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Columns

  • An addiction to government spending

    I’m an optimist, of sorts. If anyone were to say to me, “It can’t get any worse,” I’ll reply “Oh yes it can!”
        My sort of optimism has been getting a serious workout in recent years as I watch my country slowly strangle itself. Out of control government spending is one way we are doing it.

  • Whew!

    By Steve Wilkerson
    Bedford County District 3 Supervisor

        Nine months into my first year as a Bedford County Supervisor!  I’ve learned a lot……mostly from folks like you.  For instance, I now understand the operation of the Animal Shelter and have been educated regarding different feral cat management techniques.  

  • Report on special session

    By Senator Steve Newman
    Virginia District 23

        The General Assembly met in Special Session on Thursday, approving some important changes to the Commonwealth’s biennial budget and electing judges to fill several vacancies in courts around the state.  We also welcomed a new Senator, while the House welcomed two new Delegates.

  • Byron's addresses House of Delegates on insurance cancellations

    Delegate Kathy J. Byron (R-Bedford), Chairman of the Virginia Health Insurance Reform Commission, last week addressed her House colleagues on the revelations that as many as 250,000 Virginians will receive notices this year that their health care coverage will be cancelled under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

    Speaking shortly after the House reconvened the Special Session, Delegate Byron delivered the following remarks:

  • Confronting the ISIL threat

    The United States is a symbol of liberty across the globe. We enjoy freedoms like no other nation in the world, and we must remain ever vigilant against threats from aggressive terrorist groups that would seek to destroy our very way of life, harm our citizens at home and abroad, or attack our allies.

     

  • We must work together to combat the threat of ISIL

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    On Wednesday, the President addressed our nation regarding the terrorist group, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Coming just one day before the thirteenth anniversary of that tragic morning of September 11, 2001, it was essential that he engage with the American people about this very real, pervasive threat.

     

  • The Good News

    Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.  And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
        And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

  • The gift of the conservatives

        I want to thank Rick Howell for his “Cracker Jack box prize” version of American history in his Liberal Agenda last week. I’ve always thought that liberals must be either ill informed or perverse to believe the things they profess to believe. Mr. Howell has a university degree but, not knowing what all is in the curriculum behind a political science degree, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. It may be a bit light on history.

  • Farmers Market takes a step forward

        The community is taking a fruitful step forward as it implements changes to the Bedford Farmers Market.
        The changes should yield a good harvest for both area farmers and their customers.
        The proposed changes are the result of community meetings and a management team overseeing the transition of the market.

  • Different cases, different facts

        One of the negative aspects of our history is that some racial and ethnic groups have been shown favors that others did not get. Black people got the short end of the stick in that respect for generations even after slavery was ended. Black people were subject to de jure discrimination in the South until the 1960s and de facto discrimination in the North for much longer.