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Editorial

  • 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.

  • The first to respond

    “I actually saw the first plane aim for the building, and I knew I was going to the largest fire of my life.”

        The above statement was made by FDNY Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Pfeifer. Pfeifer, the last remaining fire chief who responded on 9/11, is now retired.

  • A fair hearing

        Monday evening President Trump announced his nomination to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy who is retiring from the Supreme Court of the United States. That nominee is Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
        Immediately following the announcement, the partisan rhetoric began.
        Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe stated that the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh would threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come.

  • In Congress, July 4, 1776.

        The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

  • We are better than this

        It’s been a busy weekend for those opposing President Trump.
        Locally, in Lexington, the owner of the Red Hen Restaurant—following an apparent vote by her restaurant staff—booted the president’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the rest of her party, from the establishment because they didn’t like the POTUS’s politics.

  • Top 20 things to do with the kids this summer

        Summer is here and parents have extra time to spend with their children. It’s a chance to make memories that will last a lifetime -- memories that both you and your children will forever cherish.
        So what can you do? The organization What To Do With The Kids has put together a list of 20 fun things that parents can do with their kids. Pick a few and make those memories!
     

  • Tax exempt

        It’s unfortunate that a county official would state that a ministry such as Renewanation serves no public need. That comment was made last week by County Attorney Patrick Skelley while the supervisors were considering whether to grant the organization a real estate tax exemption for its home office located in Hardy.
        Thankfully, however, a majority of the supervisors didn’t follow Skelley’s recommendation to oppose the tax exemption status.

  • President Trump’s Memorial Day remarks

        We are gathered here on the sacred soil of Arlington National Cemetery to honor the lives and deeds of America’s greatest heroes: the men and women who laid down their lives for our freedom.  Today, we pay tribute to their service, we mourn alongside their families, and we strive to be worthy of their sacrifice.