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Today's Opinions

  • Pro-choice forces ready to fight

        The fallout continues from the extreme anti-abortion rights bills passed in Georgia, Alabama, Missouri and other states, where “pro-life” people want to take away the reproductive rights of all American women.
        The Alabama law, clearly the most egregious and the most blatantly unconstitutional, would ban nearly all abortions, even from the moment of conception – a “moment” no one actually knows – and would sentence doctors who perform abortions to up to 99 years in prison.

  • Obama left a toxic legacy

        As of this writing, tensions are rising between the United States and Iran. President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal last year and this year declared Iran’s Revolutionary Guard to be a terrorist organization. This opened the door to economic sanctions against the Guard, which has extensive business dealings.

  • Letters 05-15-19

    Information questioned

        I just had the opportunity to watch the Young Republican’s Forum from last week and want to know where the Candidate Captain Miller is getting his information.
        God blessed me with three sons and two of them, thanks to the drugs in our Bedford County Public Schools, two of them have been jailed or in detention because as a working mother I just can’t watch them every second of the day. Parents have to trust the school system and the sheriff’s department.

  • An open letter to wake makers 

    By Jerry Hale
    Wake Surfer and SML Water Safety Council me ber
       
        I am one of us.  I’ve wake boarded on SML for 15 years and am still at it.  I have friends with surf boats and get invited along for wake surfing sessions. These sports are great fun, but the towboats produce significant wakes. There are more and larger towboats on the lake each year that are designed to make formidable wakes, and more families are enjoying wake sports together.  

  • Legal abortion under vicious assault

        Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp recently signed the so-called “heartbeat abortion ban” into law, joining five other states that have passed similar legislation. It’s a blatant attempt to reach the U.S. Supreme Court and end legal abortion rights for American women.
        The law is ridiculous and punitive, and under Roe v. Wade, clearly unconstitutional. It would ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks, even before a woman knows she’s pregnant.

  • ‘Democratic’ nomination circus

        As of this writing, President Donald Trump’s approval rating sits at 49 percent.

  • Military spouses helped write last year’s national defense bill

    By U.S. Senator Tim Kaine

        Military spouses are unemployed at a rate somewhere between three and five times the national average. As I travel around Virginia, military families, their advocates and the business community share with me some of the reasons for this jarring statistic.
        When service members are reassigned, on average every two years, their spouses often have to leave their jobs and move to new communities. Military spouse Erin Ward, for example, pursued 15 different careers over 19 moves.

  • Letters 05-08-19

    Supports Miller for Sheriff

        It is both a privilege and an honor for me to endorse Captain Mike Miller for Bedford County Sheriff. I have known Mike and his family for over 30 years, since serving as his pastor back in the mid 80’s. I have found him to be a loving husband and father and a man of sincere faith in God.