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Columns

  • Protecting consumers from identity theft

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. Identity thieves use identifying information such as a consumer’s Social Security number, credit card numbers, or other financial account information in order to conduct such fraud as opening up new credit cards and gaining access to bank accounts. The ramifications from such crimes can be financially disastrous for citizens and can be extremely difficult to resolve.

  • Please, no more new Texans

        In 2000, I had a bumper sticker that said, “No New Texans,” a clear and simple repudiation of the presidential candidacy of George W. Bush.

    It was also a sneer at the broken “No new taxes” pledge that Bush’s father had reneged on in the light of fiscal and economic reality. That compromise almost seems quaint now, doesn’t it? Given that most conservative Republicans would rather stomp their grandmothers than raise taxes.

  • The European road to perdition

        The pictures from London and several other British cities this month, with buildings ablaze, made me think of the World War II Blitz. Of course, the extent of the damage was nowhere near as great and, in this case the British were doing it to themselves. Gangs of teens and young adults roamed through certain neighborhoods setting fires, attacking people and pillaging shops.

        This was not a race riot. The mobs were racially mixed.

  • Back to school

    It's that time of year again. Big yellow buses are out and about on our highways. Children stand in groups in neighborhoods and road sides waiting to be picked up.

  • Protecting our national security

    What if I told you that every year the U.S. government holds a national immigration ‘lottery’ by which 50,000 individuals become legal permanent residents of the U.S. purely at random and that since 1995 nearly one million visas have been handed out through this program. Most of my constituents are shocked to learn that such a program exists.

  • Protecting our national security

    What if I told you that every year the U.S. government holds a national immigration ‘lottery’ by which 50,000 individuals become legal permanent residents of the U.S. purely at random and that since 1995 nearly one million visas have been handed out through this program. Most of my constituents are shocked to learn that such a program exists.

  • Alert: School is back

    By Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown

    540-586-4800 Emergency: Dial 9-1-1

    www.bedfordcountysheriff.org

  • Even liberals take summer vacations

        Every now and then, in this space, I like to take a little time off from the weighty battles of American political life and just have some fun.

        Fun, that is, with a subject that’s not political at all, but don’t worry, I’ll find a way to take some jabs at conservatives. I wouldn’t want to let anyone down.

  • Deep cuts to defense are dangerous

        As members of Congress figure out how they are going to reduce federal spending, they must avoid making deep cuts in our defense spending.

  • Laying veterans to rest

        In an effort to show its appreciation for their service, the U.S. has granted certain benefits to help with the costs of laying our veterans to rest.

        The burial benefits available for eligible veterans include burial allowance, plot or internment allowance, headstones or markers, a U.S. flag, a presidential memorial certificate and military funeral honors, including an honor guard and playing of “Taps”.