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Columns

  • Herbs are superb for the garden

    By Sue Becker
    Bedford Extension Master Gardener

        Herbs are terrific plants to grow, even for gardeners with the blackest of thumbs.  They are generally tough, and if planted in the right place, can often provide lasting enjoyment throughout the years.

  • Time to curb America’s gun madness

        Given the political upheaval after the Florida school shooting, there is reason to hope that the gun madness in this culture might be on its last legs.
        First, we’ll need this fall’s blue wave of Democratic victories to take back the House, and maybe even the U.S. Senate. As long as too many Republicans both support the gun-worship agenda, and live in fear of an NRA-sponsored primary challenge, they won’t budge.

  • I finally got a rise out of him

        I love to needle liberals! It’s so easy as most of them have that combination of self-righteousness and anger that makes them easy to antagonize. I often do this on Facebook. I have some liberal Facebook friends and I sometimes jump in on one of their threads, make a comment and watch the fun as their angry friends go ballistic. Replies that I have received have included obscenities and personal threats.

  • Freedom

    By Foster Garrett
    Intern Writer

        Freedom: It is what every person desires yet only the bravest achieve.
        Freedom from war, from persecution, from inner conflict; the freedom to be yourself and to love whoever and whatever you choose; freedom of the wildest nature and of the most tranquil peace; freedom is desired on every level, in every form, by everybody.

  • Remembering the Marathon bombing

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

          For me, the Boston Marathon bombing was like a hot poker thrust into the smoldering embers of a recent fire—that then burst back into flame.  The race itself is as American as apple pie, one of those iconic events by which the world knows us—and we know ourselves.  These are my reflections on the fifth anniversary of this fatal attack that jolted me out of retirement.

  • Governor’s amendments would gut anti-gerrymandering bill

    By Senator David Suetterlein

        In between the Virginia General Assembly’s ongoing special session to adopt a biennial budget, we met last week for our regularly scheduled reconvene session to address the Governor’s actions on legislation since the regular session adjourned sine die on March 10.

  • He loves to pose as the expert

         If I fail to notice it first, my dear mother always tells me that “Burnhart (she gets his name wrong sometimes, God bless her) has gone after you again.” Then, she’ll inevitably add, “Doesn’t he have anything else to write about?”
        You gotta love Moms, don’t you? They’re supposed to stick up for you, and mine does.

  • You’re fired!

        The catchphrase from Donald Trump’s reality TV show, “The Apprentice” was “You’re fired!” as Trump eliminated one contestant from the show on each episode.
        He’s fired a lot of people from the executive branch during his 15 months in office and it seems that one person he would love to fire is Robert Mueller, the special counsel charged with investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in 2016.

  • Bedford, a place where art is thriving

    By Wynn Creasy
    Bedford

        I am writing to you on behalf of the many people in Bedford who love the thriving arts community that is here.
        In the 40-odd years since I left Bedford to pursue a career in the arts, and my recent return, so much has changed here. We are so lucky to have a community of so many gifted artists that contribute a great deal to the economy of our small town.

  • Large spending differences separate House and Senate on budget

    By Senator David Suetterlein

        The General Assembly returned to Richmond last week to begin a special session and restart the budget process to adopt the Commonwealth’s 2018-2020 biennial budget.