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Today's News

  • Sorry, 'the surge' isn' really working

    Americans who continue to support the Iraq War are still a definite minority in this country, a status they've held since 2005. But they've been crowing quite a bit lately over the alleged success of "the surge," George W. Bush?s decision to send more troops there after the 2006 elections.

  • Republicans need a leader

    Hillary Clinton pulled out a narrow victory over Barack Obama in New Hampshire last week. Both campaigns remain well financed and competitive and it appears unlikely that anybody will have a headlock on the "Democratic" nomination after the Feb. 5 mega primary.

  • Smoking in restaurants has some legislators fired up

    Former Roanoke Senator Brandon Bell is no longer in the legislature to champion his fight against the sharing of second-hand smoke, but there are apparently plenty of others willing to carry on his cause.

    Governor Tim Kaine has made banning smoking in restaurants a major priority this year and legislators have lit up the legislative agenda with bills against smoking. No less than 11 bills are in the hopper with cigarette smoking in the cross hairs.

    In most cases, the legislators need to just butt out.

  • Letters

    Each year I and my family make a trip to Bedford to see the Christmas lights display at Liberty Lake Park. We usually bring several vehicles, and plan on continuing this "tradition" for years to come.

    I have always been so amazed at the amount of time and effort those folks must put into the beautiful display, and I must say, this past Christmas, they truly outdid themselves. So on behalf of myself and my family, we thank each of you who work so hard to make our trip (and many others I'm sure) each year an enjoyable one. Please keep up the wonderful job.

  • Working together to save lives in Darfur

    Last year, I had the opportunity to travel as part of a bipartisan Congressional Delegation to the war-torn nation of Sudan and see first-hand, in Darfur, one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent times. As a nation dedicated to freedom and the rights of the individual, the United States has a responsibility to speak out and act to prevent mass genocide from occurring.

  • Mexican trucks decrease safety and security

    The House of Representatives has voted to approve what is called the Omnibus Spending Bill. The vote was 253-to-154 to agree to a Senate amendment that added ten appropriations measures to the Foreign Operations bill. The amendment provides a total of $515 billion in spending, including over $32 billion for foreign aid. Although, some of the spending provisions included in the Omnibus are worthy, I voted ?No,?

  • Senator Webb sums up first year in office

    This month rounds out Senator Webb?s first full year in the U.S. Senate. Over the past 12 months, Webb has worked on issues that affect us internationally, nationally and here in Virginia. Senator Webb also serves on the Committee on Foreign Relations, Committee on Armed Services, Committee on Veterans Affairs, and the Joint Economic Committee.

  • Teen pregnancy and STDs create an invitation to prayer

    The Bedford Christian Fellowship is very concerned about the problem of teen pregnancy in our community.

    The numbers are alarming. In 2005 in Bedford City and County there were 84 teen pregnancies of which 60 resulted in live births. Twenty-one (about 25 percent) of these teen pregnancies in Bedford ended in abortions. Three were ?stillborn.? During the same period there were 13,416 teen pregnancies in Virginia. About 66 percent of these pregnancies resulted in live births. Thirty percent were aborted. The rest were ?stillborn.?

  • House has 60 days to manage 2,000 bills

    For the first time since 2005, the Virginia General Assembly has convened its session in the Virginia Capitol. Renovations to the building, frequently referred to here as ?Mr. Jefferson?s Capitol,? were completed just before Queen Elizabeth?s visit last spring. Now, it is ready again to be used for the purpose it was originally intended, and is filled everyday with legislators holding meetings, visitors seeing the General Assembly in action, and tourists appreciating its rich history.

  • A uniformed career

    Deputy Charles Quarles will end nearly half a century in uniform this month.

    Actually, his retirement from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office will be his second retirement from a uniformed career. He wore green in his first.

    Quarles is a Bedford County native who grew up in the Bunker Hill area of Bedford County. It's land that has belonged to his family ever since his great-grandfather, Jeff Quarles, a newly freed slave purchased the land in the summer of 1865.