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Columns

  • Military suicide rate at record hig

        Cheryl Ecker of Champion, Ohio, wears a bracelet made out of the laces of her son’s army boots. Her son, Michael, a 25-year-old veteran of the Iraq war, became a tragic statistic in April.
        He was standing in the yard of his home when he called out to his father. After his dad turned around, Michael saluted, raised a gun to his head, and pulled the trigger. His suicide was just one of many among those who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, a cause of increasing alarm at the Pentagon.

  • Ruler of heaven and earth


        While the fighting in Syria has been getting lots of attention lately,  Iran remains our biggest foreign policy problem. The possibility that Shia clerics that are running that country may have nuclear weapons at their disposal in the near future poses a grave threat, and not just to their immediate neighbors. A piece, written by Ayad Jamaluddin that appeared in the Wall Street Journal in the July 17 edition, explains why. Jamaluddin knows what he’s talking about. He’s a Shia cleric himself and served in Iraq’s parliament.

  • Route 40 Tour

    By Congressman Rober Hurt

     

    At a time when uncertainty from Washington has led us to nearly three and a half years of more than 8% unemployment nationally, folks in Washington, DC are still calling for higher taxes and a bigger federal government that will only lead to more uncertainty.

     

  • Ethanol mandates are causing rising food prices

    Food or fuel? We should not put our nation in the position of having to choose one over the other. But federal law has done just that. And with the extreme drought seizing much of the nation and shrinking corn supplies, rising food prices are about to get much worse.

     

  • Making Bedford stronger

    By Clay Chastain

    Bedford

        Bedford is in the enviable position of being a wonderful place to live, but perhaps in need of a bit of rejuvenate tweaking to keep it so.
        Most of us love the lifestyle that Bedford offers, or else we would not choose to live here. But who of us would object if Bedford enjoyed more job opportunities, a more vibrant, bustling downtown, fewer vacant buildings, more things to do for its young people, and an overall stronger economy?

  • Bring on the ‘entitlement’ debate

    Before choosing his running mate last week, Mitt Romney was looking at a series of polls that showed him losing to President Obama.
        Even the Fox News poll had Obama leading Romney 49 to 40 percent. Something had to be done.
        The Wall Street Journal wrote a persuasive editorial that urged Romney to pick Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, and by doing so, inject the conservative crusade for “entitlement reform” as a major issue in the race.

  • Another perspective on the atomic bombs

      
        Last week marked the anniversary of the first and only use of atomic bombs in warfare.
        Last year I met Jim Belcher, a fellow from Waynesboro, who came to Bedford with the Waynesboro Players when they performed “Tuesday Mourning,” a play about the Bedford Boys. Jim provided actual World War II vintage uniforms, with the correct insignia to the actors, as well as teaching the actors how to wear them and proper military bearing, which added to their authenticity.

  • The House will not raise taxes on anyone in this economy

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Tax fairness and reform are key to a successful economy

    January 1, 2013 – just five short months from now Americans can expect a higher tax bill. Individuals, families, and small businesses alike, are bracing for these tax increases and asking “how can we afford to send even more of our hard earned money to the federal government?” Nearly 13 million Americans are currently looking for work and so crushing tax increases are the last thing we need.

  • Getting ready to go back to school

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue
     
        Pool time and vacations are quickly coming to an end and in the next few weeks it will be back to school time again.