• Ideas that matter

    By Tommy L. Foster

        Here in Virginia our progenitors have paid with their lives for the ideas that matter to them and to the nation.

  • The GOP should beg for forgiveness

        I certainly hope the American people were paying attention last week to the disgusting spectacle of hatred, racism, intolerance and dangerous ignorance on display in Cleveland.
        It was truly a sad thing to see: The Republican Party we once knew –  one produced Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Dwight Eisenhower – is dead, absolutely dead. It’s been replaced by this ugly, extreme, and hateful thing that was evidenced last week.

  • What are you going to do about it?
  • The scammers are back at it!

    By Sheriff Mike Brown

        Once again, the good citizens of Bedford County are falling victim to phone scams. Please talk about these scams with your friends and neighbors. Especially the elderly folks you know, since they are the ones most targeted.

  • The scammers are back at it!

    By Jerry Hale

        Anyone who’s spending significant time in their boat or on their dock can’t help but have noticed the latest water recreation passion on SML: wake sufing.
        While not quite as widespread as Stand Up Paddle Boarding, wake surfing has become SML’s fastest-growing tow sport despite the seemingly prohibitive high “entry cost” of a towboat equipped to create the enormous wakes required give an adult or teenager a satisfying surfing experience.

  • Trump and his ‘Christian’ troops

        Everyone was joking for a while that it seemed no one in particular wanted to speak at the Republican National Convention. It also looked, for a while, that very few people were enthusiastic about being on the GOP ticket with Donald Trump.
            Well, Mr. “Make America Great Again” has gotten some movement on both those fronts, picking Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, and producing convention speakers who were heavy on, well, preachers.

  • Kevin Willis was right

        A suggestion that District 7 Supervisor Kevin Willis made last week — one that was unanimously accepted by his fellow supervisors — was a wise suggestion.
        As the supervisors discussed Ginger Ausband’s special use permit for a folk art retreat, a condition that no alcoholic beverages be permitted caught Willis’ attention. The condition had been attached by the planning commission when they unanimously recommended approval of Ausband’s special use permit.

  • Honoring our nation’s independence

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    as we come together this Monday to celebrate the 240th year of our nation’s independence, let us take the opportunity to reflect on our Founders’ understanding of our fundamental rights as individuals and their belief that only a system of representative democracy– supported by the rule of law– could guarantee our God-given rights.


  • A better way to do the people’s business

    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


  • Marine fueling practices

    Chris Bechtler
    Crazy Horse Marina