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Columns

  • Poor Sarah Palin; she just can’t help it!

    If there are two things in our nation that deserve each other, it’s gotta be Sarah Palin and Liberty University.
        Apparently, LU doesn’t hold great intellectual standards for the people it invites to speak. Thus, Sarah Palin will always be welcome.
        Ms. Palin (no, wait a minute; that’s Mrs. Palin. “Ms.” would be too feminist, wouldn’t it?) spoke recently at the school’s final “fall convocation.”

  • Faithfully executing the laws

    For more than 200 years, the U.S. Constitution has served as the law of the land and the framework on which we have built our nation. The principles enshrined in this document by our Founding Fathers protect Americans’ liberties by creating a limited government that is divided into three separate branches, with each branch having defined functions delegated to it by the Constitution. This “separation of powers” was designed so that no one branch acquires too much power.

  • House passes Robert Hurt's legislation to help small businesses

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    With unemployment remaining unacceptably high across the Fifth District, Congress must focus on passing legislation that will spur job creation for Americans. Fifth District Virginians know that the federal government’s role is to promote policies that create opportunities and increase access to capital for our entrepreneurs and small businesses to hire and expand.

     

  • Worst president, ever

        It’s a highly coveted title, one that former President Jimmy Carter has proudly held for more than three decades. Now, however, I think it’s time to award the crown of “Worst President, Ever,” to a new “winner.” Yes, I believe the time has come to grant the honor of “Worst President, Ever” to President Barack Hussein Obama. The office of President of the United States has hit a new, historic, low under Number 44.

  • The Virginia Republican train wreck

    Currently, the Virginia Republican Party is in the sorriest shape it’s been since the late 1960s, when a handful of GOP stalwarts began to build the party into something that could compete with Virginia Democrats.
        In the wake of the Democratic sweep of this November’s elections, and hampered by the right-wing extremists who have just about ruined it, the state GOP is sorely in need of a return to the drawing board.

  • Should schools be gun-free zones?

        Philip VanCleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, came to Bedford to speak at the Nov. 13 board of supervisors meeting. Mr. VanCleave was there to speak in support of District 4 Supervisor John Sharp’s firearms proposal.
        I agree with Mr. VanCleave. The General Assembly should craft a bill along the lines that Mr. Sharp suggested.

  • No retreat on health care reform

    It’s been fascinating to watch conservative Republicans express their horror at the cancellation of some people’s insurance policies.
        But wait a minute. Why the sudden concern when it was never there before?
        Through the decades, insurance companies have routinely abused their power, canceling policies, denying coverage because of “pre-existing conditions,” and always putting profits before people.

  • School safety

    By Glen and Linda Smith
    Bedford

    “When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.” So observes Claudius in the play Hamlet.
        Certainly personal trials often come in multiples, while collective sorrows and even tragedies daily abound. We need not be news junkies to apprehend their frequency and sadness. Plane crashes, floods, tornadoes, typhoons—we are bombarded by the stark reality of the suffering. Yet perhaps none of these tragedies slam us with more emotional impact than school shootings.

  • Keep your cooking safe!

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue

        Thanksgiving is this Thursday and with that comes the cooking of the turkey.  Whether you are using Grandma’s favorite recipe or using the more traditional deep-fryer to cook your turkey it is important to keep cooking safety in mind to prevent injury and fire. 

  • Appeals of VA claims decisions

    By Bob Kibler

        Veterans and other claimants for VA benefits have the right to appeal decisions made by a VA regional office, medical center or National Cemetery Administration (NCA) office. Typical issues appealed are disability compensation, pension, education benefits, recovery of overpayments, reimbursement for unauthorized medical services, and denial of burial and memorial benefits.