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Columns

  • Commentary: Growing fresh fish right around the corner

    By John Graham
    Bedford

        I would like to echo the thoughts of Mr. Forster about our country’s food supply.
        Large corporations do indeed have the ability to lobby and force smaller producers out of the marketplace just as he mentioned. If you have not seen the film documentary Food Inc., (available at the Bedford Library), it puts into frightening perspective the realities of domestic food production – you may never eat another store-bought chicken!

  • Setting the record straight

    By Jim Williams
    Goode

        For the past few months there have been numerous letters and articles to the papers written by Mr. Steve Stevick and a couple others who have bashed the Bedford County Board of Supervisors for not adopting the Planning Commission’s proposed zoning ordinances last year.

  • Passionate Roanoke crowd greets Obama

    It was reported this past weekend that presidential campaign spending in Virginia is the third most of any state, surpassed only by the larger battlegrounds of Ohio and Florida.
    Who would have thought such a thing was possible just a few election cycles ago when Virginia had spent many decades as a rubber stamp victory for any and every Republican nominee?

  • Is Kaine afraid of the Bedford Bulletin?


        Along with the Virginia Press Association’s annual writing contest, the Bedford Bulletin takes part in the annual contest that Landmark Community Newspapers (LCNI) holds. LCNI is the company that owns the Bulletin along with 55 other community newspapers located in several states.
        Tom Wilmoth, our editor, normally writes the editorial that appears in our opinion pages. One that he wrote last year won second place in this year’s contest.

  • Bringing 5th District Virginians’ concerns To Washington

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    This past week, during our District Work Week, I had the chance to visit with 5th District Virginians in Franklin, Bedford, and Albemarle Counties as Americans across this country joined together to celebrate Independence Day.

     

  • Protecting our Founding Fathers’ vision of freedom

    When our Founding Fathers signed their names to the Declaration of Independence, they could not have known how this experiment of self-government would unfold.  What they were confident of, however, is that liberty is an inherent, God-given right, not one that originates from a King or other form of government.

     

  • Still think there’s no global warming?

    Hopefully, most people are getting back to normal after the June 29 derecho wind event that swept through here from Ohio and went all the way to the Virginia coast and into Washington, D.C.
        If you were lucky, you were relatively unaffected by the power outtages, business closings, and the gold-like lust for bagged ice that plagued most other people. But the lucky were few indeed.
        We know the storms were a product of the extreme heat, a wave that began in late June, which is not the usual time for heat waves.

  • Obama does something right

        NATO supply trucks are once again crossing through Pakistan on their way to Afghanistan. This came after Hillary Clinton told the Pakistani government that the U. S. is sorry that Pakistani troops were killed when American air strikes hit Pakistani army checkpoints that were reported to be firing on Afghan forces in Afghanistan.
        “We are sorry for the losses suffered by the Pakistani military,” Clinton said in a statement.  She added that mistakes were made by both sides.

  • Happy Fourth Of July

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As Americans across the 5th District come together this year to celebrate Independence Day, we are once again reminded of the importance of our founding principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty that our Founders crafted into the beginnings of this great nation.

     

  • Full repeal is the only option

    This week we received extremely disappointing news as the Supreme Court handed down their much anticipated decision on the constitutionality of Obamacare. In the narrow 5-4 decision the Court ruled the individual mandate, the centerpiece of the President’s health care law, unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause. However, the Court upheld the individual mandate as a tax, striking a blow to the principle of limited government that is laid out in our Constitution and delivering a very bad result for the American people.