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Columns

  • Too soon to speculate

        I’ve seen, off and on for months, occasional speculations about who the so called “Democrats” may run against President Donald Trump in 2020. Right now this sort of speculation is very premature.

  • Trump’s policies don’t justify him

        There’s a mentality on the right these days – expressed on this page recently – that, yes, we know what an awful person Donald Trump is, but his policies are good and worthy of support. No, they’re not.
        Where do I start? Well, it’s illegal immigration that has generated the most heat from this awful regime. But as a serious issue, it’s extremely over-rated.

  • Decisive action

        I want to compliment the Bedford County School Board on taking such decisive action two weeks ago. 
        The school board had listened to a presentation by Kenneth Thacker, of VMDO Architects, the firm handling the renovation/expansion project for Forest Middle School. Thacker’s firm has estimated the cost at $28 million, a price Thacker said also included soft costs. This is much higher than the estimate the school board got from another firm last year.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.