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Columns

  • Pro-choice forces ready to fight

        The fallout continues from the extreme anti-abortion rights bills passed in Georgia, Alabama, Missouri and other states, where “pro-life” people want to take away the reproductive rights of all American women.
        The Alabama law, clearly the most egregious and the most blatantly unconstitutional, would ban nearly all abortions, even from the moment of conception – a “moment” no one actually knows – and would sentence doctors who perform abortions to up to 99 years in prison.

  • Obama left a toxic legacy

        As of this writing, tensions are rising between the United States and Iran. President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal last year and this year declared Iran’s Revolutionary Guard to be a terrorist organization. This opened the door to economic sanctions against the Guard, which has extensive business dealings.

  • An open letter to wake makers 

    By Jerry Hale
    Wake Surfer and SML Water Safety Council me ber
       
        I am one of us.  I’ve wake boarded on SML for 15 years and am still at it.  I have friends with surf boats and get invited along for wake surfing sessions. These sports are great fun, but the towboats produce significant wakes. There are more and larger towboats on the lake each year that are designed to make formidable wakes, and more families are enjoying wake sports together.  

  • Legal abortion under vicious assault

        Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp recently signed the so-called “heartbeat abortion ban” into law, joining five other states that have passed similar legislation. It’s a blatant attempt to reach the U.S. Supreme Court and end legal abortion rights for American women.
        The law is ridiculous and punitive, and under Roe v. Wade, clearly unconstitutional. It would ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks, even before a woman knows she’s pregnant.

  • ‘Democratic’ nomination circus

        As of this writing, President Donald Trump’s approval rating sits at 49 percent.

  • Finding middle ground

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        She had sat at the table for hours, pen in hand but so paralyzed with grief she could not write.  Finally, Nancy Mills expressed her feelings to her son-in-law upon the deaths of his wife—her daughter Nancy—and their little girl Caroline.

  • ‘Mafia Donald’ finds his Roy Cohn

         If you know of the shameful McCarthy era in our political history (and Trump supporters don’t, because most of them are as ignorant as him), then you know the role played by the red-baiting attorney Roy Cohn.
        As the alcoholic Sen. Joe McCarthy ruined careers and lives in the 1950s by claiming there were “communists everywhere” in the State Dept., his chief aide and attorney was Cohn, a vicious anti-Commie fanatic who was also secretly gay.

  • They’re not as stupid as I thought

        I noticed, in last week’s Liberal Agenda, that Rick Howell is very happy that Uncle Joe is officially in the race for the “Democrat” nomination for president.

  • Biden’s in, and he can beat Trump

        You know you’re a heavyweight in presidential politics when you’re the 20th candidate to announce in your party, but you’re the immediate front-runner, and in 24 hours, you raise more money than any other candidate did their first day.
        That’s Joe Biden, of course, who finally ended speculation and jumped into the race. Many Democrats are delighted, because we believe that he’s the most credible candidate of the lot, and that he has the stuff to beat Donald Trump.

  • The voice of the people

        Bedford County’s board of supervisors heard the voice of the people last week when they held a public hearing on the real estate tax rate. Four of the seven listened.