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Today's News

  • Dual appointments

    It?s rare for two brothers to receive appointments to the same service academy at the same time, but it happened to two brothers from Forest this year.

    Congressman Bob Goodlatte?s office announced recently that Geoff and Josh Ranowsky have both received appointments to West Point. It?s the first time Goodlatte has ever done this.

    Josh Ranowsky, now a senior at Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS), said that this became possible because a recent Goodlatte appointee left the military academy, opening an extra slot for the 6th District Congressman.

  • Letters

    Response to letter

    Mr. Frank West of Moneta refers to Billy Hackworth's recent editorial as "ranting and drivel" which means to drool, slaver and foolish. After re-reading Mr. Hackworth's editorial, I fail to see the connection. Mr. Hackworth is letting the taxpayer of Bedford County know where a lot of their tax dollars are going. What's foolish about that?

    Does Mr. West have a "ranting and drivel" problem? Or does he know something about Sheriff Brown the county citizens need to know? You be the judge.

    Billy Burnette

    Bedford

  • Service connected disability compensation

    Service connected disability compensation is a monetary benefit paid to veterans who are disabled by an injury or disease incurred or aggravated during active military service.

    These disabilities are considered to be service-connected. Disability compensation varies with the degree of disability and the number of dependents, and is paid monthly. Veterans with certain service connected disabilities may be eligible for additional special monthly compensation. The benefits are not subject to federal or state income tax.

  • Scrapping the tax code

    With spring underway, warmer weather is returning, the days are growing longer, and everything is in bloom. Unfortunately, the arrival of spring also kicks off a second and largely unwelcomed season. This season is marked by piles of forms, confusing instructions, and the prospect of turning your hard-earned money over to the government - tax season.

  • More Americans killed in U. S. by illegal aliens than have died in Iraq

    Over the last five years, 4,000 U. S. soldiers have died fighting for freedom from Islamic extremists in Iraq. This figure has received major news coverage on nearly every major media outlet. However, the untold story that the media does not focus on is the number of persons in the United States who have been killed by illegal aliens. Statistics compiled by Representative Steve King of Iowa show that the number killed by illegal aliens since September 11th exceeds the number of soldiers that we have lost in Iraq.

  • It really did not take that much effort to change three lives

    Last summer I applied to the Bedford Humane Society to be a foster family for a dog. For years the statistics about euthanized animals in shelters and the “Good Home Wanted” posters plastered about businesses saddened me. It was all so overwhelming. What could one person do?

    I found out. In late September, Rascal arrived at my home. A rangy, 7 year old mixed breed he immediately made himself at home in my yard. My dog Misha accepted him as a guest.

  • The GOP’s sense of doom

    It’s been a tough political year for Virginia Republican Congressman Tom Davis, and he fears things will only get worse for his party.

    For Davis, the personal is political. Last year, his wife, Jeannemarie Devolites-Davis, was beaten for re-election in her bid for another term in the state senate.

    It was bad enough that both Davises had to suffer that loss, but it soon became apparent in the weeks after Election Day that Rep. Davis’ trial balloon for a U.S. Senate candidacy was being shot down by the purists in his party.

  • A naive foreign policy

    It's rare that I agree with a "Democrat" and it's even rarer that I agree with Hillary Clinton. She is, however, absolutely correct in one of her criticisms of Barack Obama. Obama would pursue a very naive foreign policy.

    Obama has said that one of his first acts as president would be to meet with the leaders of countries such as Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, Syria and Iran. These meetings would be without preconditions and the offers would be made without any advance diplomacy.

    I can imagine the letter he may write to Venezuela's President Hugo Chvez.

    Dear Hugo,

  • A classic portrayal

    One of my favorite cinematic moments of all time is in the Ten Commandments when Moses encounters God at the fiery bush that didn't burn.

    "Moses! Moses!" God calls out from within the bush, in a deep, bellowing voice.

    And there Moses, played by Charlton Heston in one of the epic performances of all time, meets "I Am Who I Am" and sets out to set His people free.

    It was a great moment in a great movie.

  • By staying the execution of the man convicted of murdering a Winchester police officer, Gov. Kaine went too far

    Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine has found another reason to break a campaign promise by failing to go through with yesterday's scheduled execution of Edward Nathaniel Bell.

    Kaine's reasoning is shallow.

    In staying the execution of Bell ? convicted of murdering Winchester Police Sgt. Rick L. Timbrook in 1999 ? Kaine said he feared the emotional toll such an execution, and possible delay, takes on those administering the justice, as well as the families of the victim.