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Today's Opinions

  • Liberals’ silly thinking

        One of the services the Bedford Bulletin offers the community is printing Rick Howell’s “The Liberal Agenda.” Readers can get a weekly example of liberals’ vacuous thinking, something we should all keep in mind when we go to the polls. Do we really want to elect people who believe this stuff, or who are endorsed by folks who believe this stuff?

  • Fox in the henhouse

    Take this for irony:

        The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is holding a “PSA Challenge” for middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities asking youth to come up with creative videos to discourage underage or high-risk drinking.

        Should ABC really be a sponsoring agency for this interaction with youth? It thinks so.

  • Letters

    A great success

        Bedford’s First Annual Festival of Trees was a great success.  We would like to thank everyone who came to enjoy it and for spreading the word.

  • Resolutions that are needed in 2010

        Poet Sam Walter Foss once wrote: “On the thirty-second day of the thirteenth month / on the eighth day of the week we will find the things we seek.” As 2010 leaps into high gear, let’s hope his thoughts are more sarcasm than truth. There is much to be done in this first year of the next decade. Such as...

  • Cutting through red tape

    One of the most important parts of my job is to assist constituents with any issues or problems they are facing when dealing with federal government agencies. The caseworkers in my offices in Charlottesville, Danville, Farmville, and Martinsville helped nearly 800 5th District residents in 2009 cut through government red tape and solve individual, sometime complex, problems with federal agencies. Here are the kinds of cases we helped with and some of the stories behind the numbers.

  • Government, Inc. leads to red ink for our nation’s small businesses

    Four years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in the now-notorious case of Kelo v. City of New London, which authorized the government to take private property from individuals for nearly any reason under the guise of eminent domain, even to give to other private individuals or entities.  The public outcry over this decision was so great that it forced states to enact laws to significantly rein in their own eminent domain powers.

  • Concurrent receipt program

        There are two programs that fall under this general heading.  First, I will address the Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payment (CRDP).  This program provides a 10-year phase-out of the offset to military retired pay due to receipt of VA disability compensation.  To qualify the veteran must be retired from active duty or age 60 retired reserves that have a combined VA disability rating of 50 percent or greater. 

  • Senator Newman drafts bill to address the killing of a newborn baby

        State Senator Steve Newman announced recently that the Division of Legislative Services has begun drafting legislation to ensure that a life cannot be legally taken after a child is born not withstanding its connection to the umbilical cord.