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Columns

  • The Keystone Kops

    here seems to be a revival of incompetence as it applies to the proposed Keystone pipeline.
        And just like their fictional counterparts of the silent film comedies in the early 20th century, those who seek to police this issue operate in a state of confusion, uncertain of what to do but determined to do it anyway.
        The problem with these Kops, however, is that the stakes are real. And the consequences of their actions, if followed, will have long-lasting destructive effects for our country.

  • Town Meeting

        I will be holding a Town Meeting at the Moneta Library on January 21st from 10:00 to 11:30 a. m.  I hope you will find the time to stop by and talk about Bedford County.

  • A new year with the same challenges

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As I met with fellow citizens from the 5th District this past week and attended events and roundtables in Charlottesville down to Southside, it remains clear that creating jobs, removing burdensome government regulations on small business owners, and putting our economy on a fiscally sustainable course continue to be the top priorities for Central and Southside Virginians.

     

  • Protecting our system of checks and balances

  • 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.