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Editorial

  • In wake of Bedford fatality, use caution

        The state’s largest farming organization is urging motorists to use caution around farm vehicles after a fatal accident Tuesday in Bedford County involving a 75-year-old farmer.
        According to police, Ralph Edward Reynolds Jr. of Bedford was making a left turn off U.S. Route 221 when his tractor was hit by a tractor-trailer trying to pass in a no-passing zone.

  • The governor wants to protect the abuser, not the victim

        A bipartisan legislative effort to support the victims of abuse has been vetoed by Governor Ralph Northam. Such is the fallout from the governor’s attempt to recover from his blackface moment.

  • Military spouses helped write last year’s national defense bill

    By U.S. Senator Tim Kaine

        Military spouses are unemployed at a rate somewhere between three and five times the national average. As I travel around Virginia, military families, their advocates and the business community share with me some of the reasons for this jarring statistic.
        When service members are reassigned, on average every two years, their spouses often have to leave their jobs and move to new communities. Military spouse Erin Ward, for example, pursued 15 different careers over 19 moves.

  • Pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention

        April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the GFWC Bedford Woman’s Club is highlighting this issue by displaying “gardens” of blue pinwheels at the Bedford Welcome Center, the Bedford Police Department and Bedford County libraries.

        The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends positive discipline strategies that effectively teach children to manage their behavior and keep them from harm.

    Healthy Discipline Strategies That Work

  • Believest thou this?

    Matthew 27:50-54
    Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

  • Last minute advice

        It’s that time again.
         With just days remaining before the federal tax-filing deadline, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers they have a variety of options to get help preparing and filing their tax returns on IRS.gov. Taxpayers can also find answers to their tax questions and resolve tax issues on IRS.gov, the official IRS website.

  • Drive safe through work zones

    By Ken King, P.E.
    District Engineer
    Salem District

        Each spring, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and other state DOTs recognize Work Zone Awareness Week to remind drivers of the importance of avoiding distractions and driving safely through work zones. We invite you to join VDOT in the annual observance of National Work Zone Awareness Week April 8-12. This week is a reminder that work zone safety is everyone’s responsibility.

  • Sunshine Week

    By Jim Zachary
    CNHI Deputy National Editor
    Editor, The Valdosta Daily Times

        For government to be of, by and for the people it must be out in front of the people.
        The theme for Sunshine Week 2019 is simply, “It’s your right to know.”
        The reason it’s your right to know is that it’s your government.
        From the courthouse, to the statehouse to the White House, it is your right to know what government is up to.

  • Faith, hope and pluck

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        The free exercise of religion is the rock upon which America was built.  But it was the free exercise of ambition which did the building.
        Ambition took tiny Burt Perrine—he stood 5’7”—from Indiana to Idaho in 1881.  A small man with big ideas, Burt invested his money in milk cows, selling fresh milk to copper mining communities.  His travels took him to the rim of the Snake River canyon.   

  • Born alive, but not necessarily protected

        Is it OK for a baby born as part of a failed abortion to be allowed to die, without being given life-saving measures? Apparently most Democratic US Senators believe so.
        Forty-four of this nation’s senators—all Democrats—voted Monday to block a bill that would have provided a chance for prison time for any doctors who didn’t attempt to save the life of an infant born alive during a failed abortion.