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Columns

  • 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.

  • It’s time to really fix housing

    By U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA)

     

     

    Recently, I attended a community meeting hosted by faith leaders in Northern Virginia’s Prince William County that brought together more than 1,000 anxious homeowners and several leading mortgage lenders.

     

  • Honoring the sacrifices of our veterans by putting an end to out of control government spending

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This past week, as our nation came together on Veterans Day to honor those who have served our country, I traveled across the 5th District and met with and talked to many Central and Southside Virginia veterans.

     

    In addition to attending events throughout the District, I hosted veterans’ roundtables in Danville and Charlottesville to hear directly from those who have given so much to our nation and to listen to some of their concerns.

  • The land of the free and the home of the brave

    With the recent commemoration of Veterans Day, Americans across this country had the opportunity to honor the lives and sacrifices of the men and women in our nation’s armed forces past and present. They have dedicated themselves to securing the safety and freedom of their fellow Americans by putting the needs of their country before their own. We enjoy rights and freedoms unmatched by any other nation in the world and it is these brave servicemen and women who have made and continue to make that possible.

  • Conservative causes lose at polls

        One year before national Republicans are counting on ejecting Barack Obama from the White House, they and their various extremist causes took a whipping last week at the polls.

        The best result was in Ohio, where voters rejected Gov. John Kasich’s attempt to destroy the public sector unions. By a wide margin, Ohio voters repealed a law passed in the spring that would have prohibited bargaining for health care benefits by teachers, firefighters and other state employees.

  • It’s a mean economy

        We are experiencing a really mean economy, the worst I’ve ever seen. In fact, I believe that there are probably few people still living who can remember it being worse. Nationally, the unemployment rate is 9 percent and job growth has been sluggish. Two years after the recession’s end we’ve only made up for perhaps about a fourth of the jobs that were destroyed in the downturn. In the meantime, more new graduates have entered the job market.

  • Time to get together

    The makeup of two of the county’s governing bodies will change significantly, come Jan. 1.

        Last week’s elections saw an incumbent from both the Board of Supervisors and the School Board defeated in the local races and each board will also have at least one newcomer.