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Today's Opinions

  • Letters

    Having a say

        As a student of Body Camp I think I should have a say. 

        Now, I do.  I’m frustrated that they are closing Body Camp.  My mother doesn’t know at all where to put my autistic brother, because Body Camp provides such an education for every child in the school. 

        But where will Body Camp’s teachers go?  Especially our principal, where will he go? 

  • Celebrating the joys of adoption

    Adoption offers a wonderful opportunity to bring children in need and caring supportive parents together.  Each year, I have the incredible opportunity to nominate, for special recognition, families from across the Sixth Congressional District who have made a significant difference in the lives of children, particularly those who have chosen to build their families through adoption.

  • State is making tough decisions

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        Finishing up week six, we have now passed the “halfway point” of the General Assembly session often referred to as Crossover.  At this point, both houses have completed work on all legislation filed by its respective members.  From this point forward, members of the House of Delegates will be reviewing bills filed by senators, while members of the Senate will be considering measures sponsored by delegates.

  • 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.