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Columns

  • Growing the economy through a national energy plan

    While House Republicans continue working to create jobs by passing legislation that addresses the serious economic crisis facing our nation, Senate Democrats continue to stand in the way of nearly twenty pieces of legislation that are designed to get Americans back to work.

     

  • Great journalism barely exists anymore

    On Nov. 22, 1963, the New York Times had assigned only one reporter to what it thought would be a routine presidential motorcade through Dallas, Texas.

        Little-known staff writer Tom Wicker got the assignment, and it turned him into a household name. Upon hearing the gun shots and seeing the Kennedy motorcade slow down and then speed off, Wicker went into action. He jotted down notes of what was happening on some White House stationary he had with him.

  • Five pounds of 'possum

  • The public’s right to know

    Virginians strongly support the principle of the public’s right to know.

        Virginians believe it is important to place public notices in newspapers.
        Virginians would read public notices less frequently and with less trust if these appeared only on government Web sites.

  • We need a Constitutional amendment to balance our budget

  • Working to balance the federal budget

    This week brought alarming news when it comes to the fiscal health of our nation. On Wednesday the national debt hit the $15 trillion mark. This insurmountable debt is the result of irresponsible spending bills that will most certainly cripple America’s future. One thing is certain – we must change the way Washington does business.

     

  • The last column on Cain, I promise

        One of the joys of writing this column is just how easy the task comes to me. Allow me to explain.

        Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammed Ali was always considered a big braggart. But in response, he said, “it ain’t bragging if you can do it.”
        Not only do I agree with that, but I think my grammar is considerably better than his. People sometimes ask, ‘How do you come up with ideas every single week?’

  • Message in a ballot


        There were messages in the ballots that voters, both locally and in the Commonwealth as a whole, cast on Nov. 8.

  • Shop local first

    We’re not ashamed of repeating this message every year: When you get ready to do your shopping this Christmas season, remember to shop local first.

        Stores all over Bedford and throughout the county have plenty to offer in the way of holiday shopping. And we should support them.
        From Moneta to Big Island, Forest to Montvale—and plenty in between—there are businesses run by our neighbors. And they have plenty to offer.

  • Letters 11/16/11

    Thank you to

    the voters of Bedford

        I want to say thank you to the voters of Bedford.
        On November 8 my election results were not as I had hoped for, but I sincerely appreciate this country for providing me the opportunity to even be on the ballot. I want to thank the many people I have had the privilege of meeting these past couple of months. I have met some truly inspiring and great people in this community and I thank each and every one of you for your words of encouragement and support.