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Editorial

  • Volunteers

        Bedford Main Street Inc. has one full-time employee, yet its showcase event —Centerfest— will bring in thousands to the Centertown area this weekend. One person can’t do this alone -- it’s the volunteers who will make this event a success.
        The Agape Center in Moneta serves hundreds of families every month, yet relies on 250 volunteers from some 30 churches to keep the ministry going.

  • Candidates Forum

        This Thursday, Oct. 13, a Candidates Forum will be held for Bedford’s Town Council candidates.
        It’s a good chance for those candidates to be heard; it’s a good chance for Bedford’s residents to take time to listen to them prior to the Nov. 8 election.
        House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr. (1912-1994), in his first political campaign in 1935, stated that “All politics is local.” Now that has become a popular saying when it comes to politics as a whole.

  • A good step

        It’s obviously not built yet, but it’s certainly a move in the right direction.
        Last week, the town of Bedford’s Economic Development Authority announced it had entered into an exclusive arrangement with Dogwood Development Company to negotiate and plan the feasibility of the construction of a business-class hotel in the town of Bedford.
        This is the shot in the arm the town needed and a good next step as it seeks to build tourism in the area.

  • Election Day Holiday

        The day after a presidential election should be a national holiday.
        It would give those celebrating the victory of their candidate the chance to recuperate. For those whose candidate lost, it would give them the opportunity to see that the sun will still come up, no matter who got elected.
        If President Obama had any sense, he would have declared that national holiday as an executive order sometime Tuesday, before all the votes were counted.
        The truth is we all deserve a break.

  • The ‘uneducated’ voter

        It’s really a shame that some supporters of Hillary Clinton have resorted to name calling when it comes to trying to discern why their candidate lost.
        President-elect Trump’s supporters have been labeled as “uneducated,” “racist” and “stupid.”
        Take this week’s Liberal Agenda column that appears on this page. Rick Howell writes: “We just let legions of the uneducated choose our president...”

  • Give thanks

    Isaiah 12 NIV

    4 In that day you will say:
    “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.
    5 Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.

    I Thessalonians 5 NIV

    16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

    Psalms 107:1 KJV

  • Let it go

        Some just aren’t willing to let it go.
        Though Donald Trump easily won the needed votes to cruise to an Electoral College victory for president, many of the liberal elite and those within the national media are now pushing for recounts and even an overturn of the Electoral College system.
        Anything to keep the pot stirred up and try to delegitimize Trump’s victory.
        It’s quite a turn of events.

  • 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.