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Columns

  • Support growing for military spending cuts

    Lost in the hubbub of the presidential campaign was a brilliant op-ed in the New York Times that made a very convincing argument for finally reducing excessive military spending.
        There’s a specific type of American, a product of our militaristic culture, that supports any and every war no matter what, always believes that America is morally correct in an automatic way once we start dropping bombs or landing troops somewhere.

  • Weak candidates were key to losses


        Since Election Day, a number of people have been looking for explanations about why Republicans failed to evict Barack Obama from the White House.
        One explanation is that the Republicans’ efforts to rally their base and get them to the polls wasn’t as effective as the “Democrats’” efforts. This explanation appears to have some merit because there are some statistics to back it and, in such a close election, whose base turns out in force can be the deciding factor.

  • Demanding answers on the Benghazi attack

    It has now been two months since a group of hostile Islamic radicals attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, including two Navy SEALS. Unfortunately, today we know little more about the events leading up to that attack then we did two months ago.

     

  • Info at the click of a mouse

    By Sheriff Mike Brown
    Bedford County

        I would like to invite all citizens of Bedford County to check out our new and improved Web site: www.bedfordcountysheriff.org.
        We gathered all the information most asked about and put it into an easy-to-find format; Concealed weapons permit info, how to get your fingerprints taken, check out the BCSO calendar of events, become one of our RSVP Volunteers, and so much more!

  • GOP dilemma: Change or keep losing


    Demographics.
        If you could boil down to one word how national Republicans managed to lose another presidential election, that would be it. Aside from President Barack Obama’s popularity and the issues that helped him, the GOP’s refusal to come to terms with the changing population face of this country is mostly what got it beaten.
        Some people get very sensitive if you say that the GOP is too white, or “lily white,” as I like to put it. But go to a Republican rally, and tell me what you see.

  • A truly shocking column


        I was absolutely shocked when I read Rick Howell’s “Liberal Agenda” last week. I couldn’t believe my eyes at first! Mr. Howell actually wrote something I agree with. The part of his column that I agreed with consisted of the last four paragraphs where he congratulated Jason Johnson for his election to the the Bedford County School Board.

  • With thanksgiving

    In any given year, the reality of life is that one enjoys both blessing and hardship, triumph and defeats.
        Many times it is easier to recount the struggles, than to focus on the blessings. Let this week provide the impetus to focus on the blessings, even as our community walks through the hardships of tragedy.

  • Honoring our veterans

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    To honor those who have served this great nation, we have taped a video address to pay tribute to our veterans. You may watch our Veterans Day Video Address at hurt.house.gov and read the script below:

     

  • Honoring our veterans

    This week we celebrate Veterans Day to honor the brave men and women who have nobly served our country. For those who have served, we thank you for protecting our freedoms and for those continuing to serve all over the world and here at home, we appreciate your service and dedication to defending and protecting our nation. As journalist Elmer Davis once said, “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”

     

  • President Obama re-elected and vindicated

    Election 2012 is finally over. The American people have spoken, and I am quite confident that the correct choices for this country have been made.
        I am proud to be among those who cast our ballots for a good president who has survived vicious and mean-spirited assaults against him, a man whose religion and nationality has been subjected to the most scurrilous attacks, often by people who have acted only out of hatred and ignorance.