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Columns

  • Is this really the American dream?

    It’s interesting and ironic that we celebrate the anniversaries of both the Battle of Gettysburg and Independence Day over the same few days on the calendar.
        On the Fourth, last week, we marked yet another anniversary of    our Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, who had penned the phrase “all men are created equal.”

  • The devil’s method of Biblical exegesis

        Reading Rick Howell’s Liberal Agenda last week made me think of the situation that foot soldiers found themselves in during the First Crusade. Desperately hungry, they resorted to picking undigested grains out of the horses’ manure.

  • Be careful on July 4!

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue

  • Gay marriage? It’s time to accept it

        By a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court has sanctioned gay marriage, and thrown out attempts to define “the institution” as only between a man and a woman, such as the now-defunct Proposition 8 in California.
        Well, aren’t we all waiting for the end of the world? A plague of locusts? Fire raining from heaven?
        That eminent philosopher and religious genius, the Rev. Pat Robertson, said that “God might do something drastic” now that gay marriage is legally sanctioned.

  • They wouldn’t get their money back

        Along with tomorrow’s 4th of July fireworks, international diplomatic fireworks continue over Edward Snowden, the computer geek who divulged the extent that the NSA is spying on American citizens. As of this writing, Snowden remains in limbo in the transit area of Sheremetyevo International Airport. Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t seem too interested in welcoming him to Russia.

  • Reducing over-regulation to preserve and create jobs in Virginia’s 5th District

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As I travel throughout Virginia’s 5th District, the negative effects of federal over-regulation in the Dodd-Frank law can be clearly seen along our Main Streets and on our family farms. Fewer businesses are starting and more are struggling – and the lack of access to private capital is negatively impacting our economy by limiting job growth and stifling investment. 

  • Enforcement plays a critical role in immigration reform
  • A long, hot and political summer

    The Summer Solstice passed last week; so we are officially into what promises to be the long, hot summer of 2013.
        Already this year, we have seen devastating tornados, floods, wildfires, and other vicious outbreaks of nature. They seem to follow as consecutive events, one right after another.
        It was reported that May of this year was the third hottest such month ever; surpassed only by May in 2010 and 2012.

  • More losers than winners

        I was recently talking with a local businessman who has a business that includes automotive repair and service. He noted a change in some things that people want. There are now folks who want used tires (I think he meant retreads) instead of new ones. He also said that people have been asking him about used brakes, something he does not sell. Both of these are items that nobody was asking him about just a few years ago. This is leading him to believe that half of the people in Bedford County are living hand-to-mouth.

  • We must return to the principles of our founding fathers

    By Congressman Robert Hurt