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Columns

  • The GOP should beg for forgiveness

        I certainly hope the American people were paying attention last week to the disgusting spectacle of hatred, racism, intolerance and dangerous ignorance on display in Cleveland.
        It was truly a sad thing to see: The Republican Party we once knew –  one produced Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Dwight Eisenhower – is dead, absolutely dead. It’s been replaced by this ugly, extreme, and hateful thing that was evidenced last week.

  • What are you going to do about it?
  • Holding Iran accountable: The Iran deal, one year later

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Administration official stonewalls justice
  • The scammers are back at it!

    By Sheriff Mike Brown

        Once again, the good citizens of Bedford County are falling victim to phone scams. Please talk about these scams with your friends and neighbors. Especially the elderly folks you know, since they are the ones most targeted.

  • The scammers are back at it!

    By Jerry Hale

        Anyone who’s spending significant time in their boat or on their dock can’t help but have noticed the latest water recreation passion on SML: wake sufing.
        While not quite as widespread as Stand Up Paddle Boarding, wake surfing has become SML’s fastest-growing tow sport despite the seemingly prohibitive high “entry cost” of a towboat equipped to create the enormous wakes required give an adult or teenager a satisfying surfing experience.

  • Trump and his ‘Christian’ troops

        Everyone was joking for a while that it seemed no one in particular wanted to speak at the Republican National Convention. It also looked, for a while, that very few people were enthusiastic about being on the GOP ticket with Donald Trump.
            Well, Mr. “Make America Great Again” has gotten some movement on both those fronts, picking Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, and producing convention speakers who were heavy on, well, preachers.

  • Kevin Willis was right

        A suggestion that District 7 Supervisor Kevin Willis made last week — one that was unanimously accepted by his fellow supervisors — was a wise suggestion.
        As the supervisors discussed Ginger Ausband’s special use permit for a folk art retreat, a condition that no alcoholic beverages be permitted caught Willis’ attention. The condition had been attached by the planning commission when they unanimously recommended approval of Ausband’s special use permit.

  • Let us remember what it means to be an American

    Last week, as we celebrated our nation's 240th year of independence, I had the profound honor of attending the annual 4th of July celebration at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Each year, that celebration includes a naturalization ceremony in which a group of new citizens takes the Oath of Allegiance to the United States, affirming that they will support and defend the Constitution and our laws against all enemies, foreign and domestic, bearing true faith and allegiance to the same.  

  • Clinton email investigation leaves more questions than answers

    What does it say to the public when officials at the highest levels are not held accountable? The American people expect government officials to abide by the law just like everyone else. However, that does not appear to be the case for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Just a few days ago, FBI Director James Comey announced his recommendation that no criminal charges be filed against Secretary Clinton for her use of a private email server while at the State Department and the mishandling of classified information.