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Editorial

  • A free press threatened

        The Virginia Press Association sent out a response to the presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s decision to ban the Washington Post from covering his campaign.

  • Unanimous Declaration

         When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

  • A tragic night

        Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown was watching the local news Thursday night when the station broke to the national story of the tragedy in Dallas in which a lone gunman killed five police officers and wounded seven others during what had been a peaceful protest of police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.
        He watched the events unfold for several hours early into the next morning. “My reaction was, ‘Oh my, here we go again,” he said.

  • The Kaine factor

        What can we say about Tim Kaine that hasn’t already been said?
        When he slipped out of Richmond at the end of his tour as governor, his revolting act of seeking to jump-start the release of convicted double-murderer Jens Soering to Germany, and then to freedom, was an act of cowardice.
        He did it in the dead of night and then stayed silent on the matter until the opportunity presented itself to run for the US Senate seat being vacated by Jim Webb.

  • Festival time

        Labor Day weekend kicks off a number of pastimes.
        Labor Day weekend used to signal the end to summer and the unofficial beginning of fall, with schools opening. But those days are long gone and by the time Labor Day hits now students have been in classes for two weeks or more.

  • A good learning experience

        We love receiving letters to the editor and we strive to assure every locally written letter gets printed. Of course, we aren’t going to print anything that’s libelous or obscene and we do insist that letters address public issues. Letters that fall in these limited “we won’t print that” categories are rare.

  • Back to school

        Students headed back to school this week in Bedford County and for the most part the first day went OK, though it did get a little warm, especially for students at Forest Elementary School.
        At FES, the air conditioning units weren’t operating so the school went into cool down mode with box fans in every class, extra time for breaks and bottled water made available for students. School maintenance crews were working to get the HVAC units back online as quickly as possible.

  • The best? Really?

        Democrats had to be licking their chops and enjoying wholeheartedly the goings-on at the Republican National Convention held in Cleveland.
        What with a plagiarized speech, mini-revolts from the anti-Trump contingent and an outright snub by convention speaker Ted Cruz, there appeared to be much for the Democrats to laugh at as they watched from afar.
        Then came Philly.

  • National EMS Week

        When you or your loved one suffers from a medical emergency, it is Virginia’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel who are relied upon to respond quickly to the call for help and provide quality prehospital care. Last year, EMS providers responded to just over 1.4 million calls for help in Virginia, approximately 3,879 incidents per day.

  • Failed policy

        While President Obama was busy in Cuba making nice with the human-rights breaking Castro regime, Muslim terrorists were at work in Belgium bringing havoc to that country and the rest of Europe.