http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en National EMS Week http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/national-ems-week <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; When you or your loved one suffers from a medical emergency, it is Virginia&rsquo;s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel who are relied upon to respond quickly to the call for help and provide quality prehospital care. Last year, EMS providers responded to just over 1.4 million calls for help in Virginia, approximately 3,879 incidents per day.<br /> Is he being honest? http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/he-being-honest <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Although&nbsp; we&rsquo;re still hearing a lot of fussing and fuming from Republican Party leaders about Donald Trump, I think they are going to come to terms with the fact that, like it or not, he is going to be their party&rsquo;s nominee for president.&nbsp; They will grudgingly begin to support him as the only alternative will be Hillary Clinton getting elected. That would be dreadful.<br /> Muslim elected mayor; sky didn’t fall http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/muslim-elected-mayor-sky-didn%E2%80%99t-fall <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Something happened recently in one of the world&rsquo;s great cities, London, England, that, sadly, probably couldn&rsquo;t happen yet in America.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Sadiq Khan, a practicing Muslim, was sworn in as mayor of that city after his victory over a Trump-like candidate. His Conservative Party opponent &ndash; like Ben Carson here &ndash; had openly questioned whether Khan&rsquo;s religion was appropriate. It looks like the voters answered that question.<br /> Of our American rights and freedoms, which one would you choose to celebrate and why? http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/our-american-rights-and-freedoms-which-one-would-you-choose-celebrate-and-why-0 <p> By Anna Barrett<br /> Liberty HS Good Citizen<br /> Sponsored by Peaks of Otter NSDAR<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;As Americans, we are privileged to have an abundance of rights and freedoms at out hands.&nbsp; Would being able to call yourself an American mean anything if we didn&rsquo;t have these freedoms?&nbsp;<br /> No one thought it could happen http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/no-one-thought-it-could-happen <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; With Donald Trump&rsquo;s victory in the Indiana primary, and the subsequent exit of his last two rivals from the campaign, there are no remaining obstacles to a reality that ought to give Republicans nightmares.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Trump &ndash; with no political experience, no real presidential qualifications, and no lack of contempt toward Muslims, women, and anyone who dares to disagree with him &ndash; will be the nominee of the once great Republican Party.<br /> Time to get serious about reviving downtown http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/time-get-serious-about-reviving-downtown <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/chastain_4_col.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> By Clay Chastain<br /> Bedford<br /> <p> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Is Bedford ever going to get serious about a comprehensive and sustained revival of downtown?&nbsp; And, couldn&rsquo;t Bedford use a few more jobs and a bit more prosperity courtesy of a bustling downtown?<br /> Iran’s bad behavior stuck on repeat http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/iran%E2%80%99s-bad-behavior-stuck-repeat Did you ever have any old records or CDs that just got stuck after a while? When it comes to the United States&rsquo; dealings with Iran, it seems like the record is stuck on repeat. Hardly a week goes by without another news story about Iran&rsquo;s questionable actions on the global stage. The Iran Nuclear Agreement was a bad deal from the start, and one that I firmly opposed. Now, several months into its implementation, it&rsquo;s easier than ever to see the flaws in this half-baked policy.</font></font></p> Local first responders are a community’s greatest asset http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/local-first-responders-are-community%E2%80%99s-greatest-asset By Congressman Robert Hurt</font></p>