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Columns

  • Can prayer stop violence against Hillary?

        Given that America’s history is filled with tragic political violence, you’d think that no candidate for any office would ever get caught even appearing to incite “second amendment solutions” against an opponent.
        But as we know, Donald Trump is capable of anything. He has no sense of qualms or limits; whatever comes out of his mouth is what guides him.

  • Neither cart nor horse

        I was very skeptical, just after the turn of the century, when Bedford County and the former city of Bedford decided to form a joint tourism department and hire a director of tourism. I thought I heard the sound of a toilet flushing, with taxpayer money headed down the tubes. Nanci Drake, the first  tourism director changed my mind. Drake was a dynamic visionary. She had a Type A personality, but unlike most Type A people, everybody who dealt with her liked her. She had the ability to get things done while leaving friends, rather than enemies, in her wake.

  • Appeasement and half-measures make our world more dangerous

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • A better way for tax reform

    When it comes to the current tax system, the list of complaints is far from short – you can probably tick off a few right now. From the lengthy, overly complex tax code to the arcane, bureaucratic operations of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the United States is in need of a new system. There is a better way for tax reform, and it starts with focusing on a tax code and IRS that works for us, not against us. We need a tax code that we can understand and an IRS that taxpayers can actually trust.

     

  • Republicans begin to abandon Trump

        As Republicans across the country watch, in horror, the train wreck that is Donald Trump’s campaign, many are no doubt having an existential moment that can only be expressed as, “My God, my God, what have we done?”
            Indeed. His nomination is a looming disaster unprecedented in modern politics. Nearly each day, he proves again that he is not fit in any way to be president of this country.

  • Hillary’s chance to prove her manhood?

        China is still seething with bellicosity following a decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague that ruled against China’s claims in the South China Sea. This court arbitrates conflicts between countries under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Both China and the Philippines, which filed a complaint with this court, are signatories to this treaty.

  • Anemic economic reports demand a new approach

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Zika response stalled by the Senate

    Mosquitos are a pest during any given summer. But, this year they are raising particular alarm in light of the Zika virus outbreak to our south. As concerns about transmission in the United States have grown, Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have called for a response from the federal government.

     

  • To the Citizens of Bedford County

    By Mike Brown
    Sheriff

        On behalf of all of us, here at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, I wish to thank those who continue to express their support and appreciation of law enforcement.  These last few months have been tenuous to say the least, but the expressions of kindness have certainly lifted the spirits of this agency.   Delicious baked goods, fresh fruit and handmade cards from children are all very much appreciated.

  • History will honor Hillary’s nomination

        I had intended to devote this entire column to the historic triumph of the first woman nominee for president by a major party – and I will get to that – but Donald Trump’s stupid utterances have a way of seizing one’s attention.
        After whining about the air conditioning in the ballroom at his Hotel Roanoke appearance, Trump had indicated that it was so bad he might not pay the bill. It was a petulant moment to be sure, but he has a lot of those.