Today's Opinions

  • Separating needs from wants

    By Susan Falls Kirby
    Bedford County School Board
    District 6

        When my children were in kindergarten and first grade one of my favorite lessons to help them with was the ability to separate needs from wants.  It’s a really hard lesson to learn when you are so young, and I think sometimes that line gets cloudy again as we get older. 

  • The walls are closing in on Trump

        With the federal court conviction of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and the guilty plea of the sleazy “fixer” lawyer, it looks like “the witch hunt” has found some witches.
        A lifetime of corruption is catching up to Donald Trump. Since so many “Christians” voted for him, it’s appropriate to use a Biblical injunction: He’s about to reap what he has sown.

  • There won’t be a Constitutional crisis

        I’m worried about Rick Howell. Reading his column, last week, left me feeling that he is so angry about Donald Trump that he may be in danger of hyperventilating at times. He’s almost as old as me and it’s probably not good for an old man to get that angry.

  • Loss of a hero

    What they said about the death of US Sen. John McCain:

    “I am deeply saddened by the news of Senator John McCain’s passing. We mourn the loss of a national hero. Senator McCain fought valiantly for his life, his country, and his constituents. His dedication to service is reflected in our military and in the U.S. Senate. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.” — Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte

  • Letter 0/22/18

    Thank you

        On July 28, the Forest Lions Club and our event co-sponsors -- The Salvation Army of Lynchburg and Edward Jones Investments of Forest -- hosted our 6th Annual Back to School and Family Health Fair, free to the community.

  • Yet another Trump scandal

        After a while, even the best writers struggle with how to describe the scope and detail of the embarrassing spectacle emanating from the Oval Office, where the clear loser of the popular vote in 2016 continues to pose unsuccessfully and tragically as president.
        We think of the rest of the world, looking to us as it always does, and it’s easy to believe it’s absolutely baffled at how such an obvious clown as Donald Trump could wind up as an American president.

  • Hysteria born of ignorance

        A few weeks ago there was an explosion of hysteria in the mainstream  news media as the story broke that people will be able to download the instructions, via the Internet, to use a 3-D printer to print a gun. Mainstream media journalists, who usually know nothing about firearms, seemed sure this would lead to an uptick in violent crime and that terrorists would print firearms that they could take through airport security.

  • Attacking the opioid epidemic

        The Department of Justice and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have proposed a reduction for controlled substances that may be manufactured in the U.S. next year.  It’s a needed step in fighting the opioid epidemic.
        The proposal decreases manufacturing quotas for the most six frequently misused opioids for 2019 by an average 10 percent as compared to the 2018 amount, according to a report from the Department of Justice. This marks the third straight year of proposed reductions.