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Opinion

  • The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has advised claims for reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses incurred during 2007 will be accepted beginning January 1, 2009. 

  • This week the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library continues to honor those that are making history today.

        Bedford is proud of Anthony Poindexter  who has been Defensive Backs Coach for the football team at the University of Virginia for eight years. He was raised in Forest and attended elementary school at New London Academy. He graduated from Jefferson Forest High School and majored in anthropology at University of Virginia, graduating in 1999.

  •     We’re approaching the midway point of the 2008 session, commonly known as “crossover.”  Before Valentine’s Day arrives, both the House and the Senate will have completed work on all the bills submitted by their own members, and also will have approved their respective versions of amendments to Virginia’s biennial budget.

  •     From where I live in Roanoke I can hear the factory whistle blow several times a day. It produces a lonely wail first at 7 a.m., at noon and 12:30 p.m. for the lunch break, and then at 3 p.m. for the end of first shift.

        My son and I have passed the factory many times as we’ve walked to the Roanoke River. We never knew what the initials “FWC” stood for. Recently, I saw familiar footage of the factory grounds on television.

  •     Although the weekend’s weather was quite mild, cool rather than cold, the big chill we had last week made me think of a story I did in January.

        I had heard that the city and county “Democrats” were having Weed at a joint meeting at the Welcome Center. Wondering if the sheriff knew about this, I took a camera and notebook and went there to check it out.

  • Having run through $700 billion in a bailout bill with nothing to show for it, Congress and the President are now salivating over how to spend another $1 trillion that, at best, will do little to stimulate the economy or create jobs. At the same time, however, the people of this nation continue to be the one’s stepping out and making a difference.

        Take the  Society of St. Andrew, for instance.

        The Big Island faith-based hunger relief organization stepped up big last year.

  • Be careful when driving

        Once again, our family has gone through a situation that we had hoped would never happen. As all parents know, when your children start driving, you hope they will draw the line between common sense and being reckless.

        Unfortunately, we cannot be with them at all times and remind them of the consequences of a foolish mistake.

  • With the economy in crisis and 16,500 Americans losing their jobs each day, Congress acted rapidly, transparently, and responsibly to pass an economic recovery package for American families. The bill is not perfect and may yet be improved, but it is a reasonable and decisive step out of economic chaos. I voted for H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, because our families and localities need this lifeline.

     

  • This past week the House of Representatives considered the so called “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act”.  This legislation, which will cost the American taxpayers more than $1.1 trillion including interest, is just another example of wasteful Washington spending at its worst disguised as an economic stimulus bill.  The goal of this legislation was to provide tax relief to families and invest in infrastructure.  Unfortunately, the legislation has been loaded up with pork barrel spending like $600 million to buy new cars for government workers, $44 million for

  • The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library has honored those that have made history in the past. This year the Museum is honoring those that are making history today.

        Bedford is proud of  Charles Nelms, Sergeant of the Bedford Police Dept. Nelms was born in Body Camp and attended Body Camp Elementary School. After graduating from Staunton River High School he served three years in the Marines achieving the rank of Corporal. Charles is serving his 23rdrd year in the Bedford Police Dept.

  • Are there 1,840 things wrong with Virginia?  That’s how many bills legislators filed for this year’s General Assembly session.  Every one of those bills proposes some change to the Code of Virginia, the laws that govern our commonwealth.  Every bill, however, will not become law.

  •     The refusal of the Republican Party in the House to support President Obama’s economic stimulus bill raised a basic question about the GOP as the new president attempts to carry out the mandate he was given.

        Will Republicans work with the president or will they continue to rely upon the failed policies - and the wrong-headed notions behind those policies - that got them beaten so badly in November?

  •     I’m not sure exactly what the “Democrat’” stimulus plan will stimulate beyond the national debt. It threatens to open a deficit chasm that will make the Bush deficits look like ruts in an unpaved country road by comparison. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner ought to think twice about antagonizing China with accusations of currency manipulation as we are going to need them to buy up all this debt the Treasury will be issuing. But, maybe Geithner didn’t really mean that and just made an honest mistake.

  • According to newly sworn-in President Barack Obama, he won and those who disagree with his initiatives are just going to have to learn to deal with it.

  •     President Barack Obama’s inauguration, last week, was historic. For one thing, he’s America’s first black president. It’s historic because there are still people alive who can remember a time when the only way a black man would have gotten into the Oval Office would have been to clean it.

  •     If anyone had any doubt about the outpouring of support and the depth of good wishes for the new president, they must have missed the sight of about 1.8 million people in and along the National Mall for Inauguration Day, 2009.

        There has been no event in Washington, D.C’ s history that drew a larger crowd. Only the jumbotron viewing screens allowed the many sections of the crowd that flowed down the National Mall to witness the ceremonies.

  • There may not have been any snow on Capitol Square this week, but temperatures were low and the winds were high enough to make them seem even lower.  Those who had to venture outside moved a lot more quickly as a result.

    Displaying good timing and cleverness, members of the Virginia Credit Union League – credit union employees from across the state – sported long red knitted scarves as they made their way around Capitol Square.  The scarves were impossible to miss, making the credit union employees simultaneously notable and warm.

  • Just last week we were all a part of an important chapter in American history as we witnessed the historic Inauguration of our 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.  Every four years we come together as a nation, at noon on January 20th, to mark the start of a President’s new term.  This year was particularly significant since we swore in the first African American as President.

  • If there's one hallmark that should define the new Congress and the new Administration, it's that we are ushering in a new era of accountability for our government, our corporations, and ourselves. The era of blank-check bailouts is over.

     

    President Obama said in his inauguration speech, "What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world…This is the price and the promise of citizenship."

     

  • The chopping block

        I would like to address the article in this past week’s paper. In reading about the school budget I could not help but notice that no one from the school board office is on the chopping block.

        I am a parent concerned about the cutting teachers from schools that already have overcrowding issues. Students cannot learn in environments that are being brought about with this budget proposal.