Today's Opinions

  • Reserve judgment in Rooftop case

    I feel the need to answer the Readers’ Hotline caller, headlined “out of sight.”
    First, Christina Bedsaul is not my “child.” She is a grown woman with values. The most unselfish person you could meet, and, no, I did not go to work with her.
    However, I know that some days she worked 10-plus hours. When I would call her to wish her a good day at 7:30 a.m. she answered her office phone. When I would call her at 5:30 or 5:45 to find out how much longer she was going to work, she answered her office phone.

  • Keep journals to preserve history

    Like many older people, I have seen much of the world, witnessed history in the making, observed many dramatic changes and events — some good, some bad, and many that are still undecided.
    To my fellow seniors I point out that we can sit around and reminisce about “the good old days” and the things we used to do, see, hear, feel, and so forth, but we are, in a sense, walking libraries in possession of a tidy sum of unwritten history.
    We have in our memories things that will be lost upon our passing.

  • Carroll candidate thanks supporters

    I would like to personally thank everyone who supported me in my campaign for the Pipers Gap seat on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, as well as [the incumbent] Dr. Littrell for a clean race.
    Even though I lost by percentage, I did not lose by the number of votes I received, the relationships I established and the tremendous experience I gained from running for office.
    Regardless of whether the candidates we supported won, we all need to hold responsible the decisions the upcoming boards will make in their attempts to move our county forward.

  • Update tax policy to help rebuild schools

    Gov. Bob McDonnell, U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner, Rep. Eric Cantor and former governors George Allen and Tim Kaine wrote this commentary supporting congressional legislation to encourage private interests to renovate older school buildings so that they could be used as modern educational facilities. Webb and Warner have introduced the bill, “The Rehabilitation of Historic Schools Act of 2011.

  • Public notices should be public

    A Landmark News Service editorial

  • Lamb's Table feeds the needy

    Kristy Pollard’s letter to the editor concerning "Lamb's Table" touched my heart and I would like to thank her for the kind words.
    I would also like to expound on them. "Lamb’s Table" is more than one year old and has served more than 5,000 meals since its inception.
    We offer a meal every Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m. and everyone is invited to share a meal with us.
    Meals are also delivered to those in the community who cannot come to the fellowship hall of Independence First United Methodist Church.

  • Delegate-elect thanks voters

    I would like to thank the residents of the Fifth House District for the opportunity to serve as your Delegate in the Virginia General Assembly.
    I am honored, humbled and excited by the opportunity.
    I firmly believe Southwest Virginia’s best days are still ahead, and I am committed to doing everything I can to make that a reality.
    While I do not have all the answers or any quick fixes, I promise to work hard every day for you.

  • Social Security myths set straight

    Over the past few months, I have heard so much misinformation about Social Security that I feel compelled to set the record straight.
    I have worked at the Social Security office in Wytheville for more than four years and have been a Social Security employee for almost seven years.
    During that time, I have learned a great deal about how the program works. So here are some facts for your readers to consider: