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Columns

  • Get out and vote

    hough the statewide elections haven’t generated a lot of excitement in this area, the local town council race in Bedford has been adding to the interest.
        In most years, town council elections take place with little fanfare. Many times the number of candidates on the ballot matches exactly the number of seats open. That is the case in the three, four-year term seats being contested—incumbents Robert Wandrei, James Vest and Steve Rush are running for those.

  • Protecting Americans’ health and safety requires more action

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Protecting your health care plan

    If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. Right? Well, despite President Obama’s promises that under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, you could keep your health care plan, millions of Americans have discovered that is simply not true.

     

  • Congress must protect Virginia’s children from Internet gambling

    By Sheriff Mike Brown
    Bedford County

        My primary duty as Sheriff of Bedford County is to see that our citizens are protected. This means that I, along with my fellow law enforcement officers, must constantly be on the lookout for emerging threats.

  • The party of ‘no’ wants control

    There’s great drama everywhere as mid-term elections come down to the wire. Even “the average voter” may just be paying attention.
        The national Republican Party – intimidated by “tea party” fanatics and bitterly opposed to the president – has set its sights on control of the U.S. Senate.

  • Like herding rattlesnakes

        So far it seems like one of the few wise foreign policy decisions President Barack Obama has made was the decision to stay out of the conflict in Ukraine, including the decision to not supply heavy weapons to the government in Kiev. As things stand now, a fragile cease fire is still holding and Russian troops are pulling back from the Ukrainian border. There also seems to be progress on an agreement on the resumption of sales of Russian natural gas to Ukraine.

  • Reforming the tax code and allowing small business to grow

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

  • The war on affordable energy

    With the days getting shorter and the air crisper, families and businesses in the Sixth District are likely starting to use a little more electricity. As folks start to see electric bills tick up during the winter months, it’s hard to imagine the cost of electricity getting much higher – but consider this.

     

  • POST-CENTERFEST CORNER

    By Amanda Adams
    Executive Director
    Bedford Main Street, Inc.

        On Saturday, September 27, we held our 33rd annual Centerfest. We were fortunate to have a beautiful, sunny day that brought thousands of people out into the streets of downtown Bedford.

  • Obama must resist pressure for war

    “Why is it that everybody is so eager to use military force?”
        That was President Barack Obama in April, when the pressure to intervene militarily against the latest terrorist organization, ISIS, first began to build.
        His question is one that could have been posed so many times in the post-World War II era. We’ve become a national security state since then, one buffeted by the great powers of the military-industrial complex.