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Columns

  • Charlottesville was not about slavery

        Rick Howell was very observant to notice that I didn’t use the word “slavery” in my column on what happened in Charlottesville on Aug. 12.  The reason I did not use the word “slavery” is the same reason Mr. Howell made such big deal over the fact that I did not use the word.

  • Christians should be fighting racism

        You’d think that Christian people, who claim to follow a religion that teaches love, tolerance and understanding, would be the first in our world to stand strong against racism, both past and present.
        But in the South, particularly, that just hasn’t been the case. Too often, self-styled Christians have led the way in rationalizing, justifying and defending racist practices and making excuses for the Confederacy.

  • Remembering Lacey

        August 26 turned out to be a sad day. I was checking out Facebook and I started seeing posts about Lacey Putney’s death. He had died that morning.
        I knew he was in seriously bad health. I would run into his brother, Macon, almost every week and ask “How is Lacey?” The news since early this year was never good, so I wasn’t surprised. Still, the news was distressing and it left me in a gloomy mood for several days.

  • Rationalizations don’t justify the Confederacy

        The reaction from so many Southern whites to the events of Aug. 12 and thereafter is sadly familiar to many of us who grew up in territories of the old Confederacy, but never bought into the racism.
        We were taught it, to be sure, but with sharp minds and good hearts, we grew to know – from our own experience – that to harbor ill feelings toward someone merely because of the color of their skin was, well, stupid.

  • Frog Went A Courtin’

        Bedford County naturalist, Mike Roberts, knew the frog he heard serenading from the pond on his father’s farm was not one of several indigenous species that sound off there during the hot summer nights each summer. Days later, and after researching a friend’s frog ap, (yes, there is such a thing), Roberts discovered the raucous sounding amphibian was a male, green tree frog, far removed from its normal geographical range.

  • Thoughts on Charlottesville

        I’ve been thinking about the events that took place in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. It’s a rather complex, and ugly thing and I’ve come to several conclusions.
        Let me start out by saying that I’m totally opposed to the removal of any Confederate memorials. I am totally opposed to covering them with anything. They should be left right where they have been for 90 years or more. None of these monuments were divisive until some people, for political reasons, started to call for their removal.

  • The end of ‘heritage’ propaganda

        After Charlottesville, we’re seeing a dramatic change in the attitudes of many Americans: The increasing consensus is that, yes, it’s time to remove Confederate statues and monuments off public property and stop the pretense that Confederate leaders should be revered.
        Right now, after the death of Heather Haier – hopefully the last victim of a war that ended in 1865 – Confederate statues are coming down in a frenzy across the South.

  • Restore America’s ideals

    By Clay Chastain
    Bedford

        A minuscule number of terrorists are wreaking havoc upon the world while American-born radical extremist groups (and individuals) try to follow suit here at home.

  • Virginia’s heat climbs while its leaders nap

    By Stephen Nash

        Let’s say you’re inclined to think that the whole climate-change conversation is, okay, overheated. It’s a swelter out there, but so what? It’s late summer n Virginia, right? Give me a minute, just the same,  to make the case that it’s way past time to get a lot more serious about Virginia’s climate future. 

  • Don’t hyperventilate

        Some western leaders have been hyperventilating about Russia’s Zapad 2017 military exercises. These exercises have been going on for some time and some folks have worried about them. The exercises mean “West” and Russia has carried these out as a rehearsal for a defensive operation against an attack from the west.