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Columns

  • Protecting our shared values

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd District

        In a week that included the lowest ever recorded temperature in our district and in Richmond along with significant snowfall, the 2015 Session of the Virginia General Assembly didn’t miss a day and has seen over 2000 bills work their way through the legislature this year.  So far, we have been able to protect many of our shared values of faith and family, support for Constitutional government, ethics reform and requiring government to live within its means. 

  • Session still in full swing

    By Del. Terry Austin
    19th District

        We just wrapped up the sixth week of the General Assembly’s seven week legislative session, but things are still in full swing.  We still have over 100 bills that the House and Senate must act on before we adjourn on Saturday.  Though I’m looking forward to returning back to the 19th District, we will continue to work hard here in Richmond.

  • Worthy of a raise

    By Amy D. Arney
    Huddleston

        My husband is an investigator with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. His boss has recently been to the Board of Supervisors and requested a pay raise for the employees of Bedford County.

  • Farmers Market seeks part-time market manager

    By Amanda Adams
    Executive Director
    Bedford Main Street, Inc.

        Many changes are in store for the Bedford Farmers Market this season.
        The Management Team has announced it will be hiring a part-time market manager to oversee both the Friday Farmers Market and the monthly Saturday Community Market for 2015.

  • Let’s not turf this issue

    By Mike Forster
    Sports Editor

        Let’s say that you are a parent of three children who are all of college age.  Let’s call them Jeff, Libby and Stan.
        Jeff has been in touch with a prestigious university.  A representative from this school has told Jeff that, if he applies and is accepted, the school will pay the full cost of his attendance:  tuition, books, room and board.
        You will not even have to pay for his application to be processed.

  • Standing strong for the Constitution

    A decision made by a U.S. District Court in Texas just a few days ago has had a major impact on President Obama’s recent executive actions to unilaterally change our immigration laws. The court’s injunction temporarily halts the President’s deferred action program for unlawful immigrants, essentially ruling that he overstepped his powers in trying to grant legal status and “benefits and privileges” to millions of illegal immigrants.

  • The threat of ISIL requires clear and bold action

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Obama just makes matters worse

        It seems Greece has managed to elect a leader who is even more prone than President Barack Obama to let his mouth write checks his backside can’t cash.

  • Prayer breakfast remarks rile extremists

        For most people, President Obama’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast was a historically accurate attempt to make a simple, basic point: Any religion can be twisted and distorted to justify evil.
        “Any religion,” of course, is a phrase that must necessarily include Christianity. Sadly, there are certain self-styled Christians who – in the popular phrase from film - “can’t handle the truth.”

  • Bedford—The best little town in America

    By Bill and Ethan Vickery
    Bedford

        “What Do I Think?” the writer asked last week regarding our, “Quaint little town of Bedford”. She implied the town needed more entertainment. We’ve lived here 10 years so we can at least partly answer her question.