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Columns

  • 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.

  • Giving thanks

    Each year across Virginia and throughout the country, Americans set aside a special day to express gratitude for the many blessings we have received. Just from watching the evening news, it is clear that much of our attention as a nation has been drawn toward the continued debate on health care, federal spending, and the economy. However, we gather together with grateful hearts this year. While we have certainly faced many struggles over the past year as a nation, we have much to be thankful for as Americans.

  • ‘Democrats’ running scared

  • Fifty years later, no less pain

    National media, including the Internet, have been filled with historical programming on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
        It will all peak this week, as Nov. 22, occurs on a Friday, just as it did in 1963.
        Probably no one has anything original to add to an event that still, to this day, can seem as improbable as it seemed then. But we’re all entitled to our own memories and reflections, however humble.

  • Creating a ‘Commonwealth of Opportunity’

    By Gov. Bob McDonnell
    Submitted through Landmark News Service/The Virginian-Pilot
     
        In 2011, the Jones family was forced out of their apartment after the building was condemned. Suddenly the family, with their savings stretched, was faced with the previously unthinkable: homelessness. Today, they are renting a good apartment and looking to buy their first house.