• Scandal swarms over McDonnell, Cuccinelli

    One thing we can always rely on about Republicans is their unbridled devotion to capital and business...in other words, to money and power.
        Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell appears to have let his attachment to “mammon” (the Biblical term for money) get the better of him, or, perhaps better described, of him and his wife, Maureen.

  • Maybe liberals are on to something

        I’ve often wondered why Rick Howell occasionally devotes a Liberal Agenda column to trying to convince readers that homosexuality and abortion, the two top social issues for left-wingers, aren’t incompatible with Christianity. Shortly after his most recent effort, I saw a column, entitled The Myth of Unreligious America,  in the Wall Street Journal that may explain why.

  • Saving the day!

    The Bedford Moose Lodge stepped up, when no one else would. Because of that, Bedford had fireworks after all to help area residents celebrate the Independence Day weekend.
        When Bedford’s council cut funding for the fireworks from the budget, it appeared the Bedford skies would be dark for any July 4th celebration. Bedford had funded the event for several years by itself, after the county had pulled its funding.

  • Is this really the American dream?

    It’s interesting and ironic that we celebrate the anniversaries of both the Battle of Gettysburg and Independence Day over the same few days on the calendar.
        On the Fourth, last week, we marked yet another anniversary of    our Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, who had penned the phrase “all men are created equal.”

  • The devil’s method of Biblical exegesis

        Reading Rick Howell’s Liberal Agenda last week made me think of the situation that foot soldiers found themselves in during the First Crusade. Desperately hungry, they resorted to picking undigested grains out of the horses’ manure.

  • Be careful on July 4!

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue

  • Gay marriage? It’s time to accept it

        By a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court has sanctioned gay marriage, and thrown out attempts to define “the institution” as only between a man and a woman, such as the now-defunct Proposition 8 in California.
        Well, aren’t we all waiting for the end of the world? A plague of locusts? Fire raining from heaven?
        That eminent philosopher and religious genius, the Rev. Pat Robertson, said that “God might do something drastic” now that gay marriage is legally sanctioned.

  • They wouldn’t get their money back

        Along with tomorrow’s 4th of July fireworks, international diplomatic fireworks continue over Edward Snowden, the computer geek who divulged the extent that the NSA is spying on American citizens. As of this writing, Snowden remains in limbo in the transit area of Sheremetyevo International Airport. Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t seem too interested in welcoming him to Russia.

  • Reducing over-regulation to preserve and create jobs in Virginia’s 5th District

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As I travel throughout Virginia’s 5th District, the negative effects of federal over-regulation in the Dodd-Frank law can be clearly seen along our Main Streets and on our family farms. Fewer businesses are starting and more are struggling – and the lack of access to private capital is negatively impacting our economy by limiting job growth and stifling investment. 

  • Enforcement plays a critical role in immigration reform