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Columns

  • Trump was never a threat

        Not long after Donald Trump was elected a man who I have as a Facebook friend — I also know him in real life — expressed his concern that Trump is a dictator wannabe. While I’m not a Trump fan, and I’m sure he’s frustrated with Congress as he never had to work with a board of directors in business — I don’t think that’s one of his dreams. I always thought Barack Obama had more autocratic proclivities than Trump.

  • Huge Dem victory repudiates Trump

        “Virginia rejects your hateful politics, Mr. Trump. This isn’t a wave; it’s a tsunami.”
        So wrote the New York Times on the morning of Nov. 8, after Democrats Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax and Mark Herring not only stormed to victory across the state, but led their House of Delegates candidates to shatter the GOP’s 32-vote advantage.

  • Defending Protestant Christianity

        Upon returning from a wonderful vacation trip to the Rocky Mountains, where we admired God’s magnificent creation, waiting for us was Rick Howell’s “Religion Often Keeps People Backward” in the Bedford Bulletin.
        I will only defend Protestant Christianity and list a few of its forward accomplishments in America:
        Author, Ben Hart points out that 98% of the colonists were professing Protestant Christians. The percentage was the same at the time of the War for Independence.

  • The face of war

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        I see the face of war, the one who went for me; the soldier, sailor, airman, the one who served for me.  The flash of exploding bombs, the crack of guns, the terrible screams of pain. 
        Most of us experience military service only through the eyes, ears, and efforts of others—our father, brother, son, uncle, aunt, sister, or mother.  But mostly men and often friends as well as relatives.

  • Plan now for the Holidays

    By Nicole S. Johnson
    Director of Tourism

  • Roy Moore: Alabama’s fruit salad fanatic

        There was a hilarious article recently in “The New Yorker” about the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Alabama, God’s own Roy Moore.
        Moore, whom we know from his Ten Commandments obsessions, defeated Senator Luther Strange in a Republican primary. This is the election to replace Jeff “Beauregard” Sessions, unfortunately now the U.S. Attorney General.

  • Talk radio didn’t do it

        Last month, I was talking with a group of people who I believe were mostly liberal “Democrats.” A major topic was how our society came to be so polarized. They blamed it on conservative talk radio.

  • Welcome Back Roanoke Amtrak!

    Vicki Gardner
    Executive Director, Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce
    and
    Susan Martin
    President/CEO, Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Where is peace?

    By Rev. Troy Keaton
    EastLake Community Church
    Moneta

        Where is Peace?  There is spirit of division in the air.  In every arena of life it seems that hostility is raging.   
        The powers of the world are teetering on the edge of conflict and technology has made it more vocal than ever.   And it is not just the leaders of nations, it seems that rage and anger are the spirit of the day. 

  • He’s headed for a bad end

         I saw a great bumper sticker the other day: “Elect a clown, expect a circus.” That’s exactly what we have with President Boy Child.
        The latest outrage was to find out that this vile wretch had told the wife of a U.S. soldier killed in action that “he knew what he signed up for.” But I doubt if the young man suspected he’d be the latest victim of an unnecessary military deployment in a strange land, only for America’s global ambitions.