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Columns

  • Conservatives stumble over race again

        For a long time, conservative Republicans have explained away racism, rationalized it, or even denied its existence outright in instances where it appears obvious to everyone else.
        In the recent spate of police shooting or beating deaths of African-Americans, conservatives seemed to search the very stars in the heavens for any answer other than one that involved racism.

  • A truly moving experience

        People who have a clean desk never know the pleasure of finding something they thought they lost.
        The Bedford Bulletin moved to new quarters at 233 Depot Street last week and I found all sorts of things as I dug through nearly 18 years of clutter prior to our move. I didn’t unearth an original copy of Magna Carta, but I did find a Bedford City Council agenda from 1997. I also found an appointment calendar from 2000. I figured that I wouldn’t need either of them, so I tossed them.

  • Taking necessary steps toward a viable, reliable health care system

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

  • Keeping internet access tax-free

    The clock is ticking down on a key law that protects Internet freedom. On October 1, 2015, a temporary moratorium on state taxation of Internet access will expire.

     

  • Why close Thaxton Elementary?

    By Jeannie Crawn
    Thaxton

        When I would drop my child off at Thaxton Elementary School I always felt like I was leaving her with family. Everyone there would greet you with a smile and helped you to the best of their ability.

  • One of the deadliest drugs

    By Sheriff Mike Brown

        In light of the large heroin bust made last week, I wish to emphasize the overall importance of getting this drug off our streets and how such a drug can bring a wonderful community like Bedford, to its knees if allowed to fester.  As a Sheriff’s Office we are concerned about getting the heroin addicts help, we are also equally concerned about the damage they inflict on innocent members of society.

  • Pope Francis: Climate change a moral issue

    Pope Francis first got the attention of the political world several months after his 2013 election, when, in answer to a question, he said, “I’m not a right-winger.”
        Progressives all over the world knew, at that moment, that a new day had dawned. This wasn’t going to be a Pope in the style of the German Benedict XVI, or even the socially conservative Pope John Paul II.

  • Power is derived from the people

        We are now, as I write, between two milestones on the road toward the freedom we now enjoy. Last week, we marked the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, when English nobles forced King John to affix his seal to copies of a document that recognized some individual rights.
        Initially, these English nobles were the beneficiaries but the council of barons Magna Carta provided grew into Parliament with its House of Lords and House of Commons and the rights recognized became seen as rights of Englishmen in Genera.

  • A message to our graduates: It’s just the beginning
  • Beating the tea party in Tidewater

        Politics can often be a terrific venue for the mixture of business and pleasure. If you can’t manage it in Tidewater, so close to Virginia Beach, you’ll never figure it out.
        But I had no such trouble last week, working on the campaign of House of Delegates candidate Steve Heretick in Portsmouth and Norfolk.
        Heretick was waging what many considered a nearly impossible task, seeking to end the career of longtime delegate Johnny Joannou in the June 9 primary.