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  • Be safe while enjoying the water

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue
         Summer is typically a good time for families and friends to gather and enjoy the variety of water related activities that Virginia has to offer.
        Whether it is at a local pool, river, pond, lake or at the Oceanside you will typically find people having fun enjoying time together in the summer sun.  With the increase in water activities during the summer months comes an increase in water related accidents. 

  • Restored film shows the evils of war

        The late film director John Huston gave us such classic movies as “Key Largo,” “The African Queen,” and “Treasure of the Sierra Madre.”
        He even did some acting, with a memorable performance in “Chinatown,” the Jack Nicholson classic.
        What most people don’t know, though, is that Huston, during World War II, made three movies for the U.S. Army. Propaganda, to be sure, but he was paid for it, and I suppose he needed the money.

  • Listen to Charlie Kolakowski


        Bedford City Council is now in the process of developing its last city budget. Next May Bedford will have to hold elections for a town council as required by the city’s reversion to town status, slated for July 1, 2013. I’m sure the reversion will take place as scheduled. The members of the Virginia Commission on Local Government seemed pleased with what they saw when they came to Bedford on May 14. They also noted that the sparse attendance at the public hearing they held shows that there is no groundswell of public opposition.

  • Thank you to our American heroes

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Virginia’s 5th District has a proud history of service to our great country and it is a profound honor to represent so many veterans from Central and Southside Virginia who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. As this Memorial Day approaches, I hope you will join me in paying tribute to all of those who have selflessly defended our country with distinction and heroism.

  • The U.S. Senate: A barrier to economic growth

  • Why third parties fail in America

    Two years ago, a group of wealthy, politically-minded civic activists formed an organization they would call “Americans Elect 2012.” Led by such people as Peter Ackerman, a financial executive in New York, the group laid out some ambitious plans.
        Determined to capitalize on dissatisfaction with politics in general, and particularly frustration with the Democratic and Republican parties, the group planned to attract a major “centrist” presidential candidate, and get that person on the ballot everywhere.

  • A politically motivated decision


        The weekend before last I read an interview with Major General  H.R. McMaster in the Wall Street Journal’s weekend edition. The interview reminded me of the grave mistake that President Barack Obama is making by his determination to stick to his arbitrary date for withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan regardless of what the situation demands.
        The article points out that we have been making progress since President Obama’s surge reached its peak. The article states:

  • Preserving the American dream

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This past week, I had the great honor of addressing a group of 36 new American citizens who took their oath of citizenship at the Seventh Annual Red Hill Naturalization Ceremony in Brookneal.

    On that day, at the former home and resting place of one of our Founders, Patrick Henry, those 36 individuals celebrated the end of a long journey to becoming a United States citizen and the beginning of a new life as an American citizen.

  • Standing with Israel in the pursuit of peace

    The situation in the Middle East is exceedingly complex and instability continues to pose a threat to our security and the security of the entire global community. With an enhanced security threat from Iran, uncertainty in Egypt’s future relationship with Israel, escalating violence in Syria and the Palestinian government’s alliance with the terrorist group Hamas and their attempts to obtain UN recognition of a Palestinian state without seeking a peaceful resolution with Israel first, it is increasingly important that the United States stand firmly with our ally Israel.

  • Getting involved: It no longer has any meaning

    By Greg Markham
    Bedford

        When I began to ask people for support in opposing the Harmony Development, I was told by many that it was little use; the decision had already been made.