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Columns

  • Donald trumps Hillary on peace

        Next year, after he is sworn in, I hope Donald Trump keeps his promise to put the brakes on tensions between the United States and Russia.
        The only one benefiting from the current level of tension is Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. Barack Obama has provided him with a convenient bogeyman. With our current community organizer in chief in charge, the United States provides what Vladimir Vladimirovich’s domestic political theater needs — a foreign threat that is actually no threat at all.

  • From the Ashes

    By Russell C. Baskett

    Cofounder, President & Executive Director
    SML Good Neighbors, Inc.

        A little after 5a.m. on Thursday, November 10 a tractor-trailer ran off the road near Morgans Church Road in Bedford County and crashed into the headquarters of SML Good Neighbors.

  • The slugs come out at night

        As The White Man’s Last Stand takes shape in Washington, it’s possible to feel that you’re watching a concrete wall when the sun goes down, observing the slimy creatures that crawl out upon it.
        Yes, the slugs come out at night. Those who will serve the incoming Slug-in-Chief don’t have to meet even minimum standards of decency or qualifications, because, well, he didn’t either.

  • Let’s give thanks for our democracy

        Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, a day that should include, along with eating so much that we lapse into a coma after dinner, an attitude of thanks for what we have and the good things that have happened over the year.

  • With a new administration comes a chance for a new start

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • It’s time to unite and get to work

    The simplest way to make your voice heard is to show up at the ballot box. After all, the right to vote is critical in protecting all of our other rights. On Election Day, millions of voters came to the polls and put their support behind their candidates for the White House and Congress. The votes have been tallied, and Donald Trump is set to serve as the 45th President of the United States.

     

  • The loss of a dear friend

    By Susan D. Blanding

    School Counselor
    Montvale  Elementary School

        Inspiring, courageous, cheerful, outgoing, persistent.  Smart, intelligent, funny, friendly, loyal.
        Piper Olivia Moore.
        Beautiful, thoughtful, kind, tender-hearted, clever.  Imaginative, playful, insightful, responsive, appreciative.
        We lost a dear friend from our midst when Piper left us on Thursday morning, October 27.

  • A choice bound to be regretted

        In the 1983 made-for-television movie, “The Day After,” two doctors are discussing the alarming international tensions that look as though they might actually lead to nuclear war.
        One says something like, “People really aren’t stupid enough to let that happen, are they?” The other doctor isn’t so sure. “Stupidity,” he says, “has a habit of getting its way.”

  • Democracy still isn’t safe from the left

        This year’s presidential campaign was almost as much fun as a barrel of rattlesnakes. One Facebook friend commented that Clinton vs Trump made her think of a video she saw of a snake chasing a rat. She wasn’t sure which candidate was the rat and which was the snake.
        I was grimly satisfied when I learned, Wednesday morning that Donald Trump won. This demonstrated what a wretched candidate Hillary Clinton was. Even Donald Trump could defeat her.

  • Our nation’s veterans deserve recognition befitting of their sacrifice

    By Congressman Robert Hurt