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Today's News

  • A good deal for Iran, a bad deal for America

    In 1994, President Bill Clinton announced a deal with North Korea aimed at curbing their nuclear ambitions. North Korea was to freeze and dismantle their nuclear program, but they were caught cheating and the deal fell apart leaving a nuclear-capable North Korea in its wake.

     

  • We do care!

    By Patrick Ellis
    Bedford

        I am rarely surprised when I disagree with John Barnhart’s weekly conservative commentary, but I am often amazed that a man so rooted in the community can be so oblivious to the pulse and workings of this town. 
        Last week’s column in which he blames the demise of downtown Bedford on big box stores and the apathy of local residents is a new level of cluelessness.

  • Donald Trump: The GOP’s shame

        What does it say about the Republican Party when Donald Trump can spew xenophobic, racist bile on immigration and rise to the top of their polls?
        Perhaps that question is better answered by asking some other questions. Does it show a party aware that it’s already unpopular with Hispanics, an important, growing demographic? No, it doesn’t.
        Does it reflect a party that has an intelligent and reasonable policy for dealing with illegal immigration? No, it doesn’t.

  • Jeb Bush is right

        A couple of weeks ago Jeb Bush took some heat for a comment he made on the campaign trail. Here is the offending comment:

  • Sanctuary city policies endanger communities
  • Finally, South Carolina rejects racist flag

        “It is a new day in South Carolina, a day we can all be proud of.”
        With that, Republican Governor Nikki Haley congratulated the South Carolina legislature for its overwhelming votes to take down the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds. Hours later last Thursday, she signed the bill. The flag came down the next day.
        This was a long overdue change that moved swiftly after the racist killings of nine worshipers at a historic African-American church in Charleston last month.

  • What can you do about that?

        Last week, our second full week in our new office on 233 Depot Street, I was thinking of some of the advantages of our move. One is that I’m within walking distance of Fisher’s. I discovered that I can call in an order for a sausage, egg and cheese biscuit and it’s ready by the time I walk there. The other advantage is that I no longer drive down Washington Street to get to the office.

  • Firefighters respond to two structure fires within six hours

    Bedford County authorities were kept busy with two residential structure fires in the western area of the county in less than six hours. The first, reported at about 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 in the 2300 block of Morgans Mill Road, was caused by the electric dryer and confined to that area of the house. It caused about $8,000 in damage. The family of four was displaced and is staying with relatives.

  • We must avoid following in Greece’s footsteps

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • A majority of Americans support scrapping the tax code

    Three out of four Americans say the current federal tax code is unfair. While this number is the result of a recent survey by the nonprofit group Let Freedom Ring, you only have to try wading through the depths of the tax code yourself to come to the same conclusion. The tax code is inherently unfair, inefficient, and mind-numbingly complex at times.