https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Will recent events hurt Trump next year? https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/will-recent-events-hurt-trump-next-year <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Will recent events hurt President Donald Trump in the 2020 election?<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Late last month, we had his infamous &ldquo;go back where you came from&rdquo; tweet aimed at four &ldquo;Democrat&rdquo; extremists in the House of Representatives. This tweet was not a rash act. It was a calculated move on the part of President Trump. It wasn&rsquo;t an effort to rally his base, either.<br /> Suddenly, he’s against hatred? Not buying it https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/suddenly-he%E2%80%99s-against-hatred-not-buying-it <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; We all know by now that gun massacres are simply a way of life in America, pretty much like a baseball game or buying a Slurpee at 7-11.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;They&rsquo;re commonplace; and they can happen anywhere at any time. Other countries have long since taken measures &ndash; meaning regulation of guns &ndash; to prevent such massacres. But in America, even as late as 2019, we have different priorities.<br /> Farmers, other outdoor workers need to prevent sun damage https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/farmers-other-outdoor-workers-need-prevent-sun-damage <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Extended amounts of sun exposure to those who work outdoors can increase their risk of developing skin cancer.<br /> Letter 08-14-19 https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/letter-08-14-19 <p> Object to militarization of police<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; What a pleasant evening last night, August 6, for the National Night Out designed to build trust between police and citizens.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There was rockin&rsquo; music with people thoroughly enjoying themselves dancing. Bedford library was there engaging with young children and their parents.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Health Department had an informative display especially about important immunizations.<br /> Letters 08-07-19 https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/letters-08-07-19 <p> Solar Power<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;I love my $8 power bill!<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;While my neighbors and co-workers are complaining about their power bills, we had solar panels installed on our roof last year, right on the carport. It feeds into the power grid and was set up to cover most of our power needs. The unit will pay for itself in a few years and then return $$$ on our investment.<br /> Time to speak: Gun owner, not gun freak https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/time-speak-gun-owner-not-gun-freak <p> By Stephen Nash<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Listen up, Bedford area gun owners, especially if you&rsquo;re a Republican. Each of us has powerful leverage to affect legislation in Virginia right now. It only takes a few keyboard clicks and quick voicemails.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Oh, and it will also require your conviction that you&rsquo;re a thinking voter, not a cartoon drawn by addled extremists in Washington and in our state legislature who ignore their own constituents.<br /> Some try to stifle progress https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/some-try-stifle-progress <p> Richard H. Ruff<br /> Goode<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Roanoke Times had an excellent editorial on June 10th, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike that tied the nation back together after the Civil War.<br /> Close all unnecessary U.S. military bases https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/close-all-unnecessary-us-military-bases <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I&rsquo;ll start with a question: If any of us were to ask &ldquo;the average American&rdquo; how many military bases our country operates around the world, would anyone actually know?<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Surely, we can agree that the answer is &ldquo;no.&rdquo; We can probably agree on something else: Whatever the number, it&rsquo;s certain that most Americans believe that we need all those bases &ndash; every single one &ndash; because it&rsquo;s for our basic defense. That&rsquo;s where they would all be wrong.<br />