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Columns

  • It’s been easy to roll us

        Some hostile foreign powers have found it easy to roll us in the past because of our general reluctance to get tough along with our often bi-polar approach to foreign policy. Take the Soviet Union and Fidel Castro’s Cuba, for example.

  • An ignorant retreat on climate change

         In December, more than 2,000 scientists signed a letter to Donald Trump urging him to recognize reality about climate change and not reverse the U.S. commitment, under President Obama, to address this global problem.
         But as we’ve long known, appealing to this man through facts means absolutely nothing. He doesn’t recognize facts that don’t already jibe with his own “thinking,” a word that belongs in quotes because no one can be sure how his bizarre mind actually works, whether real thinking ever occurs.

  • UVA ends distance engineering program

    By Matthew Burrill

    The University of Virginia’s distance engineering program, known as the PRODUCED program, is coming to an end at a time where it seems education is moving more in the direction of online degrees.

  • Reliable allies

        The United States has a bad track record of leaving allies to hang out and dry. We did that with South Vietnam when North Vietnam unified the country by force after we withdrew combat troops.

  • A canary in the coalmine?

    By  James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        Could the terrorist attack on British Parliament be a cultural canary-in-the-coal-mine for us?  Will the London attacker who repeatedly plunged a knife into a policeman guarding Westminster be celebrated by some Brits as a modern-day Guy Fawkes?

  • Trump clobbered on health care bill

        For a man who imagines himself to be as “tough” as Donald Trump, he sure caved real fast on health care, didn’t he? What was that all about?
        Republicans spent nearly eight years demonizing the Affordable Care Act, obsessing over repealing “The Great Evil Of Our Time,” as I suggest they think of it. There had been no greater priority than beating back the horrors of this awful, communistic law.

  • Boxwood Blight – a new disease present in Virginia

    By Scott M. Baker
    Extension Agent, Agriculture

        Boxwood blight (also known as box blight) is a serious fungal disease of boxwood that results in defoliation and decline of susceptible boxwood.  It has been identified in Bedford and we are raising awareness in an effort to minimize its impact. 

  • It’s budget season in the county

    By Steve Wilkerson
    District 3 Supervisor
    Bedford County

        Greetings once again. 
        It’s time for the latest quarterly update on the actions by and issues confronting the Bedford County Board of Supervisors.  Besides, it’s budget season, a most critical and intense period on the calendar. 

  • May we never forget

    By James F. Burns

        A tear welled up in Hal’s eye, a deep sadness etched across his face as he recalled the moment.  Omaha Beach, the day after the D-Day invasion.  Hal had been tasked by his company commander to go back down onto the beach and retrieve some equipment.  A farm boy from Iowa now deep into his 60s, he shared this memory with me, his words below.

  • Samson, the Philistines are upon you!

        She said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the LORD had departed from him. (Judges 16:20 NSAB)