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Today's Opinions

  • Government does something right

        I have a very skeptical view of the government’s ability to do anything efficiently. However, I have to compliment the Bedford’s town government on doing a couple of things right.
        One of these things concerns the former Bedford Middle School building and Old Yellow. Town Council and Town Manager Bart Warner and his staff seem to be moving promptly to respond to a developer proposal to renovate and repurpose both buildings.

  • A moral victory on Medicaid expansion

        It certainly took long enough, but Virginia will now see about 400,000 of its neediest people access health care through an expansion of the federal Medicaid program.
        In a historic action May 30, both houses of the General Assembly passed budgets that included the long-sought expansion. It was a victory for Governor Ralph Northam, who has signed the law, and for the freshmen class of Democratic lawmakers who nearly flipped the House in 2017.

  • Staycation Vacation!

    By Nicole S. Johnson,
    Director of Tourism
    Bedford County

        As the longest-running and premier travel publication in this part of the country, Blue Ridge Country  celebrated its 30th Anniversary this year.

  • Pirate Days coming July 20-22

    By Vicki Gardner
    Executive Director SMLRCC

        Shiver Me Timbers…SML Pirate Days received Laker Magazine’s 2018 Silver award for “Best Annual Community Event.”  People love it!

  • Banking bill will help rural Virginia

    By Senator Mark R. Warner
    (D-VA)

        We all know the stock market is booming. The economic recovery that began at the end of President Obama’s term has continued to gain steam under President Trump. In cities like Washington, D.C., it is almost like the great recession never happened.
        But when you get outside the beltway, to rural communities across Virginia, you get a different picture.
        The truth is, rural America continues to feel the lingering symptoms of the financial crisis.

  • Letters 06/13/18

    Farm Bill needs to be passed

        On May 18, the House was not able to pass H.R. 2 which outlines the 2018 Farm Bill. A vote to reconsider this bill will be held June 22. Outspoken opponents could possibly force delays preventing H.R. 2 from passing before the current Farm Bill expires this fall.
        I live in Bedford County on a 850-acre grain farm. As a lifelong farmer, the Farm Bill has a significant impact on my family.

  • Letters June 6, 2018

    Disappointment with message being sent

        I am writing to express disappointment in the message BCPS school board is sending residents whom they were elected to serve and to request improvement in future communications.
        When the (split) board decided eliminating the position of Deputy Superintendent, (displacing Dr. Cheri Whitehurst) was a necessary course of action to improve our educational system, each member should have understood stakeholders would become alarmed, suspicious, and questioning

  • Politics makes strange bedfellows

    By Lee Walker
    Bedford

        On Saturday, I attended the 5th District GOP meeting in Nelson County.  37 members of Republican “Leadership” were picking the GOP Nominee for Congress to replace Congressman Tom Garett, who due to personal reasons, “an alcohol problem,” had decided to retire.