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Columns

  • 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.

  • Promoting policies to allow our family farms to prosper

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

  • A Constitutional solution to America’s perpetual debt problem

    March 2, 1995, was a pivotal day in the history of our country.  On that day, the U.S. Senate failed by one vote to pass a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution.  The amendment had passed the House of Representatives by the required two-thirds majority and the Senate vote was the last legislative hurdle before being sent to the states for ratification.

     

  • The lessons of Ferguson, Missouri

        It’s too soon to say that peace and quiet dominate the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. But things do appear to have calmed down quite a bit.
        National Guard troops, who had been called in to confront rioting, have left. Even much of the national media is gone.
        Now, it will be up to a grand jury to see what, if any, indictments are issued against the white cop who shot to death a black, unarmed, 16-year-old boy.

  • Waging war on working people

        While President Barack Obama is busy waging economic war against Russia, one should remember that the Russians aren’t the only ones in his sights. He’s also busy waging economic war against working people in the United States.

  • A pro-consumer, pro-competition policy

    Have you ever wanted to switch wireless carriers, but keep the same phone? Or have you purchased a used phone recently and planned to activate it on a different wireless network? It seems like common sense to me. Consumers who have completed their phone contracts or have purchased a used phone should be able to activate their device on their network of choice. However, if you’ve tried to do that in the last year, you know that this simple action is no longer allowed under current law. But, that’s about to change.

  • Residents have second chance on a great opportunity

    By Denny Huff
    Executive Director
    Bedford Community Health Foundation

        For everyone who will ever need healthcare in our area, the CENTRA hosted Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, Aug. 14, was a chance to see the future of our community hospital.

  • Looking beyond the mid-terms

        After Labor Day, voters will finally start to pay attention to mid-term elections around the country.
        While there are certainly some high-profile choices, it seems likely that nothing much will change the dynamics in Washington.
        Republicans have hopes of taking control of the U.S. Senate, and most of the seats being defended are Democratic. But Democrats have a shot at taking GOP seats in a few states, most notably Kentucky and Georgia.

  • The blissful state of being a liberal

        They say ignorance is bliss and I’ve always felt that liberals must be very blissful people. How else can one explain why the believe the things they advocate?
        Maybe I’m being a bit harsh, but they do seem to express a very limited knowledge and awareness of the world around them. Rick Howell gave us an example of this last week in his Liberal Agenda.
        In an effort to prove that Barack Hussein Obama is not a Muslim, he wrote: