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Columns

  • Session ends early

    By Del. Terry Austin
    19th District

        Last week, the General Assembly wrapped up the 2015 session.  We adjourned early for the first time in 15 years, adopted a balanced budget, and offered positive solutions to issues important to Virginians.

  • Senate passes conservative, fiscally sound budget

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd District

        The 2015 Virginia General Assembly Session finished Sine Die on Friday, February 27.  I am proud to report that we completed our work one day early and successfully dealt with most of the priority issues of the session. 

  • Boating safety education law stays intact

        The General Assembly completed its work a day early this year, adjourning on Friday, February 27.  That is a pretty dramatic contrast to last year’s session, which ended without a budget and immediately went into a special session to resolve the impasse.  So instead of finishing our work in June, we actually finished in February.

  • Religion a useful tool for conservatives

        For very good reasons, the “religiousright” in America seems to get a lot of attention from the mainstream press, but few would know there’s also a “religious left.”
        Decades ago, the late Rev. Jerry Falwell and his minions created “Christian conservatism” out of thin air, using emotional hysteria over abortion as an anchor to launch a new politics from the right.

  • Teachers’ union misses an opportunity

        It seems like the teachers’ union just can’t seem to avoid whining when they ask for a pay raise. When Chad Honeycutt, a teachers’ union representative, argued before the board of supervisors for a teacher pay raise, his presentation included the results of a poll to which 100 teachers responded. Some claimed they must have second jobs to make ends meet. Later, one of the slides in his Power Point presentation stated that the average teacher salary in Bedford County is $41,023.

  • The threat of ISIL requires clear and bold action

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Standing strong for the Constitution

    A decision made by a U.S. District Court in Texas just a few days ago has had a major impact on President Obama’s recent executive actions to unilaterally change our immigration laws. The court’s injunction temporarily halts the President’s deferred action program for unlawful immigrants, essentially ruling that he overstepped his powers in trying to grant legal status and “benefits and privileges” to millions of illegal immigrants.

  • Let’s not turf this issue

    By Mike Forster
    Sports Editor

        Let’s say that you are a parent of three children who are all of college age.  Let’s call them Jeff, Libby and Stan.
        Jeff has been in touch with a prestigious university.  A representative from this school has told Jeff that, if he applies and is accepted, the school will pay the full cost of his attendance:  tuition, books, room and board.
        You will not even have to pay for his application to be processed.

  • Farmers Market seeks part-time market manager

    By Amanda Adams
    Executive Director
    Bedford Main Street, Inc.

        Many changes are in store for the Bedford Farmers Market this season.
        The Management Team has announced it will be hiring a part-time market manager to oversee both the Friday Farmers Market and the monthly Saturday Community Market for 2015.

  • Worthy of a raise

    By Amy D. Arney
    Huddleston

        My husband is an investigator with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. His boss has recently been to the Board of Supervisors and requested a pay raise for the employees of Bedford County.