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Unlocking competition

By John Barnhart

    Sometimes the Senate, House and even the White House can work together.
    That seems to be the case in the  Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act.
    The Act passed unanimously through both the Senate and House recently and has been inked into law by President Obama. It’s a common-sense law that benefits the consumer and should increase competition among wireless companies.


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Take responsibility

    Normally this back-to-school editorial challenges parents to take responsibility for their children’s education.
    They should. The more involved parents are, the more likely their children are to be successful in school.
    But students must take responsibility, too. And that’s the focus of this year’s exhortation.
    The time of sliding by needs to be dumped in the trash with those federally-mandated healthy lunches nobody wants to eat.


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County should ante up

    Now that the Bedford Regional Water Authority has nixed George Aznavorian’s proposal to receive connection credits in return for his promise of $100,000 towards the project to extend public sewer service to Moneta Elementary School, Bedford County needs to quickly take action to fund its portion of the cost for the project.


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Un) intended consequences

He’s at it again.
    As if the current crisis wasn’t enough, President Obama is going for more.
    When the President penned the “Dream Act” by executive fiat, the consequences went far beyond what the action was intended.
    By using the executive order to suspend deportations of illegal immigrants who came here as children, word went out throughout Mexico and Central America that it was open house for children to illegally enter the United States.


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Funding flushed?

    Something got lost in the translation.
    Hopefully it’s just a misunderstanding that can be quickly fixed. But there may be other issues.
    After apparently reaching a consensus that the county would support helping to pay to extend sewer service in Moneta—through a public-private partnership involving the county, the school system, local developer George Aznavorian and the Bedford Regional Water Authority—that support was called into question Monday by the supervisors.


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Right decision fixes a bad idea

It was a bad idea from the start.
    Local schools need to be controlled by local folks, not the state.
    Last week Judge Charles E. Poston of the Norfolk Circuit Court ruled in favor of the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) and the city of Norfolk School Board and held the Opportunity Educational Institution (OEI) and its governing board unconstitutional.
    That was the right decision.
    We need less, not more, state and federal interference.


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They gave their all

They were farmers, baseball players, factory workers.
    They had girlfriends—they enjoyed using the dollar they earned at National Guard meetings to buy popcorn and share a drink at the movies.
    The got Bibles for Christmas; they shot pool.
    And they gave their all for their country.
    Friday marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when this nation’s best stormed the beaches of Normandy. And in the first wave were the best and brightest of Bedford.


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Hang in there!

    This is going to be an important week for Bedford County Public Schools, the Moneta and Body Camp communities and, most importantly, the children the school system serves.
    On Monday, the School Board will be conducting a public hearing on potential closing/consolidation of elementary schools in the Staunton River Zone and the resulting redistricting of students. Then, next Thursday, June 5, the School Board will hold a special called meeting to discuss, and potentially vote, to close a school.


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Be safe out there

     National Safe Boating Week is May 17 – 23 and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is reminding all boaters to remember some important safety tips this boating season. 
    We shouldn’t need to be reminded twice about this.


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Difficult days, even more difficult decisions

    Anytime closing schools is suggested people get upset.
    That response should be expected.
    Moneta Elementary School and Bedford Primary School were both targeted to be closed in the state-mandated efficiency study, which was released to the public and governing bodies last week.


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