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Today's Opinions

  • Protecting American creativity and innovation

  • To tweak or not to tweak, that is the question

    By Stephen Stevick,
    Bedford County Planning Commissioner
    District 5, 2005 to 2011

        Bedford County Board of Supervisor member Ms. Tammy Parker and various members of the Bedford County Planning Department staff have announced that they were at odds with senior staff on the issue of whether or not the updating of the county’s zoning ordinance to bring it in line with the Comprehensive Plan should be comprehensively rewritten or simply “tweaked.”

  • Town Meeting

    I will be holding a Town Meeting at the Moneta Library on Saturday, October 13 starting at 10 a.m..  
        I would like to spend some time discussing the Bedford County 2025 Comprehensive Plan.  This Plan was adopted in 2007.  There is a requirement to review and update the Plan at least every five years. 

  • The ‘horse race’ looks good for Obama

    The chief lament in the presidential campaign right now may well be “so many polls, and so little time.”
        Time, that is, to stack them up all together and see how and if they make sense. Polls are the chief element of the “horse race” aspect of the campaign, obsessing over who’s winning and by how much, regardless of issues.

  • That’s a lot of money


        Last week District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington reported to his fellow supervisors that the school board has developed a long range capital improvement plan with a price tag of $120 million. Arrington along with District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard are the two supervisors who serve on the school liaison committee.

  • No intent to hide the vote

    Several times over the past couple of years we have used this space to criticize the Bedford County School Board for its lack of openness, specifically when appointing members to the board to fill seats left vacant because of resignations.

  • Letters 09/26/12

    A big help!

        Congratulations  to a young man in 11th grade at Staunton River High School.
        In Downtown Moneta this past weekend, the rescue squad had to be called to assist and transport a lady that had severe muscle spasms which also affected her breathing. She was Spanish and spoke no English.

  • The no taxpayer-funded lobbying act: Restoring fiscal responsibility In Washington

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Government waste, fraud, and abuse have long been the objects of Americans’ disappointment in our federal government. And rightfully so. This reckless spending spree in Washington has led us to more than $16 trillion dollars in national debt, and four straight years of trillion dollar deficits. This amounts to roughly $51,000 owed to our creditors by every American man, woman, and child, and nearly 40 cents borrowed on every dollar spent to sustain this binge.