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Today's Opinions

  • Letters 03/19/14

    Pre-K funding woes

        The March 6, 2014, News and Advance had a front page story concerning changes to Pre-k funding.
          The Lynchburg and Bedford school systems could lose almost 100 slots for Pre-K students due to this change.  I have a solution to ease the funding woes.  Both localities have a number of existing high-quality private Pre-schools that could educate those students at a significant savings compared to the public schools. 

  • Letters 03/12/14

    Woeful idiocy

        Imagine that Bob’s loose behavior resulted in getting a woman pregnant. Mary hadn’t contacted Bob since that one-night encounter. She called Bob to notify him of his responsibilities toward their then-forming child. Bob refused.

  • Letters 03/05/14

    Electric shock

        This will have to be short as this issue has raised my blood pressure to unheard of levels. I worry that I may “vapor lock” or “stroke out” before I conclude.
        I have an electric meter on my home as does everyone in the town of Bedford. I’m reasonably sure the same is true for businesses. My meter is read by the town and I receive a monthly bill that I pay in full.

  • Letters 02/26/14

    Cost effective school
    construction

        Some years ago a fellow teacher in the Bedford County school system pointed out a fact that disturbed him. 
        In a nearby county a school had been constructed at about the same time one had been built in Bedford County.  Though the two buildings were essentially the same square footage, the Bedford school’s construction cost several million dollars more. 

  • Letter 02/19/14

    We the people...

        How can we the people preserve liberty and freedom that our founders legally gave to us in the founding documents?
        Representatives upholding our state and federal governments all are, upon their oaths, servants of the people. The president, representatives, senate and judiciary shall not violate their oaths.

  • Forest Fire Department to hold first fundraiser of the year

        January was a very busy month for Forest Vol. Fire Department.
        The department answered 54 calls for service during the month with an average of an hour spent on each call. The new officers have been installed and are hard at work on their various assignments.

  • Letter 02/12/14

    Get tough on speeding

        As a recent retiree, I watch the local & national news on a daily basis.
        Apparently most towns, cities, counties & states are facing budget problems. One way to gain some revenue and not raise taxes is to get tough on speeding.
        I have lived in Bedford County for almost two years and have traveled Rt 122 and Rt 24 quite a bit. I have never seen a radar setup on either of these roads.

  • Crossover week arrives

    Senator Steve Newman
    23rd District

        This week will be the most intense week here at the Capitol. The week is called “Crossover” or when all of the Senate bills must crossover to the House of Delegates before Wednesday. Inside the Capitol, Senate committees and the full Senate are reviewing many of the most important and controversial bills of this Session.