http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en National HealthCare Decision Day http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/national-healthcare-decision-day <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; April 16 is National Healthcare Decision Day, a national health observance designed to emphasize the importance of planning for health emergencies and end-of-life care.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;According to a news release from Centra Health, National Healthcare Decision Day &ldquo;encourages the public to make their wishes and expectations about medical care and end-of-life care known to loved ones and then to solidify these wishes in an advance directive.&rdquo;<br /> More left-wing fractured history http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/more-left-wing-fractured-history <p> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;A comparison between last week&rsquo;s Liberal Agenda and a Virginian-Pilot editorial, which we borrowed, that ran on the same page is a good illustration of the fact that the left is divided on whether President Obama has negotiated a good deal with Iran on its nuclear program. The Virginian-Pilot is owned by the same company that owns the Bedford Bulletin, so we can borrow something from them.<br /> Confederate sympathizers must also surrender http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/confederate-sympathizers-must-also-surrender <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Appomattox, Virginia was the subject of much attention on April 9 as the 150th anniversary of Lee&rsquo;s surrender to Grant was marked both in the little town and across the nation.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Nation, yes. It&rsquo;s the correct word to use, because it&rsquo;s one thing that was permanently settled on that day. We would henceforth be a nation and not just a haphazard collection of states.<br /> The Congressional mail bag: What you’re saying http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/congressional-mail-bag-what-you%E2%80%99re-saying-0 Each month, my office receives thousands of phone calls, letters, e-mails, and even Facebook messages from folks across the Sixth District. Many have questions about current issues before Congress. Here are a few of the inquiries I have received in recent weeks: </font></font></font></font></font></p> Fifth District Virginians deserve better from the IRS  http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/fifth-district-virginians-deserve-better-irs%C2%A0 By Congressman Robert Hurt</font></p> Neville Obama http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/neville-obama <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It&rsquo;s been nearly 80 years since Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned to London after negotiations with Adolph Hitler over the Sudetenland portion of Czechoslovakia. Prime Minister Chamberlain returned, waving a copy of the now infamous Munich Agreement which turned the Sudetenland over to Germany. Hitler, in turn, agreed to make no further territorial claims on Czechoslovakia. Prime Minister Chamberlain, who had made a major concession to Hitler, claimed &ldquo;There will be peace for our time.&rdquo;<br /> Iran deal won’t please warmongers http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/iran-deal-won%E2%80%99t-please-warmongers <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Conservative Republicans had a tough time last week, struggling to defend discrimination in the name of religion in Indiana, and then reaching deep into their playbook of hostility to condemn the president&rsquo;s historic deal with Iran.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;When people start talking about &ldquo;restoring religious freedom,&rdquo; you know they&rsquo;re up to something no good. That&rsquo;s because religious freedom has clearly not been lost in America, so it does not need to be &ldquo;restored.&rdquo;<br /> Outdated statistics provide no smoking gun http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/outdated-statistics-provide-no-smoking-gun <p> By Robert &amp; Ellen Ashwell<br /> Huddleston<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The ruckus raised about the outdated average teacher salary comparison presented by the Bedford County Education Association to the Board of Supervisors on February 23, is an example of much being said about very little.&nbsp; Supervisors Sharp and Parker suggest that the outdated information gives people the wrong impression about what Bedford County teachers are paid.&nbsp; They use updated information, which they purport to be proof.&nbsp; Moral indignation is evident in their comments.<br />