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Columns

  • My predictions for 2012

        Sometimes, when I’m in a long check-out line at the grocery store, I’ll glance at those tabloids that you see there. I wouldn’t actually pay money for one of those things, and I probably wouldn’t even pay attention to them if it wasn’t for the fact that I get really bored. You know which ones I mean. Some have celebrity gossip. Then, there are those that have headlines like “Two-headed Man Gives Birth to Iguana.”

  • 2012 and beyond: A different America

    In the 2008 presidential election, the word “change” became the operative description of what both campaigns were promising. Barack Obama started it, and John McCain then tried to adapt it to his own purposes.
        As we approach the New Year, it seems apparent that America is at the beginning of many profound changes in the years and decades to come. Most of these changes won’t be the kinds of things a politician would campaign on.

  • Howell’s hero and other thoughts


        Christopher Hitchens now knows that God indeed exists. Hitchens, an apparently angry atheist, died on Dec. 15 — unrepentant as far as I know.

  • Howell’s hero and other thoughts


        Christopher Hitchens now knows that God indeed exists. Hitchens, an apparently angry atheist, died on Dec. 15 — unrepentant as far as I know.

  • Howell’s hero and other thoughts


        Christopher Hitchens now knows that God indeed exists. Hitchens, an apparently angry atheist, died on Dec. 15 — unrepentant as far as I know.

  • SHORE-ing up Fifth District private property rights

    By Congressman Robert Hurt
    The information I hear from constituents continues to be my best resource as I serve you in Washington.  And as I speak with Fifth District Virginians, it remains clear to me that their biggest concern is stifled job creation caused by federal government over-reach creating unnecessary burdens for individuals and small businesses.

     

  • A wish for peace and goodwill throughout the year

  • Answering the call

    By Marci Stone

    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire and Rescue

        For hundreds of years people have been volunteering to come to the aid of their fellow man during emergency situations. 

  • Merry Christmas! Let there be peace!

            In the Christmas season we say goodbye to one year and contemplate the arrival of another.

        2011’s passage should not be noted without mentioning the end of one of America’s great mistakes in the modern era: the unnecessary war in Iraq.
        George W. Bush and his warmonger sidekick, Dick Cheney, brought shame and ridicule upon this country with the war and their support of “waterboarding,” which they insisted was not torture.

  • We’ll find out next year


        All the newly elected folks got sworn in last week. Now, they can be sworn at. Actually, I hope you don’t swear at them. Be sure to call them and e-mail them to share your thoughts on actions before the Board of Supervisors and School Board, but be sure to be polite and reasonable. These folks do pay attention to what people who call them or speak at public hearings have to say.

        It will be interesting to see what these two elected bodies will do next year as both have a number of new faces.