Today's Opinions

  • Terminate the Stalin bust

        The National D-Day Memorial has grown into a place of inestimable value for America and those here and abroad who want to honor Allied forces on D-Day, 6 June 1944. It is well-conceived, superbly designed, and enriched with inspired statuary and plaques. The memorial is a place to be revered. Few, if any, other memorials can compare to its quality. I feel honored and proud to be able to support the memorial and volunteer there as a tour guide. Other volunteers feel similarly, I am sure.

  • WBLT Black History spots

        The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library is pleased to provide the following in honor of Black History Month.

  • Legislators less likely to file legislation that costs

    For the second week in a row, the weather became a main topic of discussion at Mr. Jefferson’s Capitol.  The arrival of a record-breaking snowstorm affecting about two-thirds of the state caused the General Assembly members to return home for the weekend a day early. The goal was to get legislators and staff member’s home, and off the roads, safe and sound. 

  • The ‘tea party’ represents nothing new

        As this was written, the “tea party” activists were holding their first national convention in Nashville, Tennessee, featuring as their keynote speaker none other than the infamous Sarah Palin.

        If you haven’t followed the story of what’s being called a new political movement in America, the tea party crowd popped up during President Obama’s first year in office, taking their name, of course, after the original colonists who waged the Boston Tea Party protest against British rule.

  • This should make everybody mad

        Like just about everybody, Bedford County Public Schools is facing a tough budgeting year. The school system is facing a shortfall of between $5 and $8 million. It would obviously take a monster tax hike to plug this hole, so the school board is going to have to make substantial cuts.

        Now, who can I anger with my suggestions?

  • Too much BCS

    This makes sense.

        We’re facing record deficits; we’re in the middle of two wars; there’s double-digit unemployment; and there’s that whole health care debate. So now comes word the Obama administration and a long-standing Republican senator are considering several steps that would review the legality of the current college football Bowl Championship Series.

        So that certainly seems like a logical place for the President and Congress to spend time trying to bring about change. Then again, maybe not.

  • Letters

    Schools vs. The Lottery

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the Lottery system supposed to help our schools?

        I walk into convenience stores and a big banner is displayed on the wall, “Virginia Lottery contributed (X amount of dollars) to the school system!” But, then I read “Bedford County Schools expect to lose $5.3 million from budget.” Something doesn’t add up.

  • Many qualifying workers miss out on Earned Income Tax Credit

    In this economy, every dollar counts — and so does a tax credit worth up to $5,657.

    January 29 was designated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day. More than 534,000 Virginia taxpayers took advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and received more than $1 billion in refunds for the 2008 tax year.