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Columns

  • Forest Fire Department to hold first fundraiser of the year

        January was a very busy month for Forest Vol. Fire Department.
        The department answered 54 calls for service during the month with an average of an hour spent on each call. The new officers have been installed and are hard at work on their various assignments.

  • Crossover week arrives

    Senator Steve Newman
    23rd District

        This week will be the most intense week here at the Capitol. The week is called “Crossover” or when all of the Senate bills must crossover to the House of Delegates before Wednesday. Inside the Capitol, Senate committees and the full Senate are reviewing many of the most important and controversial bills of this Session.

  • Pace picks up at the GA

        It was, finally, a snow-free week in Richmond.  But since it was the week before crossover, the halfway mark of the legislative session, the General Assembly was considering bills at a quickened pace.

  • Sheriff Brown pioneer in combatting child sexual exploitation

    By Grier Weeks
    Executive Director
    National Association to Protect Children
    Knoxville, TN

        Tommy Foster writes so soaringly about Virginia’s proud tradition of constitutional government he almost makes me wish my kin had never taken the Great Wagon Road out of Augusta County to settle in Carolina back before the war (“Long Arc of Government,” Feb. 5). But when Mr. Foster points blame at Virginia’s greatest sheriff, Mike Brown, his political science essay crashes to the ground.

  • 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.

  • The state of our opportunity

    For generations of Americans, a sense of opportunity has long defined the promise of our nation.  This opportunity to succeed embodies the American Dream.  However, in recent years, a growing federal government and weak economy has threatened this opportunity.  Just a few days ago, Members of Congress gathered in the House Chamber to hear President Obama deliver his State of the Union address.  While I listened to the speech with hope that I would hear a new, viable plan for job creation and economic growth, I was disheartened that, yet again, I heard many of the same faile

  • Long arc of government

    Tommy Foster
    Bedford County

        Here in Bedford County we have the heritage to be proud of our nobility in matters of government and history: Jefferson’s summer home, nearby to Red Hill of Patrick Henry and the D-Day Memorial.

  • Reason takes a back seat to partisanship in Senate

    Senator Steve Newman
    23rd District

        The first month of the General Assembly has concluded with more frigid temperatures and snowfall.