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Editorial

  • Never Forget

    he speech delivered by President George W. Bush on 9/11/01 following the terrorist attacks on this nation.

        Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices: secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors.

  • Honoring 400 Years of African American History

    By US Senator Tim Kaine
     
        I had the honor of addressing our Commonwealth as we marked 400 years of African American history since the arrival of the first enslaved Africans into English Colonial America at Point Comfort in 1619.
        What does this anniversary mean?

  • A house divided

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        A humble carpenter’s son warned us that “a house divided against itself cannot stand.”  In an era of deep division within our country, we need some unifying perspective.  Two family writings may provide this perspective.

  • Uniting the Democrats

        Last week President Trump did what it seemed wouldn’t be possible this election cycle—he united the Democrats.
        When the President made his now widespread tweets that were interpreted as meant to refer to four congresswomen going back from where they came, he ignited a firestorm of criticism and put a damper on what had been a growing battle between the new Democratic progressives and the older guard of that Party.

  • Celebrating electric lineworkers

    By Jeri Matheney
    Communications Director, Appalachian Power

        Wednesday, July 10, is National Lineworker Appreciation Day. At Appalachian Power, it naturally is a day in which we celebrate our line mechanics and other front line employees and the work they do.
        As the company spokesperson, I’m on the edges of that world, but not truly a part of it. I’m the person customers love to hate, because I might bring bad news about power outages or rising power bills.

  • A fitting tribute

         Congratulations to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, the community and the many groups and organizations that helped make the 75th anniversary of D-Day an honoring tribute to both those who lost their lives in the invasion at Normandy as well as to those who served in World War II and survive today.

        Some 100 WWII veterans were able to be a part of the events here in Bedford and the thousands who turned out for Thursday’s ceremony at the Memorial were able to make them feel very appreciated for their service.

  • General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Order of the Day (1944)

    SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE

        Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!

  • Raising the federal tobacco age to 21

    By Senator Tim Kaine

        According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), youth e-cigarette users increased by 1.5 million from 2017 to 2018, with more than 1 in 4 high school students having reported using a tobacco product in the past 30 days. In other words, we are backsliding when it comes to tobacco prevention for young people.

  • Military spouses helped write last year’s national defense bill

    By U.S. Senator Tim Kaine

        Military spouses are unemployed at a rate somewhere between three and five times the national average. As I travel around Virginia, military families, their advocates and the business community share with me some of the reasons for this jarring statistic.
        When service members are reassigned, on average every two years, their spouses often have to leave their jobs and move to new communities. Military spouse Erin Ward, for example, pursued 15 different careers over 19 moves.

  • The governor wants to protect the abuser, not the victim

        A bipartisan legislative effort to support the victims of abuse has been vetoed by Governor Ralph Northam. Such is the fallout from the governor’s attempt to recover from his blackface moment.