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Columns

  • What can you do about that?

        Last week, our second full week in our new office on 233 Depot Street, I was thinking of some of the advantages of our move. One is that I’m within walking distance of Fisher’s. I discovered that I can call in an order for a sausage, egg and cheese biscuit and it’s ready by the time I walk there. The other advantage is that I no longer drive down Washington Street to get to the office.

  • We must avoid following in Greece’s footsteps

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • A majority of Americans support scrapping the tax code

    Three out of four Americans say the current federal tax code is unfair. While this number is the result of a recent survey by the nonprofit group Let Freedom Ring, you only have to try wading through the depths of the tax code yourself to come to the same conclusion. The tax code is inherently unfair, inefficient, and mind-numbingly complex at times.

     

  • What the Confederate flag means to me

    By Steve Everett
    Forest

        Someone asked me what is so special about the Confederate flag.
        Well, I can tell you, plain and simple. To me it has a lot to do with someone I wish I could have met, my third great grandfather, Elias Newman. He, along with four of his brothers proudly served our country in the Confederate army during the bleak and horrific time in our nation’s history that we call the Civil War.

  • A progressive tide sweeps ashore!

        Recently, it seemed that 100 years of progressive change took place in a single week. Taken together, the events were a great victory for justice, decency, and fairness under American civil law.
        When we honestly try to live up to all those great words in our Constitution, what results is necessary change: an expansion of civil rights, not a continued denial for reasons of bigotry, religion, or even “tradition.”

  • Democracy was the loser

        On the last Friday of June I ran into Town Councilman Beckham Stanley at the Bower Center ground breaking. The Supreme Court had just struck down state laws banning same-sex marriage and Mr. Stanley asked me if I planned to write a column telling why the Supreme Court and a majority of the American people are wrong. By a majority of the American people, I assumed he was referring to a recent poll that showed 57 percent of Americans favored same-sex marriage.

  • Observing the birth of our nation

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • A celebration of freedom and liberty

    In a letter to his wife in 1776, John Adams predicted that great anniversary celebrations marked with “pomp and parade” would take place each year on the Second of July, the day the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from Britain. While he was right about the celebrations of freedom that have taken place for well over two hundred years, the date we all know is the Fourth of July – the date the Declaration of Independence was formally adopted by the Congress.

  • Conservatives stumble over race again

        For a long time, conservative Republicans have explained away racism, rationalized it, or even denied its existence outright in instances where it appears obvious to everyone else.
        In the recent spate of police shooting or beating deaths of African-Americans, conservatives seemed to search the very stars in the heavens for any answer other than one that involved racism.

  • A truly moving experience

        People who have a clean desk never know the pleasure of finding something they thought they lost.
        The Bedford Bulletin moved to new quarters at 233 Depot Street last week and I found all sorts of things as I dug through nearly 18 years of clutter prior to our move. I didn’t unearth an original copy of Magna Carta, but I did find a Bedford City Council agenda from 1997. I also found an appointment calendar from 2000. I figured that I wouldn’t need either of them, so I tossed them.