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Editorial

  • A momentous year

    It's New Year's Eve, the very last day of 2014. It's always amazing how fast a year flies by. It seems like we were just celebrating the Fourth of July, blinked, and suddenly Christmas is over and 2014 is about to slip from present reality into history.
        It's been a momentous year for Bedford County.

  • Turning point

        The murder of two New York City police officers Saturday should have been met with disdain. But for some, it apparently was an opportunity to celebrate some payback for what they perceive to be wrong-doing by police in Missouri, New York and—quite frankly—just about anywhere.
        The murderer of the two slain officers certainly had recent events in mind when he strolled up to the car of the NYPD officers and shot them both at point-blank range.

  • 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:)

  • Split second decisions

        Every day our law enforcement officers willingly put themselves in harm’s way.
        Every traffic stop, every patrol, every response to a call carries with it the potential of danger.
        And when that danger happens, decisions must be made in a split second. The lives of others, as well as their own, could hang in the balance of those decisions that are made in the blink of an eye.

  • With thanksgiving

        The reality of life is always there to teach us that in any given year, we will enjoy both blessing and hardship, triumph and defeats.
        Sometimes it is easier to recount the struggles than to focus on the blessings. It can sometimes be easier to focus on the inequities of life and where life doesn’t appear to be fair. But the truth is, if we look close enough, we have blessings—many blessings—for which to give thanks. Let's take this season and use it to refocus on the blessings this life offers us.

  • Supporting our local businesses

    The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging you to shop small on Saturday, November 29.  That date is now known as Small Business Saturday—an opportunity to help small business owners with their most pressing need—getting more customers.
        Our local businesses deserve this attention.
        The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, one of the largest shopping weekends of the year.     

  • Our veterans

    They are our neighbors, our teachers, our friends.
        They volunteer at the local food bank, coach our child’s sports team, sit beside us on Sunday morning at church.
        Some are quite elderly; some still very young.
        They are this nation’s veterans and they’ve served this nation with honor, with valor, with courage.

  • Despicable me

        There’s more shenanigans going on at the governor’s office and this time it lands right at the feet of Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
        Many Democrats enjoyed watching former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell go up in flames for his actions while in office and then doubled down accusing Republicans of luring then state Sen. Phillip P. Puckett to resign with enticements of job offers for himself and family members.

  • Impact will be minimal

        Those who oppose the new Voter ID law have done their best to let everyone know how destructive the new law is going to be by disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of voters in Virginia.
        Of course, they are wrong; the impact will be minimal.

  • Decision delayed

    District 1 school board member Richard Downey knew coming into Thursday’s vote on closing an elementary school in the Liberty attendance zone, that he would be the deciding vote.
        And it wasn’t a good place to be.