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Columns

  • Tax-rate increase overdue

        I am not a tax and spend kind of guy, but that statement will be debated based on my next statement.  Bedford County is overdue for a real estate tax increase. 
        What other commodity or service expense has stayed flat since 2007?  Since 2011 the County has collected about $1 million less each year in revenue and left that amount in your pocket.  Have you noticed?

  • Want to talk about the budget?

    By Steve Wilkerson
    Bedford County, District 3 Supervisor

        Spring greetings to all.  
        Your Board of Supervisors is nearly finished with the budget process.  Clearly there are more needs than funds, consequently some needs will go unmet. 

  • Long, hard winter will soon give way

    My mother lives for the springtime.
        Until she can get out among the flowers, the birds, and the sunshine, winter is simply a cruel ordeal to be endured.
    Already in mid-February, she was going on about the robins in her Bedford County front yard, certain that they were “a sign of spring.”

  • Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...
  • Honoring women of character, courage, and commitment

    From the birth of our nation, women have played an integral role in history. We can all think of a woman who has influenced the course of the United States. Think of Dolley Madison, who saved the painting of George Washington from fire, or Clara Barton, founder of what is now the American Red Cross. The suffragists who fought for the right to vote also come to mind as well as Rosa Parks who took a stand for civil rights, Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female justice on the United States Supreme Court, and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.

  • GA adjourns—without a budget

    By Delegate T. Scott Garrett, M.D.
    23rd House District

        The 2014 session of the General Assembly has adjourned – without a budget.

  • What’s up with the $6 million?

    By Ann Briscoe
    Thaxton

        I attended the Bedford County Board of Supervisors’ meeting March 11. 

  • The influence of the web ever increases

    Apparently, there was a 25th anniversary last week of the founding of the World Wide Web. It was 1989 when British inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee first proposed and used the word “Web” to describe this global connection through computers.
        Or something like that...and I say “apparently” about the anniversary, because, according to an article on Slate magazine, the Web has too many anniversaries. If you look at when the first e-mail was sent, or when the first “.com” address was established, those are all different dates.

  • Obama is no match for Putin

        I’ll admit that I’m quick to blame everything bad in the world, including stinkbug infestations, on Barack Obama. However, I think the weak, indecisive leadership of a former community organizer was only one factor in former KGB Colonel Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin’s calculations when he decided to send Russian troops into Crimea.

  • President’s healthcare law continues to harm working families

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    It seems as though every time we turn around,