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Columns

  • Fighting to cut government spending and balance the budget

  • Chickens come home to roost

        That addiction manifests itself as we queue up at the big box stores:  our carts full of  clinking, clanking, clattering collections of caliginous junk.
        Ah, but junk that is low-priced.
        Our small merchants have been run out of business, unable to compete on the scale of the big box boys.
        We enabled that situation, because we were unable to resist those low prices.

  • It’s still the economy, stupid

        The now well-known phrase, “it’s the economy, stupid,” was coined by James Carville during the 1992 presidential election.
        Carville, the crafty Louisiana-born brain behind Bill Clinton’s campaign, even had the phrase written on the blackboard to remind the Clinton team that whatever else might distract them, the economy was the most important issue.

  • June 6, 1944


        It was 68 years ago today that thousands of American, British and Canadian soldiers boarded landing craft for one of the decisive battles of World War II.
        The United States had wanted to do it the year before. We wanted something to bring the war to a successful end as quickly as possible. The Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin had also been clamoring for the Western allies to open up a second front against the Germans. Winston Churchill, however, had balked. He seemed to want to piddle around in the Mediterranean.

  • Be safe while enjoying the water

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue
         Summer is typically a good time for families and friends to gather and enjoy the variety of water related activities that Virginia has to offer.
        Whether it is at a local pool, river, pond, lake or at the Oceanside you will typically find people having fun enjoying time together in the summer sun.  With the increase in water activities during the summer months comes an increase in water related accidents. 

  • Restored film shows the evils of war

        The late film director John Huston gave us such classic movies as “Key Largo,” “The African Queen,” and “Treasure of the Sierra Madre.”
        He even did some acting, with a memorable performance in “Chinatown,” the Jack Nicholson classic.
        What most people don’t know, though, is that Huston, during World War II, made three movies for the U.S. Army. Propaganda, to be sure, but he was paid for it, and I suppose he needed the money.

  • Listen to Charlie Kolakowski


        Bedford City Council is now in the process of developing its last city budget. Next May Bedford will have to hold elections for a town council as required by the city’s reversion to town status, slated for July 1, 2013. I’m sure the reversion will take place as scheduled. The members of the Virginia Commission on Local Government seemed pleased with what they saw when they came to Bedford on May 14. They also noted that the sparse attendance at the public hearing they held shows that there is no groundswell of public opposition.

  • Thank you to our American heroes

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Virginia’s 5th District has a proud history of service to our great country and it is a profound honor to represent so many veterans from Central and Southside Virginia who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. As this Memorial Day approaches, I hope you will join me in paying tribute to all of those who have selflessly defended our country with distinction and heroism.

  • The U.S. Senate: A barrier to economic growth

  • Why third parties fail in America

    Two years ago, a group of wealthy, politically-minded civic activists formed an organization they would call “Americans Elect 2012.” Led by such people as Peter Ackerman, a financial executive in New York, the group laid out some ambitious plans.
        Determined to capitalize on dissatisfaction with politics in general, and particularly frustration with the Democratic and Republican parties, the group planned to attract a major “centrist” presidential candidate, and get that person on the ballot everywhere.