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Today's News

  • Bedford Alzheimer’s support group folds

        Bedford’s Alzheimer’s support group has folded. The group held its last meeting in November, according to Cindy BonDurant. BonDurant is regional director for the Central and Western Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

        BonDurant said that the Bedford group, which held meetings on the third Monday of each month at 3 p.m., had zero attendance month after month for the last two years. That mystifies her.

  • Reborn

    A local band that began in 1977 as the Love of God Singers has been reborn as L.O.G.O.S.

        According to Dan Snyder, of Forest, this name was chosen because band members wanted a name with initials that would spell something. L.O.G.O.S spells the Greek word that is translated “Word” in the first chapter of the Gospel of John: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

  • When it comes to spending money, the federal government is not to be trusted

    From Hampton Roads to L.A., St. Paul to San Angelo, communities across this nation are making their lists.

        And they’re checking those lists twice, hoping that President-elect Barack Obama will shower them with Christmas in February gifts from his $775 billion (and growing) stimulus package that is supposed to cure the financial aches and pains being felt in pocketbooks of hard-working Americans. We can’t trust government to provide the answer to this.

  • How the environmentalist stole the economy

        I pontificated on the meaning of “change” in this space back on Oct. 1. I noted that the word “change” is meaningless as it could be a change for the better, or for the worse.

  • A very good riddance to Mr. Bush

        In the last year or so there have been some very visible bumper stickers that say “1/20/09: Bush’s Last Day.” Those of us who have long awaited the departure of this particular president now have only days to go.

        When the question about a president’s “legacy” is centered around whether or not he’s the worst president ever, well, enough said. Even Bush’s most ardent supporters have only one line to run with: History hasn’t yet rendered its judgment.

  • Retire online

        Social Security has a new online retirement application and a new celebrity spokesperson to help spread the word.

        You can apply for retirement benefits from the comfort of your home or office at www.socialsecurity.gov. There’s no need to drive to your local Social Security office or wait for an appointment with a Social Security representative. You can complete the new online retirement application in as little as 15 minutes. It’s so easy

  • Fairness at home, wisdom abroad, oversight in DC

    The single greatest challenge facing our country in the new year and the years ahead is asserting the kind of affirmative and creative leadership necessary to regain the confidence of the American people in our system of governance, our nation’s leaders and our standing in the world. 

  • Calling on President-Elect Obama to help end the violence in Darfur

    Just a few weeks ago, we marked the sixtieth anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  This document, a direct result of the atrocities committed by Nazi Germany during World War II, was intended to clarify the international consensus on the most fundamental of human rights.  Despite growing international support for the core ideals such as the right to life, liberty and security of person contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, you just have to turn on your nightly news to see blatant violations of these princ

  • District and nation face a dire economic situation

    This week, I was blessed to be sworn in as our district’s Representative in the 111th U.S. Congress. It’s a sacred duty to serve you in Washington, and I am already hard at work on strategies for economic revival for Southside and Central Virginia and for a new era of accountability for our corporate and government leaders.

     

  • Letters

    Some things need to change

        I read the article in last weeks paper about the cock fighting.

        The Humane Society of the United States is a wonderful organization that fights to protect animal rights and has support from people from all walks of life that send whatever donation they can.

        People now have access to newspapers, T.V. and the Internet and know more of what is going on than they did years ago.