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Columns

  • Political theater on immigration

    During the mid-term elections, you would not have been far off to suggest that the two most dominate players on either side were women: Sarah Palin and Nancy Pelosi.
        Pelosi, the liberal Democrat who has made history as the first female Speaker of the House, was everywhere, though not literally.

  • A pending federal regulation is just one more sign of the times

    The federal government just can’t help itself.

        Facing tight budgets, local governments will soon be facing an additional unfunded mandate that will strain those budgets even further.
        The Federal Highway Administration believes the street signs we look at every day just aren’t cutting it. And so, they will have to be changed. In some cases, at great cost.

  • Cybersecurity is critical to our national security

    This week the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission issued their annual report to Congress.  The report, which details all aspects of the relationship between the United States and China, contained disturbing but not unsuspected revelations that the Chinese government is behind the numerous computer hacking incidents involving many U.S. government and military sites.

  • From the left: A Happy Thanksgiving!

        Well, they’ve done it again. If you’ve been in any stores or restaurants lately, you’ve noticed that Christmas decorations have sprang up like those weird plants that floated to the Earth in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”

        You can hardly find a display of a pilgrim or a turkey what with all the Santas and snowmen that are suddenly everywhere. Thanksgiving has again been dissed in a big way by the Great Commercial God we know as Christmas.

  • Keep the two-term limit for presidents

  • Shop local first

    This season Centertown businesses will be staying open late as part of the Christmas holiday festivities. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: If you haven’t already shopped locally, this is a good time to start.     

        Buying local is more than a nice slogan.

  • Staying safe during hunting season

    By Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown

    www.bedfordcountysheriff.org

    540-586-4800
    Emergency:
    Dial 9-1-1

  • Repeal presidential two-term limit

        The Republicans could never beat Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR holds a record that many think will never be topped: the only American president to be elected to four terms in office.

        The GOP was so angry at FDR’s achievement it swore to prevent it from ever happening again. As soon as they took over Congress after FDR’s death, they had the law changed to limit a president to only two consecutive terms.

  • Resuscitating the elephant

        A cup of tea seems to be just what the Republican Party needed.

  • We’ll be watching

    Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte will head back to Washington in January with a lot more seniority — and a great deal more responsibility, both to the Republican Party and, even more importantly, to the citizens he represents.