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Columns

  • Increases in the incidence of child abuse and child poverty not coincidental

    By Jane Francis

    Executive Director, CASA of Central VA

        The numbers of children who have been abused and neglected in Central Virginia and who have been assigned to Court Appointed Special Advocates in the 24th Judicial District (Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, and Nelson) have risen steadily over the past two years. 

  • Supervisors ignore citizen input on zoning

    By Nancy V. Raine

    Co-founder of Bedford Citizens for Land Preservation

        In June, 2007 the Bedford County Supervisors adopted a revised Comprehensive Plan that was developed over a six-year period by the Bedford County Planning Commission and citizens and the county planning staff with the support of professional consultants. The process of creating this plan was a bright spot in our democratic process at the local level.

  • President Obama’s foreign policy leadership

        If President Obama’s critics have any fairness about them whatsoever, even they have to admit that the foreign policy of his administration has largely been a stunning success.

        George W. Bush was full of swagger, bluster and a strong pro-war bent. “I’m a war time president,” the “Decider” used to remind us. He could politicize and propagandize the “war on terror,” he just couldn’t get results.

  • The field starts to narrow

        We should soon see the field of candidates for the Republican nomination begin to narrow. Both Chris Christie and Sarah Palin have announced that they won’t seek the nomination and it’s too late for anybody else to toss his hat in the ring and still get on the ballot in all states.

  • The House passes more bipartisan jobs and regulatory relief bills

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    With unemployment remaining unacceptably high across the 5th District and 14 million Americans without a job, the House has been working since the start of the 112th Congress to pass legislation that would remove the government as a roadblock to job creation and reverse the job-destroying policies of the past two and a half years.

     

  • Working to protect America’s farmers and consumers

    The most recent unemployment numbers were released last week. Unfortunately they confirmed what most Americans already know: we continue to face economic uncertainty. For September the national unemployment rate stayed at 9.1%, the same rate as August and the second highest monthly level so far this year. As our economy remains sluggish, people fear losing their jobs and their homes and they are struggling to provide for their families.

     

  • Herman Cain, and ‘Occupy Wall Street'

        As one Washington Post columnist put it: “Just be patient; you too can lead the field for the Republican presidential nomination.”

        I guess it’s just Herman Cain’s turn right now, given the collapse of Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry and all the other would-be “not Mitt Romney” candidates.

  • The cost of abortion on demand

        Back in the 1950s a young woman named Joanne Schieble was a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin. While there, she became romantically involved with another graduate student, a PhD candidate from Syria. The relationship turned sexual and, in 1954, she got pregnant.

        Her father did not approve of the man she was involved with, so she didn’t marry him at the time. She temporarily left school, went to San Francisco and stayed there until she gave birth. She then gave the baby boy up for adoption.

  • Americans want commonsense health care reform

    Just over a year and a half ago, with total disregard for the will of the American people, Congress passed and President Obama signed the health care reform overhaul into law. This new law, which I voted against, is defined by federal regulations, mandates, a myriad of new big government programs, and a significant increase in federal spending and debt at a cost to our country too high to bear.

  • BOO! You know what’s coming!

    By Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown
    www.bedfordcountysheriff.org
    540-586-4800
    Emergency:
    Dial 9-1-1

    Kids love Halloween!

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        Dressing up, scary make-up, and free candy! What’s not to love? Let’s keep this Halloween safe for everyone.