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Today's Opinions

  • Roanoke Amtrak ridership encouraging for Bedford stop

        Having passed the six-month milestone since Amtrak ridership to and from the Roanoke Station began, state transportation officials are describing it as “impressive.” Ridership on the Washington, D.C. to Roanoke line increased by more than 8 percent year-over-year, largely due to the addition of the Roanoke Station. This occurred at a time when passenger rail ridership numbers are down slightly both nationwide and in Virginia.

  • Letters 08/01/18

    A quiet hero

        Bedford County lost a quiet hero Sunday, July 29, when Bobby Spinner passed from this life. He worked with us for four years, through a long, difficult, and baffling process that finally built a beautiful home from a ruin and a wreck, and we could never have accomplished it without him.
        Bobby was John Henry, quiet and humble in his strength, resourcefulness, and intelligence.

  • Story candidly reveals Trump’s ‘base’

        Those of us who have opposed Donald Trump from the beginning have always wrestled with what often feels like an existential question: How could anyone have walked into a polling place and voted for him to be president?
        From the time he first gained attention by saying that the Mexicans coming here illegally were “rapists and murderers,” most people basically laughed it off. “There’s no way,” it was often said, “that this country would elect him.”

  • Iranian nukes

        Iran’s currency seems to be in free fall. 

  • Celebrate National Farmers Market Week beginning Aug. 4

        The Bedford Farmers Market has been run by the YMCA since 2015 and has as its goal to promote local agriculture and provide Bedford with the freshest farm products.
        The US Department of Agriculture recently released a proclamation making August 5-11 National Farmers Market Week with the goal to increase awareness of the role local farmers markets play in creating healthy communities and in building prosperity among farmers and small businesses. Here are some examples of how Bedford Farmers Market does this:

  • Letters 07/25/18

    Gore got rich
    promoting a hoax

  • ‘A blaze of glory’

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        A potent personality—plus tact, talent, and tenacity—took Mary Hosbrook from the farm to a career as an artist and entrepreneur. 
        Her life linked the 1860s to the 1960s, a century of expanding civil rights and women asserting their place in society.  Mary Hosbrook, my great-aunt, was a pioneer in this post-Civil War period.

  • One thing’s clear: He’s Russia’s boy

        Like everything else he’s touched, Donald Trump has turned American foreign policy on its head, seemingly trying to make our enemies our friends and even threatening the NATO alliance.
        His suck-up performance – it can’t be called anything else – at the so-called summit with Vladimir Putin was disgusting and outrageous, coming just days after 12 Russians had been indicted for meddling in our presidential election, the same one that “elected” him.