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Columns

  • Personal opinions: A response to Rick Howell

    By Clifford Russell
    Forest

        I guess I should not be surprised Rick Howell is affiliated with Progressives.
        Mr. Cook’s statement of what I said is not accurate.  We were discussing what to do about the poverty produced by illegitimate children and I stated it would be better to execute the parents and put the child up for adoption.
        The following is the first section of my response to the article on the Progressive Web site.

  • Local GOP volunteer: Execute 'illegitimate' parents

    Mr. Clifford Russell’s letters in this paper have always made me chuckle; they’re so predictable and so extreme. He rants about something he calls the “atheistic, socialistic media.” He links Democrats to the Devil Himself, blaming our party for every possible social ill.
        He presents his very extreme right-wing views as somehow “Christian,” and of course, by doing that, he thinks he can justify it.

  • Do we really want to be like Europe?


        We have less than four weeks to go before election day when we will make decisions that will decide the direction in which our country moves.
        President Barack Obama, who wants four more years, seems to have a vision for turning America into Europe. Europe is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there and I’m glad that my German, English, Italian and Welsh ancestors came here, starting in the late 18th century. I’m very happy that I am not European.

  • Protecting American creativity and innovation

  • To tweak or not to tweak, that is the question

    By Stephen Stevick,
    Bedford County Planning Commissioner
    District 5, 2005 to 2011

        Bedford County Board of Supervisor member Ms. Tammy Parker and various members of the Bedford County Planning Department staff have announced that they were at odds with senior staff on the issue of whether or not the updating of the county’s zoning ordinance to bring it in line with the Comprehensive Plan should be comprehensively rewritten or simply “tweaked.”

  • Town Meeting

    I will be holding a Town Meeting at the Moneta Library on Saturday, October 13 starting at 10 a.m..  
        I would like to spend some time discussing the Bedford County 2025 Comprehensive Plan.  This Plan was adopted in 2007.  There is a requirement to review and update the Plan at least every five years. 

  • The ‘horse race’ looks good for Obama

    The chief lament in the presidential campaign right now may well be “so many polls, and so little time.”
        Time, that is, to stack them up all together and see how and if they make sense. Polls are the chief element of the “horse race” aspect of the campaign, obsessing over who’s winning and by how much, regardless of issues.

  • That’s a lot of money


        Last week District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington reported to his fellow supervisors that the school board has developed a long range capital improvement plan with a price tag of $120 million. Arrington along with District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard are the two supervisors who serve on the school liaison committee.

  • The no taxpayer-funded lobbying act: Restoring fiscal responsibility In Washington

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Government waste, fraud, and abuse have long been the objects of Americans’ disappointment in our federal government. And rightfully so. This reckless spending spree in Washington has led us to more than $16 trillion dollars in national debt, and four straight years of trillion dollar deficits. This amounts to roughly $51,000 owed to our creditors by every American man, woman, and child, and nearly 40 cents borrowed on every dollar spent to sustain this binge.

     

  • The Obama administration’s war on coal

    Stop the regulations. It’s one of the requests I hear nearly everywhere I travel in the Sixth District. Federal mandates and overreaching regulations from the Obama Administration have taken aim at many industries from health care and agriculture to energy production – including coal.