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Columns

  • Christians and guns: An unholy mix?

        Recently, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring decided that our state wouldn’t recognize conceal carry permits from other states. Those states, he said, might be more lenient in what kind of people they let carry firearms.
        Republican Sen. Bill Carrico got so fired up by Herring’s ruling that he said he’d file legislation to take away Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s armed security detail. It was a snarky reaction, to be sure.

  • New year, new opportunities

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As 2015 comes to a close, so too does the first-session of the 114th Congress, and I believe that we have much to look forward to as we embark upon a new year.

  • New year, new opportunities

    A new year brings new opportunities for our country. It’s a time to refocus and, with a fresh perspective, look ahead at all that must be accomplished. As we ring in 2016, Congress has much to do to address the priorities of the American people.

     

  • There’s no yellow brick road

        In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy follows the yellow brick road to Oz to meet the Wizard of Oz. She wants to get back to Kansas, although I’m not sure why anybody would want to go to Kansas, and believes the Wizard can make that happen. It turned out that there was no Wizard of Oz.
        There’s no Wizard of Oz who can make economic development happen in Bedford. There isn’t even a yellow brick road. There’s no magic solution to revitalizing Bedford’s Centertown, or even one clear road to follow.

  • Fear of Islam is not Christian

        It was a simple lesson in a social studies class in a public high school of Augusta County, Virginia. Yet, a few hysterical parents responded with fear and hatred to get the county schools shut down.
        Ignorance can go a long way when accompanied by two other ingredients: fear and religious fanaticism. All were at work in the recent school closure at River Heads High School, over a lesson that involved the Arabic writing tool of calligraphy.

  • Good memories

        There is still time to see the model train layout on the Bedford Museum’s third floor. It will remain up and running through Jan. 30. It’s the biggest layout that can fit in what was the former Masonic Lodge’s great room and features a village, a train yard and tunnels. Two trains are always running and the trains vary from day to day. What is amazing about this layout is that it’s an entirely volunteer effort. Volunteers set it up in November so that it can start rolling on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

  • Christmas gifts for all; even Trump!

        I’m not sure what got into me this year. It seems that the “Christmas spirit” descended upon me early, and has manifested itself often.
        I mailed out Christmas cards (first time I’ve done that in decades!) in early December. My Christmas shopping was done well before this week.
        My humble Christmas tree was up just after Thanksgiving, and my cats have left it largely unmolested! I even found a cheap but lovely string of lights to put on it.

  • The Muslim must choose

    Rev. Raymond Bell
    Roanoke

        Here is some perspective the press needs to get moving on.

  • The promise of Christmas

    Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:

    “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;

    The Wrong shall fail,

    The Right prevail,

  • It’s the left-wingers who have no shame

        I’ve been following the aftermath of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. Here are my thoughts on it.