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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Being fiscally fit means the schools can help students be physically fit

    Two million dollars.

        That’s how much extra money the Bedford County School Board has to work with this year, money saved from the Jefferson Forest and Staunton River High School construction projects. Getting those two projects completed ahead of schedule is a bonus; having them come in under budget is truly something to be thankful for — especially in these tight financial times.

        Now the question becomes: What to do with that money?

  • Just a wrong-headed liberal

        While there are many things we don’t know about President-elect Barack Obama, there is one thing I know, and one thing I’m pretty sure of.

     

  • The end of an era

        “The conservative era is over.”

        As much pleasure as it gives me to see, read, and hear those words, I can’t claim them for myself.

        They came from none other than Pat Buchanan, the former Nixon aide who spoke them on television on the night of the election.

        He is, of course, right. Conservatism, and its longtime home, the Republican Party, is out of power at all the top levels of our national government, and seems likely to be so for quite some time.

  • A tribute to Bedford Veterans

    In this month of November, with Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving, it seems appropriate to remember, pay tribute, and extend thanks to all from Bedford County who have ever served in our country’s armed forces.

        Throughout Bedford County’s history, its citizens have been patriotic in peacetime and in war. Bedford County men have fought and died in nearly every major war of America.

  • Medicare beneficiaries can make changes to their coverage in November and December

    Starting November 15th, Medicare beneficiaries will be able to make changes in their health and prescription drug coverage for 2009.  The Medicare annual open enrollment season for Part D prescription drug plans runs from November 15 through December 31, 2008.

     

  • A time to give thanks

    Recently the eyes of the country have been focused on the hotly contested Presidential election and our economic downturn, but it is important to remember that as a nation, we have many reasons to give thanks.  Each year, across Virginia and throughout the country, Americans set aside a special day to express gratitude for the many blessings we have received.