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Today's News

  • American jailed in Peru should be freed

        In a jail cell in Lima, Peru, a 39-year-old American woman waits to give birth to her child. She’s eight months pregnant, but is not in particularly good health, and must have back surgery at some point after the birth.

        For American Lori Berenson, most of those facts represent progress. The baby, of course, is good news. So is the modern, well-equipped facility in Lima, unlike the other remote and rustic prisons where she has lived since 1995.

  • International institutions are useless

        It’s been a little more than a month since the International Criminal “Court” issued its “arrest warrant” for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. It charged him with crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes in Darfur.

  • A fish story

        My trip around Liberty Lake a couple of weeks ago proved enlightening.

        I had dropped my son off for baseball practice and decided to get a little exercise myself. So I took advantage of the warm Tuesday afternoon to take a walk around the Lake. Along the way I stopped to talk to a couple of anglers who were dangling some bait in the water. One conversation was especially helpful.

        “So when will they stock here again?” I asked.

  • Piecing together the past

    ne of Bedford County’s premier historic jewels, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, opens for a new season today. Governor Tim Kaine will be on hand for this year’s event.

        Long before he became our third president, Thomas Jefferson became governor of Virginia, serving as its first governor after the Old Dominion joined 12 other colonies in declaring their independence from Great Britain. The state house where Virginia’s General Assembly still meets today was designed by Jefferson.

  • Allegations against one person should not discourage area residents from showing and giving our support

    Allegations of wrong-doing by the Hardy Volunteer Fire Company fire chief surfaced this past week just as the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department was kicking off its campaign to area residents asking for financial support. Those allegations shouldn’t discourage folks from giving to their local fire and rescue units. Members in those departments from around this area serve us every day and they deserve our financial support.

  • Letters

    New mentoring program

        Staunton River High School is establishing a mentoring program entitled Gentlemen by Choice. 

        This program designed to serve as a system of support to high school males in grades nine through twelve.  It exists to build self esteem, promote and improve academic success, and encourage social awareness.  Through participation in this program, many of the young men involved are given a proactive opportunity as opposed to a remedial strategy to enhance their self-esteem. 

  • American people want better accountability

    I’m glad to report that the era of appeasement in this financial crisis seems finally to have ended. In the past several weeks, there has been a call for better accountability, both retroactively and moving forward, from both parties.

  • The road to recovery

    This past week House Democrats presented their $3.6 trillion budget resolution – a budget which spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much. The Democrat budget proposes a deficit of $1.2 trillion for 2010, with the national debt climbing to $17.1 trillion.  It also includes one of the largest tax increases in history.  The spending in this budget is so massive that independent estimates suggest roughly 250,000 new federal bureaucrats may be needed to spend it all.

  • Confederate History Month at the museum

        The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library recognizes April as Confederate History Month by presenting stories of Confederate cemeteries that are being restored in honor of the brave people that served.

  • The perils of bipartisanship

        It’s hip to be “bipartisan.” It has been for quite some time now. But is it really all it’s cracked up to be?

        During his successful run for the presidency, Barack Obama got a lot of mileage out of talking about both parties “working together,” politicians in Washington abandoning their “old ways” and “getting things done” for the American people.