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Today's Opinions

  • Benefits for veterans’ children with birth defects

    By Bob Kibler

        Children who have spina bifida or certain other birth defects and are biological children of Veterans with qualifying service in Vietnam or Korea may be eligible for a range of VA benefits, starting with compensation, a monthly monetary allowance based on the child’s degree of disability.

    About spina bifida
        Spina bifida is a condition in which the spine fails to close properly during pregnancy.

  • My winding road to the classroom

    By Kristina Karnes
    Staunton River Middle School

        Editor’s note: This essay by local teacher Kristina Karnes of Staunton River Middle School recently appeared in the Virginia Journal of Education, the magazine of the Virginia Education Association. It is reprinted with permission.
        

  • Baseball, politics, and all things spring

    After a winter that has seemed longer than its snow amounts would indicate, spring is indeed among us, reflected not just by the calendar but – finally – by warmer days and nights.
        We love spring so much because of the renewal it brings, the new beginning it offers. My mother, in particular, can’t wait to get the sunshine and warmer temps of April and beyond, so she can happily preside over her flowers and garden.

  • Did we commit national suicide in November?

        Congress took off for its spring break at the end of last month after the Senate produced its version of a budget for the first time in four years. Up until now the only thing it’s done is refuse to act on House bills.    

  • Making a rec of things

    One of the truly unfortunate outcomes of the city’s reversion to town status is that some employees that have provided services to city residents over the years will be losing their jobs as a result of the action.

  • Letters 03/27/12

    Acting
    according to state law

        On behalf of the City Council of Bedford, I would like to respond to the letter from Jonathan Buttram that appeared in the March 20 edition of the Bedford Bulletin. 

  • Two budgets, two futures

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    This past week, the House of Representatives adopted our fiscally responsible budget for the third time in as many years. At the same time, the Senate adopted its first budget for the first time in four years.

  • Unlocking North American energy