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Columns

  • Problems at Bedford Middle School

    By Patricia Robertson

    Bedford

        So much has been said about the possible closing of Bedford Primary and/or Body Camp Schools this year. I’d like to draw parents’ attention to what the school administrator’s “strategic plan” has done and wants to do to Bedford Middle School.

  • King’s vision included economic justice

        Hurricane Irene caused the official Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication ceremony to be postponed to either September or October.

        Whenever it happens, American citizens will gather to remember the struggles and the achievements of our country’s greatest civil rights leader.

  • Could be a good year for Republicans

        2012 could be a good year for Republicans to take the White House.

  • Reversion appears to be coming soon

        “The study is underway.”

        That’s how a story in the Bulletin started some three -and-a-half years ago, noting that Bedford and Bedford County were well underway with talks about the city reverting to town status.
        Now, apparently, an agreement may be near. At least that’s word on the street.
        The public has been given little additional information in the 42 months since a possible reversion plan was first announced.

  • Washington has a spending problem, not a ‘we don’t tax people enough’ problem

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Every day our office receives hundreds of phone calls, e-mails, faxes, and letters from people across the 5th District regarding the pressing issues that affect Central and Southside Virginians and all Americans.

     

  • Reducing unnecessary regulations to create long term economic growth

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Making over 30 stops across the 5th District along Route 29 this past week I talked to and met with many Central and Southside Virginians about the pressing issues currently facing our nation.

  • Protecting consumers from identity theft

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. Identity thieves use identifying information such as a consumer’s Social Security number, credit card numbers, or other financial account information in order to conduct such fraud as opening up new credit cards and gaining access to bank accounts. The ramifications from such crimes can be financially disastrous for citizens and can be extremely difficult to resolve.

  • Please, no more new Texans

        In 2000, I had a bumper sticker that said, “No New Texans,” a clear and simple repudiation of the presidential candidacy of George W. Bush.

    It was also a sneer at the broken “No new taxes” pledge that Bush’s father had reneged on in the light of fiscal and economic reality. That compromise almost seems quaint now, doesn’t it? Given that most conservative Republicans would rather stomp their grandmothers than raise taxes.

  • The European road to perdition

        The pictures from London and several other British cities this month, with buildings ablaze, made me think of the World War II Blitz. Of course, the extent of the damage was nowhere near as great and, in this case the British were doing it to themselves. Gangs of teens and young adults roamed through certain neighborhoods setting fires, attacking people and pillaging shops.

        This was not a race riot. The mobs were racially mixed.

  • Back to school

    It's that time of year again. Big yellow buses are out and about on our highways. Children stand in groups in neighborhoods and road sides waiting to be picked up.