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Columns

  • No coronation for Hillary Clinton

        Some months back it was fashionable to think that Hillary Clinton might not have even a single opponent on her way to the Democratic nomination for president.
        But now, the Democratic field – while not resembling the crowded subway train in the other party – is growing.

  • Don’t be scammed!

    By Sheriff Mike Brown

         As economic times get tougher for so many, there are always those who find creative ways to steal your money. Bedford County Sheriff’s Investigators have been receiving numerous reports about scams plaguing our county. Please protect yourself and your loved ones.

  • Reality vs. Reality TV

    By Mike Poff Big Island

        Critics, pundits, parents, Christians and everything in-between across the nations’ media, breakfast tables, and internet enabled tablets are fumbling and stumbling all around the sad revelations regarding the Duggar family, their TV show, their influence, their faith, and their failures. All old Duggar foes sense blood in the water and swarm for the kill. Old allies rally and circle the wagons and the ruckus just rolls on and on in a modern moral bi-polar free for all.

  • Fanning the flames of anti-police hatred

        Last year, when Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, the denizens of America’s liberal political swamp all shrieked “racist.” They implied that this happened because the officer is white, there were hardly any black officers on the police force, the police chief was white and five of the city’s six city councilmen are white. The city is 25 percent black.

  • Infrastructure needs must be met

        Not long ago I asked a rhetorical question here, wondering if anyone could provide the details of even one single program of humane reform brought to this country by conservatives.
        No one has offered any serious suggestions, and we know why. In the post World-War II era, reaction to FDR’s New Deal produced a conservative backlash.

  • Pointing the finger

    By Kitty Jennings
    Goode

        In response to Letter to the Editor in News & Advance on May 27, 2015, by Gary Hostutler:    Once again, the School Board is pointing the finger at the Bedford County Supervisors for inaction on the new Middle School Project. There needs to be some clarification on this issue.

  • They feel pain

    Human life is a precious gift. As a father who has recently become a grandfather, I know that the gift of life is one that must be fiercely protected. Since the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade more than 40 years ago, medical knowledge regarding the development of unborn babies has advanced dramatically. Extensive medical research shows that unborn children begin to feel pain by 20 weeks after conception, and probably earlier.

  • An antidote to student debt trouble

        This month has seen lots of graduating university seniors collecting their college degrees at schools across America. Soon, others will be collecting something from them — payments on their student loans. Almost all of these new graduates took on some level of student debt during the process of pursuing their undergraduate degree. I’ve read that the average student loan debt load upon graduation is close to $30,000. This is an average and that, of course, means that some incurred less student debt while some took on substantially more.

  • It’s true: Republicans are dying off

        I’ve often remarked here that the basic constituency of the national Republican Party is “old white men.” It’s obviously not possible to build a future winning coalition on such a demographic.
        I was right. I refer you to a very informative article on Politico.com, which, by the way, is an essential source if you’re a political animal.

  • What could the government be doing better

     By Don Gardner DVM
    CEO Gardner Heifers Inc.
    Huddleston

       Last week, I met with our Congressman Hurt as he toured the Fifth District asking agriculture and small business owners what the federal government could be doing to better serve them.
        That list is certainly a lengthy one. From the EPA which inserts itself into every arena it so desires to a complicated tax code that makes it impossible to plan financially, the federal government stands in the way of our success.