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Columns

  • Help available for homeless Veterans

    By Bob Kibler
        
        Being homeless, or at risk for homelessness, is one of the most difficult things a person can face.
        Lacking the security of knowing where you’ll sleep at night, having no place to keep your belongings, and not having the ability to care for yourself and possibly your family can lead to stress, anger, a sense of shame, depression and physical discomfort. It can be hard to find employment, live a satisfying life, or do the things you want to do when you are homeless.

  • Reverse 911 upgraded to include cell phones

    By Sheriff Mike Brown

        Bedford County initiated the “Reverse 911 System” back in 2006 with, what was at the time, the most sophisticated system available, to send out emergency messages via telephone, advising citizens of potential dangers.

  • ‘Lincoln’ film reminds us of great truths

        Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is an event that everyone should experience during the holiday season, mainly as a lesson in great truths about the American experience.
    The movie deals with the events in the life of the president and the nation in the year 1865, when the South has mostly been defeated and, unbeknownest to all, Lincoln only has a few months to live.

  • Wrestling with the budget bear


        I hope the folks on the Bedford County School Board and the Bedford County Board of Supervisors have a great Christmas, because they are going to have some very tense times after the first of the year. That’s because it will once again be time to climb down into the pit and wrestle with the budget bear.

  • Remembering The Gettysburg Address

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    At this pivotal time in our nation’s history, we face a great challenge of putting an end to unacceptably high unemployment and getting the American people back to work. And for the future of this country, we face an even greater challenge of getting back on sustainable fiscal footing so that we may preserve the American way for our children and grandchildren.

     

  • Fixing a badly broken ethanol policy

  • Support growing for military spending cuts

    Lost in the hubbub of the presidential campaign was a brilliant op-ed in the New York Times that made a very convincing argument for finally reducing excessive military spending.
        There’s a specific type of American, a product of our militaristic culture, that supports any and every war no matter what, always believes that America is morally correct in an automatic way once we start dropping bombs or landing troops somewhere.

  • Weak candidates were key to losses


        Since Election Day, a number of people have been looking for explanations about why Republicans failed to evict Barack Obama from the White House.
        One explanation is that the Republicans’ efforts to rally their base and get them to the polls wasn’t as effective as the “Democrats’” efforts. This explanation appears to have some merit because there are some statistics to back it and, in such a close election, whose base turns out in force can be the deciding factor.

  • Demanding answers on the Benghazi attack

    It has now been two months since a group of hostile Islamic radicals attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, including two Navy SEALS. Unfortunately, today we know little more about the events leading up to that attack then we did two months ago.

     

  • Info at the click of a mouse

    By Sheriff Mike Brown
    Bedford County

        I would like to invite all citizens of Bedford County to check out our new and improved Web site: www.bedfordcountysheriff.org.
        We gathered all the information most asked about and put it into an easy-to-find format; Concealed weapons permit info, how to get your fingerprints taken, check out the BCSO calendar of events, become one of our RSVP Volunteers, and so much more!