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Columns

  • Exploring the roots of ‘Trumpism’

        After Mitt Romney’s loss in the presidential race of 2012, the Republican National Committee carried out what it called an “autopsy” to determine how the party could produce better results in the future.
        Pardon me, but autopsies are for dead bodies, aren’t they? Well, if Republicans suspected they might be dead after 2012, what will they think if Trump goes down to the repudiating defeat he seems likely to reap?

  • We are no longer safe

      
        We have been treated to a spate of Muslim terrorist attacks and harassments aimed at Christians and Jews in the last few weeks. Last week, a Jewish Rabbi in France was stabbed by a man shouting “Allahu Akbar” during the attack. Last month, a French priest was murdered in his church, while conducting mass, by two knife-wilding Muslim unholy warriors.

  • Rampant regulations are not the answer

    By Congressmn Robert Hurt

  • A better way to fix health care

    Have you ever been floating on a raft, enjoying a day at the pool or on the river, only to find there was a leak? You patch it, but soon after another hole bursts through, followed by another, and another. At what point do you realize the raft just needs to be scrapped and a new one purchased?

     

  • Cyberbulling DVD available

    By Mike Brown
    Bedford County Sheriff

        I read last night that another young person, Danny Fitzpatrick, 13,  committed suicide as a result of ‘bullying’ and left a note saying his teachers didn’t help. While the young person was in a private school in Staten Island the chances of it are just a real here in Virginia as in any other location. I have pushed training of our educators in this arena for the past year but it appears that the interest just isn’t there.

  • Inequality is undesirable but inevitable

    By Tommy Foster
    Thaxton

    The Clinton-Obama view is to equalize wealth and growth across individuals and thiås requires somehow moving portions of incÅΩome andå wealth and growth from åthe most wealthy demographic and applying that to the less skilled and lower socio-economic strata. The impetus is to drive out economic inequality (a noble cause to be sure).

  • Can prayer stop violence against Hillary?

        Given that America’s history is filled with tragic political violence, you’d think that no candidate for any office would ever get caught even appearing to incite “second amendment solutions” against an opponent.
        But as we know, Donald Trump is capable of anything. He has no sense of qualms or limits; whatever comes out of his mouth is what guides him.

  • Neither cart nor horse

        I was very skeptical, just after the turn of the century, when Bedford County and the former city of Bedford decided to form a joint tourism department and hire a director of tourism. I thought I heard the sound of a toilet flushing, with taxpayer money headed down the tubes. Nanci Drake, the first  tourism director changed my mind. Drake was a dynamic visionary. She had a Type A personality, but unlike most Type A people, everybody who dealt with her liked her. She had the ability to get things done while leaving friends, rather than enemies, in her wake.

  • Appeasement and half-measures make our world more dangerous

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • A better way for tax reform

    When it comes to the current tax system, the list of complaints is far from short – you can probably tick off a few right now. From the lengthy, overly complex tax code to the arcane, bureaucratic operations of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the United States is in need of a new system. There is a better way for tax reform, and it starts with focusing on a tax code and IRS that works for us, not against us. We need a tax code that we can understand and an IRS that taxpayers can actually trust.