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Columns

  • Medicare Part D open enrollment set to begin in October

    By Rev. Geoff Hubbard, Chair
    Board of Directors
    Bedford Parish Nurse Ministry

        The Bedford Parish Nurse Ministry would like to remind all seniors that open enrollment for Medicare Part D will begin on Monday October 15 and end on Friday December 7.

  • Don’t be scammed

    By Sheriff Mike Brown

        As economic times get tougher for so many, there are always those who find creative ways to steal your money. Bedford County Sheriff’s Investigators have been receiving numerous reports about scams plaguing our county. Please protect yourself and your loved ones. Don’t fall prey to these online and in-person scam artists:

  • What you need to know about fire extinguishers

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue

        Last week’s article from Bedford County Fire & Rescue was about preventing cooking fires in the home. In that article we recommended that if you do not already have fire extinguishers in your home that you go out and purchase some. 

  • Campaign dynamics bad for Romney

    Every now and then it’s very enjoyable to stop, pat yourself on the back and reflect upon just how correct you’ve been all along.
        I don’t know how often that happens for the other columnist on this page, but here at “The Agenda,” if you will, it’s not an unknown feeling.

  • 2016: Obama’s America


        I haven’t seen this documentary yet, as of this writing, but I plan to do it over the weekend. By “over the weekend” I mean the one that, from the perspective of those reading this column, has just passed. I always write my rants during the week before publication so that Tom, the editor, has time to read them.

  • Remembering September 11th

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As we join with our fellow Virginians and Americans this week, we solemnly remember the tragic events that took place now eleven years ago on September 11th, 2001 and those innocent Americans and heroes whose lives were needlessly lost.

     

  • Washington must stop spending money we don’t have

    Last week marked a regrettable milestone for our nation. For the first time in American history the national debt surpassed $16 trillion. That is equal to nearly $51,000 for every man, woman and child in the United States.  Not only is this staggering figure another jarring reminder of the cost of the Obama Administration’s failed policies, it also has serious implications for the future of our country.

  • Tips for safe cooking

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue
     
        Did you know that fires originating in the kitchen are the leading cause of accidental fires in homes? 
        Often fires that occur in the kitchen are caused when cooking with oil and grease and the product becomes to hot igniting items on the burner or in the oven.  Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue would like you to know a few safety tips to keep your family safe when cooking.

  • Obama’s most potent weapon: Bill Clinton

    Some people thought President Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention fell a little flat, a fine statement for his re-election but lacking the usual sizzle.
        Actually, there was only one thing wrong with Obama’s speech: He had to follow the brilliant remarks of the greatest political talent of our time: William Jefferson Clinton.

  • The security threats we face


        Our next president is going to face some serious international problems over the next four years. We will ignore these at our peril.
        Russia will not be one of these, in spite of Russian President (or is it Tsar?) Vladimir Putin’s apparent determination to be a huge pain in the butt. The reason for this is that Russia simply does not have the economic resources to allow Tsar Vladimir I to be the global player he wants to be. At least, Russia is no match for the United States’ capacity for global influence.