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Columns

  • Neither cart nor horse

        I was very skeptical, just after the turn of the century, when Bedford County and the former city of Bedford decided to form a joint tourism department and hire a director of tourism. I thought I heard the sound of a toilet flushing, with taxpayer money headed down the tubes. Nanci Drake, the first  tourism director changed my mind. Drake was a dynamic visionary. She had a Type A personality, but unlike most Type A people, everybody who dealt with her liked her. She had the ability to get things done while leaving friends, rather than enemies, in her wake.

  • Can prayer stop violence against Hillary?

        Given that America’s history is filled with tragic political violence, you’d think that no candidate for any office would ever get caught even appearing to incite “second amendment solutions” against an opponent.
        But as we know, Donald Trump is capable of anything. He has no sense of qualms or limits; whatever comes out of his mouth is what guides him.

  • Inequality is undesirable but inevitable

    By Tommy Foster
    Thaxton

    The Clinton-Obama view is to equalize wealth and growth across individuals and thiås requires somehow moving portions of incÅΩome andå wealth and growth from åthe most wealthy demographic and applying that to the less skilled and lower socio-economic strata. The impetus is to drive out economic inequality (a noble cause to be sure).

  • Cyberbulling DVD available

    By Mike Brown
    Bedford County Sheriff

        I read last night that another young person, Danny Fitzpatrick, 13,  committed suicide as a result of ‘bullying’ and left a note saying his teachers didn’t help. While the young person was in a private school in Staten Island the chances of it are just a real here in Virginia as in any other location. I have pushed training of our educators in this arena for the past year but it appears that the interest just isn’t there.

  • Rampant regulations are not the answer

    By Congressmn Robert Hurt

  • A better way to fix health care

    Have you ever been floating on a raft, enjoying a day at the pool or on the river, only to find there was a leak? You patch it, but soon after another hole bursts through, followed by another, and another. At what point do you realize the raft just needs to be scrapped and a new one purchased?

     

  • Appeasement and half-measures make our world more dangerous

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • All quiet in the Baltic

        Back at the end of June, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin made news when he sacked a large number of senior naval officers in Russia’s Baltic Fleet. There was a lot of speculation as to why Vladimir Vladimirovich did this. One line of thought that appeared in news stories at the time is that he did it because these officers refused to act more aggressively toward NATO ships operating in the Baltic.

  • History will honor Hillary’s nomination

        I had intended to devote this entire column to the historic triumph of the first woman nominee for president by a major party – and I will get to that – but Donald Trump’s stupid utterances have a way of seizing one’s attention.
        After whining about the air conditioning in the ballroom at his Hotel Roanoke appearance, Trump had indicated that it was so bad he might not pay the bill. It was a petulant moment to be sure, but he has a lot of those.

  • To the Citizens of Bedford County

    By Mike Brown
    Sheriff

        On behalf of all of us, here at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, I wish to thank those who continue to express their support and appreciation of law enforcement.  These last few months have been tenuous to say the least, but the expressions of kindness have certainly lifted the spirits of this agency.   Delicious baked goods, fresh fruit and handmade cards from children are all very much appreciated.