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Editorial

  • Election Day Holiday

        The day after a presidential election should be a national holiday.
        It would give those celebrating the victory of their candidate the chance to recuperate. For those whose candidate lost, it would give them the opportunity to see that the sun will still come up, no matter who got elected.
        If President Obama had any sense, he would have declared that national holiday as an executive order sometime Tuesday, before all the votes were counted.
        The truth is we all deserve a break.

  • A good step

        It’s obviously not built yet, but it’s certainly a move in the right direction.
        Last week, the town of Bedford’s Economic Development Authority announced it had entered into an exclusive arrangement with Dogwood Development Company to negotiate and plan the feasibility of the construction of a business-class hotel in the town of Bedford.
        This is the shot in the arm the town needed and a good next step as it seeks to build tourism in the area.

  • Candidates Forum

        This Thursday, Oct. 13, a Candidates Forum will be held for Bedford’s Town Council candidates.
        It’s a good chance for those candidates to be heard; it’s a good chance for Bedford’s residents to take time to listen to them prior to the Nov. 8 election.
        House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr. (1912-1994), in his first political campaign in 1935, stated that “All politics is local.” Now that has become a popular saying when it comes to politics as a whole.

  • Volunteers

        Bedford Main Street Inc. has one full-time employee, yet its showcase event —Centerfest— will bring in thousands to the Centertown area this weekend. One person can’t do this alone -- it’s the volunteers who will make this event a success.
        The Agape Center in Moneta serves hundreds of families every month, yet relies on 250 volunteers from some 30 churches to keep the ministry going.

  • A good learning experience

        We love receiving letters to the editor and we strive to assure every locally written letter gets printed. Of course, we aren’t going to print anything that’s libelous or obscene and we do insist that letters address public issues. Letters that fall in these limited “we won’t print that” categories are rare.

  • Festival time

        Labor Day weekend kicks off a number of pastimes.
        Labor Day weekend used to signal the end to summer and the unofficial beginning of fall, with schools opening. But those days are long gone and by the time Labor Day hits now students have been in classes for two weeks or more.

  • Back to school

        Students headed back to school this week in Bedford County and for the most part the first day went OK, though it did get a little warm, especially for students at Forest Elementary School.
        At FES, the air conditioning units weren’t operating so the school went into cool down mode with box fans in every class, extra time for breaks and bottled water made available for students. School maintenance crews were working to get the HVAC units back online as quickly as possible.

  • The Kaine factor

        What can we say about Tim Kaine that hasn’t already been said?
        When he slipped out of Richmond at the end of his tour as governor, his revolting act of seeking to jump-start the release of convicted double-murderer Jens Soering to Germany, and then to freedom, was an act of cowardice.
        He did it in the dead of night and then stayed silent on the matter until the opportunity presented itself to run for the US Senate seat being vacated by Jim Webb.

  • The best? Really?

        Democrats had to be licking their chops and enjoying wholeheartedly the goings-on at the Republican National Convention held in Cleveland.
        What with a plagiarized speech, mini-revolts from the anti-Trump contingent and an outright snub by convention speaker Ted Cruz, there appeared to be much for the Democrats to laugh at as they watched from afar.
        Then came Philly.

  • A tragic night

        Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown was watching the local news Thursday night when the station broke to the national story of the tragedy in Dallas in which a lone gunman killed five police officers and wounded seven others during what had been a peaceful protest of police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.
        He watched the events unfold for several hours early into the next morning. “My reaction was, ‘Oh my, here we go again,” he said.