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Columns

  • After 100 days: A strange, failed presidency

        It was President Franklin D. Roosevelt who established the standard of measuring a presidency by what is accomplished during its first 100 days.
        FDR had promised to tackle the problems of the Great Depression immediately upon entering office, and he did exactly that. He’d made it clear that he’d use every available tool of the federal government to ease the suffering of the people.

  • Don’t be complacent

        Last month I saw a news story about Russia’s plan to build new class of aircraft carriers. Right now, Russia only has one carrier, the Kuznetsov.

  • Don’t be complacent

        Last month I saw a news story about Russia’s plan to build new class of aircraft carriers. Right now, Russia only has one carrier, the Kuznetsov.

  • Automated Workers: The Real Job Killer

    By Cody Williams
    University of Virginia Student
    Bedford resident

  • STEM Education: A term that is here to stay

    By Thomas Key

  • Christians, Fox News and sexual harassment

         Last week, conservative hero Bill O’Reilly, of the much hallowed “Fox News” network, was finally fired after settling numerous sexual harassment lawsuits for millions of dollars.
         Naturally, it was a case of a conservative icon being “persecuted” by liberal women. They unfairly accused him – charges he called “unfounded” – the same way such charges were lobbied at our “Make America White Again,” president, God’s own Donald Trump.

  • Frozen

         The latest mountain our news media has decided to make out of a molehill is a new Russian military base on Kotelny Island.
        Actually, sensationalism in news media is nothing new. Newspapers and TV news operations do it all the time. It sells papers and draws eyeballs to TV news programs. William Randolph Hearst’s publications are credited with helping to foment a war with Spain 120 years ago. His publications featured stories of alleged nasty behavior by the Spanish as they fought to put down a Cuban war for independence.

  • Tourism update, April 2017

    By Nicole S. Johnson

  • Trump finds his military toys

         During the presidential campaign, nothing was more sobering than the thought of Donald Trump with military power, especially, the power to start a war, even a nuclear war.
        When you combine his unpredictability with his thin-skinned temperament, well, you see the danger. But the “angry whites” who voted for him just didn’t care about that, not as long as there were immigrants to chase out and coal mining jobs to restore.

  • Vladimir Vladimirovich in the quicksand pit

        It’s beginning to look like Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is biting off more than he can chew when it comes to foreign policy.
        It began three years ago when Russia launched a fast moving special forces operation that took control of Crimea so fast that it took control of Crimea with no resistance. Nobody saw it coming.