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  • To tweak or not to tweak, that is the question

    By Stephen Stevick,
    Bedford County Planning Commissioner
    District 5, 2005 to 2011

        Bedford County Board of Supervisor member Ms. Tammy Parker and various members of the Bedford County Planning Department staff have announced that they were at odds with senior staff on the issue of whether or not the updating of the county’s zoning ordinance to bring it in line with the Comprehensive Plan should be comprehensively rewritten or simply “tweaked.”

  • Town Meeting

    I will be holding a Town Meeting at the Moneta Library on Saturday, October 13 starting at 10 a.m..  
        I would like to spend some time discussing the Bedford County 2025 Comprehensive Plan.  This Plan was adopted in 2007.  There is a requirement to review and update the Plan at least every five years. 

  • The ‘horse race’ looks good for Obama

    The chief lament in the presidential campaign right now may well be “so many polls, and so little time.”
        Time, that is, to stack them up all together and see how and if they make sense. Polls are the chief element of the “horse race” aspect of the campaign, obsessing over who’s winning and by how much, regardless of issues.

  • That’s a lot of money


        Last week District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington reported to his fellow supervisors that the school board has developed a long range capital improvement plan with a price tag of $120 million. Arrington along with District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard are the two supervisors who serve on the school liaison committee.

  • The no taxpayer-funded lobbying act: Restoring fiscal responsibility In Washington

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Government waste, fraud, and abuse have long been the objects of Americans’ disappointment in our federal government. And rightfully so. This reckless spending spree in Washington has led us to more than $16 trillion dollars in national debt, and four straight years of trillion dollar deficits. This amounts to roughly $51,000 owed to our creditors by every American man, woman, and child, and nearly 40 cents borrowed on every dollar spent to sustain this binge.

     

  • The Obama administration’s war on coal

    Stop the regulations. It’s one of the requests I hear nearly everywhere I travel in the Sixth District. Federal mandates and overreaching regulations from the Obama Administration have taken aim at many industries from health care and agriculture to energy production – including coal.

  • Romney: A candidate under siege

    One hardly knows where to begin discussing the myriad problems of the Republican candidate for president.
        But let me say something before Republicans say it. Romney supporters will soon be arguing that his troubles are nothing more than a “liberal media” game of reporting, highlighting and blowing out of proportion anything he’s said or done.

  • This movie should frighten us all


        The Saturday before last I saw the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. Prior to that, the first Alien flick back in the late ‘70s held that spot, but not anymore. When I went out of the theater, back then, I knew that there were no voracious alien creatures running around eating everybody in sight. It wasn’t real.    

  • Debt, doubt, and decline doesn’t have to be the status quo

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Protecting our citizens at home and abroad

    This past week Americans from across the nation joined together to mark the eleventh anniversary of the horrific September 11th attacks on our nation. Nearly 3,000 innocent lives were lost in moments of flagrant injustice and mass destruction that day. While Americans here at home spent this somber anniversary reflecting on the tragedy, anti-American violence was spreading abroad.