Today's Opinions

  • Budget adoption: The sooner the better

    By Delegate Terry Austin

  • Session ends as scheduled

    By Delegate Kathy Byron
                            The 2018 General Assembly session ended as scheduled on Saturday.  Of the 2,606 bills submitted by legislators, 874 were approved.  One very important bill, the state budget, was not.  Consequently, we’ll be returning to Richmond soon to approve a two-year spending plan.

  • Agreement on budget elusive

    By Senator David Suetterlein

        The 2018 Regular Session of the General Assembly adjourned on Saturday. Consensus was achieved on several important issues in the final days of session, but bicameral agreement on the Commonwealth’s two year budget continued to prove elusive.

  • The farmer

        They are the heart and soul of what makes this country great.
        They till the ground, raise the cattle and provide food for our plates.
        They are the American farmers.
        They come in all sizes; all genders; and all ages. Young and old spend their days out in the fields doing what needs to be done—mending fences, raising the crops, tending to their orchards and livestock.

  • Outside agencies provide good value

        Every year, as they develop their budgets, both the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and Bedford Town Council get requests from outside agencies for money.
        This year, the process was accompanied by some fussing on Town Council. It was kind of a tempest in a teapot and nothing happened. Most councilmen agreed that refusing to provide any funding to outside agencies, at this point, would amount to an unfair surprise for these organizations. A policy would need to be developed and applied to next year’s requests.

  • Oh, yes, the Blue Wave is coming!

        Recently, the conservative columnist here was celebrating because he managed to find a poll that suggested Donald Trump had pushed his approval rating to 49 percent.
        This, he said, meant that this deeply corrupt president, who is shedding staff the way rats leave a sinking ship, had a “higher rating than Obama at a similar point.” He thinks the Blue Wave we know is coming this fall might not happen.

  • 2017 Year in Review

    By Nicole Johnson
    Director of Tourism

        Happy Spring!  2018 is off to a great (and very busy) start!  In January, I celebrated the one year mark as Bedford County’s Director of Tourism, and I want to mention a few highlights from 2017.

  • Letters 03/21/18

    Security and School Safety

        With all the news about school safety, it makes me wonder how safe our schools are. In recent weeks I have observed and inquired about this problem. I have always thought the element of surprise and good planning is the best defense against the enemy.