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Columns

  • The technology sector is vital to our economic recovery

  • Bedford High '51-'52 Classes

    By Frank Gibson

    Bedford High ‘51
    Fort Collins, Colo.

        Students near and far visiting the D-Day Memorial likely in hearts and minds take the measure of General Eisenhower’s famed message to the Normandy invasion force, “You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade toward which we have striven these many months...”

  • Turning away from wars of choice

        Next month is when U.S. forces are to begin a gradual withdrawal from Afghanistan, with all American troops supposedly to be out by 2014.

        But pressure is coming from many quarters, urging the White House to adopt a speedier exit from that historically troubled country. According to any poll you can cite, a clear majority of Americans want a quicker end to a war that has lasted 10 years and produced very little in the way of results.

  • Economy may be Obama’s undoing

        Last month [the May 11 edition of the Bedford Bulletin], commenting on the demise of Osama bin Laden at the hands of Navy SEALs, Rick Howell wrote, “Then, I thought, Barack Obama just got himself re-elected in 2012.”

  • School funding

    After a highly contentious budget season it might seem logical for the Bedford County School Board and the Board of Supervisors to breath a sigh of relief that it’s all over and put that issue on the shelf for the next several months.

        They shouldn’t.
        Now’s the time to start mending some fences and to begin to plan for next year so that a replay of this past year can be avoided.

  • Paying tribute to the legacy of sacrifice in Bedford

    This past District work week was another one spent traveling across Central and Southside Virginia with stops in Bedford, Rocky Mount, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Danville, and Charlottesville.

     

  • Congress must demand accountability on U.S. action in Libya

    Nearly three months ago U.S. forces, at the command of President Obama and without the consent of the U.S. Congress, began attacking targets in Libya controlled by Moammar Gaddafi. I think most Americans, including myself, agree that seeing this tyrannical dictator and his regime of thugs removed from power would be a good thing. However, I think most Americans, including myself, also feel strongly that American forces should not be committed to this kind of mission without the consent of the U.S. Congress. 

  • Improved pension benefits for wartime veterans

        Pension is available for wartime veterans, who are permanently and totally disabled from disabilities not related with service.  The monthly rate is increased if the veteran is married or has dependent children.

  • Of summer, sports, and…President Goode?

        Got the summer doldrums yet? The calendar tells us the season of heat is not even officially here until next Tuesday, the 21st. But we know better.

        It’s been hot, very hot, and it’s just getting started. Summer heat has a way of melting away one’s enthusiasms.
        But I’ve always found that politics and sports, enjoyed in equal measures, if possible, can usher along your uninterrupted joy of life, even in extreme weather.

  • Obama has made it worse

        Last month saw some grim economic news. Job creation has slowed to a crawl. Only 54,000 jobs were created in May — an insufficient number to keep up with the natural growth in people entering the job market. At the same time, however, hours worked by folks who have jobs increased by half a percent. Obviously employers are reluctant to hire new employees and are getting more work out of existing workers.