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Today's News

  • Congress shouldn't get a pay raise

    As this year winds to a close, I continue to focus on economic recovery and the fiscal discipline to bring our deficit under control.

    First, I have once again signed on as co-sponsor of a measure to block members of Congress from receiving automatic pay increases, this time for the 2011 fiscal year. On January 7, 2009 — the day after being sworn into office — I co-sponsored H.R. 156, which blocked the automatic pay increase for FY2010. The measure was successfully adopted by congressional leaders over the summer.

  • Peace and goodwill to all

    This is a blessed season marked by the company of family and friends, a child-like anticipation of presents under the tree, and perhaps even the hope of a midnight snowfall.   It is a season rooted in traditions and celebrations of all kinds. 

  • Moving forward responsibly on health carer reform

    Like all of my colleagues in the Democratic Party, I voted in favor of proceeding to debate the proposed health- care reform legislation. I have yet to decide whether I will support final passage of the bill.

     

  • Veterans' affairs: Time to file claims for 2009 medical expenses

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has advised claims for reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses incurred during 2009 will be accepted beginning January 1, 2010. 

  • Christmas gifts for the political world

        There are only days now before we all find out what’s under the Christmas tree for us. I thought it might be fun to speculate about what gifts certain politicians - if this were a just world - should receive for Christmas.

        For U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, there is one gift that would certainly warm his heart: Large, gold-framed photos of all the CEOs of the major insurance companies that run his state of Connecticut, and run him.

  • Liberals’ free speech double standard

        Apparently some colleges and universities seem to think that students leave their First Amendment rights at the gate when they enroll.

        According to a report by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, seven out of 10 American colleges and universities censor students’ speech. The report was cited in a story posted on WorldNetDaily earlier this month.

  • Robert L. Forgie, Jr., 42, Montvale

        Robert “Bob” Latane Forgie, Jr., 42, of Montvale, died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009.  Bob was born in Montvale on Oct. 16, 1967.  He was the son of the late Robert Latane Forgie, Sr. and Hattie S. Forgie. 

        He was a member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church. Bob was a graduate of Liberty High School and VMI class of 1990. 

  • All local high school sports postponed this weekend

     If you're a fan of high school sports, you'll have to find something else to do this weekend.  That's because the entire slate of activities for Liberty, Jefferson Forest and Staunton River have been scrapped.

    The reason:  expected heavy snows that might make travel to and from the games less safe than desired.

    Athletic directors have already started setting up make-up dates.  Here's what we know so far:

    -The Bedford Brawl, Liberty's premier wrestling event, will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

  • LOW TEMPERATURES CREATE ICY ROADS IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA

    Snow removal crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation have worked overnight night to address icy conditions and refreezing roads on the interstates and primary roads throughout southwestern Virginia.  After yesterday’s snowfall of about a foot and a half, all primary roads and interstates have been plowed and treated, but they required attention overnight.

  • LOW WATER PRESSURE CITY OF BEDFORD

    A major water line break occurred on the water system which supplies water to the City of Bedford.  Although the break was repaired early today, water tanks and lines were drained.  This has resulted in the continued low water pressure that most customers are experiencing.

    The water levels in the tanks should reach normal levels by late afternoon Sunday which will provide a gradual improvement in water pressure.