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Today's News

  • Crafting a simpler, pro-growth tax code

    We often hear that nothing in this world is certain except death and taxes. However, the current federal tax code is a source of much uncertainty for many taxpayers. With Americans spending more than 6.1 billion hours to prepare and file their tax returns, it is clear that the current tax code is no longer working in a fair manner.

  • Uranium a main issue last week

        It may be snowing outside, but the General Assembly is heating up.  Committees are busy considering bills. The House and the Senate have even begun holding floor votes on legislation and sending them across the Capitol to the other chamber for consideration.  And, several organizations have flooded the halls and offices of the General Assembly Building, seeking to sway the votes on legislation they favor or oppose.

  • Bill will make access to vital records easier

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    District 23

        With fewer than 30 days before the 2013 General Assembly session is scheduled to end, things are moving briskly at the Capitol.   With the deadline for submitting bills now passed, we know just how much legislation will have to be considered during this year’s session.

  • More on the 2nd Amendment

    Taking offense

    By Tandy Amburgey
    Vinton

        I take offense at Mr. Howell’s slanderous comparison of the NRA with Nazi leaders Goebbels and Hitler! He forgets that this “gun lovers” group marched off to war along with the Bedford Boys to fight a guy named Hitler. They went with skills given them by the NRA.

  • John Kerry and U.S. foreign policy

    Early on, it was clear that John Kerry of Massachusetts had the qualites and the desire to do great things with his life.
        As a student leader at Yale in the early 1960s, Kerry could feel the promise of the decade, personified by the inspiration of the young president, John F. Kennedy.
        Third world countries were escaping the bonds of colonialism, yet the Cold War was raging. Kennedy’s assassination was the first blow to idealistic hopes in that decade.

  • A movie worth watching

        I’ve long been a fan of Sheriff Mike Brown’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC). I thought it was a great idea from the time it first got rolling as Operation Blue Ridge Thunder just before the turn of the century.
        The Internet is a wonderful thing. I use it for research and I use it to buy things. It also makes it possible for me to talk with Oksana, my favorite Russian, via Skype without having to pay a long distance charge.

  • Who’s counting?

    Need an example of why the government doesn’t need any more of your money? Take a look at the Superstorm Sandy relief measure, expected to pass Congress soon.
        The final $50 billion in emergency aid will eat up, and surpass, the money funded through the recently approved, “fiscal cliff” tax increases.
        The fact is, the cliff just keeps getting taller.

  • Peaks of Otter should reopen this spring

    By Ralph Berrier
    Landmark News Service
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        The Peaks of Otter Lodge and Restaurant should have a new management team in place in time to re-open this spring, the retiring superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway said.

  • Bedford man recognized for digital art

        A change of career direction is getting Bedford resident Jerome Sturm attention in the art world.

  • GI Jive features music from World War II

        Music played a big part of the culture in the 1940s with its patriotic and sentimental themes as World War II raged around the world.

        On Saturday, Feb. 9, after a four-year hiatus, area residents will get a chance to relive those times as the National D-Day Memorial brings back the GI Jive 1940s dance. The event will be held, this year, at the Elks National Home.
        Karen Nichols and her Quartet will bring the sounds of the times to the stage.