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Columns

  • High water, severe storm preparation

    By Chris Bechtler
    Manager, Crazy Horse Marina

        As a dammed body of water, Smith Mountain Lake is susceptible to occasional severe flooding.
         Be it from a stalled tropical system or spring thaw, abnormally high water does occur.  Recent history suggests that AEP has a good grasp on managing the flow of the river and thus the water levels.  While there was some flooding upstream during recent major rain events, SML and our neighbors downstream were not severely impacted.

  • Kasich to GOP: ‘Evolve, or die’

        As Americans gets ready to vote, much attention is being paid to what will happen to the beleaguered Republican Party afterward should the result actually be what facts suggest.
        For several weeks now, Donald Trump has looked as though he’s about to lead the national GOP over a cliff. His disgusting candidacy has shamed not only himself and his supporters, but has made America an extreme curiosity in the rest of the world.

  • Why I will vote for Trump

        Next Tuesday is the big day. American voters will go to the polls and cast their ballots. The frightening part of this election is that somebody is going to win.
        Back in 2012, I held my nose and voted for Mitt Romney. I did not like Mitt Romney, but I voted for him as the lesser of two evils. I felt that reelecting Barack Obama amounted to committing national suicide and Obama, in the last four years, has not disappointed me. His foreign policy, such as it is, has done immense damage.

  • Pandering to the Children of the Corn

         Hillary Clinton is still struggling to get former Bernie Sanders supporters excited about her candidacy. The feeling these folks have toward Clinton seems to be much like the feeling the Republican base had toward Mitt Romney back in 2012. They didn’t like him and didn’t trust him. While they weren’t about to vote for Barack Obama, a lot may have simply not voted.

  • Pandering to the Children of the Corn

         Hillary Clinton is still struggling to get former Bernie Sanders supporters excited about her candidacy. The feeling these folks have toward Clinton seems to be much like the feeling the Republican base had toward Mitt Romney back in 2012. They didn’t like him and didn’t trust him. While they weren’t about to vote for Barack Obama, a lot may have simply not voted.

  • Stop insurance company bailouts and help the American people

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Our national security tactics must not undermine our safety

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Justice for victims of terror

    September 11, 2001, is a day America will not forget. You probably know exactly where you were and what you were doing when tragedy struck at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in a field in western Pennsylvania. But even though 15 years have passed, for the families of those killed or injured on September 11th the memory of that day is all the more real.

     

  • Feral Cat Day and TNR

    By Karin Sherbin

        October 16 is National Feral Cat Day, and locally Bedford Cares will mark the day by organizing volunteers to conduct Trap Neuter and Return (TNR) around the town and county to sterilize feral cats and vaccinate them against rabies.
        TNR is a decades-old method of humanely managing feral cat colonies via sterilization. People care for the colonies until they die out.

  • Feral Cat Day and TNR

    By Karin Sherbin

        October 16 is National Feral Cat Day, and locally Bedford Cares will mark the day by organizing volunteers to conduct Trap Neuter and Return (TNR) around the town and county to sterilize feral cats and vaccinate them against rabies.
        TNR is a decades-old method of humanely managing feral cat colonies via sterilization. People care for the colonies until they die out.