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Columns

  • The crack of the bat

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        The crack of the bat sent a tall popup skyward behind home plate.  I was the catcher and staggered beneath that mile-high ball as it rushed earthward.  I thrust my mitt up and made a lucky catch, the ball wedging itself between my mitt and my bare hand.

  • The slow, steady triumph of science

        Popular scientist Stephen Hawking died recently, after a lifetime of defying disability and bringing astronomy to the American public in a way that was engaging, highly informative, and even tinged with humor.
        Hawking had done groundbreaking work on understanding black holes, especially their relation to how the universe began. His 1988 book, “A Brief History of Time,” was an amazing best-seller, credited with bringing complicated scientific theory to a mainstream audience of lay people.

  • John Sharp is right

        A while back I wrote a column with the title “Kevin Willis is right,” This time, it’s John Sharp who is on the right track.

  • Youth will forge a progressive future

        It’s truly sad to think that a young generation of Americans coming of age now will one day have to say that the first president they remember was…Donald Trump.
        Those of us who have seen many presidents must help our youth know what a deviation from the norm this clown and his regime represents.

  • Solutions, not name calling, are needed

        Three weeks ago I mentioned why I’ve been citing the figures from the Rasmussen poll. Judging from Rick Howell’s Liberal Agenda from last week, it would appear that Mr. Howell has a reading comprehension problem. Actually, I’m sure Mr. Howell has no problem understanding what he reads. His problem is that he is a hyper zealous “Democratic” Party activist. so he will prefer polls that provide him with numbers to his liking.

  • 2017 Year in Review

    By Nicole Johnson
    Director of Tourism

        Happy Spring!  2018 is off to a great (and very busy) start!  In January, I celebrated the one year mark as Bedford County’s Director of Tourism, and I want to mention a few highlights from 2017.

  • Oh, yes, the Blue Wave is coming!

        Recently, the conservative columnist here was celebrating because he managed to find a poll that suggested Donald Trump had pushed his approval rating to 49 percent.
        This, he said, meant that this deeply corrupt president, who is shedding staff the way rats leave a sinking ship, had a “higher rating than Obama at a similar point.” He thinks the Blue Wave we know is coming this fall might not happen.

  • Outside agencies provide good value

        Every year, as they develop their budgets, both the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and Bedford Town Council get requests from outside agencies for money.
        This year, the process was accompanied by some fussing on Town Council. It was kind of a tempest in a teapot and nothing happened. Most councilmen agreed that refusing to provide any funding to outside agencies, at this point, would amount to an unfair surprise for these organizations. A policy would need to be developed and applied to next year’s requests.

  • Agreement on budget elusive

    By Senator David Suetterlein

        The 2018 Regular Session of the General Assembly adjourned on Saturday. Consensus was achieved on several important issues in the final days of session, but bicameral agreement on the Commonwealth’s two year budget continued to prove elusive.

  • Session ends as scheduled

    By Delegate Kathy Byron
                            The 2018 General Assembly session ended as scheduled on Saturday.  Of the 2,606 bills submitted by legislators, 874 were approved.  One very important bill, the state budget, was not.  Consequently, we’ll be returning to Richmond soon to approve a two-year spending plan.