Christian conservatives” who voted for Trump. They appear to believe, generally, that whatever faults he has, he is nonetheless carrying out what could be called a “pro-Christian” agenda.

  • Russia would lose a war with the U . S.

        There have been a couple of incidents in the air over Syria involving U. S. aircraft and Syrian aircraft. In one incident, a Syrian unmanned arial vehicle (UAV) was approaching Syrian rebels being trained to fight Islamic State. It appeared on a run to drop or launch some sort of munition. An American plane shot it down.

  • Letter 06/21/17

    Thank you

        On behalf of the Bower Center for the Arts, I would like to thank the community of Bedford for attending and supporting the 8th Annual Crawfish Festival held on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  Over 400 people attended the Festival, which is the lead fundraising event for the Center. Proceeds from the Festival provide funding for ongoing art programs, classes, camps, performances and exhibits.

  • Northam, Gillespie set for fall battle

        Last week’s gubernatorial primary didn’t produce any surprise winners, but it still didn’t turn out as largely predicted.
        Democrat Ralph Northam sailed to a more sizable win than had been thought likely, as he cashed in all the chips he’d gathered over the last few years.

  • Finding gold

        Two weeks ago a group of people got a look at Bedford’s newest business when Beale’s Brewery opened its doors to host a party. The brew-pub will hold a soft opening this Thursday at noon and open to the public on Saturday.
        This development recycles existing developed property. Instead of plowing over undeveloped land, the developer made use of one of the old industrial buildings that have been moldering along the railroad tracks for decades.

  • The Calvin Rice Room

        Calvin Rice is well-known to visitors at the Peaks of Otter. As well he should be. Rice has worked along the Parkway since 1958 and much of that time was spent at the Peaks of Otter Lodge after it opened in 1964.
        Now Rice will be remembered for years to come as visitors gather in the Calvin Rice Room at the Lodge, officially dedicated with a ribbon cutting last Wednesday. The room, which has a splendid view of Abbott Lake and Sharp Top, can be used for conferences, wedding receptions and other events held there.

  • Health care at the tipping point

    Submitted By Karen Nuzzo

        Are you worried that you may not have access to health care in the future? Are you worried about being able to afford health care insurance? Are you a business owner tired of dealing with the expense of having to provide health insurance for your employees? Are you concerned that Congress and the President are not facing the true realities of providing access to health care for all Americans?

  • With malice toward none

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive..to bind up the nation’s wounds, to..achieve..and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves.”