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Columns

  • There’s no yellow brick road

        In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy follows the yellow brick road to Oz to meet the Wizard of Oz. She wants to get back to Kansas, although I’m not sure why anybody would want to go to Kansas, and believes the Wizard can make that happen. It turned out that there was no Wizard of Oz.
        There’s no Wizard of Oz who can make economic development happen in Bedford. There isn’t even a yellow brick road. There’s no magic solution to revitalizing Bedford’s Centertown, or even one clear road to follow.

  • The promise of Christmas

    Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:

    “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;

    The Wrong shall fail,

    The Right prevail,

  • The Muslim must choose

    Rev. Raymond Bell
    Roanoke

        Here is some perspective the press needs to get moving on.

  • Christmas gifts for all; even Trump!

        I’m not sure what got into me this year. It seems that the “Christmas spirit” descended upon me early, and has manifested itself often.
        I mailed out Christmas cards (first time I’ve done that in decades!) in early December. My Christmas shopping was done well before this week.
        My humble Christmas tree was up just after Thanksgiving, and my cats have left it largely unmolested! I even found a cheap but lovely string of lights to put on it.

  • Good memories

        There is still time to see the model train layout on the Bedford Museum’s third floor. It will remain up and running through Jan. 30. It’s the biggest layout that can fit in what was the former Masonic Lodge’s great room and features a village, a train yard and tunnels. Two trains are always running and the trains vary from day to day. What is amazing about this layout is that it’s an entirely volunteer effort. Volunteers set it up in November so that it can start rolling on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

  • GOP panic over Trump growing

        I’m increasingly subscribing to the theory that –  with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign so horrifying the GOP – it reflects the Biblical injunction of reaping what you sow.
        Yes, Republicans can only blame themselves for what is now being called “Trumpism,” a race-baiting, fear-based appeal that, as I said before, counts on our worst instincts for support.

  • It’s the left-wingers who have no shame

        I’ve been following the aftermath of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. Here are my thoughts on it.

  • The day that will forever live in infamy

    By   James F. Burns    

        I miss a man I never met.  Howard Keniston.  He had two sons.  He lost two sons.  On the USS Arizona on December 7, 1941—a day that shall indeed “forever live in infamy.”

  • Too many guns, and no shame

        Wednesday, Dec. 2, was just another beautiful day in the Gun Massacre Capital of the World.
    Yep, one more gun massacre. By count, it was the 355th such shooting of the year, which, at the time made for an average of slightly more than one per day.
        But you know what? Too many Americans just really aren’t all that concerned about it. Our gun-worship culture has now developed a ritual of reaction every time there’s another mass shooting.

  • Roast Turkey?

        An item that circulated on Facebook shortly before Thanksgiving shows a photo of President Barack Obama talking on a phone with text reading “What will you have for Thanksgiving dinner?” Below that is a photo of Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, also talking on a phone with text that reads “Turkey.”