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Columns

  • Better pay attention

        As you may have noticed,  we have elections scheduled for Nov. 6. One of the cool things about living in Virginia is that we have elections every year. We have federal elections in even numbered years and state and local elections in odd numbered years.

  • More evidence that he’s unfit for office

        In Donald Trump’s historically unprecedented regime, there’s always been a very credible suspicion that this man is simply not fit for the office to which he ascended. Now, as more and more evidence surfaces, everyone should start to accept it.
        Yes, it’s time for his “base,” as they are called, to begin the process of admitting how wrong they were. One way or the other, this farcical presidency is going to end badly.

  • Education, Life itself

    By Glenn Ayers

        A “mind-set” between teachers and students is the way Bedford school superintendent, Doug Schuch, describes the county’s new student-based learning system.
        He doesn’t like calling what’s going on at Staunton River Middle School and Jefferson Forest High School programs. “It sounds too much like people being forced to do something.”  What’s wanted, he explains, is this “mind-set” that produces ideal results. 

  • Women will lead the way this fall

        “Liberal Women of Chesterfield County” didn’t exist until “tea party” stalwart Dave Brat shocked and defeated the Republican then-GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor in 2014.
        Brat went on to Congress, where he has done little but obsess over “repeal and replace,” the angry plan to take away benefits under the Affordable Care Act. Thank goodness they’ve failed; the ACA is still the law of the land and has provided health insurance coverage to about 25 million people.

  • Trump vs. Obama

        The most recent daily Rasmussen Poll , as of this writing, puts President Donald Trump’s approval rating at 46 percent. In spite of the Bob Woodward book and the anonymous editorial in the New York Times, this is roughly where President Trump’s approval rating has been, give or take a percentage point, all summer.

  • John McCain: Everything Trump can never be

        I’d love to hear someone make an attempt to justify Donald Trump’s mean, jealous, petulant and disrespectful behavior in the wake of the death of a real American political legend, Sen. John McCain.
        Give Trump a chance to prove he’s a miserable wretch, and he never fails to do it. Democrats and Republicans alike were disgusted by this fraud’s horrific contempt for a deceased U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate that most Americans admired greatly.

  • Are we in the toilet?

        I’ve never been a particularly optimistic fellow. I’ve always tended to feel every silver lining has a dark cloud and the glass is half empty. 

  • We need a national cleansing

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        We need a march of ministers, not a national military parade.  We need a parade of pure-souled priests and a rally of righteous rabbis.  Not a national military parade.
        Shock and awe have their place.  Our nation’s capital is not it.  We need a national cleansing, top to bottom, coast to coast.  We seek an elevated level of discourse and spiritual inspiration. 

  • Separating needs from wants

    By Susan Falls Kirby
    Bedford County School Board
    District 6

        When my children were in kindergarten and first grade one of my favorite lessons to help them with was the ability to separate needs from wants.  It’s a really hard lesson to learn when you are so young, and I think sometimes that line gets cloudy again as we get older. 

  • The walls are closing in on Trump

        With the federal court conviction of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and the guilty plea of the sleazy “fixer” lawyer, it looks like “the witch hunt” has found some witches.
        A lifetime of corruption is catching up to Donald Trump. Since so many “Christians” voted for him, it’s appropriate to use a Biblical injunction: He’s about to reap what he has sown.