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Columns

  • Government does something right

        I have a very skeptical view of the government’s ability to do anything efficiently. However, I have to compliment the Bedford’s town government on doing a couple of things right.
        One of these things concerns the former Bedford Middle School building and Old Yellow. Town Council and Town Manager Bart Warner and his staff seem to be moving promptly to respond to a developer proposal to renovate and repurpose both buildings.

  • A moral victory on Medicaid expansion

        It certainly took long enough, but Virginia will now see about 400,000 of its neediest people access health care through an expansion of the federal Medicaid program.
        In a historic action May 30, both houses of the General Assembly passed budgets that included the long-sought expansion. It was a victory for Governor Ralph Northam, who has signed the law, and for the freshmen class of Democratic lawmakers who nearly flipped the House in 2017.

  • Staycation Vacation!

    By Nicole S. Johnson,
    Director of Tourism
    Bedford County

        As the longest-running and premier travel publication in this part of the country, Blue Ridge Country  celebrated its 30th Anniversary this year.

  • Pirate Days coming July 20-22

    By Vicki Gardner
    Executive Director SMLRCC

        Shiver Me Timbers…SML Pirate Days received Laker Magazine’s 2018 Silver award for “Best Annual Community Event.”  People love it!

  • Banking bill will help rural Virginia

    By Senator Mark R. Warner
    (D-VA)

        We all know the stock market is booming. The economic recovery that began at the end of President Obama’s term has continued to gain steam under President Trump. In cities like Washington, D.C., it is almost like the great recession never happened.
        But when you get outside the beltway, to rural communities across Virginia, you get a different picture.
        The truth is, rural America continues to feel the lingering symptoms of the financial crisis.

  • Politics makes strange bedfellows

    By Lee Walker
    Bedford

        On Saturday, I attended the 5th District GOP meeting in Nelson County.  37 members of Republican “Leadership” were picking the GOP Nominee for Congress to replace Congressman Tom Garett, who due to personal reasons, “an alcohol problem,” had decided to retire.

  • The GOP’s truly awful Senate candidates

        Virginia Republicans will go to the polls next week to pick a challenger to the popular, talented U.S. Senator Tim Kaine. They have a choice of three candidates, at least two of whom are ridiculous options.
         Even as a proud and partisan Democrat, I miss the days in Virginia when we could count on Republican candidates to have integrity, experience and good judgment. We knew they were qualified, and we knew the state wouldn’t be embarrassed if they were elected.

  • Remembering D-Day

        I hope I remembered to bring my sunscreen and a hat. Today is the National D-Day Memorial’s annual commemoration of D-Day and I’ll be up at the Memorial covering it. Hopefully, the weather will be bright and sunny, and as long as I remembered the aforementioned items, I’ll be OK. If not, I will get fried.
        I also hope all of you will head up to our hilltop memorial for the commemoration. We are truly blessed to have a world class memorial right in our backyard.

  • Scott Pruitt: Trump’s environmental disaster

        Like the president himself, most of the current members of his Cabinet are ideological hacks who don’t even believe in the functions of the agencies to which they were appointed.
        Only Donald Trump could have put such people as Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson, Rick Perry and others in positions of power. In every case, it’s the classic example of foxes guarding henhouses.

  • Keeping his promise

        It was humorous to read Rick Howell’s outrage, in last week’s Liberal Agenda, about the official move of the United States embassy to Jerusalem. What was funny about it is that President Donald Trump’s decision to move the embassy merely carried out the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995.