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Editorial

  • Making a difference

    On Saturday, Oct. 27, Bedford participated in Make a Difference Day for the 8th consecutive year.

    On this national day of community service, more than 100 individuals took part in worthwhile activities. The staff of Bedford Community Resource Center would like to thank all of the groups, businesses, organizations, and individuals who made a difference for the eighth year in a row! Our thanks go to the Safe Haven staff, parents, and children as well as the female residents of Bedford County group home for visiting local nursing homes.

  • A season of thanks

    The story of the first traditional Thanksgiving began over 380 years ago when a group of men and women fleeing persecution boarded a ship and set sail for freedom in the New World. The group, who would come to call themselves Pilgrims, battled treacherous weather conditions and bouts of sickness throughout the nine weeks they spent on the high seas.

  • Bill will help veterans

    On Veterans Day weekend, I had the privilege of participating in the dedication of the Danville-Pittsylvania County Veterans Memorial.

  • What it's really about

    As spam-mail goes, I've heard from more than my share of bankers and royalty in Africa waiting to send me money, if only I'll give them my bank account number or some other such nonsense. Spam has taught me about blue pills and others of varying colors. I've learned about all of these bank accounts that I started unknowingly that now need my personal information for "verification" purposes and I've learned how to purchase medicines from Canada.

  • Senate inquiry targets televangelists

    For many, many years Americans who hold dear their religious beliefs have been subjected to various and sundry appeals from television evangelists. Usually, it?s for money, and - given the rise of the religious right - it?s lately been for political support for some cause or candidate.

    It?s true that laws regarding the tax exempt status of churches prevent preachers from directly telling their subjects to vote for a certain candidate. But in recent years, ?Voter Guides,? produced by the Christian Coalition, have done the job just as effectively.

  • We'll get what we voted for

    Last week I read that students in Venezuela are carrying out campus protests against Hugo Chvez' effort to change the country's constitution.

  • Drivers on the roads need to take note and move over or slow down

    The holiday weekend means more travelers on Virginia roads, more travelers mean more vehicles and more vehicles mean the possibility for more accidents.

    With thousands taking to the roads this weekend, and throughout the holiday season, the Virginia State Police have announced a new public awareness campaign to remind Virginians of the importance of the "Move Over" law.

    It's a message worth taking time to consider.

  • Letters to the editor

    Time to move forward

    The election is behind us now and it is time to move forward. The decisions of who our leaders will be as been made. Although I am disappointed in the results, I was proud to have been apart of this time honored, time tested "American" process. Congratulations to Mike Brown, Lacey Putney, and the other candidates who ran contested races and won. We now entrust the next four years to you.

  • Allies in the fight for freedom

    Last week, newly elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy addressed a Joint Session of Congress during his first official visit to Washington. Upon his election in May of this year, President Sarkozy immediately reached out to the United States, signaling his desire to end the tension that has existed between our two countries for several years.

  • Fight against amnesty for illegals imperative

    Although I believe that the estimates are low, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) now says that there are at least 13 million illegal immigrants living in the United States.

    Getting an exact count of the illegals is difficult, because they are not registered anywhere as being illegal. However, the U. S. Census Bureau estimated that there were 8.7 million illegals in this country when the census was taken in 2000, and immigration officials say that the illegal population grows by a half-million each year.