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Columns

  • Romney won’t be stopped now

    Primaries and caucuses will continue as the Republican presidential race plays out until the summer convention, but for all practical purposes, it’s over. Mitt Romney will be the party’s 2012 nominee for president.
        There seems to be no realistic scenario for anyone – even a still-mentioned “late entry” into the race – to prevent what appears inevitable.

  • The public’s right to know shouldn’t be a burden

    Gadov. Bob McDonnell released this week 20 ways in which he wants to see the state government become less burdensome on local governments. Some of those are good ideas and should be addressed. Some, however, are simply an ongoing attempt to hide what government is doing and should be rejected.
        When it comes to having the government’s actions open to the public, any attempts to hide those actions is a step backward. That’s why including two references to the public’s right to know in the mandate proposal is not acceptable.

  • Hitchens was no hero of mine

    I have enough ego to enjoy seeing my name on this page not once, but twice, and in a headline at that. Pretty cool!
        But I don’t think that my opposite here, the one who “speaks conservatively,” meant to flatter me when he titled his last column “Howell’s Hero and other thoughts.”

  • A pox on both their houses


        I suspect that the outcome of this fall’s elections won’t revolve around which party the American electorate likes the best. It’s more likely that the party, with which Americans are least disgusted, will come out on top. Neither “Democrats” nor Republicans came out of last year’s legislative Chinese fire drills looking good.

  • Families needed locally for foster, adoptive care

    The Bedford area needs more families willing to take in foster children; and more families willing to adopt those children in foster care.
        During any given week, there are some 57 children from Bedford and Bedford County in foster care. During this past year more than 110 children came through the system.
        And some are waiting to be adopted. Now.

  • Ron Paul and the Libertarian fringe

    As you read this, I’m betting that Mitt Romney won the Iowa caucuses, or at least finished very strong for a guy who barely campaigned there until the last week.
        Many Republicans seem to be coming to their senses and ready to pick the guy who can offer them the best chance of victory, and that’s always been Romney.

  • My predictions for 2012

        Sometimes, when I’m in a long check-out line at the grocery store, I’ll glance at those tabloids that you see there. I wouldn’t actually pay money for one of those things, and I probably wouldn’t even pay attention to them if it wasn’t for the fact that I get really bored. You know which ones I mean. Some have celebrity gossip. Then, there are those that have headlines like “Two-headed Man Gives Birth to Iguana.”

  • 2012 and beyond: A different America

    In the 2008 presidential election, the word “change” became the operative description of what both campaigns were promising. Barack Obama started it, and John McCain then tried to adapt it to his own purposes.
        As we approach the New Year, it seems apparent that America is at the beginning of many profound changes in the years and decades to come. Most of these changes won’t be the kinds of things a politician would campaign on.

  • Howell’s hero and other thoughts


        Christopher Hitchens now knows that God indeed exists. Hitchens, an apparently angry atheist, died on Dec. 15 — unrepentant as far as I know.

  • Howell’s hero and other thoughts


        Christopher Hitchens now knows that God indeed exists. Hitchens, an apparently angry atheist, died on Dec. 15 — unrepentant as far as I know.