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Columns

  • Tuesday is primary day in Virginia!

        Virginians know how our state holds a governor’s election the year after the presidential contests, and we take for granted that it will be watched everywhere. This year is no less true!
         On Tuesday, June 13, citizens of the Old Dominion who don’t like to miss elections will go to the polls and choose either a Democratic or Republican ballot. Problem is, those “who don’t like to miss elections” are smaller than they’ve ever been, and it’s a serious problem for our democracy.

  • Comey’s testimony was extraordinary

        If he didn’t show anything else during his Senate testimony, fired FBI Director James Comey demonstrated the integrity that Donald Trump so utterly and obviously lacks.
        That was among the reactions Americans felt as literally millions watched last Thursday’s hearing from beginning to end. At the very least, they were left with an impression of a president who went to some lengths to charm the FBI Director who “he hoped” would end an investigation he didn’t want.

  • With malice toward none

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive..to bind up the nation’s wounds, to..achieve..and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves.”

  • Health care at the tipping point

    Submitted By Karen Nuzzo

        Are you worried that you may not have access to health care in the future? Are you worried about being able to afford health care insurance? Are you a business owner tired of dealing with the expense of having to provide health insurance for your employees? Are you concerned that Congress and the President are not facing the true realities of providing access to health care for all Americans?

  • Finding gold

        Two weeks ago a group of people got a look at Bedford’s newest business when Beale’s Brewery opened its doors to host a party. The brew-pub will hold a soft opening this Thursday at noon and open to the public on Saturday.
        This development recycles existing developed property. Instead of plowing over undeveloped land, the developer made use of one of the old industrial buildings that have been moldering along the railroad tracks for decades.

  • Northam, Gillespie set for fall battle

        Last week’s gubernatorial primary didn’t produce any surprise winners, but it still didn’t turn out as largely predicted.
        Democrat Ralph Northam sailed to a more sizable win than had been thought likely, as he cashed in all the chips he’d gathered over the last few years.

  • 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)

  • Rebuild our Navy

        The cruise missile attack on a Syrian airbase early last month was amazing. In a precision attack, the base was hit by 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles in 60 seconds. According to a Wikipedia article, 60 missiles were launched, but one fizzled and fell in the sea.
        Syria was able to resume launching air strikes from the base but the advance warning we gave the Russians, so they could get their personnel out of the way, also allowed the Syrians to shield some of their aircraft, reducing the damage that was done.

  • Beginnings and ends

    By Brandi Mitchell
    Student Intern

        One of the most beautiful and heart breaking aspects of life is the way it goes on and on with a thousand beginnings and a thousand ends. The sun rises and the sun sets, and the earth turns, and the seasons change, and this is the way it has been since the genesis of time, and the way it will be until the earth ceases to exist.

  • A disgusting, punitive health care ‘reform’

        It was a disgusting spectacle to watch the Clown-in-Chief celebrate at the White House with House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans after they’d passed a bill that will take health insurance from about 25 million people.
        Yes, this is their idea of “reform.” As I’ve previously written – and now submit as one of “Rick’s Rules of Politics” – whenever conservative Republicans talk about “reforming” something, it always means they want to take it from you.