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Columns

  • Cultivating Big Dreams on a Small Scale

    By J. Calvin Parrish
    State Executive Director
    USDA – Farm Service Agency

        Throughout my tenure as State Executive Director for the Virginia Farm Service Agency (FSA), I have met several small and beginning farmers interested in making a living in production agriculture. 

  • Take time before allowing sludge here

    By Ken Burger
    Big Island

        There was a time when we were certain that asbestos was safe. We knew confidently that it was a great resource for insulation: cheap, easy to use and effective.  That was then. Now we know better, because science teaches us truthfully of the dangers that asbestos presents to anyone who inhales the particles.  Who of us has not seen the ads for “mesothelioma?”

  • TDRs: A program for the benefit of farmers

    By David Lowry
    Moneta

        The Bedford farming community is missing out on a great opportunity of support.

  • Defeated conservatives cry at C-PAC

    If you wanted to be reminded again of why Republicans lost the presidential election last year, all you had to do last week was watch this C-PAC thing they do every year.
        The Conservative Political Action Conference, it’s actually called, and, well, it’s always good for a laugh in my part of the world.
        But if you’re a good Republican who remembers a better party in earlier days, what you saw on display was indeed enough to make you cry.

  • Making sure we feel the pain

        Were you planning to go to the United States Air Force’s Rhythm In Blue Jazz Ensemble concert at Liberty High School last Saturday? Too bad if you were. It was canceled, and that had nothing to do with lack of public support. Rhythm In Blue’s performances are so popular that more than 500 people turned out to hear them when they came to Bedford last year. This performance, as well as the rest of the performances in Rhythm In Blue’s spring tour, were canceled due to the sequester.

  • Venezuela mourns passing of its leader

        The people of Venezuela have been through a public journey of mourning following the death and funeral of their long-time president, Hugo Chávez.
        The only thing close to the public spectacle of grief for a leader like it in this country might have been the aftermath of the death of FDR, or the assassination of President Kennedy.
        Whatever anyone thought of Chávez, it’s clear that a great many of his people loved him and supported his policies.

  • Frank Rogers has a great idea

        Deputy County Administrator Frank Rogers should be applauded for a proposal that takes care of two problems at once.

  • Now is the time get leadership from the President and the Senate

    By Robert Hurt

    Each month we provide an address to the people of Virginia’s 5th District to keep you posted on the work we are doing in Washington and throughout the District. You may read our February video address below:

     

  • Making America more free and competitive
  • Read the Record

    By Douglas W. Rideout Jr.
    Bedford

        The people’s voice of concern for the future of Bedford County is documented and formulated into the Comprehensive Plan, which was tabulated by scientific surveys. In a true democracy the “voice of the people,” as expressed in the Comprehensive Plan, is carried out by the elected leaders. One major issue of concern to 95 percent of all citizens surveyed is the protection of Agricultural Lands within Bedford County.