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Columns

  • 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.

  • E pluribus duobus?

     

        Peggy Noonan, in her column that appeared in the Wall Street Journal at the beginning of the month, speculated on the possibility that American society has become so divided that the United States may eventually split up. She cites our sharp divisions over issues, such as abortion, immigration, government regulation and ObamaCare.

  • The limits of American power

        In the wake of President Obama’s decision to launch American airstrikes in Iraq, it’s been common in the media to refer to him as “the reluctant warrior.”
        Well, that phrase describes him very well and we should be grateful. We should also remember that if the last president had been as reluctant, none of the mess in Iraq would exist as it does now.

  • Supermoons and Super-Parties

    By Hannah Steele

        Everyone likes to have a party. But what about a party where there is more learning and laughing than drinking and dancing?
        On August 10, the moon was as close to the Earth as it will be this year.  This closest approach of the moon to the earth is called a perigee.  2014’s perigee  resulted in the moon appearing much bigger and brighter than a normal full moon, thus giving it the title of supermoon.

  • Sustainable Agriculture

    By Richard H. Ruff
    Goode

        There’s a new buzz-word going around in the country called sustainable farming.
        There can only be one definition of sustainable agriculture. The operator generates enough income to support a family off the land without off-farm income or farmer’s welfare while maintaining the soil fertility, the fences and keeping a young productive herd of livestock plus reducing his debt load.

  • House acts to curb border crisis

    Over the last month, the flow of Central Americans attempting to enter the United States along the southern border has not stopped. Young children and teenagers, as well as their family members and other adults, continue to arrive on American soil in violation of the law. In fact, 85 percent of those apprehended illegally crossing our borders now are not unaccompanied minors. Since our immigration laws are so loosely enforced by the Obama Administration, they come here believing that they will be able to stay.

  • Our commonsense plan for a stronger economy and a brighter future 

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    NBC News and the Wall Street Journal recently revealed the results of a nation-wide poll, which found that more than 70 percent of Americans believe we as a nation are headed in the wrong direction.  With the unemployment rate in many Fifth District localities remaining above the national average and a national debt exceeding $17 trillion, this comes as no surprise.  More than ever before, Americans need solutions.

  • Liberals' antipathy toward Christianity

    I remain convinced that liberals are hostile to Christianity.  Here is just one example of why I’ve come to that conclusion.
        The Obama Administration did its best to force a family owned business called Hobby Lobby to comply with ObamaCare mandates on birth control. Hobby Lobby is not a publicly traded company. It’s entirely owned by David and Barbara Green and their three children.

  • Centerfest Corner

    ByAmanda Adams
    Executive Director
    Bedford Main Street, Inc.

        Of course, Centerfest is about food, art, music, shopping, BMX, and carnival rides! But do you know what makes Centerfest the biggest success? It’s all of our volunteers!
        Maybe you’ve been thinking you want to be involved in Centerfest, but you weren’t sure how to make that happen. Have you thought about being a Centerfest volunteer?

  • Honoring a man of integrity

    It is often said that our actions in difficult situations are true indicators of character.  That holds true for former Sixth District Congressman M. Caldwell Butler.