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Columns

  • More humor from Rick Howell

        Rick Howell’s Liberal Agenda is always hilarious when he starts talking about the Bible. This is because Mr. Howell makes it clear that he doesn’t understand it well. Sometimes I wonder if he has ever read it at all.

  • Stewart’s a drag on the GOP statewide

        With the Labor Day holiday just around the corner, voters will settle in for the midterm elections of 2018, which are likely to end in a stunning repudiation of this scandal-plagued, dishonest and corrupt president.
        Just about every day, Donald Trump demonstrates anew why he is setting new standards for the phrase “worst president ever.” It’s simply amazing to watch this clownish figure prove over and over again why he’s not fit to be where he finds himself.

  • Setting the record straight

    By Glenn Ayers
    Moneta

        A few words are needed to correct various suppositions in Beck Stanley’s op-ed piece in the Bulletin’s August 8 edition, lest they create the “cultural crisis” he describes. As it is, many of his assertions are nearly incomprehensible; others so divorced from fact as to be unbelievable.

  • Blind faith isn’t admirable

    By Beck Stanley
    Bedford

        Faith in an individual or an idea is admirable. Blind faith is not. Despite vivid evidence of a cultural crisis at Bedford County Public Schools under the leadership of Drs. Doug Schuch and Mac Duis, some elected officials remain steadfast in their support of these men.
        Here’s why you shouldn’t trust them.

  • ‘End times’ obsessions don’t justify Trump

        Last week, I wrote about the residents of a small Alabama town filled with white Trump supporters who resented the civil rights movement, obsessed over abortion, and regarded Trump’s election as “God’s plan.”
        By their own words, townspeople revealed their prejudice (“slaves were valued”), their hatred of Hillary Clinton, referred to as “of Satan,” and something else: Their obsession with what’s commonly known in fundamentalist Christian circles as “the end times.”

  • Renovating a town

        We frequently see buildings renovated, but Bedford is looking at plans to renovate a town. At least they plan to renovate the downtown area.
        Back in May, Mary Zirkle, the town’s economic development coordinator, held a well-attended public meeting with a representative from Hill Studio of Roanoke.  Hill Studio is an urban planning firm. The goal was to get citizen input for a project called School-to-School, a plan to revitalize the center of Bedford.

  • Story candidly reveals Trump’s ‘base’

        Those of us who have opposed Donald Trump from the beginning have always wrestled with what often feels like an existential question: How could anyone have walked into a polling place and voted for him to be president?
        From the time he first gained attention by saying that the Mexicans coming here illegally were “rapists and murderers,” most people basically laughed it off. “There’s no way,” it was often said, “that this country would elect him.”

  • Iranian nukes

        Iran’s currency seems to be in free fall. 

  • ‘A blaze of glory’

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        A potent personality—plus tact, talent, and tenacity—took Mary Hosbrook from the farm to a career as an artist and entrepreneur. 
        Her life linked the 1860s to the 1960s, a century of expanding civil rights and women asserting their place in society.  Mary Hosbrook, my great-aunt, was a pioneer in this post-Civil War period.

  • One thing’s clear: He’s Russia’s boy

        Like everything else he’s touched, Donald Trump has turned American foreign policy on its head, seemingly trying to make our enemies our friends and even threatening the NATO alliance.
        His suck-up performance – it can’t be called anything else – at the so-called summit with Vladimir Putin was disgusting and outrageous, coming just days after 12 Russians had been indicted for meddling in our presidential election, the same one that “elected” him.