Today's Opinions

  • Citizens don't want Oakwood Villas

    At the July 24, 2007, Bedford City Council Hearing, members voted (5 - 2) for an ordinance approving the preliminary plans for Oakwood Villas Town homes (4-plex and duplex patio condominiums behind Bedford Memorial Hospital) and amending the zoning map from R-1 to PRD.

  • A program in which the county would purchase land development rights from property owners might be more hype than help

    Some 40 percent of land in Bedford County is farmland, according to the most recent census by the U.S. Census of Agriculture.

    But that is a shrinking figure.

    From 1997 to 2002 the county lost 8,000 acres, almost 4 percent, of its farmland. Over that same time the county lost 165 farms, 11 percent of its total, which is well above the state average. Across the state, during that five-year period, Virginia lost 1.5 percent of its farmland and 3.6 percent of its farms.

    A new census is due to be taken and those figures are expected to continue the trend.

  • Letters to the editor

    Get the right man in

    The race for Sheriff of Bedford County has become an interesting event to watch. The incumbent is facing a surprisingly popular "Anybody but Brown" backlash. Mr. Green came out first attempting to capitalize on this negative phenomenon. He appeared, in the beginning, to be making some headway. Of late, the other candidate, Darryl Updike has turned up his efforts considerably. His sensible and positive campaign has gained him respect across political party lines and his support is increasing.

  • The Liberal Agenda

    Recently, there was a “Values Voters” Summit held in Washington, D.C. According to press coverage, none of the Republican presidential candidates who showed up made much of a showing. “Values voters,” of course, refers to the Christian right, as though no one else has values but them.

  • Conservatively Speaking

    Once again, an effort to give illegal aliens a glide path to permanent legal residency failed.

    The bill, called the DREAM Act, was brought up for a cloture vote in the Senate on Wednesday. It failed by a 52-44 margin. It takes 60 votes in invoke cloture, ending discussion.

  • This Tuesday get out and vote

    The truth is, one vote does count.

    Just ask current Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell. McDonnell claims he won by an average of one seventh of one vote per precinct in 2005.

    And a current candidate also knows the power of one vote as well. In Laura Rodes? first run at the school board, she lost by one vote.

    That?s why everyone registered to vote currently in Bedford and Bedford County should turn out this Tuesday, Nov. 6, and cast their ballot ? even in those elections with only one candidate running.

  • Conservatively Speaking

    Last week China's government threw a hissy fit over our Congress' plan to honor the Dalai Lama.

    Dalai Lama is the Tibetan Buddhist religious title. It is currently held by by a monk named Tenzin Gyatso. The Dalai Lama's official Web site lists him as both the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet. He has lived in exile since 1959.

  • The Liberal Agenda

    After the 2000 election, there?s no way Al Gore could have seen the path his life would take. For a while, after the Supreme Court tragically handed the White House to its current occupant, Gore was left with only the solace that he had, in fact, won the most popular votes.

    Even Democrats were angry. We blamed him, alternately, for losing West Virginia and his home state of Tennessee, when either one?s electoral votes would have put him over the top regardless of Florida.