• Student success starts locally

    Nothing is more important to America’s future than ensuring a high-quality education for our nation's children.

  • People should learn: Live and let live

    I’m not about to get into a weeks-long back and forth about the Bible, Scripture, “fulfilling the law,” and other such religious stuff.
        I write about politics and government. My own religious beliefs are my personal business and I don’t see political activity as a religious crusade, as the “Christian conservatives” do.

  • The lynch mob mentality

        Being charged with a crime is never a good thing, but it could be especially bad for a black man 100 years ago. The biggest problem wasn’t that he could face racial bias from a jury when he had his day in court; it was possible that he wouldn’t even live long enough to have his day in court. He could end up being lynched, even if the crime he was accused of would not carry the death penalty if he had been convicted.

  • Get the train wreck off the tracks
  • 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