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Columns

  • Worst president, ever

        It’s a highly coveted title, one that former President Jimmy Carter has proudly held for more than three decades. Now, however, I think it’s time to award the crown of “Worst President, Ever,” to a new “winner.” Yes, I believe the time has come to grant the honor of “Worst President, Ever” to President Barack Hussein Obama. The office of President of the United States has hit a new, historic, low under Number 44.

  • The Virginia Republican train wreck

    Currently, the Virginia Republican Party is in the sorriest shape it’s been since the late 1960s, when a handful of GOP stalwarts began to build the party into something that could compete with Virginia Democrats.
        In the wake of the Democratic sweep of this November’s elections, and hampered by the right-wing extremists who have just about ruined it, the state GOP is sorely in need of a return to the drawing board.

  • Should schools be gun-free zones?

        Philip VanCleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, came to Bedford to speak at the Nov. 13 board of supervisors meeting. Mr. VanCleave was there to speak in support of District 4 Supervisor John Sharp’s firearms proposal.
        I agree with Mr. VanCleave. The General Assembly should craft a bill along the lines that Mr. Sharp suggested.

  • No retreat on health care reform

    It’s been fascinating to watch conservative Republicans express their horror at the cancellation of some people’s insurance policies.
        But wait a minute. Why the sudden concern when it was never there before?
        Through the decades, insurance companies have routinely abused their power, canceling policies, denying coverage because of “pre-existing conditions,” and always putting profits before people.

  • School safety

    By Glen and Linda Smith
    Bedford

    “When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.” So observes Claudius in the play Hamlet.
        Certainly personal trials often come in multiples, while collective sorrows and even tragedies daily abound. We need not be news junkies to apprehend their frequency and sadness. Plane crashes, floods, tornadoes, typhoons—we are bombarded by the stark reality of the suffering. Yet perhaps none of these tragedies slam us with more emotional impact than school shootings.

  • Keep your cooking safe!

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue

        Thanksgiving is this Thursday and with that comes the cooking of the turkey.  Whether you are using Grandma’s favorite recipe or using the more traditional deep-fryer to cook your turkey it is important to keep cooking safety in mind to prevent injury and fire. 

  • Appeals of VA claims decisions

    By Bob Kibler

        Veterans and other claimants for VA benefits have the right to appeal decisions made by a VA regional office, medical center or National Cemetery Administration (NCA) office. Typical issues appealed are disability compensation, pension, education benefits, recovery of overpayments, reimbursement for unauthorized medical services, and denial of burial and memorial benefits.

  • Giving thanks

    Each year across Virginia and throughout the country, Americans set aside a special day to express gratitude for the many blessings we have received. Just from watching the evening news, it is clear that much of our attention as a nation has been drawn toward the continued debate on health care, federal spending, and the economy. However, we gather together with grateful hearts this year. While we have certainly faced many struggles over the past year as a nation, we have much to be thankful for as Americans.

  • Promoting STEM education

    Whether it’s a computer at the office, streaming movies at home, or a navigation system in the car, technology plays a major role in many of our lives these days. The demand for students educated in engineering and technology continues to rise in the United States, but part of the challenge is how to engage students in these subjects and further their understanding of these valuable skills.

     

  • Deciding the future of Medicaid in Va.

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

    Budget
        Debate on the budget began this week in the General Assembly. Many important issues will be decided through the budget this year. Perhaps the most important topic that we will discuss as a part of the budget is the future of Medicaid. The budget will eventually go into a conference with six members of both the House and the Senate who will help to find a compromise. I encourage you to follow along as we continue to discuss amendments to the budget.

    Important Bills