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Today's Opinions

  • Our prayers are with those in Oklahoma

        Though 1,200 miles away, the devastation Moore, Okla., suffered Monday gripped our hearts right here in Bedford as we watched in anguish as the tragedy unfolded before us in television reports, photographs and homemade videos.
        And what was left in the wake of the two-mile wide tornado proved horrifying:

  • Remember your jackets!

    National Safe Boating Week is this week, just in time to remind us all of the need for safety as Memorial Day arrives and the summer season kicks off.
        The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is reminding all boaters to remember some important safety tips this boating season. 
        Tops among them: to always wear a life jacket while on the water. 

  • Letters 05/15/13

    A vision for
    success or
    mediocrity?
     
        I was stunned as I read Annie Pollard’s reference to teachers asking for a raise as “crybabies.”
        I assumed that she was stressed by the difficult decisions faced in regard to funding schools and county commitments. Further, removed from the heat of the moment she would surely apologize and move on to try to balance the needs of teachers to have a reasonable salary with the ability of the community to meet that need.

  • Setting the record straight

    By Jeanne McKeague
    Forest

        Supervisor Annie Pollard has again offered further justification in her attempt to “set the record straight.”

  • Tea party, religious right beaten in 19th

     

    In what many may consider a surprise for such a conservative area of Virginia, Republican primary voters here not only rejected a tea party activist and two religious crusaders, they chose a nominee for state delegate who’d helped raise taxes.
        Right here, no less, in the state House’s 19th district, which includes Bedford County, Botetourt supervisor Terry Austin won the Republican nomination to succeed retiring delegate Lacey Putney.

  • Where are we going?

  • There's no there, there

        It wasn't a good week for President Obama.
        First the Benghazi debacle hit the fan. Witnesses testified before Congress and the national media finally started doing its job. The result—more than ever, the affair smells of a political whitewashing at the time, and a cover-up of incompetence ever since.

  • Letters 05/08/13

    Back to the Bible

        Our country was founded on the principle of God’s word because our forefathers realized that there is a superior power than that of man and because God has already defined marriage, man cannot redefine it.
        Man cannot establish same sex marriages without redefining marriage and since God’s law is superior to man’s law, our government has no authority to do so.
        Man can establish same sex unions with the same governmental benefits as married couples.