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Today's News

  • Budget makes some progress towards getting the deficit under control
  • A fiscally irresponsible budget

    Just days ago the House Democrats pushed through their budget resolution for fiscal year 2010,  a $3.6 trillion budget resolution which spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much.  This fiscally irresponsible budget, which I voted against, will significantly increase the tax burden on American families and small businesses to pay for new wasteful government spending while heaping trillions of dollars of debt on future generations.  Facing a slowing economy and an increased cost of living, Americans have to tighten their belts and carefully budget their hard-earned m

  • Cemetery entitlements

        Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces and veterans discharged under conditions other than dishonorable, as well as their spouse, un-remarried widow or widower, minor children and (under certain conditions) unmarried adult children.

        Also eligible for burial are members of the reserve components of the armed forces, the Army and Air National Guard and the Reserve Officer Training Corps who died while on active duty for training or performing their services.

  • George Wellington Meador

        The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library recognizes April as Confederate History Month by presenting stories of Confederate cemeteries that are being restored in honor of the brave people that served.

        The Museum cooperating with the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1475 and the United Daughters of Confederacy, Gen. William R. Terry Chapter 580 are identifying any Confederate graves that need restoration, researching the persons buried, obtaining proper tombstones and restoring the graves to presentable condition.

  • American jailed in Peru should be freed

        In a jail cell in Lima, Peru, a 39-year-old American woman waits to give birth to her child. She’s eight months pregnant, but is not in particularly good health, and must have back surgery at some point after the birth.

        For American Lori Berenson, most of those facts represent progress. The baby, of course, is good news. So is the modern, well-equipped facility in Lima, unlike the other remote and rustic prisons where she has lived since 1995.

  • International institutions are useless

        It’s been a little more than a month since the International Criminal “Court” issued its “arrest warrant” for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. It charged him with crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes in Darfur.

  • A fish story

        My trip around Liberty Lake a couple of weeks ago proved enlightening.

        I had dropped my son off for baseball practice and decided to get a little exercise myself. So I took advantage of the warm Tuesday afternoon to take a walk around the Lake. Along the way I stopped to talk to a couple of anglers who were dangling some bait in the water. One conversation was especially helpful.

        “So when will they stock here again?” I asked.

  • Piecing together the past

    ne of Bedford County’s premier historic jewels, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, opens for a new season today. Governor Tim Kaine will be on hand for this year’s event.

        Long before he became our third president, Thomas Jefferson became governor of Virginia, serving as its first governor after the Old Dominion joined 12 other colonies in declaring their independence from Great Britain. The state house where Virginia’s General Assembly still meets today was designed by Jefferson.

  • Allegations against one person should not discourage area residents from showing and giving our support

    Allegations of wrong-doing by the Hardy Volunteer Fire Company fire chief surfaced this past week just as the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department was kicking off its campaign to area residents asking for financial support. Those allegations shouldn’t discourage folks from giving to their local fire and rescue units. Members in those departments from around this area serve us every day and they deserve our financial support.

  • Letters

    New mentoring program

        Staunton River High School is establishing a mentoring program entitled Gentlemen by Choice. 

        This program designed to serve as a system of support to high school males in grades nine through twelve.  It exists to build self esteem, promote and improve academic success, and encourage social awareness.  Through participation in this program, many of the young men involved are given a proactive opportunity as opposed to a remedial strategy to enhance their self-esteem.