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Columns

  • ‘End times’ obsessions don’t justify Trump

        Last week, I wrote about the residents of a small Alabama town filled with white Trump supporters who resented the civil rights movement, obsessed over abortion, and regarded Trump’s election as “God’s plan.”
        By their own words, townspeople revealed their prejudice (“slaves were valued”), their hatred of Hillary Clinton, referred to as “of Satan,” and something else: Their obsession with what’s commonly known in fundamentalist Christian circles as “the end times.”

  • Renovating a town

        We frequently see buildings renovated, but Bedford is looking at plans to renovate a town. At least they plan to renovate the downtown area.
        Back in May, Mary Zirkle, the town’s economic development coordinator, held a well-attended public meeting with a representative from Hill Studio of Roanoke.  Hill Studio is an urban planning firm. The goal was to get citizen input for a project called School-to-School, a plan to revitalize the center of Bedford.

  • Story candidly reveals Trump’s ‘base’

        Those of us who have opposed Donald Trump from the beginning have always wrestled with what often feels like an existential question: How could anyone have walked into a polling place and voted for him to be president?
        From the time he first gained attention by saying that the Mexicans coming here illegally were “rapists and murderers,” most people basically laughed it off. “There’s no way,” it was often said, “that this country would elect him.”

  • Iranian nukes

        Iran’s currency seems to be in free fall. 

  • ‘A blaze of glory’

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        A potent personality—plus tact, talent, and tenacity—took Mary Hosbrook from the farm to a career as an artist and entrepreneur. 
        Her life linked the 1860s to the 1960s, a century of expanding civil rights and women asserting their place in society.  Mary Hosbrook, my great-aunt, was a pioneer in this post-Civil War period.

  • One thing’s clear: He’s Russia’s boy

        Like everything else he’s touched, Donald Trump has turned American foreign policy on its head, seemingly trying to make our enemies our friends and even threatening the NATO alliance.
        His suck-up performance – it can’t be called anything else – at the so-called summit with Vladimir Putin was disgusting and outrageous, coming just days after 12 Russians had been indicted for meddling in our presidential election, the same one that “elected” him.

  • Trump has a way with words

        President Donald Trump certainly has a way with words. Most recently, a comment he made after his summit with Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin got him in the doghouse with both parties and led him to issue a clarification of the comments.

  • Where’s the civility on the right?

        Poor, pitiful Sarah Huckabee Sanders. After a long, hard day of lying for Donald Trump, she just wanted a decent meal. Alas, she was frustrated by “rude liberals” who need to learn something about civility.
        This is what we’re being told, anyway, by people who always seem to find a way to defend, rationalize and justify this horrific regime in the Oval Office.

  • Getting rid of the police is stupid

        If you’re looking for evidence that the so called “Democratic” Party is utterly irresponsible, check out the recent calls by “Democrats” to abolish ICE.

  • The good times ain’t over for good

    By Pernie Forehand
    Bedford

        Boy, am I irritated. 
        You would think I’d be so ecstatic in this wonderful week celebrating our wonderful nation’s birthday, about six months between two wonderful Christmases celebrating our Lord Jesus Chris’s birth (or Xmas = X marks the Cross of Christ our Blessed Beloved – Ebenezer UMC will celebrate on July 25 at its regular Wed 6-7:30 pm Potluck and Bible Study!).