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Opinion

  •     The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library is pleased to provide the following in honor of Black History Month.

  • For the second week in a row, the weather became a main topic of discussion at Mr. Jefferson’s Capitol.  The arrival of a record-breaking snowstorm affecting about two-thirds of the state caused the General Assembly members to return home for the weekend a day early. The goal was to get legislators and staff member’s home, and off the roads, safe and sound. 

  •     As this was written, the “tea party” activists were holding their first national convention in Nashville, Tennessee, featuring as their keynote speaker none other than the infamous Sarah Palin.

        If you haven’t followed the story of what’s being called a new political movement in America, the tea party crowd popped up during President Obama’s first year in office, taking their name, of course, after the original colonists who waged the Boston Tea Party protest against British rule.

  •     Like just about everybody, Bedford County Public Schools is facing a tough budgeting year. The school system is facing a shortfall of between $5 and $8 million. It would obviously take a monster tax hike to plug this hole, so the school board is going to have to make substantial cuts.

        Now, who can I anger with my suggestions?

  • This makes sense.

        We’re facing record deficits; we’re in the middle of two wars; there’s double-digit unemployment; and there’s that whole health care debate. So now comes word the Obama administration and a long-standing Republican senator are considering several steps that would review the legality of the current college football Bowl Championship Series.

        So that certainly seems like a logical place for the President and Congress to spend time trying to bring about change. Then again, maybe not.

  • Schools vs. The Lottery

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the Lottery system supposed to help our schools?

        I walk into convenience stores and a big banner is displayed on the wall, “Virginia Lottery contributed (X amount of dollars) to the school system!” But, then I read “Bedford County Schools expect to lose $5.3 million from budget.” Something doesn’t add up.

  • In this economy, every dollar counts — and so does a tax credit worth up to $5,657.

    January 29 was designated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day. More than 534,000 Virginia taxpayers took advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and received more than $1 billion in refunds for the 2008 tax year.

  • Earlier this week President Obama delivered his first official State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. The President articulated to the American people in very frank terms, what most Americans know all too well – economic uncertainty continues to plague our nation.  In this tough economic climate, Americans are looking to the government for leadership.

  • It’s hard to believe we are already in the third week of session, but time flies here in the Capital city.  And, even though we’re considering hundreds of bills and crafting a new two-year spending plan, the everyday concerns that come along with possibility of snowfall this weekend have taken over many discussions at Virginia’s Capitol.  This is due to the fact that the delegates, aides and staff come from all corners of our Commonwealth and most return to their families on the weekends.   With the inclement weather forecast upon us for the weekend, th

  •     If Republicans think they’re about to inherit the national government on a silver platter because of one special Senate election, they’d better think again.

        If Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and the other leaders of the Republican Party think they can kill health care reform - which a majority of Americans support - and win voter favor, they’re making a tragic mistake.

  •     It’s always amazing how liberals seem to be living in some sort of fiscal never never land when it comes to taxes. Last week, Rick Howell gave us an example of this in “The Liberal Agenda” as he took Governor Bob McDonnell to task for not proposing new taxes to pay for transportation projects.

  •     Barack Obama has been president for a year, now, and it’s been an interesting year.

        When he first took the oath of office, I was concerned that the “Democrats” would get a bright idea. Hey, we have a guy who is so popular, he could be elected to a third or fourth term, just like Franklin Roosevelt. Lets’ get rid of that pesky ol’ 22nd Amendment that limits presidents to a maximum of two terms.

  • In agreement

        Thank you Brenda Babb for your letter concerning the bust of Joseph Stalin being brought to the D-Day Memorial.

        I’m convinced that most of the people in Bedford are in agreement with you. To honor such a man along with those who served this country is unthinkable. By doing so you are bringing dishonor to all the names of our service men written there.

        Think again before you act.

    Ouida Witt

    Bedford

    Lockstep

  • Last week, an unspeakable tragedy shook Central Virginia. Christopher Speight is accused of killing eight people near his home in Appomattox County, including three teenagers and his four-year-old nephew. The 24 hours surrounding these horrific events are frightening to say the least, but also a testament to the bravery and skillfulness of our Virginia police force.

  • Since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit on January 12th, the world has

    tearfully witnessed the devastation unfold in Haiti, the poorest country

    in the Western Hemisphere.  The images of newly motherless children,

    people trapped under fallen buildings, and deceased Haitians lying in

    the streets have moved Americans into action.  Across our nation we have

    rallied to help the people of Haiti - gathering together supplies to

    donate to relief efforts, hosting fundraisers to send money, and coming

  • As the second week of the legislative session began, our newly inaugurated Governor, Bob McDonnell, quickly got down to business. In an address to a joint session of the General Assembly on Martin Luther King Day, he laid out his priorities.  As stated during his campaign, he made clear that job creation and economic growth would be the chief focus of his new administration for the year ahead.

  • Virginia now has a new governor in Robert Francis McDonnell. If the state’s roads and highways could make audible sounds, we would probably hear them moaning.

        It’s pretty clear that this governor has no serious intention of doing much of anything about the pressing transportation problem in this state.

  • Outgoing Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine should be ashamed.

  • Ruff is right

        I’m writing this letter today in support of a letter I read in the 1/6/10 edition of this paper that was written by Richard Ruff and was entitled, “Support Local Shelters.” 

  • My top priority is supporting job creation in Southside and Central Virginia, and I believe one key part of this will be putting our area at the forefront of the clean energy economy. In the next few decades, we will see a huge boom of energy-related advanced manufacturing, agriculture, and retro-fitting. We can watch as those jobs and economic opportunities go to China and India, or we can decide that American-made energy is worth our investment. We can rebuild our region as the future clean energy capital of our Commonwealth and our country.