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Today's Opinions

  • WBLT Black History spots

    The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library continues to provide these Black History spots that were broadcast on WBLT in 1988. Keith Campbell donated several audio tapes from WBLT. We have transcribed these and are publishing them here. In 1988 the Rev. Laurie Carrie and Pat Austin read the following on WBLT and they were glad that the tapes had survived. They recount how they took a large number of children to the station and each child also recorded spots. The Museum has not found the children’s tapes but maybe they will be found and we can use them in the future.

  • Extreme partisanship? Blame the right

        Washington D.C. and the mainstream media were abuzz last week with the news that Indiana Senator Evan Bayh is the latest Democrat to balk at running again. Bayh vented his frustration with serving in Congress in recent years, saying it was too partisan to work.

        What he didn’t explain was why he waited until a day or so before the filing deadline to quit, thereby punishing his own party in its efforts to find someone to replace him.

  • No apology needed

        Last week Dina Linkenhoker, president of the teachers’ union, took me to task for my column that appeared in this space in the Feb. 10 edition of the Bedford Bulletin.

        In that column, I wrote:

        The BCEA wants pay raises. When representatives appeared before the county school board last month, they chose to whine. Viola Henry told the school board that some of them have to take second jobs to make ends meet.

  • Tough choices

    Gov. Bob McDonnell chose to reverse the freeze on the local composite index proposed by his predecessor, former Gov. Tim Kaine, before he left office. That formula helps determine the funding that each school district will receive from the state for education. When Gov. Kaine proposed the freeze, more than 90 school systems, including Bedford County’s, were going to be helped. Gov. McDonnell’s decision to reverse that decision cost those school divisions millions.

  • Letters

    An apology

    is owed

        My name is Dina Linkenhoker and I am president of the Bedford County Education Association. The following is an open letter to Mr. John Barnhart following his editorial published on February 10, 2010.

  • Two federal stimulus grants will add 575 miles of new high-speed internet infrastructure in southern Virginia.

    Last week, Southside Virginia got a huge boost from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – or stimulus bill, which I supported – with a major investment that will benefit our kids’ educational success in the short term and make our region more competitive in the long term. Two grants totaling more than $21.5 million will expand broadband internet infrastructure in our schools to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, and create jobs.

  • Cybersecurity is critical to our national security

    The news reports are startling – multiple congressional offices announcing that their computer systems have been compromised by hackers, including Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Pentagon reporting that their computer system is “scanned or attacked by outsiders more than 300 million times a day”, and the General Accounting Office (GAO) testifying that the U.S. information technology infrastructure is vulnerable to attack.

  • Town Meeting

        I will be at the Moneta Library on February 20 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for a Town Meeting.  I encourage you to come and discuss any topic you wish.