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Columns

  • A hole in our intelligence

        According to a March 24 Wall Street Journal article, the Russian military move that quickly sealed off all Ukrainian military bases early last month exposed a hole in our military intelligence gathering capability.

  • ‘Christian’ school rebukes little girl

    Lynchburg’s Timberlake Christian School has gotten national attention over its treatment of a female student who didn’t look “girly enough,” as one headline put it.
        Roanoke’s WDBJ, Channel 7, broke the story of 8-year-old Sunnie Kahle, who has short hair and prefers a boyish look.
        The Campbell County girl is being raised by her great-grandmother, who was surprised to get a letter from the school suggesting that the child go somewhere else.

  • Timberlake Christian School’s response to allegations

     Liberty Counsel has been asked to represent Timberlake Christian Schools and to correct the record regarding allegations made about Timberlake Christian Schools and an eight-year-old girl by her great-grandparents and reported by a WSET news station.
        The statement below is from the school.

  • Stopping EPA’s water power grab

    On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers issued a proposed rule to “clarify” waters that fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. However, this attempted clarification has made the issue murkier than ever. The proposed rule seeks to expand the term “waters of the United States,” which are those waters that are regulated under the law.

  • Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...
  • Long, hard winter will soon give way

    My mother lives for the springtime.
        Until she can get out among the flowers, the birds, and the sunshine, winter is simply a cruel ordeal to be endured.
    Already in mid-February, she was going on about the robins in her Bedford County front yard, certain that they were “a sign of spring.”

  • Want to talk about the budget?

    By Steve Wilkerson
    Bedford County, District 3 Supervisor

        Spring greetings to all.  
        Your Board of Supervisors is nearly finished with the budget process.  Clearly there are more needs than funds, consequently some needs will go unmet. 

  • Tax-rate increase overdue

        I am not a tax and spend kind of guy, but that statement will be debated based on my next statement.  Bedford County is overdue for a real estate tax increase. 
        What other commodity or service expense has stayed flat since 2007?  Since 2011 the County has collected about $1 million less each year in revenue and left that amount in your pocket.  Have you noticed?

  • Celebrating American agriculture

    Many days, long before the sun rises and long after the sun sets, farmers across the nation are hard at work producing the food and fiber products we rely upon. From the very foundation of the United States to the present day, these hardworking farmers and ranchers have held a place at the core of our economy.

     

  • Working to rein in executive overreach

    By Congressman Robert Hurt