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Today's Opinions

  • Be careful on July 4!

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue

  • Gay marriage? It’s time to accept it

        By a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court has sanctioned gay marriage, and thrown out attempts to define “the institution” as only between a man and a woman, such as the now-defunct Proposition 8 in California.
        Well, aren’t we all waiting for the end of the world? A plague of locusts? Fire raining from heaven?
        That eminent philosopher and religious genius, the Rev. Pat Robertson, said that “God might do something drastic” now that gay marriage is legally sanctioned.

  • They wouldn’t get their money back

        Along with tomorrow’s 4th of July fireworks, international diplomatic fireworks continue over Edward Snowden, the computer geek who divulged the extent that the NSA is spying on American citizens. As of this writing, Snowden remains in limbo in the transit area of Sheremetyevo International Airport. Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t seem too interested in welcoming him to Russia.

  • A clear and present danger

    The tweets were sent just after midnight, Monday morning.
        “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the brothers and the families in Arizona tonight,” stated the message sent out by the Bedford Fire Department.
        That tweet, along with several others sent, were in response to the news that 19 members of a fire crew had been killed while battling a wildfire in Arizona. The tragedy makes it the deadliest event involving firefighters in the U.S. in more than three decades.

  • Letter 06/26/13

        The Bedford Board of Supervisors vote last week to limit new home sites in Agricultural Preserve lands to 15,500 is a step in the right direction.
        Five members of the Board carefully considered the impact of their decision and wisely voted to limit the growth in buildable lots to “only” 33 percent. Unfortunately, Ms. Pollard and Mr. Arrington, the home builder on the Board, thought it best to fill rural lands with a checkerboard of 20,000+ new houses built randomly throughout the county.

  • Reducing over-regulation to preserve and create jobs in Virginia’s 5th District

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As I travel throughout Virginia’s 5th District, the negative effects of federal over-regulation in the Dodd-Frank law can be clearly seen along our Main Streets and on our family farms. Fewer businesses are starting and more are struggling – and the lack of access to private capital is negatively impacting our economy by limiting job growth and stifling investment. 

  • Enforcement plays a critical role in immigration reform
  • A long, hot and political summer

    The Summer Solstice passed last week; so we are officially into what promises to be the long, hot summer of 2013.
        Already this year, we have seen devastating tornados, floods, wildfires, and other vicious outbreaks of nature. They seem to follow as consecutive events, one right after another.
        It was reported that May of this year was the third hottest such month ever; surpassed only by May in 2010 and 2012.