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Editorial

  • 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.

  • Education on the cutting edge

        On Monday, Liberty Middle School officially opens to students.
        Parents and students can get a look at the new school at this Thursday’s Open House (August 9), which will take place all day. What they will find is a school on the cutting edge of learning.
        LMS has plenty of bells and whistles and will be a showcase of learning for Bedford County Public Schools. The Liberty zone, as well as the entire county, has plenty to be proud of with the new school.

  • Roanoke Amtrak ridership encouraging for Bedford stop

        Having passed the six-month milestone since Amtrak ridership to and from the Roanoke Station began, state transportation officials are describing it as “impressive.” Ridership on the Washington, D.C. to Roanoke line increased by more than 8 percent year-over-year, largely due to the addition of the Roanoke Station. This occurred at a time when passenger rail ridership numbers are down slightly both nationwide and in Virginia.

  • Celebrate National Farmers Market Week beginning Aug. 4

        The Bedford Farmers Market has been run by the YMCA since 2015 and has as its goal to promote local agriculture and provide Bedford with the freshest farm products.
        The US Department of Agriculture recently released a proclamation making August 5-11 National Farmers Market Week with the goal to increase awareness of the role local farmers markets play in creating healthy communities and in building prosperity among farmers and small businesses. Here are some examples of how Bedford Farmers Market does this:

  • Social media

        Social media has a lot of upsides—information gets out fast, you can connect easily with your friends both near and far and celebrities can connect to their fans.
        And there’s many more good points that could be noted.
        But those same good points can also have negative consequences.