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Today's News

  • SNOW REMOVAL CREWS FOCUS ON CLEARING INTERSTATE AND PRIMARY ROADS

        Snow removal crews are working to clear interstate and primary roads in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s 12-county Salem District Thursday morning.  Early morning snowfall has left most roads in moderate condition.  Motorists are advised to use caution if they must travel on Thursday.  Forecasters expect more snow throughout the day on Thursday, and motorists should be alert to changing road conditions.  

  • Eligibility requirements for veteran’s benefits

  • Permanent fix to Medicare reimbursement rates needed

    Last week, Congress took an important step to make sure that our senior citizens can continue to see their doctors for care by protecting the reimbursement rates for doctors who participate in the Medicare system. The House passed bipartisan legislation that blocks the 25% cut in Medicare payments to doctors that could have gone into effect on December 31, which will ensure seniors and military families will be able to continue to see their doctors. This legislation is fully paid for and now goes to the President for his signature.

  • Restoring integrity to our judicial system

    It is a rare occasion when the U.S. Congress impeaches a federal judge and removes the accused from the bench.  Indeed, only 8 federal judges have been removed from office in our nation’s history.  However, when evidence emerges that an individual is abusing his judicial office for his own advantage, the integrity of the judicial system becomes compromised, and the Congress has the duty to investigate the matter and take the appropriate actions to end the abuse and restore confidence in the judicial system.

  • GOP message: Get rich or starve?

        Republicans won’t take over the House officially until the next Congress is sworn in after the New Year. But they’ve already tipped their hand.

        After their election victories in November, they let it be known that they would absolutely go to the mat to get tax relief for the wealthiest Americans.
        The so-called Bush tax cuts have not produced the jobs we were told they would. If they had, we certainly would not have the very high unemployment numbers we’ve seen for many months now.

  • Liberal Syndrome

        I’ve often thought of liberals as being intellectually challenged. Then, a couple of months ago I saw  there is evidence that being liberal is caused by a genetic defect. A medical study, which appeared in The Journal of Politics this past fall, indicated that people with a specific variant of the DRD4 gene were more likely to be liberal as adults. Maybe somebody should start a campaign to find a cure for Liberal Syndrome. A liberal asylum has already been established for these poor souls. It’s called San Francisco.

  • Third time’s the charm

    After losing two battles in federal court, including one challenge from Liberty University, foes to President Obama’s health care legislation won an important victory Monday in federal court in Richmond.

        It’s just a first step in what will certainly be a decision that will end up before — and be made by—the U.S. Supreme Court. Still, the fact that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was able to land the first blow to the massive and unpopular health care overhaul passed this year by Congress, is welcome news.

  • The lights are on!

        “We like to say we live on the best decorated street in Bedford,” commented Bedford City Manager Charles Kolakowski at the Elks Christmas lighting ceremony Friday night.

        Kolakowski lives right across the street from the Elks National Home and admits that the Elks Christmas light display has a lot to do with that.
        “We truly appreciate having them as neighbors,” he said.

  • Lady Cavs bring much

    A breakout year for the Lady Cavs?

  • Cavs have room to grow

    Should Paul Smith decide to buy some new uniforms for her boys basketball team, the JF head coach might want to reconsider changing from the current black and red color scheme.