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Columns

  • Read the Record

    By Douglas W. Rideout Jr.
    Bedford

        The people’s voice of concern for the future of Bedford County is documented and formulated into the Comprehensive Plan, which was tabulated by scientific surveys. In a true democracy the “voice of the people,” as expressed in the Comprehensive Plan, is carried out by the elected leaders. One major issue of concern to 95 percent of all citizens surveyed is the protection of Agricultural Lands within Bedford County.

  • Some Republicans balk at Cuccinelli

    It’s fair to say that in Virgnia we’ve never had an attorney general quite like Ken Cuccinelli.
        In a sense, Cuccinelli has made more news over the last four years than has the governor, Bob McDonnell.
        He has taken his office, which has only a few simple constitutionally-prescribed duties, and turned it into a raging tea-party front for his decidedly extreme right-wing views.

  • Private sector unions are fine

        It’s apparent, from Rick Howell’s Liberal Agenda, last week, that he never read the column I wrote for the Sept. 12, 2001, edition of the Bedford Bulletin. In that column, I lauded private sector unions and, I believe, I did a far better job of it than Mr. Howell did last week.

  • Honoring Staff Sergeant Berry and All 5th District veterans

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Getting small businesses online

    Ninety-seven percent of Internet users look for local goods or services online.  However, 45 percent of Virginia businesses don’t have websites.  For many businesses, it’s not enough anymore to just have a sign outside.  In order to compete, they also need an online presence that points folks in the right direction. 

     

  • Disability compensation for Veterans

    By Bob Kibler

        Disability compensation is a monthly tax-free benefit paid to Veterans who are at least 10 percent disabled because of injuries or diseases that were incurred in or aggravated during active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training.
        A disability can apply to physical conditions, such as a chronic knee condition, as well as mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • Could not support final transportation plan

        The General Assembly adjourned on schedule this year, immediately after approving both a package of amendments to the 2012-2014 Biennial Budget and higher taxes to fund transportation.  While those two measures garnered most of the headlines, more than 800 bills have been approved and forwarded to the Governor.

  • Too many new taxes in transportation bill

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd District

        The General Assembly adjourned on time and as scheduled on February 23, completing its 46-day session.  This year the General Assembly approved more than 800 bills, including a package of amendments to the 2012-2014 Biennial Budget.

  • The heroic work of labor unions

    When the other columnist on this page wrote his “whiny teachers” column, he mistakenly gave union status to the state teachers association, a point on which he has since been corrected.
        But what stands out from that effort is his apparent contempt and loathing of the very concept of unions, a regrettable, even ignorant, attitude about so much of American history.

  • The check’s in the mail

        Last week, Rick Howell’s latest effort to demonize the NRA as Nazis sent me on a little Internet research expedition. In the Feb. 20 edition of the Liberal Agenda, Mr. Howell once again likened the NRA’s effort to defend our Constitutional rights to German Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels’ efforts on behalf of his master, Adolf Hitler.