• ACLU stance forgets about victims of theft

        Republicans and Democrats in Richmond showed bipartisan support for a proposal to increase the threshold at which a theft is considered a felony.
        The proposal raises the threshold from $200 to $500. Democrats advocated for the change and Republicans agreed to it because the change would require defendants to pay restitution before getting off some form of court-ordered supervision.
        But some folks aren’t buying into the change.

  • Time to become presidential

        It’s time for President Donald Trump to start acting presidential.
        This past weekend, President Trump decided to take on NFL players who have kneeled in protest during the playing of the National Anthem. In a speech in Alabama on Friday, he demanded that NFL owners get rid of any players who follow through with that protest.

  • The Gentleman from Bedford

        Lacey Putney was a statesman, a citizen legislator—the longest serving in Virginia—and a veteran.
        Putney was a Big Island native, a mentor and a good ole country boy.
        He was always ready to tell a story, was a man of action and vigorously represented this area.
        This past Saturday, Putney moved on to his reward, passing away at the age of 89.

  • All thumbs

    Thumbs up: Bedford County School Board
        Thumbs up to the Bedford County School Board for voting to give Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch another three years at the helm of the school system.
        Dr. Schuch came to Bedford in the midst of a financial downturn that severely affected the money available at the local, state and federal levels. Dr. Schuch helped lead the school system through those tough times of lost jobs and closed schools while continuing to look ahead.

  • Different times

        We’ve seen just this past week how different media coverage of the presidency can be.
        Had the main stream media treated President Obama the way it is now treating President Trump, a much different narrative would have been painted on Trump’s predecessor.

  • Be safe out there

        National Safe Boating Week is May 20-26. 
        As with any such designation, the week is to serve as a reminder of what is important all year long. With Memorial Day upon us, marking the unofficial beginning of the summer season, it’s always important to take note of safety precautions when out on your boats and other crafts.
        The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is using this week to remind all boaters to stay safe this summer, and always wear a life jacket while on the water.

  • Council gets its cake; and eats it too

        Bedford Town Council took action last week to deal with a request that wanted to bring fortune telling into the town.
        It appears council has learned how to have its cake and eat it too.
        Council effectively repealed a town ordinance that banned such practices in the town. In addition, however, council voted not to allow fortune tellers as a permitted use in either of the town’s two business zones.

  • Inauguration Address
  • 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.