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Columns

  • Cyberbulling DVD available

    By Mike Brown
    Bedford County Sheriff

        I read last night that another young person, Danny Fitzpatrick, 13,  committed suicide as a result of ‘bullying’ and left a note saying his teachers didn’t help. While the young person was in a private school in Staten Island the chances of it are just a real here in Virginia as in any other location. I have pushed training of our educators in this arena for the past year but it appears that the interest just isn’t there.

  • Rampant regulations are not the answer

    By Congressmn Robert Hurt

  • A better way to fix health care

    Have you ever been floating on a raft, enjoying a day at the pool or on the river, only to find there was a leak? You patch it, but soon after another hole bursts through, followed by another, and another. At what point do you realize the raft just needs to be scrapped and a new one purchased?

     

  • Appeasement and half-measures make our world more dangerous

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • All quiet in the Baltic

        Back at the end of June, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin made news when he sacked a large number of senior naval officers in Russia’s Baltic Fleet. There was a lot of speculation as to why Vladimir Vladimirovich did this. One line of thought that appeared in news stories at the time is that he did it because these officers refused to act more aggressively toward NATO ships operating in the Baltic.

  • History will honor Hillary’s nomination

        I had intended to devote this entire column to the historic triumph of the first woman nominee for president by a major party – and I will get to that – but Donald Trump’s stupid utterances have a way of seizing one’s attention.
        After whining about the air conditioning in the ballroom at his Hotel Roanoke appearance, Trump had indicated that it was so bad he might not pay the bill. It was a petulant moment to be sure, but he has a lot of those.

  • To the Citizens of Bedford County

    By Mike Brown
    Sheriff

        On behalf of all of us, here at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, I wish to thank those who continue to express their support and appreciation of law enforcement.  These last few months have been tenuous to say the least, but the expressions of kindness have certainly lifted the spirits of this agency.   Delicious baked goods, fresh fruit and handmade cards from children are all very much appreciated.

  • Zika response stalled by the Senate

    Mosquitos are a pest during any given summer. But, this year they are raising particular alarm in light of the Zika virus outbreak to our south. As concerns about transmission in the United States have grown, Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have called for a response from the federal government.

     

  • The Iran deal one year later

    One year ago this month, President Obama inked an historic nuclear deal with Iran. It hardly seems like a year has passed since the Iran Nuclear Agreement came into being over the opposition of me and many others. However, perhaps that is because very little has changed when it comes to Iran’s bad behavior.

     

  • Those who keep us safe are most deserving of our support

    By Congressman Robert Hurt