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Editorial

  • Trust and don’t you dare verify

    Voting, and registering to vote, shouldn’t be overly burdensome.
        But it should require some amount of accountability. Apparently the federal government, and now the U.S. Supreme Court, disagree.
        The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can’t require those registering to vote to prove they are US citizens, when using the federal “Motor Voter” registration process. On a 7-2 opinion, the justices threw out an Arizona law that required those registering prove their US citizenship.

  • Welcome back

    On Monday, the city of Bedford will be forever gone.
        Welcome back, The Best Little Town in America.
        After years of talks, negotiations, hearings and planning, reversion is set to take place.
        On July 1, it becomes official, Bedford will once again be a town.
        It’s an important accomplishment for the soon-to-be dissolved city council. And for the city staff who helped make it happen.

  • A clear and present danger

    The tweets were sent just after midnight, Monday morning.
        “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the brothers and the families in Arizona tonight,” stated the message sent out by the Bedford Fire Department.
        That tweet, along with several others sent, were in response to the news that 19 members of a fire crew had been killed while battling a wildfire in Arizona. The tragedy makes it the deadliest event involving firefighters in the U.S. in more than three decades.

  • Job well done!

    Our compliments go to Bedford's Moose Lodge for the excellent job they did putting on a fireworks show after Bedord announced that it would no longer fund 4th of July fireworks. The show was nice with 20 minutes worth of colorful aerial bursts.
        There was lots of parking and the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of volunteers, did a good job of making this work smoothly. Once the show was over, there were no problems getting out and onto U. S. 460. That also went smoothy.

  • Welcome delay

    Sometimes you have to take what you can get.
        In the case of the Affordable Care Act, that means welcoming the delay, until 2015, for businesses with at least 50 “full-time” employees being forced to provide health insurance for their employees, or face fines.
        The businesses weren’t ready; neither was the federal government.
        And the truth is, politics won the day.

  • Back to school

    There will be some changes this year as more than 10,000 Bedford County students head back to Bedford County Public Schools on Thursday, Aug. 15.
        For one, the school year starts earlier—and will end earlier.
        There will also be one unified school system this year, the city of Bedford no longer exists and town of Bedford students are now officially part of the county school system.

  • Blatant terrorism

    It shouldn’t be a difficult decision.
        On Nov. 5, 2009, Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan pulled out a gun, shouted “Allahu akbar,” and began shooting at the Army military base Fort Hood in Texas. Thirteen people were killed, another 30 injured.

  • True concerns

    It really shouldn’t come as any surprise—President Obama has once again taken the low road when it comes to addressing real concerns of his administration.
        And, in doing so, he once again offered his critics the proverbial boot in the rear as he sent them out the door.

  • What a mess

    he Obama administration has let the Arab Spring become the Middle East Massacre.
        And it’s only getting worse.    
        Apparently the President felt his Apology Tour, held just after taking office, would make everyone in the Arab world suddenly love the United States and fall into line with our wishes.
        Surely there wouldn’t be any more trouble, only peace and harmony.
        And why not? He did win the Nobel Peace Prize for such foolishness.

  • Guns in town

    Though guns will be allowed in some parts of Bedford soon, don’t expect Main Street to turn into Dodge City. That’s because council appears headed towards a common-sense solution to a problem that popped up as a result of reversion.
        With reversion, a number of properties that were outside of the old city boundaries became a part of the new town. When that happened, those residents, who could previously hunt on their land, were suddenly forbidden to do so because the town ordinance didn’t allow firearms to be fired within the town limits.