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Today's Opinions

  • Remember our troops

    As you spend time with your family and friends this holiday season, it is important to remember the thousands of servicemembers in our nation’s military who are serving the United States abroad, at home, or are recovering in military and veterans hospitals.  One way to thank and honor our military personnel is to participate in an outreach program, like the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, which the American Red Cross sponsors each year.

     

  • Once again the world witnessed devastating images of people fleeing from fire, smoke and debris, grief-stricken individuals searching for their loved ones and emergency personnel becoming the first line of defense. The recent terror attacks in Mumbai, India,  which killed more than 170 people, including six Americans, and left hundreds more injured, brought back the horrors of September 11, 2001, when Americans found themselves victims of global terrorism.

  • Letters

    Ask important questions now

        The Bedford County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors are mandated to have zoning ordinances. Now is the time land owners must ask important questions of County staff,  Commission members and Supervisors as to exactly how their land will be affected by the newly proposed ordinance.

  • Like it or not, for two more months Bush is still the President

    Nationally-syndicated columnist Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post Writers Group wrote a column last week suggesting that until Barack Obama goes from President-elect to President this country and its economy has little hope. An underlying message of the column, and one that has been echoed by others, is that Bush should just step aside and let Obama take over now.

  • It’s time for the work to begin

        It’s do or die time for me to get in shape.

        In just 11 weeks I should be headed for the hills of the Philippines to be part of a medical missions team from my church. While I’m excited about the trip, I also realize I have a lot to do to get ready.

  • Use the skills you have to help your neighbor

        You have the skills to make someone’s life better.  Perhaps you can drive someone to a doctor’s appointment or help put together food packages for a family in need.  The information below is provided through the efforts of the Bedford Community Health Foundation and the generosity of The Bedford Bulletin.  To submit information for your non-profit group, contact Mary Wiley, Bedford Community Health Foundation, at 586-5292, between 8 a.m. and noon.

  • VA announces cost of living increase

    On Nov. 26, the new rate tables for those receiving pension or compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs were released.

        The new rates, based on the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) measure signed by the President on Sept. 25, implemented the 5.8 percent cost of living increase and are effective Dec. 31, 2008. The new rates will increase by 5.8 percent the benefits paid by VA for those receiving; Improved Pension, Service Connected Disability Compensation, Dependency Indemnity Compensation, or pension or compensation from other VA programs.

  • Letters

    Turned wreaths

        Why are the beautiful Christmas wreaths in Bedford City turned around so you can only see then when you turn a corner or shop in the city?

        When the wreaths before were put up – they were the same way — people wrote in about how they were done. The City said, “ They couldn’t be turned around.” Three years later, they were turned around. They looked beautiful.