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Today's Opinions

  • Our veterans deserve better from the VA

    Last month marked one year since we learned of the gross mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that resulted in tragic outcomes for those who have made countless sacrifices to protect our nation’s freedoms. The problems within the VA are the result of a broken system, and though our work is far from over, the House has worked to implement meaningful, structural reforms to ensure our veterans have the care they deserve.

     

  • Letters 05/06/15

    The town we need

        We apparently now have an increase in our Town real estate taxes for the coming fiscal year.    The Town may need this increase, but how can we keep increasing taxes and at the same time cutting needed access to our Landfill and other services. The cuts started some years ago by cutting the hours of operation.

  • Letters 04/29/15

    Day of Silence

        The educators I know are dedicated to the children with whom they have been entrusted.  They put in countless hours and are under appreciated.   Some at the middle and high school level are being held hostage by the word “anti-bullying.”
        Educators, parents and grandparents need to have their radar up as The Day of Silence occurs every April since the early 2000s.  This year it was Friday, April 17.

  • Letters Tax Day 2015

    What is legal?

        On a recent local TV news cast, a Bedford Co. lady was given a ticket by a Bedford Co Sheriff’s deputy for driving a car with tinted windows.
        A few weeks later, a recent story in the Bedford Bulletin featured a story about two police cars being wrapped in purple to highlight domestic violence. To the best of my knowledge, to put a wrap on the body of a vehicle is legal in Va; however, to put either tint or a wrap on the windows of a vehicle is not legal in Va. as it impairs one’s vision.

  • Letters 04/08/15

    Crowded
    middle schools

        Forest Middle has been crowded for years and zone transfers to that school are closed.
        Now with the closing of Thaxton Elm., Bedford Middle will be over 95 percent of capacity. Zone transfers to Bedford Middle are now closed as well.
        With the addition of next year’s sixth graders from Thaxton, and the current sixth graders moving up to 7th grade, Bedford Middle is maxed out.

  • Letters 04/01/15

    Bedford Agriculture Conference and Expo a success

        On behalf of the Bedford County Agriculture Economic Development Advisory Board, I want to thank all those that participated in the 2nd Annual Bedford AG Conference and Expo held at the Bedford CVCC campus on Saturday March 14. 

  • Letters 03-25-15

    Delay closing Thaxton Elem.

        Every time I read about the School Board I am saddened by the fact that two of our schools are scheduled to be closed in June.

  • The gift of the conservatives

        I want to thank Rick Howell for his “Cracker Jack box prize” version of American history in his Liberal Agenda last week. I’ve always thought that liberals must be either ill informed or perverse to believe the things they profess to believe. Mr. Howell has a university degree but, not knowing what all is in the curriculum behind a political science degree, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. It may be a bit light on history.