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Today's Opinions

  • Herbs are superb for the garden

    By Sue Becker
    Bedford Extension Master Gardener

        Herbs are terrific plants to grow, even for gardeners with the blackest of thumbs.  They are generally tough, and if planted in the right place, can often provide lasting enjoyment throughout the years.

  • Time to curb America’s gun madness

        Given the political upheaval after the Florida school shooting, there is reason to hope that the gun madness in this culture might be on its last legs.
        First, we’ll need this fall’s blue wave of Democratic victories to take back the House, and maybe even the U.S. Senate. As long as too many Republicans both support the gun-worship agenda, and live in fear of an NRA-sponsored primary challenge, they won’t budge.

  • I finally got a rise out of him

        I love to needle liberals! It’s so easy as most of them have that combination of self-righteousness and anger that makes them easy to antagonize. I often do this on Facebook. I have some liberal Facebook friends and I sometimes jump in on one of their threads, make a comment and watch the fun as their angry friends go ballistic. Replies that I have received have included obscenities and personal threats.

  • The Bible

    “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” — Hebrews 4:12

        GQ magazine recently named the Bible as one of the “21 Books You Don’t Have to Read Before You Die.”
        To quote cartoonist Billy De Beck, “horsefeathers.” Or to expound on that phrase—rubbish, pure nonsense.

  • Freedom

    By Foster Garrett
    Intern Writer

        Freedom: It is what every person desires yet only the bravest achieve.
        Freedom from war, from persecution, from inner conflict; the freedom to be yourself and to love whoever and whatever you choose; freedom of the wildest nature and of the most tranquil peace; freedom is desired on every level, in every form, by everybody.

  • Letter 04/25/18

    Preserve the concert venue

        For 30 years the Bedford Community Orchestra has provided outstanding music to our community.  
        It is  a gift to have such a quality orchestra in a community of our size.  Our orchestra is now in danger of losing its acoustically ideal auditorium in the Bedford Middle School.  Scott Walter and his orchestra have worked very hard to improve the sound quality; it is unique to this space.  

  • Remembering the Marathon bombing

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

          For me, the Boston Marathon bombing was like a hot poker thrust into the smoldering embers of a recent fire—that then burst back into flame.  The race itself is as American as apple pie, one of those iconic events by which the world knows us—and we know ourselves.  These are my reflections on the fifth anniversary of this fatal attack that jolted me out of retirement.

  • Governor’s amendments would gut anti-gerrymandering bill

    By Senator David Suetterlein

        In between the Virginia General Assembly’s ongoing special session to adopt a biennial budget, we met last week for our regularly scheduled reconvene session to address the Governor’s actions on legislation since the regular session adjourned sine die on March 10.