In the 1988 Republican presidential caucuses in Iowa, television preacher Pat Robertson shocked the political world with a second-place finish behind winner Bob Dole.
George H. W. Bush, the eventual nominee and president, finished a poor third. But the talk of the media and the political intelligentsia was Robertson and the power of what began to be called “the religious right.”
This past week, the House of Representatives adopted our fiscally responsible budget for the third time in as many years. At the same time, the Senate adopted its first budget for the first time in four years.
Were you planning to go to the United States Air Force’s Rhythm In Blue Jazz Ensemble concert at Liberty High School last Saturday? Too bad if you were. It was canceled, and that had nothing to do with lack of public support. Rhythm In Blue’s performances are so popular that more than 500 people turned out to hear them when they came to Bedford last year. This performance, as well as the rest of the performances in Rhythm In Blue’s spring tour, were canceled due to the sequester.
I fully agree and support the request of the chairman for the Bedford County Board of Supervisors that we move on past the issue of Supervisor Pollards comments.
I am certain Bedford County teachers will gladly do that when they collectively receive the apology from Supervisor Pollard that they rightfully deserve.
I was stunned as I read Annie Pollard’s reference to teachers asking for a raise as “crybabies.”
I assumed that she was stressed by the difficult decisions faced in regard to funding schools and county commitments. Further, removed from the heat of the moment she would surely apologize and move on to try to balance the needs of teachers to have a reasonable salary with the ability of the community to meet that need.