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Today's News

  • Keeping perspective

    “Tough economic times” is a theme of the day.

    If your company has closed, flood or fire has wiped out all you own or your lost health has robbed you of your ability to work, this theme certainly is your reality. Higher prices at the gas pump and at the grocery store are common topics of conversation and each of us decides whether or not personal habits need adjusting and what changes to make. When faced with limited resources to fulfill wants and needs, individuals must make choices.

  • Keeping our communities safe from crime

    Reports estimate that gang membership has escalated to approximately 850,000 with 25,000 gangs operating in communities all across the country. Gang activity has been directly linked to the proliferation of illegal drugs, human trafficking, identification document falsification, violent maiming and assault, and the use of firearms to commit shootings and murders. Gang violence and activity is no longer confined to big cities; it has already spread to smaller cities and rural areas, such as the Shenandoah Valley, Roanoke and Lynchburg.

  • Bill ratifies House's commitment to veterans

    With only a handful of dissenting votes, the House of Representatives has passed the appropriations bill that covers Military Construction and Veterans Administration spending in the coming fiscal year. I voted for the bill. However, the leadership in the House turned its back on another opportunity to allow a vote on allowing the United States to extract and produce its own oil and natural gas resources.

  • For McCain, age will be a detriment

    As Sen. John McCain launches his fall presidential campaign after the Republican National Convention, he seems likely to face a number of hurdles despite what national polls may say at the moment.

    McCain’s long support of the war in Iraq, his 95 percent voting record with George W. Bush, and the idea that his presidency would represent “more of the same” of the current failed regime is going to be a lot to overcome in November.

  • Giants walked among us

    The past two years have seen the funerals of two giants who walked among us. Neither of them were celebrities or had their faces on the cover of national magazines. Nevertheless, they did a great deal of good.

  • This presidential election will provide historical results

    By the end of this week the campaign for the White House will be in full force and, assuming John McCain and Sarah Palin are officially nominated by the Republican Party this week, the result of the Nov. 4 election will be historic.

    The fact is, once all the votes are counted and the Electoral College results are certified, this nation will have either its first African-American president or its first woman vice president. That says a lot to just how far this nation has come.

    Consider the case of Barack Obama.

  • Cuccinelli running for attorney general

    Although most people's attention is focused on this year's federal elections, Virginia will elect a new governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general in 2009.

    Ken Cuccinelli, a state senator from Northern Virginia, wants to be Virginia's next attorney general. First, however, Cuccinelli, a Republican, must get his party to nominate him. As part of that effort, he showed up in Bedford on the day that the county's Republicans opened the doors of their headquarters on North Bridge Street.

  • Goode calls for broad brush approach on energy

    Incumbent 5th District Congressman Virgil Goode believes the best approach to the energy challenge is to do everything.

    Goode, who has represented the 5th Congressional District in the House of Representatives since 1996, stopped by the Bulletin’s office recently on his way to the Bedford Area YMCA. Goode was in town to attend the Y’s success in landing a $700,000 federal department of education grant.

    He is being challenged this year by Democratic candidate Tom Perriello for the 5th Congressional District seat.

  • Cintas implements environmental efforts

    According to James Mercadante, it’s profitable to “be green.”

    And, he said, it’s also a sign of being a good neighbor to the community.

    Cintas Corporation has implemented a variety of environmentally-friendly practices and business ventures to its uniform rental service, including its recent announcement that the business has become the first major industrial launderer to transition to an environmentally-friendly detergent.

  • Board considers changes to ranking system

    Beginning in 2010, the top 10 designation for graduating seniors may be eliminated by the Bedford County School System as part of an effort to change that selection process.