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Columns

  • Another Bedford Ghost

    Pernie Hatcher Forehand
    Bedford

  • Are right-wing politics ruining Christianity?

        In the aftermath of the controversial Alabama U.S. Senate race, many are wondering how people who describe themselves as Christians could have gone to the polls and voted for Roy Moore, a man credibly accused of child molestation?
        It’s a legitimate question, and one that harkens back to 2016: How could so many Christians have voted for a man with Donald Trump’s obvious moral shortcomings? It’s not enough to shrug and say, well, Hillary Clinton was worse. That’s a lazy answer, and it’s not accurate, either.

  • Christmas vandals

        I detest vandals. I can understand a thief. He benefits, or at least he thinks he will, from what he stole. Typically what they get from their theft, like the fellow who held up the Walmart this month, is small in comparison with what they will get from the court if caught and convicted. But, at least they think they are going to benefit.
        Nobody benefits from vandalism. The victim of the vandalism loses because his property is damaged or destroyed. The vandal does not gain from his victim’s loss either.

  • The magic of Christmas

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida.

         The magic of Christmas comes in many shapes and forms. 

  • And take that cowboy outfit with you

        On the campaign trail in Alabama, Roy Moore was a clownish figure prancing around on stage in a campy-looking cowboy outfit, a ten-gallon hat, and a little silver pistol he’d pull out.
        But after his defeat by Democrat Doug Jones Dec. 12, he’s just another disgraced clown in the Trump circus, an unseemly show produced by “angry whites,” religious conservatives, and ultra-nationalists. I’m sure other Trump voters meant well but nonetheless made a huge mistake when they cast a ballot for him.

  • Why are they crowing?

        I don’t understand why the “Democrats,” and their media lapdogs, are crowing so loudly over Roy Moore’s loss to Doug Jones in last week’s special election for senator. Jones would have looked like a complete loser if he wasn’t able to defeat Moore after all the allegations about dating high school girls, and allegedly molesting a 14 year old, when he was in his early 30s.

  • He’s made it a terrible year

        2017 is ending much the same way it began: Many millions of Americans are sincerely frightened about our country and the world as long as He Who Shall Not Be Named remains in the Oval Office.
        Surely, very few people will pretend they don’t see what is so painfully obvious. Since January, his behavior, his attitudes, his demeanor, his arrogance, and his astounding ignorance, have all been on display and everyone can see them for what they are.

  • Liberals can’t be trusted with our rights

        I always urge people  to read Rick Howell’s “Liberal Agenda.” Mr. Howell does a great job of articulating what liberal “Democrats” believe. I always suggest that they read it and then think about whether they really want to vote for any candidate he likes.
        Last week, Mr. Howell gave us another example of why I believe our Constitutional rights are not safe in the hands of “Democrats.” In this case, the Constitutional right is religious freedom, guaranteed in the First Amendment.

  • Christmas Capitol of America

    By Nicole Johnson
    Director of Tourism

        Many of us in Bedford have a long-standing tradition of driving through the Elks Home each December to view the light display.  I remember my parents taking me several times each December.  Christmas just wasn’t complete without seeing the Elks Home, and of course we had to roll the windows down so we could hear the music.  I have continued this tradition with my son, and hope that he will do the same with his children one day. 

  • Sexual harassers put on notice!

        The recent parade of sexual harassment charges against powerful men in entertainment, media and politics surely represents a sea change in the way women will respond in the future to such assaults.
        Hopefully, it will also finally put piggish men on notice that, in this modern era, what your daddy and granddaddy thought they could get away with won’t work anymore. That can only be progress.