• Festival time

    his week kicks off the fall festival season and there will be plenty to do. Make sure you carve out some time in your schedule to enjoy what’s being offered.
        It’s a good chance to get out and enjoy the cooler weather; it’s a good chance to mingle with your neighbors and support this community’s events.
        And this weekend has quite a few offerings from which to choose.

  • More local control is what’s needed, not less

    Though it passed by only a 4-3 margin, the Bedford County School Board’s resolution voicing support for a lawsuit filed to invalidate legislation that would allow the state to take over local schools is important.
        Would Bedford County School Board members really want the state government in charge of some of its schools in a couple of years? Would Bedford residents want that for the county’s children?

  • Don’t wait until election day

    In less than two weeks Virginia voters will go to the polls. Local and statewide races will have important implications for years ahead. Voters shouldn’t wait until Tuesday, Nov. 5 to decide who to support. The time to do your research is now. Go to the polls as an educated voter; this isn’t the time to be uninformed, or worse, a partisan with no desire at getting to the truth.
        These elections matter.
        At the state level, of course, we will be electing a new governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

  • Just say ‘yes’

    edford County is getting ready to build a new school. It’s going to happen, one way or another.
        Originally that school was slated to be a new middle school for the Liberty Zone, to replace Bedford Middle School. That’s certainly needed—so much so that the reversion agreement hammered out between Bedford County and the city of Bedford included that requirement.
        But there may be a better plan.

  • Guns in the classroom

    Bedford County Supervisor John Sharp would like to see public school teachers have the right to carry concealed firearms to school, if they should so choose. The goal—making the schools safer while not costing the taxpayers any money.
        With that in mind the supervisors, last week, approved a request to ask the General Assembly to give school districts the option of allowing staff to carry their concealed firearms at school. The measure passed on a 6-1 vote; Supervisor Annie Pollard cast the only vote against the request.

  • Peace of mind

    Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown’s decision to stop storing data from the department’s license plate reader for more than 24 hours is a positive move. In light of all the data collection going on by the federal government these days, this is, if nothing else, a little peace of mind.
        These days, we’ll take any less data mining of our personal lives we can get.

  • Thankfulness: A command

    Each year the President issues a proclamation for Thanksgiving. Here is President Obama’s from last year:

  • 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:)

  • Great expectations?

    As 2014 gets underway, it’s time to hope that the workings of government—most notably at the federal level—get better.
        It certainly couldn’t get much worse than 2013, so expectations are somewhat low. For those in the White House and in Congress that’s good news; they have nowhere to go but up. At least that’s what you would think—we’ll have to see what happens.
        These aren’t the days of great expectations, but it is time to expect something of value from our elected leaders.

  • Don’t forget about your pets

    We all want to stay warm. Last week reminded us of that.
        But as we prepare for the next blast of winter weather, it’s important that we also remember to have a plan to keep our pets warm.
        After all, they are counting on us to take care of them, especially if they are outdoor dogs or cats.
        To help keep your entire family safe and warm, the American Red Cross and the Humane Society suggest a number of winter safety reminders for both you and your pets.