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Editorial

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Special veterans benefits

    The veteran currently receiving VA service-connected disability compensation or the veteran and eligibility family members in receipt of benefits under the Improved Pension Program may also be entitled to benefits provided in two other programs. The receipt of service-connected disability compensation or pension benefits however, does not automatically entitle the veteran to receive benefits from these two special programs. In most cases the veteran must submit a claim for benefits under either of these programs.

  • A great wave of hope lifted Obama

    When Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois captured the presidency on Nov. 4, it was the biggest slap in the face for American racism since the Emancipation Proclamation and Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and career.

  • Social Security Administration alleviates bureaucratic inefficiencies
  • Hot air wins the day

    Last week, 52 percent of American voters chose slick talk over proven leadership.

    Maybe I’ll be proven wrong. Maybe Barack Obama will turn out to be a fine president. Or, perhaps he’ll end up being a mediocre Jimmy Carter. Or, we may be so sick of the change he’ll bring that we’ll wish him good riddance in 2012.

  • Thumbs up, thumbs down

    Thumbs up to everyone who took the time out last Tuesday to cast their ballots in the local, state and national elections. The 5th District Congressional District race shows just how much your vote counts. As of Tuesday morning that race was separated by just 745 votes, with Democratic challenger Tom Perriello leading incumbent Republican Virgil Goode. If that margin stands, it will work out to less than three votes per precinct being the difference in the race. That's not very many, considering some 126,917 eligible voters didn't show up to vote Tuesday in the District.