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Columns

  • 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.

  • SHORE-ing up Fifth District private property rights

    By Congressman Robert Hurt
    The information I hear from constituents continues to be my best resource as I serve you in Washington.  And as I speak with Fifth District Virginians, it remains clear to me that their biggest concern is stifled job creation caused by federal government over-reach creating unnecessary burdens for individuals and small businesses.

     

  • A wish for peace and goodwill throughout the year

  • Answering the call

    By Marci Stone

    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire and Rescue

        For hundreds of years people have been volunteering to come to the aid of their fellow man during emergency situations. 

  • Merry Christmas! Let there be peace!

            In the Christmas season we say goodbye to one year and contemplate the arrival of another.

        2011’s passage should not be noted without mentioning the end of one of America’s great mistakes in the modern era: the unnecessary war in Iraq.
        George W. Bush and his warmonger sidekick, Dick Cheney, brought shame and ridicule upon this country with the war and their support of “waterboarding,” which they insisted was not torture.

  • We’ll find out next year


        All the newly elected folks got sworn in last week. Now, they can be sworn at. Actually, I hope you don’t swear at them. Be sure to call them and e-mail them to share your thoughts on actions before the Board of Supervisors and School Board, but be sure to be polite and reasonable. These folks do pay attention to what people who call them or speak at public hearings have to say.

        It will be interesting to see what these two elected bodies will do next year as both have a number of new faces.

  • The Christmas Account

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
        (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
        And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
        And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

  • Providing certainty to our farmers and rural businesses

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Working to reduce excessive regulations

    There is no argument – small businesses are the economic engine of America. More than 90 percent of all American employers are small businesses and they generate approximately 70 percent of the new jobs created in the United States each year.  Small businesses account for a significant majority of new product ideas and innovation and yet they are being bombarded with costly new government regulations, which are hampering the overall growth of our economy. It is estimated that the cost of regulatory burdens from new regulations this year alone is over $67 billion.

  • Up next…Newt Gingrich…really?

    It’s been so much fun this year watching these far-right Republicans wrench themselves into shapes unimaginable trying to find the correct “true conservative” to carry their GOP presidential banner.

        Indeed, I am almost sad to see 2011 go because it’s just been so entertaining to witness this parade of clowns, pretenders, and unqualified wannabes – extremists all – audition for their party’s last shot at Barack Obama.