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Opinion

  • Perriello reflects voters

        Though he has received significant bad press locally, notably in letters to the editor by ultra-conservatives, Representative Tom Perriello accurately reflects the sum and substance of voters of the 5th District who put him in office.  Two issues stand out as targets for criticism:  energy and health care.

  • One of my greatest privileges in Congress is serving on the House Veterans Affairs Committee and its Health Subcommittee, where I am committed to ensuring quality health coverage for those who have served our country. With rumors and misunderstandings continuing to spread about health insurance reform, I want to clear up any confusion regarding how health reform will affect veterans and military personnel.

  •     The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library celebrates Confederate History Month with a series of stories about Bedford County locations that played a role in the War Between the States.

        This week we feature the home “Fancy Farm.” The following appears in the book  “The Peaks of Otter, Life and Times” by Peter Viemeister:

  •     Political fallout from the health care battle is still being recorded, even as many Americans are beginning to realize the justice and the decency of universal health care.

        I hope everyone saw the picture on the front page of the March 27 Roanoke Times. Hundreds of people were lined up to take advantage of an annual dental care clinic that’s offered free. There they were, the uninsured in full view, getting up early, probably before dawn, to stand in line for the care that they can’t afford.

  •     Now that ObamaCare has been signed into law, we are stuck with the same sort of socialist monstrosity that is contributing to the slow suffocation of Europe’s economies.

  • Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

        But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

        All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

  •     There are two things you can count on in the United States: Decency always triumphs in our public policies in the end; conservatives fight it every step of the way.

        So it’s been in the long battle over health care reform, finally signed into law after the courageous efforts of President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and one great American who wasn’t here to see the fruits of his life-long labor, Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts.

  •     “I think this is a reasonable budget.” — District 4 school board member Gary Hostutler

       

        Mr. Hostutler is absolutely correct. The budget the county school board adopted is a reasonable budget. It’s not perfect, but it is reasonable.

  • Thanks for

    keeping schools open

        I would like to say thanks to our Board of Supervisors and School Board members for keeping our schools open for the future of all our children, and staff.

        I know this was a tough decision for all of them. Our schools are very important to us and our community.

        Also a big thanks to everybody from Thaxton and Body Camp for all the time spent working together as a community.

    Nancy Walker

    Bedford

  • President Barack Obama: “...At a time when the pundits said it was no longer possible, we rose above the weight of our politics ... we proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things and tackling our biggest challenges. We proved that this government -- a government of the people and by the people -- still works for the people.

        “...Today’s vote answers the prayers of every American who has hoped deeply for something to be done about a health care system that works for insurance companies, but not for ordinary people.

  • Keep schools open

        As a citizen of Bedford County and a resident of the Body Camp Community, I believe there are more options than closing schools.

        To mention a few: 1) Stop allowing maintenance employees who are not on call 24 hours to drive school board vehicles home. Stopping this would free up vehicle up vehicle and gas funds that can be used elsewhere. 2) Start cutting salaries from the top down, beginning with Central Office personnel. 3) Stop running activity buses.

  • In recent weeks, I have heard from dozens of Virginians regarding the 2010 Census. The U.S. Constitution requires that every ten years the government take a census to count the population. Many Virginians have already received their 2010 Census questionnaire in the mail, and I encourage you to take a few minutes to respond.

     

  •     Gulf War illness, previously called Gulf War Syndrome, is a controversial diagnosis, and some have questioned whether it really exists.

  •     During the 2009 campaign for governor, many of us on the Democratic side tried to warn people that voting for Ken Cuccinelli for attorney general would be a great mistake.

        The state senator had a paper trail record as an extreme right-winger who had demonstrated his great desire to pursue his ideological fantasies down whatever yellow brick road he could take.

  •     Congressman Tom Perriello looks vulnerable this fall, a heartwarming thought for area conservatives.

  • The 2010 Census questionnaire will arrive at households throughout Virginia from March 15 through 17.  Census Bureau officials ask you to watch for the 10-question form, fill it out and mail it back immediately in the provided, postage-paid envelope. Doing this will save time and money. 

  • Interesting take

        Last week’s article and Letters to the editor regarding Bedford County’s school budget were interesting.

        A few years back, the company I work for was near bankruptcy and the employees were asked to take reduced pay and fewer paid holidays instead of more layoffs. We agreed to this because we understood that every remaining employee was necessary for the continued operation of the company. The company survives, I still have a job and continue to pay my county taxes.

  • One of the top concerns I hear from working families in Central and Southern Virginia is that the cost of electricity is too high. Especially throughout this tough winter, folks are dealing with brutal energy bills because Virginia state law allows power companies to hike rates before they are approved by the State Corporation Commission. While I do not have jurisdiction over the state, I am working on the federal level to bring down the cost of electricity, particularly for rural households.

  • It is no secret that the American people are facing a very tough economic climate. Families and small businesses are cutting back on expenses.  As economic uncertainty continues, many across our nation are looking to the government for leadership during this difficult time.  In these challenging economic times it is even more important for government to control spending.