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Columns

  • Power is derived from the people

        We are now, as I write, between two milestones on the road toward the freedom we now enjoy. Last week, we marked the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, when English nobles forced King John to affix his seal to copies of a document that recognized some individual rights.
        Initially, these English nobles were the beneficiaries but the council of barons Magna Carta provided grew into Parliament with its House of Lords and House of Commons and the rights recognized became seen as rights of Englishmen in Genera.

  • Pope Francis: Climate change a moral issue

    Pope Francis first got the attention of the political world several months after his 2013 election, when, in answer to a question, he said, “I’m not a right-winger.”
        Progressives all over the world knew, at that moment, that a new day had dawned. This wasn’t going to be a Pope in the style of the German Benedict XVI, or even the socially conservative Pope John Paul II.

  • One of the deadliest drugs

    By Sheriff Mike Brown

        In light of the large heroin bust made last week, I wish to emphasize the overall importance of getting this drug off our streets and how such a drug can bring a wonderful community like Bedford, to its knees if allowed to fester.  As a Sheriff’s Office we are concerned about getting the heroin addicts help, we are also equally concerned about the damage they inflict on innocent members of society.

  • Why close Thaxton Elementary?

    By Jeannie Crawn
    Thaxton

        When I would drop my child off at Thaxton Elementary School I always felt like I was leaving her with family. Everyone there would greet you with a smile and helped you to the best of their ability.

  • Keeping internet access tax-free

    The clock is ticking down on a key law that protects Internet freedom. On October 1, 2015, a temporary moratorium on state taxation of Internet access will expire.

     

  • Taking necessary steps toward a viable, reliable health care system

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

  • Eight centuries of individual rights

        Monday marked the 800th anniversary of a major event in the development of American freedom. On June 15, 1215, King John of England was forced by both England’s nobles and clergy to sign a document that came to be known as Magna Carta. King John signed multiple copies — actually, he affixed his royal seal to them — and four of these originals still exist.

  • Beating the tea party in Tidewater

        Politics can often be a terrific venue for the mixture of business and pleasure. If you can’t manage it in Tidewater, so close to Virginia Beach, you’ll never figure it out.
        But I had no such trouble last week, working on the campaign of House of Delegates candidate Steve Heretick in Portsmouth and Norfolk.
        Heretick was waging what many considered a nearly impossible task, seeking to end the career of longtime delegate Johnny Joannou in the June 9 primary.

  • A message to our graduates: It’s just the beginning
  • Obama slips in Greece

        You would think President Barack Obama would have enough on his foreign policy plate to keep him busy — and awake at night.