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Editorial

  • Honoring our veterans

        Throughout every war our military personnel have sacrificially given of themselves to protect this country and the well-being of those who fought alongside them. The story below was recorded by one of those veterans who spent his final years at English Meadows, the Elks Home Campus, here in Bedford, before passing away earlier this year.

  • Congress: Support Antitrust Safe Harbor legislation for newspapers

        Information provided by news publishers is essential to our democracy. And now more than ever, it’s important to remind our political leaders of the critical role we play in society.

  • Melding the old with the new for a great business balance

    Vicki Gardner
    Executive Director Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce.

  • It’s time for a vote

        Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has promised there will be a vote this week on  the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh.
        It’s about time.
        Whichever side of the aisle you sit on, this vetting of the candidate has gone on long enough.
        It didn’t have to be this way.

  • Presidential proclamation

        On this day and during this week, we celebrate the signing of our Constitution, which has proved that Government established by the people through reflection and deliberate choice can thrive and endure, rather than devolve into chaos and upheaval. 

  • Getting ready for the storm

        If early week predictions come true, a major hurricane—Hurricane Florence—will hit the southeast coast late this week impacting not only the coastal regions, but also Central Virginia with heavy rain and wind.
        Local and national officials have been busy keeping us informed of the storm as well as preparations that are being made and that we should make ourselves.
        Here is some of that information:

    From Appalachian Power

  • Small businesses, workers benefiting from tax cuts

        President Donald J. Trump had taxpayers and small business owners in mind when he signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law December 22, 2017. The new law cut corporate tax rates from 35% to 21% for 2018 and lowered income tax at nearly all levels. Tax cuts for working families allow them to keep more of their hard-earned money and provide more opportunity for everyone to achieve the American dream.

  • Loss of a hero

    What they said about the death of US Sen. John McCain:

    “I am deeply saddened by the news of Senator John McCain’s passing. We mourn the loss of a national hero. Senator McCain fought valiantly for his life, his country, and his constituents. His dedication to service is reflected in our military and in the U.S. Senate. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.” — Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte

  • Attacking the opioid epidemic

        The Department of Justice and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have proposed a reduction for controlled substances that may be manufactured in the U.S. next year.  It’s a needed step in fighting the opioid epidemic.
        The proposal decreases manufacturing quotas for the most six frequently misused opioids for 2019 by an average 10 percent as compared to the 2018 amount, according to a report from the Department of Justice. This marks the third straight year of proposed reductions.

  • Standing together

        This week, on their editorial pages, newspapers across this nation are standing together to support the role journalism plays in a free society. We support that effort.
        Journalists should not be branded as an “enemy of the people” as our President has said. Journalism plays a key role in helping to get information out to the people that otherwise wouldn’t be known.