• Medicare Part D Open Enrollment

        All people on Medicare should remember that October 15 will be the opening date for the Open Enrollment period for Medicare Part D for 2014.
        This has nothing to do with the new Health Care Exchanges; this is Medicare Part D, the prescription drug part of Medicare. Everyone receiving Medicare has the period from October 15-December 7 to select a Medicare Part D plan for 2014. The plan in which you are enrolled on midnight Dec 7th is the plan you must stay in for all of 2014.

  • Cuccinelli’s tea bag is leaking

    It might be just about time to head into your kitchen, select your finest knife, and get ready to plunge it into the political turkey we know as “Ken Cuccinelli for Governor.”
        Cuccinelli has so much going against him, it’s very difficult right now to see how he could pull this out on November 5.

  • A failure of leadership

        As I write this column, the partial government shutdown is still dragging on and the deadline to raise the federal debt ceiling is looming. Subscribers receive the Bedford Bulletin by mail on Thursday, so, by the time you read this Congress will have either reached an agreement or the United States will be on the brink of sailing into uncharted waters — a first-ever default on our sovereign debt.

  • The President’s healthcare law is not ready for primetime

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As of late, the conversations I have with my constituents have a consistently clear message: The President’s healthcare law is hurting families and small businesses.  President Obama’s healthcare overhaul is unworkable and it is having a devastating effect on our fragile economy.  That is why I believe we must take responsible action to delay the implementation of the President’s healthcare law.


  • Coming to the negotiating table
  • Shame on ‘tea party’ obstructionists

    If the current government shutdown doesn’t illustrate the harm that’s going to be done by the rabid strain of “tea party” conservatism in the national GOP, then some people are just choosing not to understand.
        To hold hostage the very operations of the government itself in order to insanely pursue a strategy that simply cannot work; well, it’s a choice of madmen. It’s Hitler in the bunker stuff...

  • How low can we go?

        You’ve probably noticed, by now, that we have state elections on Nov. 5. The flurry of negative TV ads that have been saturating the airwaves and the robo calls you’ve been getting on your phone probably gave you a clue.

  • Digging out of debt

    One look at the national debt clock ticking towards $17 trillion dollars and it is hard for anyone to deny that the federal government has a serious spending and debt problem. As the national debt continues to climb, the need for a real solution to these fiscal problems is clear. However, before we can tackle this debt, Congress must first address one of the greatest drivers of it – entitlement spending.


  • Not your parents SOL tests

    By David M. Foster

        Here’s a pop quiz: Since their inception in the 1990s, the Standards of Learning tests have (a) relied exclusively on multiple-choice questions, (b) rewarded rote memorization, (c) resulted in ever-higher passing rates, or (d) none of the above. Go to the head of the class if you correctly answered “none of the above.”

  • Veterans' pensions

    By Bob Kibler

        VA helps Veterans and their families cope with financial challenges by providing supplemental income through the Veterans Pension benefit. Veterans Pension is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to low-income wartime Veterans.