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Columns

  • IRS urges taxpayers to check their withholding

    The Internal Revenue Service encouraged taxpayers to consider a mid-year tax withholding checkup following several new factors that could affect their refunds in 2017.  Taking a closer look at the taxes being withheld can help ensure the right amount is withheld, either for tax refund purposes or to avoid an unexpected tax bill next year.

  • Not mowing brush anymore

    By Albert Robe
    Bedford

        The town of Bedford is a great place to live.  My family moved here 28 years ago and this is “home” to us.  I take pride in saying that I live in or am from Bedford, Virginia.
        With that said, I come to the point of this letter.  From time to time, I hear of or read an article concerning the need for more tourism in Bedford.  It is at this point that I have become frustrated and/or confused as to a possible cause for this.

  • Roger Ailes and his like-minded buddy

        In the 1970s, before most Americans ever heard of him, Roger Ailes was a Republican operative who worked for Richard Nixon.
        Nixon, as we know, hated the press. Many journalists were on the White House Enemies List.
            Nixon basically began the conservative myth about “the liberal media,” and his student, Ailes, soaked it up.

  • Education without regimentation

        Schools across America are back in session. Bedford County opened its schools for the new school year on Aug. 15. A few school districts opened earlier and a few later.

  • Fifth District small businesses are our economic engine

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • The American flag

    By James F. Burns

     “I’ve been to the moon. I’ve been burned. But more often I’m honored. I’m your American flag.”

  • Trump has no immigration policy

        What first brought Donald Trump to our attention last year was his racist shrieks about how “Mexico is killing us,” and “not sending us their best.”
        “Rapists and thieves,” he said, are what most illegal immigrants are, and that he would “build a wall” and make Mexico pay for it.

  • Keeping tabs on you

        Today’s kids can’t imagine a time when people didn’t carry a telephone with them, on their person, everywhere they go. Today’s smart phones are actually hand-held computers with many times more computing power than machines that filled specially air conditioned rooms, 30 years ago,.
        I don’t have a smart phone or any kind of cell phone. I don’t want one and can’t imagine what earthly use a cell phone would be to me.

  • Junior Falwell’s lame defense of Trump

        Lost recently in all the back and forth between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was a fairly remarkable op-ed piece in defense of Trump written by none other than Junior Falwell.
        You know, Jerry Falwell, Jr., whom I like to describe as LU’s “gun-slinging chancellor.” He earned that title after his embrace of guns on campus so that students might “end those Muslims” should something occur.

  • Why we need the ICAC task force


        Last week Brian McAlexander pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography. McAlexander had put child porn on an Internet peer-to-peer network and that’s how he got caught. The Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is looking for guys who do things like that.