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Job well done!

Our compliments go to Bedford's Moose Lodge for the excellent job they did putting on a fireworks show after Bedord announced that it would no longer fund 4th of July fireworks. The show was nice with 20 minutes worth of colorful aerial bursts.
    There was lots of parking and the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of volunteers, did a good job of making this work smoothly. Once the show was over, there were no problems getting out and onto U. S. 460. That also went smoothy.


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A clear and present danger

The tweets were sent just after midnight, Monday morning.
    “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the brothers and the families in Arizona tonight,” stated the message sent out by the Bedford Fire Department.
    That tweet, along with several others sent, were in response to the news that 19 members of a fire crew had been killed while battling a wildfire in Arizona. The tragedy makes it the deadliest event involving firefighters in the U.S. in more than three decades.


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Welcome back

On Monday, the city of Bedford will be forever gone.
    Welcome back, The Best Little Town in America.
    After years of talks, negotiations, hearings and planning, reversion is set to take place.
    On July 1, it becomes official, Bedford will once again be a town.
    It’s an important accomplishment for the soon-to-be dissolved city council. And for the city staff who helped make it happen.


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Trust and don’t you dare verify

Voting, and registering to vote, shouldn’t be overly burdensome.
    But it should require some amount of accountability. Apparently the federal government, and now the U.S. Supreme Court, disagree.
    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can’t require those registering to vote to prove they are US citizens, when using the federal “Motor Voter” registration process. On a 7-2 opinion, the justices threw out an Arizona law that required those registering prove their US citizenship.


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Can you hear us now?

t sounded good, didn’t it.
    It’s going to help us catch all the bad guys; it will help us stop them before they do any more harm.
    The Patriot Act will solve everything.
    That’s what we thought we needed, in the days following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. At least some of us did.
    But even the best of intentions can lead one down a road best left not traveled.
    We found that out this past week.


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Time for a change

Eric Holder has to go.
    Controversial from the start, the US Attorney General has gone so far over the line even many on his side of the fence have had enough.
    Just this week, when asked by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte to go on the record to explain his contradictory testimony—as in what he said about not wanting to punish journalists just doing their job, while at the same time seeking to do just that—Holder refused to appear, instead having a subordinate file a letter on his behalf.


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With much humility

We have to remember; we must never forget.
    Some 1,000 people showed up Monday at the National D-Day Memorial for the annual Memorial Day ceremony there.
    Wherever we are, we must never forget.
    The price of our freedom has been too high to forget.
    The cost to countless families over the years must always be honored: mothers mourning the loss of a child; spouses the loss of a partner; children the loss of a parent. A nation the loss of its innocence.


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Remember your jackets!

National Safe Boating Week is this week, just in time to remind us all of the need for safety as Memorial Day arrives and the summer season kicks off.
    The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is reminding all boaters to remember some important safety tips this boating season. 
    Tops among them: to always wear a life jacket while on the water. 


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There's no there, there

    It wasn't a good week for President Obama.
    First the Benghazi debacle hit the fan. Witnesses testified before Congress and the national media finally started doing its job. The result—more than ever, the affair smells of a political whitewashing at the time, and a cover-up of incompetence ever since.


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Appreciating teachers

Many schools will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week this week or next and hopefully students and parents will take that opportunity to let Bedford County’s teachers know they are, indeed, appreciated.
    Unfortunately that sentiment didn’t come out from last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting.


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