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Columns

  • 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.

  • Congratulations Class of 2011

    We congratulate the close to 800 Bedford County high school graduates from the Class of 2011. You're to be commended for this achievement and for the work you've already done.

        We also  look forward to what you will accomplish in the days ahead. You have great potential: Make the most of it!
        And don't forget these words offered on your behalf at your graduation ceremonies on Saturday:

  • A pro-growth plan to spur job creation in the 5th District

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Central and Southside Virginians have made it abundantly clear that the most important issue facing the people of the 5th District is job creation, and the disappointing May unemployment report highlighted the critical need for real change in our nation’s Capitol.

     

  • Americans deserve a waiver from the new health care law

    Nearly a year and a half ago, with total disregard for the will of the American people, President Obama signed the new health care reform legislation into law. This new law 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.