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Columns

  • 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.

  • The Muslim must choose

    Rev. Raymond Bell
    Roanoke

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

  • 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,

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Bolsheviks

        I often refer to the left wing of the “Democratic” Party as its Bolshevik wing and Rick Howell’s Liberal Agenda in last week’s Bedford Bulletin gave a good illustration as to why I do that. By the way, Mr. Howell does a great job of articulating the positions of his party’s left wing. I always urge people to read it and then consider whether they really want to vote for the candidates who these folks like.

  • Trump’s supporters should be ashamed

        There have been two separate stories lately in the New York Times and the Boston Globe about the “near panic” that’s said to be gripping the national GOP over Donald Trump.
        Party leaders – the establishment, if you will – are very worried about the possibility that Trump could actually be the nominee. They know that would be political suicide, handing the Democrats the White House again without even a serious fight.