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Today's Opinions

  • The Bible

    “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” — Hebrews 4:12

        GQ magazine recently named the Bible as one of the “21 Books You Don’t Have to Read Before You Die.”
        To quote cartoonist Billy De Beck, “horsefeathers.” Or to expound on that phrase—rubbish, pure nonsense.

  • Freedom

    By Foster Garrett
    Intern Writer

        Freedom: It is what every person desires yet only the bravest achieve.
        Freedom from war, from persecution, from inner conflict; the freedom to be yourself and to love whoever and whatever you choose; freedom of the wildest nature and of the most tranquil peace; freedom is desired on every level, in every form, by everybody.

  • Letter 04/25/18

    Preserve the concert venue

        For 30 years the Bedford Community Orchestra has provided outstanding music to our community.  
        It is  a gift to have such a quality orchestra in a community of our size.  Our orchestra is now in danger of losing its acoustically ideal auditorium in the Bedford Middle School.  Scott Walter and his orchestra have worked very hard to improve the sound quality; it is unique to this space.  

  • Remembering the Marathon bombing

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

          For me, the Boston Marathon bombing was like a hot poker thrust into the smoldering embers of a recent fire—that then burst back into flame.  The race itself is as American as apple pie, one of those iconic events by which the world knows us—and we know ourselves.  These are my reflections on the fifth anniversary of this fatal attack that jolted me out of retirement.

  • Governor’s amendments would gut anti-gerrymandering bill

    By Senator David Suetterlein

        In between the Virginia General Assembly’s ongoing special session to adopt a biennial budget, we met last week for our regularly scheduled reconvene session to address the Governor’s actions on legislation since the regular session adjourned sine die on March 10.

  • He loves to pose as the expert

         If I fail to notice it first, my dear mother always tells me that “Burnhart (she gets his name wrong sometimes, God bless her) has gone after you again.” Then, she’ll inevitably add, “Doesn’t he have anything else to write about?”
        You gotta love Moms, don’t you? They’re supposed to stick up for you, and mine does.

  • You’re fired!

        The catchphrase from Donald Trump’s reality TV show, “The Apprentice” was “You’re fired!” as Trump eliminated one contestant from the show on each episode.
        He’s fired a lot of people from the executive branch during his 15 months in office and it seems that one person he would love to fire is Robert Mueller, the special counsel charged with investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in 2016.

  • Letters 04/18/18

    Preserve the
    BCO venue

        We are residents of Lynchburg and have great interest in seeing the Bedford Orchestra have a facility for their practices and presentations. We have attended every presentation of the Bedford Orchestra for many years. They are an outstanding group with an outstanding director.
        We understand the school will soon be sold. We do hope the town of Bedford can preserve the auditorium as a concert hall.

    Bobby and Carolyn Hemric
    Lynchburg

    When we vote,