• Eight centuries of individual rights

        Monday marked the 800th anniversary of a major event in the development of American freedom. On June 15, 1215, King John of England was forced by both England’s nobles and clergy to sign a document that came to be known as Magna Carta. King John signed multiple copies — actually, he affixed his royal seal to them — and four of these originals still exist.

  • Beating the tea party in Tidewater

        Politics can often be a terrific venue for the mixture of business and pleasure. If you can’t manage it in Tidewater, so close to Virginia Beach, you’ll never figure it out.
        But I had no such trouble last week, working on the campaign of House of Delegates candidate Steve Heretick in Portsmouth and Norfolk.
        Heretick was waging what many considered a nearly impossible task, seeking to end the career of longtime delegate Johnny Joannou in the June 9 primary.

  • A message to our graduates: It’s just the beginning
  • Obama slips in Greece

        You would think President Barack Obama would have enough on his foreign policy plate to keep him busy — and awake at night.

  • No coronation for Hillary Clinton

        Some months back it was fashionable to think that Hillary Clinton might not have even a single opponent on her way to the Democratic nomination for president.
        But now, the Democratic field – while not resembling the crowded subway train in the other party – is growing.

  • Don’t be scammed!

    By Sheriff Mike Brown

         As economic times get tougher for so many, there are always those who find creative ways to steal your money. Bedford County Sheriff’s Investigators have been receiving numerous reports about scams plaguing our county. Please protect yourself and your loved ones.

  • Reality vs. Reality TV

    By Mike Poff Big Island

        Critics, pundits, parents, Christians and everything in-between across the nations’ media, breakfast tables, and internet enabled tablets are fumbling and stumbling all around the sad revelations regarding the Duggar family, their TV show, their influence, their faith, and their failures. All old Duggar foes sense blood in the water and swarm for the kill. Old allies rally and circle the wagons and the ruckus just rolls on and on in a modern moral bi-polar free for all.

  • Fanning the flames of anti-police hatred

        Last year, when Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, the denizens of America’s liberal political swamp all shrieked “racist.” They implied that this happened because the officer is white, there were hardly any black officers on the police force, the police chief was white and five of the city’s six city councilmen are white. The city is 25 percent black.

  • Infrastructure needs must be met

        Not long ago I asked a rhetorical question here, wondering if anyone could provide the details of even one single program of humane reform brought to this country by conservatives.
        No one has offered any serious suggestions, and we know why. In the post World-War II era, reaction to FDR’s New Deal produced a conservative backlash.

  • Pointing the finger

    By Kitty Jennings

        In response to Letter to the Editor in News & Advance on May 27, 2015, by Gary Hostutler:    Once again, the School Board is pointing the finger at the Bedford County Supervisors for inaction on the new Middle School Project. There needs to be some clarification on this issue.