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Editorial

  • There’s your sign

    A good sign that a law might need changed is when it has more people trying to get out of it than those who support it.
        That’s the case with Virginia’s “King’s Dominion law.”
        That now-antiquated law was passed in the 1980s as an attempt to support the tourism industry in Virginia. But its time has passed.

  • Eager to Burn? Wait Your Turn

    The spring fire season is here. It can be destructive and costly.
        Virginians are being warned to stay safe.
        That goes for those of us around here, too. We’ve had our share of problems with wildfires locally over the past few years.
        The fire season runs from Feb. 15 through April 30; the threat of wildfires is increased this year due to Virginia’s mild winter.

  • The big dog

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors has spent the past year flexing its muscles and showing folks who’s in charge.
        And that show of strength probably isn’t over.

  • What if?

    What would you do “if” given the chance to do something good?
        When would you try to accomplish that task “if” time wasn’t a hindrance? Who would you try to help “if” money wasn’t a concern?
        Where would you go “if” you had the opportunity to go anywhere?
        How would you use an extra day “if” given those seconds, minutes and hours?
        What if?
        Well, today’s your day.

  • Celebrating the arts

    Congratulations to Sara Braaten, executive director of the Bower Center for the Arts, on being recognized for her work over the past three years at the Center.
        The James River Council for the Arts & Humanities recently presented her with the Arts Volunteer Award from the organization, noting that as the volunteer director of the non-profit, she was recognized for “almost single handedly transforming a quiet, little-known group into a lively and exciting center for the visual and performing arts.”

  • Let the sun shine in

    Last week was Sunshine Week.
        The weather cooperated, ushering in spring with plenty of sun and warmth. Maybe the Bedford County School Board will also follow suit.
        Sunshine Week is a national campaign that promotes the importance of open government and freedom of information. It’s not just the media that participates, but rather anyone interested in the public’s right to know what is going on in government.

  • Politicizing Trayvon

    It didn't take long.
        The tragic case of the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida last month has now become a political lightning rod. The case is no longer about justice, it's about rallying the troops, for whatever cause someone might support.
        The facts in the case no longer matter — it's all about the cause.

  • The numbers don't lie

    Arlington    $18,548
    Alexandria    18,349
    Surry        17,521
    Highland    16,844
    Falls Church    16,758
    Charlottesville    16,246
    Sussex        15,868
    King and Queen    13,918
    Bath        13,757    
    Charles City    13,321
    Richmond    13,040

  • The true spirit of giving

    Much has been made recently of folks “paying their fair share.” In the political world, this is the hottest of topics.
        But the truth is, there are a lot more important ways to help this country out than paying the government more taxes. And it doesn’t cost anyone a dime—or even a penny. What it does cost is time.
        Volunteers are the true heroes of this country—they understand what it means to “pay their fair share.” And many go far beyond that.

  • Student performance, Grade A

    Several weeks ago we ran an editorial highlighting where Bedford County ranks in per pupil spending among the other school districts in Virginia. Several took offense to the editorial for a variety of reasons.
        Our goal was to spark a conversation about Bedford County’s commitment to funding education, not to question the education area students are receiving. We feel students here do very well, for a variety of reasons—good teachers, parental involvement and volunteers who go above and beyond.