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Columns

  • Boating Season is About to Start – Are You Ready?

    Compiled by Tom Merriman

        Can’t wait to start boating?  A little preparation will go a long way toward an enjoyable and safe boating season.  Think of this time as an annual physical exam for your boat.

  • Sztanding on the Water

    By Randy Stow
    SML Water Safety Council

        It’s early morning, the sky is clear with a light breeze and you’re out gently paddling your SUP.  Life is good at SML!

  • Women’s History Month essay contest

        The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library’s annual Women’s History Month essay contest celebrated the 400th anniversary of the Virginia House of Burgesses this year by encouraging children in the second to eight grade, to write about a woman that is or was in Governmental power.

  • He tried to obstruct justice

        Under any circumstances, it would be disturbing to witness a man in his 70s who exhibits all the habits, mentality, and attitudes of a 10-year-old. So, how disturbing is it if that man happens to be president of the United States?
        This is what we face in the America today, as we witness the daily proof that Donald Trump is unstable, dangerous, and deeply narcissistic. Yet, he’s in the Oval Office, and he has the power to wake up one morning, send a tweet, and start a nuclear war.

  • The Blue Ridge Garden Girls

    Back in April nineteen twenty-nine
    The Blue Ridge Garden Girls were doing just fine.
    They were making plans, you see,
    for beautifying Bedford with flowers and trees.

    Then in nineteen thirty-nine
    they decided it was time
    to plant the first memorial trees
    at Laage Park and the Bedford Library.

    Year by year with shovel in hand
    they went about landscaping Bedford’s fair land.
    They wore their hats and a glove or two
    as they strolled down Part Street and Longwood Avenue.

  • Medicare-X: Low cost, high quality health care in every ZIP code by 2024

    By Sen. Tim Kaine
     
        Last week, the Trump Administration endorsed eliminating the Affordable Care Act entirely, threatening to take health care away from millions of people.

  • Fuel surcharge and truck registration fee increases to fund I-81 work

    By Delegate Terry L. Austin
    19th House District

        This past Wednesday the General Assembly reconvened for what is colloquially known as “Veto Session” in which both chambers voted on the Governor’s various amendments and vetoes for legislation passed in 2019. In this session nearly forty bills that were sent back to the House and debated.

  • We’re devoted to militarism

         With so many Democratic presidential candidates going before voters next year, it’s a sure bet that health care reform – specifically, what’s being called “Medicare for All,” will be a major issue.
         We’re the last modern industrialized country not to fully accept the idea that health care is a right, not a privilege, and that we should find a way to ensure health care coverage for everyone, not just those with money.

  • Don’t do a cut and run

        Earlier this year, I was concerned that President Trump was about to pull an Obama-style cut and run in Syria and Afghanistan. He started talking about pulling U. S. troops out of both countries and he made it sound like he was going to do it right away.

  • Why all Christians need to be part Lenten, Holy Week events

    By John Salley
    Bedford Presbyterian Church.
     
    The seven weeks of Lent make up a special 40 day period of prayer and fasting, leading up to Easter Sunday, when Christians are called to reflect upon the life they are now living in view of the life that Jesus gave up for our salvation.
    This season begins on Ash Wednesday, with Catholics and an increasing number of Protestant foreheads marked by a smudge of ash to remind us that from dust you came and to dust you shall return (Genesis 3:19).