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Columns

  • Tips for safe cooking

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue
     
        Did you know that fires originating in the kitchen are the leading cause of accidental fires in homes? 
        Often fires that occur in the kitchen are caused when cooking with oil and grease and the product becomes to hot igniting items on the burner or in the oven.  Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue would like you to know a few safety tips to keep your family safe when cooking.

  • Obama’s most potent weapon: Bill Clinton

    Some people thought President Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention fell a little flat, a fine statement for his re-election but lacking the usual sizzle.
        Actually, there was only one thing wrong with Obama’s speech: He had to follow the brilliant remarks of the greatest political talent of our time: William Jefferson Clinton.

  • The security threats we face


        Our next president is going to face some serious international problems over the next four years. We will ignore these at our peril.
        Russia will not be one of these, in spite of Russian President (or is it Tsar?) Vladimir Putin’s apparent determination to be a huge pain in the butt. The reason for this is that Russia simply does not have the economic resources to allow Tsar Vladimir I to be the global player he wants to be. At least, Russia is no match for the United States’ capacity for global influence.

  • Another grim Labor Day

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As we come upon another Labor Day, many across the 5th District are still wondering when we will see the economic recovery and the job creation that was promised to us nearly four years ago.

     

  • Preserving work requirements for welfare

    Our nation has a choice – a future where those in need have the opportunity to succeed or a future dependent upon welfare. I believe in helping people get back on their feet and creating a sense of personal responsibility for those seeking assistance – that is the purpose of the work requirements found within the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program created by the groundbreaking bipartisan welfare reform of the 90s.

  • Basic information for veterans benefits

    By Bob Kibler

        While veteran’s benefits are considered equal by VA regardless of when a veteran served, there may be significant differences in the veteran and family awareness of these awards based upon the time period in which the vet served.

  • After Labor Day, it gets very intense

    With President Obama’s speech on Thursday night of this week, both national political conventions for 2012 will have passed into history.
        With the weeks narrowing until Election Day on Nov. 6, the pace of campaigning will pick up; whatever undecided voters are left will begin to think hard.

  • I’m really getting old


        I normally complete my column by Friday so that the editor has time to read and approve it. Neil Armstrong died on a weekend, and Tom focused the editorial on that. Now, it’s my turn to write something because the moon landing was a big event from my past, and in some ways it seems like it was just last year. Armstrong’s death reminded me of just how long ago that was. Forty-three years ago! Wow, I’m really getting old!

  • We must put an end to four straight years of trillion dollar deficits

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • The House has acted to address high fuel prices

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As I travel the 5th District, I constantly hear concerns regarding rising fuel prices that continue to negatively impact our families and small businesses and harm our much-needed economic recovery.