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Today's News

  • My ‘silly party’ still leads the way

    We heard last week of the death of a man whose time in Washington is forever linked to the 20th century’s greatest political upheaval, the Watergate scandal.
        Howard Baker was a little-known U.S. Senator outside of his home state of Tennessee, when Watergate broke in the early 1970s.
        As fate would have it, he would be paired with the even lesser known Sam Ervin of North Carolina. Both would lead the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Watergate in the summer of 1973.

  • Our national death wish

        After 51 percent of us fell for Barack Obaloney’s hot air for the second time, and reelected him in 2012, I felt that we had committed national suicide. I’m even more convinced of that now that we are halfway through the second year of his second term.

  • Un) intended consequences

    He’s at it again.
        As if the current crisis wasn’t enough, President Obama is going for more.
        When the President penned the “Dream Act” by executive fiat, the consequences went far beyond what the action was intended.
        By using the executive order to suspend deportations of illegal immigrants who came here as children, word went out throughout Mexico and Central America that it was open house for children to illegally enter the United States.

  • A Southside community pushes back against federal overreach

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Keeping internet access tax free

    Few people study their telephone and Internet bills closely, but it might be worth taking a second glance next month. Take a close look at your next phone bill, and at the bottom you will see a laundry list of access taxes. But if you look at your Internet service provider’s bill, those access taxes will be missing. Wouldn’t you like to keep it that way?

     

  • McAuliffe slam dunks the House GOP

    House Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly have met their match, and it is Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe.
        Tired of their refusal to reach some reasonable compromise that would have allowed many new Virginians insurance coverage through Medicaid, the governor stuffed the ball on them.
        McAuliffe did exactly what Sen. Creighton Deeds had publicly said he should do: Adopt the general budget but use a line-item veto to reject the refusal to expand Medicaid.

  • The real betrayal

        The workings of a political party hack’s mind are always fascinating. Sometimes they seem to think their party is more important than their state, or the United States itself. It’s even more fascinating when a party hack’s thinking ends up in print.
        That happened last week.

  • Funding flushed?

        Something got lost in the translation.
        Hopefully it’s just a misunderstanding that can be quickly fixed. But there may be other issues.
        After apparently reaching a consensus that the county would support helping to pay to extend sewer service in Moneta—through a public-private partnership involving the county, the school system, local developer George Aznavorian and the Bedford Regional Water Authority—that support was called into question Monday by the supervisors.

  • Networking Women help Bedford Ride

        Bedford Networking Women will sponsor an event called Christmas in July to raise money for Bedford Ride. The event will be held at the Bedford Moose Lodge on July 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

        Bedford Ride is a non-profit organization that provides non-emergency medical transportation for people, living in Bedford County, who would otherwise be unable to get to medical appointments. All drivers and dispatchers are volunteers. Bedford Ride provides the vehicles, gasoline and insurance.

  • Photo of the Week: Dawn breaks over the surf

     

    This summer's first Photo of the Week is actually three photos.  Jason Anderson, of Forest, submitted the above stunning image, which he made using a fine photographic eye and a technique called High Dynamic Range imaging.  In HDR, three (in this case) photos of the same scene are merged to give a more luminous image, drawing the best of the images.