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Columns

  • The GOP should beg for forgiveness

        I certainly hope the American people were paying attention last week to the disgusting spectacle of hatred, racism, intolerance and dangerous ignorance on display in Cleveland.
        It was truly a sad thing to see: The Republican Party we once knew –  one produced Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Dwight Eisenhower – is dead, absolutely dead. It’s been replaced by this ugly, extreme, and hateful thing that was evidenced last week.

  • What are you going to do about it?
  • The scammers are back at it!

    By Sheriff Mike Brown

        Once again, the good citizens of Bedford County are falling victim to phone scams. Please talk about these scams with your friends and neighbors. Especially the elderly folks you know, since they are the ones most targeted.

  • The scammers are back at it!

    By Jerry Hale

        Anyone who’s spending significant time in their boat or on their dock can’t help but have noticed the latest water recreation passion on SML: wake sufing.
        While not quite as widespread as Stand Up Paddle Boarding, wake surfing has become SML’s fastest-growing tow sport despite the seemingly prohibitive high “entry cost” of a towboat equipped to create the enormous wakes required give an adult or teenager a satisfying surfing experience.

  • Trump and his ‘Christian’ troops

        Everyone was joking for a while that it seemed no one in particular wanted to speak at the Republican National Convention. It also looked, for a while, that very few people were enthusiastic about being on the GOP ticket with Donald Trump.
            Well, Mr. “Make America Great Again” has gotten some movement on both those fronts, picking Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, and producing convention speakers who were heavy on, well, preachers.

  • Kevin Willis was right

        A suggestion that District 7 Supervisor Kevin Willis made last week — one that was unanimously accepted by his fellow supervisors — was a wise suggestion.
        As the supervisors discussed Ginger Ausband’s special use permit for a folk art retreat, a condition that no alcoholic beverages be permitted caught Willis’ attention. The condition had been attached by the planning commission when they unanimously recommended approval of Ausband’s special use permit.

  • Honoring our nation’s independence

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    as we come together this Monday to celebrate the 240th year of our nation’s independence, let us take the opportunity to reflect on our Founders’ understanding of our fundamental rights as individuals and their belief that only a system of representative democracy– supported by the rule of law– could guarantee our God-given rights.

     

  • What does drowning look like?

    By Pat Massa
    Chair
    SML Water Safety Council

        As a rookie lifeguard more than 50 years ago, I had all the requisite skills to save a drowning victim’s life but knew little about how to identify a drowning victim.
        During the ‘80s and ‘90s, two of my colleagues did extensive research—viewing videos and interviewing literally thousands of lifeguards—to determine what a person looks like when they are drowning and how a lifeguard or other rescuer can best use that information.

  • A realistic replacement to encourage economic prosperity

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Affordable energy key to American jobs

    Summer is nearly here, and with it comes the heat. When the mercury rises and the air conditioning is on full blast, many Americans are never so thankful for access to affordable energy. Energy prices don’t just affect your personal household budget. The cost of energy also impacts the budget of your favorite restaurant down the street or the business that cuts your paycheck each week.