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Columns

  • Let’s hope Trump can make a deal

        Along with reducing tensions with Russia, Donald Trump may actually reduce tensions with China. It’s an interesting concept concerning Trump’s China bashing rhetoric during his campaign.
        According to a story carried by Fox News last week, several media outlets have noted signs that Trump has become very popular on Chinese social media. It’s politically impossible to conduct an opinion poll in China, so Western media reporting on China monitor social media as a surrogate for polling.

  • Trump conned a lot of Christians

        During the election, there was a stupid sign in Bedford County along U.S. 460 East that claimed to quote Donald Trump. It read “No one reads the Bible more than I do.”
        Sounds like him, doesn’t it? We know how he brags about himself. No one knows more, or does anything better, than him. But if people really believe that he’s some sort of private holy man, reading the Bible all the time, well, they’re easy to fool.

  • Pay study results anticipated in advance

    By Steve Wilkerson
    Chairman
    Bedford County Board of Supervisors

        It has come to my attention that there are some questions regarding the timing of the implementation of Bedford County’s pay and classification study. I wanted to take a moment to discuss the timeline of events regarding the eighteen month process that led to the adoption of a new pay plan for the County’s employees.

  • The Year of Your Youth

    By Brandi Mitchell
    JF Intern

        If you looked on my phone right now, you would find a playlist entitled “The Year of My Youth.” Thirty-two songs, all written about being 17. No coincidence, I am 17. And I can personally attest that this is a year unlike any other.

  • Asking the right questions

    By John Graham
    Graham Ordinary and Forget Me Not Bed and Breakfast – Owner
    Graham Bass Fish Farm – Owner

        This letter is in response to the article published in the November 2, 2016 edition of the Bedford Bulletin along with conversations I have had with local decision makers concerning the apparent need for an business class hotel to be built within the boundaries of the Town of Bedford. Since our reporter did not go armed with the proper questions for the individuals they quoted, I would like to ask some now.

  • Let’s give thanks for our democracy

        Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, a day that should include, along with eating so much that we lapse into a coma after dinner, an attitude of thanks for what we have and the good things that have happened over the year.

  • The slugs come out at night

        As The White Man’s Last Stand takes shape in Washington, it’s possible to feel that you’re watching a concrete wall when the sun goes down, observing the slimy creatures that crawl out upon it.
        Yes, the slugs come out at night. Those who will serve the incoming Slug-in-Chief don’t have to meet even minimum standards of decency or qualifications, because, well, he didn’t either.

  • From the Ashes

    By Russell C. Baskett

    Cofounder, President & Executive Director
    SML Good Neighbors, Inc.

        A little after 5a.m. on Thursday, November 10 a tractor-trailer ran off the road near Morgans Church Road in Bedford County and crashed into the headquarters of SML Good Neighbors.

  • Democracy still isn’t safe from the left

        This year’s presidential campaign was almost as much fun as a barrel of rattlesnakes. One Facebook friend commented that Clinton vs Trump made her think of a video she saw of a snake chasing a rat. She wasn’t sure which candidate was the rat and which was the snake.
        I was grimly satisfied when I learned, Wednesday morning that Donald Trump won. This demonstrated what a wretched candidate Hillary Clinton was. Even Donald Trump could defeat her.

  • A choice bound to be regretted

        In the 1983 made-for-television movie, “The Day After,” two doctors are discussing the alarming international tensions that look as though they might actually lead to nuclear war.
        One says something like, “People really aren’t stupid enough to let that happen, are they?” The other doctor isn’t so sure. “Stupidity,” he says, “has a habit of getting its way.”