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Columns

  • 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.

  • First day of session is a long one

        The 2016 General Assembly session began on Wednesday, January 13.  The first day of every session is a long one, ending with the State of the Commonwealth Address delivered by the Governor to a Joint Session – House and Senate combined – of the General Assembly at 7 p.m.

  • The descent into chaos

        Last week I mentioned that there seems to be a double standard when it comes to religion in the public school classroom. I noted the same left-wingers who defended a teacher who had students copy the Muslim statement of faith as part of a geography assignment, would have been after that teacher’s head if she had had her students copy a Christian text, such as the Lord’s Prayer.

  • Being thankful

        Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endures to all generations. Psalm 100:4-5 KJV

        We truly have so much to be thankful for.
        Times may be difficult, but we can all find something this year to bow our heads for and give thanks to the Giver of all good gifts.

  • eto of troops must not stand

    They protect and defend – spending months away from home and loved ones, risking their lives for the cause of freedom. The sacrifice of the U.S. Armed Forces is great, and these men and women in uniform know all too well the danger they face. They know it’s not a game, and shouldn’t be treated as one. Ensuring our military has the resources they need to operate effectively and protect the American people is nothing to be delayed or held hostage by one signature.

     

  • Not one cent for Iran

    Abducted, beaten, tortured, murdered – no, this isn’t the plot of the newest crime drama on TV. Instead, they are all-too-real crimes committed against our neighbors and fellow Americans as a result of Iranian state-sponsored terrorism.