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Today's Opinions

  • Being fiscally fit means the schools can help students be physically fit

    Two million dollars.

        That’s how much extra money the Bedford County School Board has to work with this year, money saved from the Jefferson Forest and Staunton River High School construction projects. Getting those two projects completed ahead of schedule is a bonus; having them come in under budget is truly something to be thankful for — especially in these tight financial times.

        Now the question becomes: What to do with that money?

  • Just a wrong-headed liberal

        While there are many things we don’t know about President-elect Barack Obama, there is one thing I know, and one thing I’m pretty sure of.

     

  • The end of an era

        “The conservative era is over.”

        As much pleasure as it gives me to see, read, and hear those words, I can’t claim them for myself.

        They came from none other than Pat Buchanan, the former Nixon aide who spoke them on television on the night of the election.

        He is, of course, right. Conservatism, and its longtime home, the Republican Party, is out of power at all the top levels of our national government, and seems likely to be so for quite some time.

  • A tribute to Bedford Veterans

    In this month of November, with Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving, it seems appropriate to remember, pay tribute, and extend thanks to all from Bedford County who have ever served in our country’s armed forces.

        Throughout Bedford County’s history, its citizens have been patriotic in peacetime and in war. Bedford County men have fought and died in nearly every major war of America.

  • Medicare beneficiaries can make changes to their coverage in November and December

    Starting November 15th, Medicare beneficiaries will be able to make changes in their health and prescription drug coverage for 2009.  The Medicare annual open enrollment season for Part D prescription drug plans runs from November 15 through December 31, 2008.

     

  • A time to give thanks

    Recently the eyes of the country have been focused on the hotly contested Presidential election and our economic downturn, but it is important to remember that as a nation, we have many reasons to give thanks.  Each year, across Virginia and throughout the country, Americans set aside a special day to express gratitude for the many blessings we have received.

  • Letters

    The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library would like to use the Thanksgiving holiday to thank all the people who have served to protect our country and our rights.

        Ben Melton has donated to the Museum one of his uniforms that was used in Iraq. This completes our collection of uniforms from every major conflict including the War of 1812.

  • Special veterans benefits

    The veteran currently receiving VA service-connected disability compensation or the veteran and eligibility family members in receipt of benefits under the Improved Pension Program may also be entitled to benefits provided in two other programs. The receipt of service-connected disability compensation or pension benefits however, does not automatically entitle the veteran to receive benefits from these two special programs. In most cases the veteran must submit a claim for benefits under either of these programs.