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Columns

  • Someone else needs a history lesson

        I have a challenge for the editor: Tell columnist John Barnhart that he has to go a full month – four consecutive columns – without attempting to leech off something I’ve written the previous week.
        Well, I’d probably better withdraw that request, because the editor and I both know Barnhart couldn’t do it. He has a longtime obsession with the contents of my humble “Liberal Agenda.”

  • Inexcusable sloppiness

        Early last month, relying on the accuracy of statistics provided by the teachers’ union, I offered the opinion that these statistics may indicate that Bedford County Public Schools is losing teachers. The statistics offered showed something odd, indicating that Bedford County was dead last in average teacher pay, but not at the bottom of any category in the presentation.

  • Fifth District Virginians deserve better from the IRS 

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • The Congressional mail bag: What you’re saying

    Each month, my office receives thousands of phone calls, letters, e-mails, and even Facebook messages from folks across the Sixth District. Many have questions about current issues before Congress. Here are a few of the inquiries I have received in recent weeks:

  • Confederate sympathizers must also surrender

        Appomattox, Virginia was the subject of much attention on April 9 as the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender to Grant was marked both in the little town and across the nation.
        Nation, yes. It’s the correct word to use, because it’s one thing that was permanently settled on that day. We would henceforth be a nation and not just a haphazard collection of states.

  • More left-wing fractured history

        A comparison between last week’s Liberal Agenda and a Virginian-Pilot editorial, which we borrowed, that ran on the same page is a good illustration of the fact that the left is divided on whether President Obama has negotiated a good deal with Iran on its nuclear program. The Virginian-Pilot is owned by the same company that owns the Bedford Bulletin, so we can borrow something from them.

  • Washington should follow the example local governments set
  • FCC’s Net Neutrality Rule wrecks the Internet

    The Internet is one of the most dynamic and competitive marketplaces in existence. It has become a cornerstone of the American economy and culture. Because of this, concerns about the future of an open and fair Internet, coined as “net neutrality,” have come to light. Net neutrality may seem like a complex issue, but at the core the question is simple. Do you want more or less choice? Do you want more regulation governing the Internet? Overall, we have achieved open access to the Internet through free enterprise and competition.

  • Outdated statistics provide no smoking gun

    By Robert & Ellen Ashwell
    Huddleston

        The ruckus raised about the outdated average teacher salary comparison presented by the Bedford County Education Association to the Board of Supervisors on February 23, is an example of much being said about very little.  Supervisors Sharp and Parker suggest that the outdated information gives people the wrong impression about what Bedford County teachers are paid.  They use updated information, which they purport to be proof.  Moral indignation is evident in their comments.

  • Iran deal won’t please warmongers

        Conservative Republicans had a tough time last week, struggling to defend discrimination in the name of religion in Indiana, and then reaching deep into their playbook of hostility to condemn the president’s historic deal with Iran.
        When people start talking about “restoring religious freedom,” you know they’re up to something no good. That’s because religious freedom has clearly not been lost in America, so it does not need to be “restored.”