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Today's Opinions

  • The Va. GOP: Extreme, fanatical, hateful

        With the Trump virus spreading so much toxicity through the national Republican Party, it’s no surprise that much of that is evident in the Virginia GOP.
        It’s not surprising, but it’s very disappointing. The Virginia Republican Party was brought to prominence in the 1960s by moderates, very unlike the right-wing extremists and religious fanatics so evident today.

  • There is no triumph of science

        It’s always fun to read “The Liberal Agenda” when Rick Howell writes about the Bible or history. His column, last week, was no exception.

  • Letters 04/04/18

    Sheriff won’t respond

        Sheriff Brown just won’t respond to my editorials, poor fella. He wants his picture in the paper and on TV. If he’ll answer truthfully, which is not likely, I can almost guarantee he’ll get his picture in the paper.

  • The crack of the bat

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        The crack of the bat sent a tall popup skyward behind home plate.  I was the catcher and staggered beneath that mile-high ball as it rushed earthward.  I thrust my mitt up and made a lucky catch, the ball wedging itself between my mitt and my bare hand.

  • The slow, steady triumph of science

        Popular scientist Stephen Hawking died recently, after a lifetime of defying disability and bringing astronomy to the American public in a way that was engaging, highly informative, and even tinged with humor.
        Hawking had done groundbreaking work on understanding black holes, especially their relation to how the universe began. His 1988 book, “A Brief History of Time,” was an amazing best-seller, credited with bringing complicated scientific theory to a mainstream audience of lay people.

  • John Sharp is right

        A while back I wrote a column with the title “Kevin Willis is right,” This time, it’s John Sharp who is on the right track.

  • Passing it on

        Virginia Trout Heritage Day is this Saturday, April 7, and it’s a good time to pass on to the next generation the joys of fishing. Liberty Lake in Bedford is one of several area bodies of water in Virginia being stocked for this event.
        Trout Heritage Day hearkens back to years gone by when trout season had an official opening season.

  • Letters 03/28/18

    Recycling benefits us, earth

        If you recycle you may have been told: “You might as well give up on recycling, because it is all going into the landfill.”.
        Wake up people and spread the word that this is not true.
        I talked with Vicky Esposito at  (540) 586-7656 at Bedford County Recycling and this is what I learned: “Bedford County is fully committed to treat your recyclables as treasures.”