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  • Letters 04/10/13

    A fair voice

        Recently the County Board of Supervisors, as part of the City’s reversion process, voted to absorb the future Town residents into two existing county districts. By so doing, the future Town residents will simply be diluted into the two county districts which will result in the Town residents having no effective voice in how we are governed.

  • Reducing the tax burden

    Tax season is upon us once again. As April 15th creeps closer, families and businesses are scrambling to meet the filing deadline for 2012 tax returns. For many that means a mountain of paperwork, hefty fees for tax preparation, and a headache from navigating the outdated, needlessly complex tax code. The U.S. tax code is so complicated that roughly 9 out of 10 Americans use paid professionals or commercial software to prepare their tax returns.

     

  • Liberty University’s unholy gun policy

    In its advertising and promotions, Liberty University loves to tell the public that it is producing “Champions for Christ.”
        Yet, it is not a divinity school; it pretends to be like any other college or university in the secular world of higher education. But in all those other places, education – the profound search for higher knowledge – is a calling that certainly can’t be entangled with religion.

  • A change for the worse

        Everything eventually comes to and end. I was reminded of this as I sat in Delegate Lacey Putney’s office doing the interview for the story on him that appeared in last week’s Bedford Bulletin. He’s never lost an election, but time finally did what no political opponent could do. Next year’s General Assembly will convene without Lacey Putney for the first time in more than half a century. I certainly wish him, and Carmela, well in his retirement.

  • Reducing Washington-created uncertainty and over-reach

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Obamacare: Three years later
  • Benefits for veterans’ children with birth defects

    By Bob Kibler

        Children who have spina bifida or certain other birth defects and are biological children of Veterans with qualifying service in Vietnam or Korea may be eligible for a range of VA benefits, starting with compensation, a monthly monetary allowance based on the child’s degree of disability.

    About spina bifida
        Spina bifida is a condition in which the spine fails to close properly during pregnancy.

  • My winding road to the classroom

    By Kristina Karnes
    Staunton River Middle School

        Editor’s note: This essay by local teacher Kristina Karnes of Staunton River Middle School recently appeared in the Virginia Journal of Education, the magazine of the Virginia Education Association. It is reprinted with permission.
        

  • Baseball, politics, and all things spring

    After a winter that has seemed longer than its snow amounts would indicate, spring is indeed among us, reflected not just by the calendar but – finally – by warmer days and nights.
        We love spring so much because of the renewal it brings, the new beginning it offers. My mother, in particular, can’t wait to get the sunshine and warmer temps of April and beyond, so she can happily preside over her flowers and garden.

  • Did we commit national suicide in November?

        Congress took off for its spring break at the end of last month after the Senate produced its version of a budget for the first time in four years. Up until now the only thing it’s done is refuse to act on House bills.