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Today's Opinions

  • Roanoke Amtrak ridership encouraging for Bedford stop

        Having passed the six-month milestone since Amtrak ridership to and from the Roanoke Station began, state transportation officials are describing it as “impressive.” Ridership on the Washington, D.C. to Roanoke line increased by more than 8 percent year-over-year, largely due to the addition of the Roanoke Station. This occurred at a time when passenger rail ridership numbers are down slightly both nationwide and in Virginia.

  • Education on the cutting edge

        On Monday, Liberty Middle School officially opens to students.
        Parents and students can get a look at the new school at this Thursday’s Open House (August 9), which will take place all day. What they will find is a school on the cutting edge of learning.
        LMS has plenty of bells and whistles and will be a showcase of learning for Bedford County Public Schools. The Liberty zone, as well as the entire county, has plenty to be proud of with the new school.

  • Renovating a town

        We frequently see buildings renovated, but Bedford is looking at plans to renovate a town. At least they plan to renovate the downtown area.
        Back in May, Mary Zirkle, the town’s economic development coordinator, held a well-attended public meeting with a representative from Hill Studio of Roanoke.  Hill Studio is an urban planning firm. The goal was to get citizen input for a project called School-to-School, a plan to revitalize the center of Bedford.

  • ‘End times’ obsessions don’t justify Trump

        Last week, I wrote about the residents of a small Alabama town filled with white Trump supporters who resented the civil rights movement, obsessed over abortion, and regarded Trump’s election as “God’s plan.”
        By their own words, townspeople revealed their prejudice (“slaves were valued”), their hatred of Hillary Clinton, referred to as “of Satan,” and something else: Their obsession with what’s commonly known in fundamentalist Christian circles as “the end times.”

  • Blind faith isn’t admirable

    By Beck Stanley
    Bedford

        Faith in an individual or an idea is admirable. Blind faith is not. Despite vivid evidence of a cultural crisis at Bedford County Public Schools under the leadership of Drs. Doug Schuch and Mac Duis, some elected officials remain steadfast in their support of these men.
        Here’s why you shouldn’t trust them.

  • Letters 08/08/18

    Prayer In Schools

        As public schools open shortly across the land,this letter to the editor written 50 years ago appeared  May 16, 1968, written by the late Mrs. Lula Falls of Forest. She was a frequent writer to the Bedford Bulletin and wrote this letter when she was 82 years old. The timely message it contains still applies to our school system today and consequently because the American public has not heeded the message,the present generation continues to suffer.

    Submitted by Steve Everett

    Dear Editor,

  • Letters 08/01/18

    A quiet hero

        Bedford County lost a quiet hero Sunday, July 29, when Bobby Spinner passed from this life. He worked with us for four years, through a long, difficult, and baffling process that finally built a beautiful home from a ruin and a wreck, and we could never have accomplished it without him.
        Bobby was John Henry, quiet and humble in his strength, resourcefulness, and intelligence.

  • Story candidly reveals Trump’s ‘base’

        Those of us who have opposed Donald Trump from the beginning have always wrestled with what often feels like an existential question: How could anyone have walked into a polling place and voted for him to be president?
        From the time he first gained attention by saying that the Mexicans coming here illegally were “rapists and murderers,” most people basically laughed it off. “There’s no way,” it was often said, “that this country would elect him.”