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Columns

  • Who is responsible?

    By Jerald Lowry
    Bedford

        What is the problem with the Town of Bedford and the County of Bedford Parks and Recreation?
        I have been an umpire, official, and coach for over 30 years here in the Town and County of Bedford.  Times have changed but there are still policies, procedures, disciplinary actions, and accountability for all who are involved with the Parks and Recreation program.

  • These are the facts

    By Gary P. Hostutler
    District 4
    Bedford County School Board

        This letter is written as a representative of District 4 on the Bedford County School Board, not as chairman.

  • Troubling times

    Here we go again.
        The Obama Administration continues to rewrite the law of the land, declaring Monday that most employers won’t be fined if they don’t offer workers health insurance.
        And don’t forget, it was the administration's  law that in the coming year keeps changing. The one the president had to offer goodies to some members of Congress to get their votes to pass it. The law Congress had to pass in order to find out what was in it. The law that had a failed launch and an even worse aftertaste.

  • Reversing the diminishing workforce

    The reality of our frustrating jobs outlook in the United States must be addressed. The most recent monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that while the unemployment rate decreased to 6.7 percent in December, only 74,000 people found jobs and labor force participation fell once again. Last month, 347,000 Americans dropped out of the workforce, driving the Labor Force Participation Rate – a measure of those who are employed or unemployed and actively looking for work – to 62.8 percent. This represents its lowest level since the Carter Administration in 1978.

  • The winter yields a little entertainment

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.