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Columns

  • Setting the record straight

    By Jeanne McKeague
    Forest

        Supervisor Annie Pollard has again offered further justification in her attempt to “set the record straight.”

  • Tea party, religious right beaten in 19th

     

    In what many may consider a surprise for such a conservative area of Virginia, Republican primary voters here not only rejected a tea party activist and two religious crusaders, they chose a nominee for state delegate who’d helped raise taxes.
        Right here, no less, in the state House’s 19th district, which includes Bedford County, Botetourt supervisor Terry Austin won the Republican nomination to succeed retiring delegate Lacey Putney.

  • Where are we going?

  • April unemployment report demonstrates need to change course

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This past week, the Department of Labor issued the latest unemployment report indicating that 7.5 percent of Americans who are looking for work still cannot find a job. And as I traveled across the 5th District this week, from Pittsylvania County to Fauquier, it is clear that policies handed down from Washington are continuing to burden our families, farmers, and small businesses.

     

  • The ethanol mandate: Hurting American’s economy

    Who’s paying the costs of the federal ethanol mandate? Every family who shops in a grocery store or dines at a restaurant, every livestock producer who faces higher feed costs, and every motorist who fills up their tank at the gas station pays the price of this unworkable policy.

     

  • Upon further consideration

    By Becky Griffith
    Forest

        Comments by Supervisor Annie Pollard regarding Bedford County teachers were met with a great deal of public opinion. Supervisor Pollard’s response to that opinion appears to be an attempt to somehow justify her poorly chosen comments.
        Reading through her lengthy response, several items deserve further consideration:
        *The proper spelling of the Bedford County School Superintendent is Dr. Douglas Schuch; not Shuck.

  • Let’s look at the facts

    By Annie S. Pollard
    Bedford County Supervisor
    District 6

        To the many citizens who have been supportive of my remarks at a recent board meeting, I want to thank you.
        To the majority of Bedford County teachers, I want to repeat my statement from the same meeting which is, “I know that Bedford County has some of the best teachers in the State…” 

  • Governor’s race under way, but few notice

    Virginia will be the most politically-watched state in the country later this year, but you sure wouldn’t know it right now.
        Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for governor, is getting around the state and meeting with supporters. He was in Roanoke last week, and again this week.
        McAuliffe knows that a significant drop in voter turnout from 2012 could very well put his opponent, the extremist attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, in office.

  • Setting priorities won’t be easy

        Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Arrington told me that the supervisors plan to get an early start on next year’s budget. Arrington said that, as soon as they finish their work on revisions to the zoning ordinance, they will start discussing budget priorities. The impression I got is that they will be doing that this summer.

  • The truth must come out

    At least one top diplomatic official believes that the US military could have prevented an attack in Benghazi last Sept. 11, had fighter jets been deployed in a timely manner.
        Other reports continue to surface claiming a cover-up by the Obama Administration on Benghazi, to deflect the true nature of the attack prior to the November elections.
        Even further, some reports show a president detached from the attack on the American Embassy in which US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed.