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Today's News

  • Sexting cases hit Bedford schools

    “Sexting,” a growing nationwide problem that involves using cell phones to transmit sexually explicit pictures, has cropped into Bedford County schools and four Staunton River High School students now face criminal charges as a result.

  • Swine Flu fever sweeps into Va.

    Area residents were urged this week to take precautions to minimize the risks of contracting H1N1 Influenza, commonly called “swine flu,” even as authorities were suggesting that the virus wasn’t as serious as originally feared.

  • Sen. Arlen Specter’s switch to the Democratic Party is an example of Washington politics at its worst

    For all his huffing and puffing about principle and concern for the American people, Sen. Arlen Specter, now known as a Democrat from Pennsylvania, serves as only the latest in a long list of sad examples of what Washington D.C. is all about — preserving one’s own power.

  • Letters

    Use some

    common sense

        I have been reading the paper and talking to people about the way our school board handled the hiring of our new school superintendent and no one is very happy.

        We spent $30,000 to pay someone to look for someone to fill the job, when we had a good person here in the system that had experience and doing a good job.

        So my question is why did we spend all this money looking when we had a good assistant superintendent that should have gotten the job?

  • Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights draws bipartisan support

    Last week, the House passed the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009, which would create new protections for consumers facing excessive credit card fees, sky-high interest rates, and unfair, incomprehensible credit card company agreements. I voted in favor of the bill. In addition, the House passed with wide bipartisan support an amendment I wrote that would require credit card companies to have a 6-month minimum period for promotional rates, or “teaser” rates, which primarily target college students.

  • Our teachers deserve our appreciation

    It’s that time of year when warmer weather returns and students all across Virginia are preparing for their final tests of the school year while dreaming of their summer vacation. But it is also important that as the school year winds down we thank the hard working teachers who educate our children.

  • Sorry doctor, but Lori Berenson is no criminal

        My column on Lori Berenson, the young American woman held prisoner in Peru, received a rather vicious and judgmental response from my conservative colleague on this page.

        Instead of calling him “doctor,” as I have in the past, I think he should be called Judge John Barnhart, because he surely sat in severe judgment of this young woman.

  • Cuba is irrelevant

        President Barack Obama has already taken all the reasonable steps he could to be nice to Cuba.

        President Obama reached out to the Cuban government by lifting the Bush administration restrictions on the ability Americans, with relatives in Cuba, to send money to family members there and visit them. He also opened the door for American telecommunications companies to do business there. This, of course, depends on the Cuban government allowing it.

  • Economic times hit city budget

    Bedford City Council will consider a request by city staff to increase personal property taxes in the upcoming 2009-2010 budget to help offset funding decreases in other areas.

        City Manager Charles Kolakowski presented the staff’s working budget to council Tuesday night, which includes the proposed personal property increase, but no increases in the electric rate, the water and sewer rates or the real estate tax rate.

  • Generations

    “The apple falls not far from the tree.”