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Columns

  • The Iran deal one year later

    One year ago this month, President Obama inked an historic nuclear deal with Iran. It hardly seems like a year has passed since the Iran Nuclear Agreement came into being over the opposition of me and many others. However, perhaps that is because very little has changed when it comes to Iran’s bad behavior.

     

  • Family Night Boating

    By Tom Merriman
    SML Water Safety Council
    & US Coast Guard Auxillary
     
        Night boating isn’t just for fishermen and romantics any more. 
        A family night boat ride is exciting for children and grandchildren as they get to see a different lake after sunset. To make the most of a night boat ride opportunity, start with preparations for your boat…and for your passengers as well.  

  • Ideas that matter

    By Tommy L. Foster
    Thaxton

        Here in Virginia our progenitors have paid with their lives for the ideas that matter to them and to the nation.

  • The GOP should beg for forgiveness

        I certainly hope the American people were paying attention last week to the disgusting spectacle of hatred, racism, intolerance and dangerous ignorance on display in Cleveland.
        It was truly a sad thing to see: The Republican Party we once knew –  one produced Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Dwight Eisenhower – is dead, absolutely dead. It’s been replaced by this ugly, extreme, and hateful thing that was evidenced last week.

  • What are you going to do about it?
  • Holding Iran accountable: The Iran deal, one year later

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Administration official stonewalls justice
  • The scammers are back at it!

    By Sheriff Mike Brown

        Once again, the good citizens of Bedford County are falling victim to phone scams. Please talk about these scams with your friends and neighbors. Especially the elderly folks you know, since they are the ones most targeted.

  • The scammers are back at it!

    By Jerry Hale

        Anyone who’s spending significant time in their boat or on their dock can’t help but have noticed the latest water recreation passion on SML: wake sufing.
        While not quite as widespread as Stand Up Paddle Boarding, wake surfing has become SML’s fastest-growing tow sport despite the seemingly prohibitive high “entry cost” of a towboat equipped to create the enormous wakes required give an adult or teenager a satisfying surfing experience.

  • Trump and his ‘Christian’ troops

        Everyone was joking for a while that it seemed no one in particular wanted to speak at the Republican National Convention. It also looked, for a while, that very few people were enthusiastic about being on the GOP ticket with Donald Trump.
            Well, Mr. “Make America Great Again” has gotten some movement on both those fronts, picking Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, and producing convention speakers who were heavy on, well, preachers.