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Editorial

  • Wear It—Stay Safe!

    With Memorial Day weekend upon us, there will be plenty of opportunities to have fun and stay cool in the water.
        We’re in the middle of National Safe Boating Week (May 19 – 25) which serves as a good reminder for everyone to stay safe while enjoying the water.
        The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is reminding all boaters to remember some important safety tips this boating season. 
        One of the most important – always wear a life jacket while on the water. 

  • Here we go again

    Uh oh. Here we go again.
        At the 11th hour, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors is considering pulling funds away from the school system, once again.
        Last year, the supervisors withheld funds from the school board, as budget negotiations got acrimonious between the two boards. This year should be different. The school board members and school administration have done all they could to keep the lines of communication open between the two boards. There shouldn’t be any surprises.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The time to Take Action is now!

    Students at several local schools are taking part in a statewide “Take Action, Don’t Be A Distraction” safe driving campaign.

  • 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

  • Good choice

    The Bedford County School Board opted for openness in its selection process of a new board member to replace the District 3 seat left vacant by the resignation last month of Brad Whorley.
        The board should be commended. It was the right choice.
        But not everyone agreed. In fact, when the issue was first brought up, the board initially voted 4-3 to keep the process closed.

  • Easter

    The Promise
        Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
        But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
        All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

  • 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.

  • 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.