Today's Opinions

  • Religious diversity should make us proud

        Donald Trump’s bigotry is certainly not limited to blacks and Hispanics. After his tragic installation as president, one of his first acts was a Muslim travel ban.
         During the campaign, he’d made up a story about seeing “thousands of Muslims cheering” somewhere in New York on the day of the 9/11 attacks. No one else saw it; it didn’t happen. It was one of his many lies, but one that was instructive of his deep prejudice against those who practice Islam.

  • Lenin is still at work

        I haven’t seen much lately about the power struggle between Speaker of the House Nany Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her gang of four. Perhaps President Trump’s infamous “go back where you came from” tweet at the end of July achieved its purpose.

  • Letter 08-21-19

    Kirkland for Sheriff

        I support Deputy James Kirkland as our next sheriff of Bedford County because of his 23 years of experience in law enforcement and his four years in the United States Army.
        He has been a K-9 Handler for 17 years, attended K-9 Explosives Detection School twice for a total of 22 weeks and Explosive Patrol School for two weeks.  Deputy Kirkland also served in Baghdad, Iraq at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center for five months as a K-9 Explosives Handler in 2012. 

  • The wretch doesn’t even have a dog

         In America today, and ever since 2017, each week brings a new outrage from the Oval Office, a new twist of ignorance, extremism, school yard petulance, and worst of all, wrong-headed policy decisions often made by a tweet.

  • It looks like we are going down the tubes

        I’m an optimist of sorts. If somebody says things can’t get any worse, I’ll reply, oh yes they can. Actually, I’m the sort of person who sees the glass as half empty and believes that every silver lining has a dark cloud.
        I began my column this way because I’m not optimistic about America’s future and I wanted to first remind everybody that I naturally tend to take a gloomy view of the future.

  • Act Like It

        This week marks the launch of Virginia’s 18th annual Checkpoint Strikeforce DUI law enforcement and public education campaign in Virginia.
        It has a vital message at its core.
        The increased enforcement will take place through Labor Day weekend and resume periodically through key moments like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve.

  • Letter 08-14-19

    Object to militarization of police

        What a pleasant evening last night, August 6, for the National Night Out designed to build trust between police and citizens.
        There was rockin’ music with people thoroughly enjoying themselves dancing. Bedford library was there engaging with young children and their parents.
        The Health Department had an informative display especially about important immunizations.

  • Farmers, other outdoor workers need to prevent sun damage

        Extended amounts of sun exposure to those who work outdoors can increase their risk of developing skin cancer.