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Today's Opinions

  • Republicans tarnished their brand

    There's a story that explains why Virginia's state elections don't fall on the same year as federal elections.

    According to this story, Harry Byrd, a former governor who also once ran the Democratic Party machine that, in turn ran Virginia, was not happy with the national Democratic Party. In order to avoid having his Democrats associated with national Democrats, he arranged for Virginia's state elections to fall on odd numbered years. He was afraid that an association with the national party would cost his party votes in state elections.

  • Owning up to our mistakes

    When we make a mistake, or do something wrong, we should never compound that wrong by failing to own up to the mistake.

    A letter I received a week ago from Tiffaney Orange certainly points that out. I'll let the letter speak for itself.

    Here it is:

    What if it were a child?

    It was already enough devastation that on Monday of last week, my mother had to come home to find her cocker spaniel, "Heidi" lying dead on her basement floor; a perfectly healthy dog that took ill, and within a weekend's worth of time died...

  • Remembering their service

    The response to the question was telling.

    At a Veterans Day event at Bedford Middle School Monday, one speaker asked the students and staff of the school to stand if they had a relative serving in the military.

    An overwhelming majority in the audience stood.

    Sometimes we forget just how many folks are daily serving to keep our nation free. And sometimes we forget how many that service touches along the way.

    Monday was a chance for this nation to mark that remembrance. Across this area, as well as across the nation, events were held to honor veterans' service.

  • The Liberal Agenda

    As this was written, statewide legislative elections hadn?t yet been held. But things looked very good for Democrats and somewhat bleak for the state Republicans.

    If the results don?t actually reflect that - although I suspect they will - there are still trends in Virginia politics that don?t bode well for Republicans in this state.

  • Conservatively Speaking

    As I write this, the results of Tuesday's elections are still unknown. By the time you read this, however, everybody will know.

    At least, I hope everybody was paying attention. Elections are important and Bedford area residents had four contested races on their ballots. I want to thank Delegate Lacey Putney, Lewis Medlin, Sheriff Mike Brown, Chuck Green, Darryl Updike, Andy Dooley, Tom Dooley, Annie Pollard, Julie Bennington and Laura Rodes for having their names on the ballot. They gave voters a choice, something we must have for democracy to work.

  • Honoring those who have served and sacrificed

    Veterans Day is an opportunity for us to honor the lives and sacrifices of our nation?s veterans. America?s veterans have dedicated themselves to securing the safety and freedom of their fellow Americans. We enjoy rights and freedoms unmatched by any other nation in the world and our brave servicemen and women have served throughout history to make that possible. For these selfless actions, we have a responsibility to ensure that our troops are sufficiently provided for when they return home.

  • Solar Decathlon may pave way for future energy ideas

    The United States Department of Energy is challenging College students to think in new ways about energy and what impact it has on our everyday lives. The challenge comes in a competition called the Solar Decathlon.

  • Letters to the editor

    A special 'Thank You' from the family of Ashton Bonds

    The past few weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster ride for me and my family.

    The illness and untimely death of my son, Ashton Bonds has been overwhelming. My heart is broken; and I miss my son so much, but I know that he is with the Lord. The pain has been unbearable at times, but I know that my strength comes from the Lord. Without Him in my life, I don?t know what I would do.