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Today's Opinions

  • Celebrating American agriculture

    Many days, long before the sun rises and long after the sun sets, farmers across the nation are hard at work producing the food and fiber products we rely upon. From the very foundation of the United States to the present day, these hardworking farmers and ranchers have held a place at the core of our economy.

     

  • Tax-rate increase overdue

        I am not a tax and spend kind of guy, but that statement will be debated based on my next statement.  Bedford County is overdue for a real estate tax increase. 
        What other commodity or service expense has stayed flat since 2007?  Since 2011 the County has collected about $1 million less each year in revenue and left that amount in your pocket.  Have you noticed?

  • Want to talk about the budget?

    By Steve Wilkerson
    Bedford County, District 3 Supervisor

        Spring greetings to all.  
        Your Board of Supervisors is nearly finished with the budget process.  Clearly there are more needs than funds, consequently some needs will go unmet. 

  • Long, hard winter will soon give way

    My mother lives for the springtime.
        Until she can get out among the flowers, the birds, and the sunshine, winter is simply a cruel ordeal to be endured.
    Already in mid-February, she was going on about the robins in her Bedford County front yard, certain that they were “a sign of spring.”

  • Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...
  • 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. 

  • Honoring women of character, courage, and commitment

    From the birth of our nation, women have played an integral role in history. We can all think of a woman who has influenced the course of the United States. Think of Dolley Madison, who saved the painting of George Washington from fire, or Clara Barton, founder of what is now the American Red Cross. The suffragists who fought for the right to vote also come to mind as well as Rosa Parks who took a stand for civil rights, Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female justice on the United States Supreme Court, and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.

  • GA adjourns—without a budget

    By Delegate T. Scott Garrett, M.D.
    23rd House District

        The 2014 session of the General Assembly has adjourned – without a budget.