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Columns

  • 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.

  • All quiet in the Baltic

        Back at the end of June, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin made news when he sacked a large number of senior naval officers in Russia’s Baltic Fleet. There was a lot of speculation as to why Vladimir Vladimirovich did this. One line of thought that appeared in news stories at the time is that he did it because these officers refused to act more aggressively toward NATO ships operating in the Baltic.

  • Those who keep us safe are most deserving of our support

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • The Iran deal one year later

    One year ago this month, President Obama inked an historic nuclear deal with Iran. It hardly seems like a year has passed since the Iran Nuclear Agreement came into being over the opposition of me and many others. However, perhaps that is because very little has changed when it comes to Iran’s bad behavior.

     

  • Family Night Boating

    By Tom Merriman
    SML Water Safety Council
    & US Coast Guard Auxillary
     
        Night boating isn’t just for fishermen and romantics any more. 
        A family night boat ride is exciting for children and grandchildren as they get to see a different lake after sunset. To make the most of a night boat ride opportunity, start with preparations for your boat…and for your passengers as well.  

  • Ideas that matter

    By Tommy L. Foster
    Thaxton

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