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Today's News

  • CIA torture policy shamed our nation

    As a young president in 1961, John F. Kennedy was reluctant to approve what history would later call the “Bay of Pigs” invasion of Cuba.
        Supporting a Cuban exile invasion of the island to rid America of what warmongers and Cold Warriors considered a communist pest was justified by CIA planners, who had put the scheme together in the months before Kennedy became president.

  • Different cases, different facts

        One of the negative aspects of our history is that some racial and ethnic groups have been shown favors that others did not get. Black people got the short end of the stick in that respect for generations even after slavery was ended. Black people were subject to de jure discrimination in the South until the 1960s and de facto discrimination in the North for much longer.

  • Really Good News

        And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
        (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
        And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
        And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

  • Meet Liberty High's HOF Class of 2015

     

    On the weekend of Jan. 9, Liberty High School will formally induct its second class into the school's hall of fame.

    The group of eight inductees will include  six athletes and two coaches.

    Over the next couple of issues, the Bedford Bulletin will provide brief descriptions of the members of this group of Liberty standouts.

    This week, we tell you about two of them.

    Raymond "Peanut" Arrington III, basketball, LHS Class of 1998.

  • Sports commentary: This is the year!

     

    "This is the year!" I stated, both inaccurately and a bit too loudly.

    "The year for what?" asked the wife.

    "The year my Cubs win it all," I bellowed.

    The inaccuracy, as my beloved pointed out, is that 2014 has already passed relative to the baseball season.  As things turned out, 2014 was the Giants' year.

    But, 2015 is certainly going to be the year all of this talk of goats and curses and 1908 and Bartmans comes to an end.

  • Liberty boys: Hello, new friend

     

    Liberty's new boys' basketball head coach Hank Luton is well aware of the school's basketball pedigree.

    He wants to add to it, in fact.

    Luton (pronounced as the first two syllables in the word "lieutenant") has eagerly embraced his role as the captain of the ship.  Where he'll steer that ship, of course, is yet to be determined.  He'll be ably helped in that task by assistant coaches David Williams (who coached with Luton at Salem last year) and Justin Hayden (who was on the Liberty staff).

  • JF boys: Hello, old friend

     

    For a guy who was rumored to bleed Liberty blue, he sure looks comfortable in JF red and black.

    The question will be whether new Cav Head Coach Gary Lowry can get the boys basketball crew to be comfortable with his approach.

    We suspect the answer will be yes, in the long run.

    Lowry, who is also the head of safety and security for Bedford County schools, takes over a program that has a less-than-storied past.  

  • Deck the walls!

     

    It wasn't enough to get them on Santa's naughty list.

    Oh, don't get us wrong:  There was nothing untoward in Saturday night's game, won by Liberty to the tune of 49-39:  Both the Staunton River and Liberty girls showed excellent sportsmanship.

    What they also showed was some very sloppy play.

  • Season's Beatings!

     

    They had more sparkle than a Christmas tree, more fire than the yule log and more spice than grandma's fruitcake.

    As a result, the Staunton River boys hoopsters found more points under their collective Christmas tree than did their visitors from Liberty.

    The Minutemen, whose letter to Santa included a request  for a first win of the season,  departed instead with a stocking full of coal.  The final score:   61-33.

  • Reform the tax code to stimulate growth, create jobs, and raise wages

    By Robert Hurt

    As I travel across Virginia's Fifth District, I often hear from my constituents about how unnecessary bureaucratic red tape is hindering job growth and making life more difficult for working Virginians. Our nation’s outdated and complicated tax code is a perfect example of the federal government standing in the way of strengthening our economy for our nation’s families and small businesses.