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Columns

  • A canary in the coalmine?

    By  James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        Could the terrorist attack on British Parliament be a cultural canary-in-the-coal-mine for us?  Will the London attacker who repeatedly plunged a knife into a policeman guarding Westminster be celebrated by some Brits as a modern-day Guy Fawkes?

  • Trump clobbered on health care bill

        For a man who imagines himself to be as “tough” as Donald Trump, he sure caved real fast on health care, didn’t he? What was that all about?
        Republicans spent nearly eight years demonizing the Affordable Care Act, obsessing over repealing “The Great Evil Of Our Time,” as I suggest they think of it. There had been no greater priority than beating back the horrors of this awful, communistic law.

  • Reliable allies

        The United States has a bad track record of leaving allies to hang out and dry. We did that with South Vietnam when North Vietnam unified the country by force after we withdrew combat troops.

  • It’s budget season in the county

    By Steve Wilkerson
    District 3 Supervisor
    Bedford County

        Greetings once again. 
        It’s time for the latest quarterly update on the actions by and issues confronting the Bedford County Board of Supervisors.  Besides, it’s budget season, a most critical and intense period on the calendar. 

  • Wiretap claim another Trump absurdity

        It’s been reported that even Donald Trump’s aides and Cabinet officers live in fear of what kind of nonsense he’ll put out next on his infamous Twitter feed.
        He is, after all, the president – God help us – and generally when a president makes a statement, well, it’s considered a declaration of policy. Cabinet officers, allegedly, worry about what he might say in the middle of the night, because the next day, they may have to defend it as policy.

  • An election every year

    If you like politics like I do, then Virginia is a great place to live. We have an election every year. Federal elections and most city and town elections take place on even numbered years. State and county elections are held on odd numbered years.

  • Learning to drive

    By Pernie Forehand
    Bedford

  • The Scots-Irish

    By James F. Burns

        Call them the other Irish—the invisible Irish, the Scots-Irish.  They’re more associated with corn, coal, and moonshine than green beer.  They’re the offspring of Scots whom King James transplanted to northern Ireland at the same time he was colonizing Jamestown in Virginia and producing the King James Version of the Bible in the early 1600s.

  • ‘Luck of the Irish’….or success planning?

    By Vicki Gardner,
    Executive Director
    Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce

        We have options.
        St. Patrick’s Day is here once again and with it the term, ‘Luck of the Irish”. 

  • Conservative insanity over health care

        When the Affordable Care Act was first passed, most conservatives acted as though Karl Marx had risen from the grave, seized power in Washington, D.C., and locked us all in communist chains.
        The kindest thing they said about it was that it was “government-run,” health care, which it certainly was not. But they always trot out that mindless phrase any time insurance companies lose the slightest ability to control whether you and I receive affordable care.