• Open government

        A Capital News Service story on transparency in government noted that two first-term legislators had formed a bipartisan caucus to make the Virginia General Assembly more accessible to the public.
        It’s unfortunate, however, that the session kicked off with the media being kicked upstairs in the Senate. A rule change there moved the media off the floor and into the upper gallery.
        Really? This is the course to transparency in government?

  • Have a safe New Year!

        We certainly hope you were on Santa’s “Nice” list this year. If you were on his “Naughty” list, you were out of luck. You didn’t even get a lump of coal as President Obama and the EPA confiscated Santa’s coal pile.
        Friday is New Year’s Eve, a holiday famous for alcohol lubricated parties. If you attend one of these, and end up overserved, please do not get behind the wheel.

  • Really Good News

        And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
        (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
        And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
        And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

  • Stop the nonsense

    t’s time to stop using the Hitler comparisons, whether it is Barack Obama, Donald Trump or some other polarizing political figure.
        Adolf Hitler, the fascist head of the Nazi Party who served as Germany’s chancellor for more than a decade, from 1933-1945, was responsible for the beginning of World War II and as leader of the Third Reich oversaw the genocide of six million Jews through the Holocaust.

  • Disgusting

    t was a disgusting column.
        Linda Stasi of the New York Daily News wrote a column this week equating one of the 14 victims of the San Bernardino , California, mass shooting to the shooters themselves.

  • Soering again

        Let’s hope Gov. Terry McAuliffe isn’t as irresponsible as Tim Kaine, the last Democrat to serve as Governor of the Commonwealth, when it comes to considering the outlandish request by convicted double murderer Jens Soering to be transferred to a prison in Germany to serve his term.

  • For your sake, watch out for the deer

        Bedford area residents know all too well the tragedy that can come from hitting a deer with a vehicle.
        Last year, county residents were involved in 128 deer-related accidents, among the leaders throughout the commonwealth.
        The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) notes that November is the most dangerous month for deer-related crashes in Virginia and is urging motorists to buckle up, slow down and be observant.

  • Vote on Tuesday

        With all the letters flooding into our office, it’s no secret people have opinions on this year’s races.
        Just remember, your vote counts too.
        It’s important all town and county citizens who are registered to vote exercise their privilege to vote.
        The 2015 General Election will be held this Tuesday, Nov. 3, and there are some important races to be decided. . Voting polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

  • The governor and guns

        Governor Terry McAuliffe, last week, signed an executive order directing actions that he said were designed to keep guns out of dangerous hands by better enforcing existing Virginia law.

  • Register to vote, if you aren’t

        The deadline to apply to register to vote in the Nov. 3, 2015, election is Tuesday, Oct. 13.
        If you haven’t yet registered, you’ve got less than a week to take care of it. You need to register because you need to vote.
        Elections matter.
        And there are plenty of options to register.