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Columns

  • Hoist by her own petard
  • Gun violence: America’s terrible shame

        One of my best friends is a Roanoke native who now lives in Cary, North Carolina, just outside Raleigh. He’s always said that Roanoke is never in the national news unless it’s for something bad.
        Unfortunately, he was proven right on Aug. 26, when the two WDBJ journalists were gunned to death, doing what should have been a routine story on Smith Mt. Lake and the local chamber of commerce.

  • Not free trade but fair trade

        I’m a free trade skeptic. I’m more interested in fair trade than free trade.

  • Bernie Sanders burnin’ it up

        Even in the Summer of Donald Trump – the mainstream media’s favorite obsession – there’s another presidential candidate whose ability to draw huge crowds and resonate with his supporters cannot be ignored.
        He’s Bernie Sanders, the U.S. Senator from Vermont, who is reminding Democrats that we do indeed have a choice – not just a role in a coronation – when it comes to who will be our presidential nominee next year.

  • An unwelcome French export

        I saw an interesting chart in The Economist earlier this month. It was in a section called “The World If” which speculated what would happen if certain things occurred. It contained some horrifying scenarios, such as a 400 meter in diameter asteroid hitting the earth or Hillary Clinton being elected president. Personally, if I had to choose between these scenarios, I would opt for the asteroid as the less destructive of the two.

  • Will Republicans let Trump destroy them?

        As readers know, I am not a fan of the Republican Party. I do not wish to write, say, or take any action that would help its electoral prospects.
        As a student of history, however, I have respect for the role the GOP plays in our two-party system. I also remind people that it wasn’t always the backward, right-wing force it is today in American politics.

  • Back to school time is here!

    By Sheriff Michael J. Brown
    Bedford County Sheriff’s Office

        Yes, it’s hard to believe that the summer is winding down and the youngsters are headed back to school. Whether it’s their first year or their twelfth, school traffic and activities bring on a whole new level of excitement and anxiety for students as well as those driving in school zone areas. Please be aware that youngsters will be walking to school, riding bikes and loading and unloading from buses.

  • Please, no more left-wing ideologues

        America’s economy is growing, but at a sluggish rate. It’s the slowest recovery after any recession in the last 70 years.
        Part of it is probably due to the fact that this past recession is the first one we’ve had since the Great Depression that was caused by a financial crisis. In fact, it seems like the only that kept it from turning into Great Depression II was the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP). That, by the way, was set in motion by the Bush Administration, not the Obama Administration.

  • What do Iran deal critics want?

        As members of Congress consider the merits of the nuclear deal reached with Iran and the top Western allies, including Russia and China, predictable and reactionary opposition to it from Republicans resounds.
        Hadn’t conservative Republicans made it clear – even while negotiations were under way – that, first, they didn’t believe in negotiation as a diplomatic strategy, and, secondly, they certainly wanted no deal with Iran?

  • What would the Lipscombs think?

    By Janet Peggans
    Bedford

        In 1857 three young men — George, John, and James Lipscomb from Pittsylvania County — bought 20 acres of land from Stephen Harris on Terry’s Branch and the Lynchburg-Salem Turnpike. It was along this branch that the village of Moneta developed.