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Columns

  • 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.

  • Get out and vote

    hough the statewide elections haven’t generated a lot of excitement in this area, the local town council race in Bedford has been adding to the interest.
        In most years, town council elections take place with little fanfare. Many times the number of candidates on the ballot matches exactly the number of seats open. That is the case in the three, four-year term seats being contested—incumbents Robert Wandrei, James Vest and Steve Rush are running for those.

  • Protecting Americans’ privacy on Healthcare.gov

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    Hearing from those living and working in Virginia’s Fifth District continues to be my greatest resource as I serve them. Their input has brought to light problems created by some of the big government programs coming out of Washington.

     

  • 113th Congress

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

  • Let’s audit the Fed

    A key part of good government is accountability to the taxpayers. We have seen in the recent IRS targeting scandal just what can happen when government officials and agencies are not held accountable. The Federal Reserve, or Fed, should not be excluded from this accountability. The Federal Reserve is the central bank of the United States and has a unique role in our financial system. The monetary policy decisions of the Federal Reserve affect every American.

  • National Preparedness Month

    By J. Calvin Parrish

        As the State Executive Director of Virginia, I have traveled around this great state and have personally seen the resilience of our farmers and ranchers. I have watched them rebuild from natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, drought, snow and ice storms, and bounce back from the harsh blows dealt by Mother Nature.

  • Do Republicans know how to govern?

    As the battle for control of the U.S. Senate comes down to the wire in the coming weeks, Americans should ask all Republicans if they remember how to govern.
        Because, if they do win Senate control (God forbid; but it could happen), they will suddenly be faced with ownership of the problems in Washington, and they will have to lay off the insipid Obama-bashing and actually govern this nation.