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Today's News

  • Making veterans care more accessible

    As more information surfaces, the severe mismanagement and “lack of integrity” within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system has grown increasingly clear. A nationwide audit of access and wait times at 731 VA facilities was released just days ago. The results were highly alarming and only added to my serious concerns about veterans’ access to medical care. The audit found that more than 57,000 veterans have waited at least 90 days for their first appointment at a VA facility.

  • Decision needed serious discussion

    By Doris McCabe
    Bedford

        The central issue at the June 9 Board of Supervisors / Planning Board’s public hearing was that zoning regulations effectively blocked an entire industry – Confined Animal Feeding Operations -- from doing business in Bedford County.

  • Eric Cantor and ‘The Great Betrayal’

    While one Virginia politician was making national headlines last week, another one lit a fire in the same kind of partisan fight that had brought down the first one.
        Eric Cantor and Phil Puckett may not know each other, but they found themselves front-line players in the same fight: the ideological battle between the few common sense Republicans left, and the “tea party” fanatics who imagine themselves on some holy mission, like the Crusaders of old.

  • We must never forget!

        Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

        These anniversaries, especially the five-year anniversaries, of D-Day always remind me of why the National D-Day Memorial is vital. Folks often talk about how nice it is for the D-Day veterans to be able to see it, but its mission — remember, it’s a memorial — is to make sure we remember all those guys who never lived to see it.

  • Right decision fixes a bad idea

    It was a bad idea from the start.
        Local schools need to be controlled by local folks, not the state.
        Last week Judge Charles E. Poston of the Norfolk Circuit Court ruled in favor of the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) and the city of Norfolk School Board and held the Opportunity Educational Institution (OEI) and its governing board unconstitutional.
        That was the right decision.
        We need less, not more, state and federal interference.

  • Field of schemes: If you bill it, they will shun

     

    By Tom Wilmoth and 

    Mike Forster

    news@bedfordbulletin.com

     

    Talk about sticker shock!

    That's exactly what Bedford County's American Legion baseball team got recently.

    The team, which has had a home behind Forest Middle School for years and years, suddenly finds itself priced out of the market.

    "Our rate has tripled," said Big Island Head Coach Kelley Russell.

  • JF girls advance to State final

     

    Eleven minutes into Jefferson Forest's Group 4A state semifinal match against heavily-favored Midlothian, Cassidy Ratliff's prayers came true.

    Less than two minutes later, so did her dreams.

    The senior forward scored two goals in that span; the first “a gift from God” that went through the hands of the Trojans goalkeeper.

    “I'm glad I prayed this morning,” Ratliff said after the game.

  • Sports commentary: Pure pride

     

    It's a shame it had to end this way.

    My heart goes out to the Jefferson Forest girls' soccer team, just as it would have gone out to the Dominion squad had JF been the one to eke out the win.

    And by "eke," I mean a margin so slim it makes the Olson twins look portly.

    I'd like to write that the loss was heartbreaking.  In fact, my original headline on the story included that term.  But thinking back to the end of the match, as well as its immediate aftermath, the word seemed inappropriate.

  • 70th anniversary of D-Day renews our profound commitment to our veterans

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Last week, we commemorated the 70th Anniversary of the largest seaborne invasion in our history, which took place on D-Day.  In honor of the anniversary of this fateful day, I participated in the National D-Day Memorial Commemoration in Bedford to commemorate the Anniversary of the Allied invasion of occupied France.

     

  • EPA rules hitting the pocketbook

    In lockstep with regulatory expansion in nearly every part of our economy, on June 2nd the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) put forth yet another rule, this time attacking affordable and reliable energy. Once again, we see the Executive Branch bypassing Congress to enact far-reaching legislative policies that would hit families, small businesses, and manufacturers in the pocketbook.