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Editorial

  • Opportunity lost

        Last week the Bedford County School Board voted to spend an additional $750,000 to hire seven more teachers to help with secondary school programs as well as eight teachers to work in schools that are currently Accredited with Warning.
        Those appear to be needed areas to shore up some trouble spots in the system.

  • Believest thou this?

    Matthew 27:50-54 (KJV)

  • Making a rec of things

    One of the truly unfortunate outcomes of the city’s reversion to town status is that some employees that have provided services to city residents over the years will be losing their jobs as a result of the action.

  • When tragedy strikes

    It was a gruesome scene.
        Just before 3 p.m. Monday afternoon, as the second half of the 23,000 runners participating in the Boston Marathon continued to make their way to the finish line, two bombs went off at the end of that 26.2-mile course.
        At least three people were killed; more than 140 injured.
        It was mass carnage—and mass confusion.
        Many of those injured were children; an 8-year-old child was among those killed.

  • The Bedford PD supports DRIVE SMART effort

    Buckle Up, Phone Down is the theme as the Bedford Police Department joins DRIVE SMART Virginia in supporting Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
        “We call on all drivers in Bedford to avoid any distraction when they’re driving,” Bedford Police Chief James Day warns. “With the number of people I see focused on a phone, and not on the road, distracted driving has really turned into a serious problem. I worry about traffic safety everyday and I wonder when people will begin to realize the true dangers of distracted driving?”

  • Appreciating teachers

    Many schools will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week this week or next and hopefully students and parents will take that opportunity to let Bedford County’s teachers know they are, indeed, appreciated.
        Unfortunately that sentiment didn’t come out from last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

  • There's no there, there

        It wasn't a good week for President Obama.
        First the Benghazi debacle hit the fan. Witnesses testified before Congress and the national media finally started doing its job. The result—more than ever, the affair smells of a political whitewashing at the time, and a cover-up of incompetence ever since.

  • Remember your jackets!

    National Safe Boating Week is this week, just in time to remind us all of the need for safety as Memorial Day arrives and the summer season kicks off.
        The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is reminding all boaters to remember some important safety tips this boating season. 
        Tops among them: to always wear a life jacket while on the water. 

  • Time for a change

    Eric Holder has to go.
        Controversial from the start, the US Attorney General has gone so far over the line even many on his side of the fence have had enough.
        Just this week, when asked by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte to go on the record to explain his contradictory testimony—as in what he said about not wanting to punish journalists just doing their job, while at the same time seeking to do just that—Holder refused to appear, instead having a subordinate file a letter on his behalf.

  • Can you hear us now?

    t sounded good, didn’t it.
        It’s going to help us catch all the bad guys; it will help us stop them before they do any more harm.
        The Patriot Act will solve everything.
        That’s what we thought we needed, in the days following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. At least some of us did.
        But even the best of intentions can lead one down a road best left not traveled.
        We found that out this past week.