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Today's News

  • This isn’t about the environment, it’s all about raising taxes

    atch out, the Green Police may be on their way to your local grocery store.

     

        Arlington Democrat Delegate Adam Ebbin has introduced legislation into the General Assembly that would require retailers to charge shoppers 5 cents for each non-reusable bag issued to customers. It’s just another case of government sticking its nose where it shouldn’t and, by so doing, hurting the poor and middle class families the most.

     

  • Letters

    Heart Month

        February is American Heart Month and a good time to remind the increasing number of heart patients in Bedford and surrounding area that they are not alone in their recovery. Mended Hearts, affiliated with the American Heart Association, is a national nonprofit organization offering the gift of hope to heart patients, their families and caregivers for more than 50 years.

  • Bill will end monopoly protection for insurance companies
  • Spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much

    Two weeks ago President Obama delivered his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.  In his speech the President called for fiscal discipline and specifically addressed the need to reduce wasteful spending from the federal budget.  However, earlier this week the President sent a $3.8 trillion budget proposal to Congress, which spends too much, taxes too much and borrows way too much.

  • What gets measured gets done

    The federal government has 44 separate job training and employment programs, spread across nine different agencies and departments, spending a combined $12 billion a year serving about 30 million Americans.

    Similarly, the federal government has established a patchwork system of at least 22 separate programs focused on the important consumer health issue of food safety.

    At least 17 stand-alone programs have been established over time to support the federal role in higher education.

  • Terminate the Stalin bust

        The National D-Day Memorial has grown into a place of inestimable value for America and those here and abroad who want to honor Allied forces on D-Day, 6 June 1944. It is well-conceived, superbly designed, and enriched with inspired statuary and plaques. The memorial is a place to be revered. Few, if any, other memorials can compare to its quality. I feel honored and proud to be able to support the memorial and volunteer there as a tour guide. Other volunteers feel similarly, I am sure.

  • WBLT Black History spots

        The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library is pleased to provide the following in honor of Black History Month.

  • Legislators less likely to file legislation that costs

    For the second week in a row, the weather became a main topic of discussion at Mr. Jefferson’s Capitol.  The arrival of a record-breaking snowstorm affecting about two-thirds of the state caused the General Assembly members to return home for the weekend a day early. The goal was to get legislators and staff member’s home, and off the roads, safe and sound. 

  • The ‘tea party’ represents nothing new

        As this was written, the “tea party” activists were holding their first national convention in Nashville, Tennessee, featuring as their keynote speaker none other than the infamous Sarah Palin.

        If you haven’t followed the story of what’s being called a new political movement in America, the tea party crowd popped up during President Obama’s first year in office, taking their name, of course, after the original colonists who waged the Boston Tea Party protest against British rule.

  • This should make everybody mad

        Like just about everybody, Bedford County Public Schools is facing a tough budgeting year. The school system is facing a shortfall of between $5 and $8 million. It would obviously take a monster tax hike to plug this hole, so the school board is going to have to make substantial cuts.

        Now, who can I anger with my suggestions?