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Columns

  • Creating a ‘Commonwealth of Opportunity’

    By Gov. Bob McDonnell
    Submitted through Landmark News Service/The Virginian-Pilot
     
        In 2011, the Jones family was forced out of their apartment after the building was condemned. Suddenly the family, with their savings stretched, was faced with the previously unthinkable: homelessness. Today, they are renting a good apartment and looking to buy their first house.

  • Fifty years later, no less pain

    National media, including the Internet, have been filled with historical programming on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
        It will all peak this week, as Nov. 22, occurs on a Friday, just as it did in 1963.
        Probably no one has anything original to add to an event that still, to this day, can seem as improbable as it seemed then. But we’re all entitled to our own memories and reflections, however humble.

  • ‘Democrats’ running scared

  • Honoring America’s veterans
  • Dr. D’s Health Tips

    By Alan Denekas, MD
    Medical Director, Emergency Department
    Bedford Memorial Hospital

        Fall brings to mind many wonderful images,  like  red and gold leaves, harvests rolling in, sipping hot chocolate or cider in front of a crackling fireplace or gathering with loved ones around a full Thanksgiving table.  There are a number of things we can do to ensure that the season fulfills its promise of being healthy, warm, safe and fun.

  • Confessions of a political animal

    “I so enjoy beating you people.”
        That was the not-so-humble remark made by your favorite left-wing columnist to a friendly Republican colleague when both returned to work following the election.
        She took it well, though, and even played her part. “I know,” she said.
        But she was smiling.

  • Be careful if you decide to build it

        As Bedford County moves forward on building a new middle school in the Liberty attendance zone, some people want to make a mid-stream change. Instead of building a new middle school, they want to build a new high school and turn the current Liberty High School (LHS) campus into the middle school.

  • A bipartisan call for delay of the individual mandate within the President's healthcare law

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This week, after watching the failed roll out of Healthcare.gov take the spotlight, several new and unnerving facts emerged as Congress held hearings to investigate further the inner workings of the Administration’s handling and implementation of the President’s healthcare law. Maintaining and introducing the website should have been the simplest aspect of this complex piece of legislation, and if its failed roll out is any indication, it alarms me to think of what lies ahead.

  • Promoting American innovation and competition
  • Let’s serve veterans as well as they have served us

    By Daniel M. Dellinger
     
        During the recent government shutdown many numbers were thrown around. But there is one number that stands out and it has nothing to do with the debate over the federal budget.
        More than one a day. That is how many members of our active-duty military, National Guard and Reserve forces have committed suicide over the last year. Simply put, we are losing more servicemembers by their own hands than we are by the enemy in Afghanistan.