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Opinion

  •     Disappointed by comments directed at teachers last week by a member of the Board of Supervisors, Bedford County School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler said county constituents should be welcomed at county public meetings, not demeaned for stating their opinion.
        Last week, District 6 supervisor Annie Pollard stated “I don’t want to rob taxpayers, who can’t afford it, to pay a bunch of crybabies.”

  •  Our high school sports run in parallel universes.

    And, by definition, items that run in parallel neither cross nor touch.

  •     A federal judge issued an injunction last week blocking implementation of Arizona’s controversial immigration law pending the resolution of President Obama’s lawsuit against that state over the law.

  • On Thursday, Arizona’s new illegal immigration law is set to take effect. The United States Justice Department, however, and the Obama Administration continue to challenge the law while the federal judge who heard the case has yet to decide if she’ll put the statute on hold until her ruling is made.

  • Unbelievable

        I just received a really unbelievable mailing from Tom Perriello’s office.  The mailing, states “This mailing was prepared, published and mailed at taxpayer expense” and quotes a Charlottesville newspaper: “Perriello Wins High Marks in Frugality. Of the 11 congressmen from Virginia, U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello was the most frugal with taxpayer money in 2009...”

  • If you were to take a drive along Interstate 8 in Arizona, many miles north of the border, you would very likely come upon signs, placed by the U.S. government, warning travelers of possible danger including drug and human smuggling, armed criminals, and other suspicious activities.  The signs, which have been placed by the Federal Bureau of Land Management throughout parts of Arizona, are evidence of the very serious and growing problem of illegal immigration. Unfortunately, the federal government has done little more to combat this problem than place these warning signs.

  • In 1951, 10 days before Christmas, three friends stood in front of Green’s Drug Store and shook hands for the last time. One of them, Bobby Daniels, never came home from Korea. His unit was overrun. A Marine said the Chinese got Bobby there.

        That December day, Bobby was wearing an Army uniform, Jack Karnes was in a paratrooper uniform and I was wearing an Air Force uniform.

  •     Recent newspaper stories have highlighted the fact that military spending and the costs of the national security state can no longer go unchecked in light of the continuing economic troubles of our country.

  •     Bedford is internationally famous. Or, should I say internationally infamous.

        I saw more news stories on the Stalin bust on Russian Internet news sites the Saturday before last. One begins, “, , ~,,f ,f ,ee,e -eOe e ',,e () < ,% e %,.” This reads, “Installation of a monument to Joseph Stalin on the grounds of the war memorial complex in the city of Bedford (USA) has caused a real scandal in American society.”

  • Congress was expected to pass a bill this week extending unemployment benefits to more than 2.5 million workers who had those benefits lapse in June.

        Extending those benefits — at a cost of about $34 billion — needed to be done, but there was a better way to pay for it.

  • Parting from its raising

        I read with great interest your article entitled “Former Foundation board member concerned by Stalin bust” in last week’s edition of the Bedford Bulletin. 

  • For eighteen months, I have been fighting for Congress to pass simple legislation to support American manufacturing and construction. Washington seems to lack the urgency that I sense back home on Main Street.

  • Earlier this month I had the invaluable opportunity to travel to Israel as part of a Congressional delegation.  The delegation met with a variety of Israeli and Palestinian government leaders to discuss issues related to the ongoing violence in the region and efforts to further the peace process.

  •     In this year’s Fifth District Congressional race, we get a rare opportunity to watch a national political drama play out in our own backyards.

        Democrat Tom Perriello is defending his seat after a highly unlikely 727-vote defeat of Virgil Goode two years ago. But he’s running in a dramatic atmosphere tied up with a mid-term fate that hangs in the balance for another unlikely election victor: Barack Obama.

  •     I’ve always wondered how liberals come to think like they do. Were they all dropped on their heads when they were babies? Do they habitually eat beans for supper and then sleep with the covers over their heads?

  • Amazing

    program

        On Monday, July 5, my daughter began a two week drama camp run by Mickey Vanderwerker and Margie Skalka at the Little Town Players Theater (in Bedford). I just want to give a shout out to this amazing program.

        In only three days, my daughter has learned so very much. It is all done in a fun and loving atmosphere and I have to tell you at $60 for two weeks of 2 1/2 hours each day, it is quite a deal!  I want to thank them for their hard work with our children.

  •     Two things I’ve heard from two different people in the last few weeks mystify me.

        Actually, only one mystifies me — Robin Reed’s letter to the Bedford County Board of Supervisors. Rick Howell’s “The Liberal Agenda” column last week doesn’t really surprise me, considering the source.

  • The free flow of money is fundamental to our capitalist system and the entrepreneurial spirit that defines America.  Investors vote with their wallets and the best ideas prevail.  However, this only works when the government does not inject itself into otherwise private matters.

     

  •     It’s not easy for anyone to be the head of either the Republican or Democratic national committee when your party is out of power at all levels in Washington. For Michael Steele, it’s always been a bumpy ride.

        Steele was battling a buzz saw last week after some less than enthusiastic comments about the war in Afghanistan, a war that conservative Republicans are required to support.

  • The pressure continues to build for the National D-Day Memorial Foundation to remove the bust of Josef Stalin from the Memorial grounds.

        Congressmen Bob Goodlatte and Tom Perriello weighed in on the issue last week as did the Bedford County Board of Supervisors. They all called for the bust to be removed.