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Understanding domestic

violence

For the past seven years I have been an advocate for domestic violence services and I have been in awe of the outstanding community support given to the domestic violence services by churches, businesses, law enforcement and the people of Bedford City and Bedford County. I believe the stories of how the staff of BDVS and the community of Bedford as well as surrounding communities have helped women and their children need to be told.


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What I saw in Iraq and Afghanistan

By Congressman Bob Goodlatte

Recently I was privileged to once again be a part of a congressional delegation to Iraq and Afghanistan to see firsthand the effort being made in the war on terrorism, to meet with members of the U.S. Armed Services serving in that troubled part of the world, and to ask tough questions of our military and civilian leaders about the progress being made. I returned with an even greater appreciation for the job they are doing and with optimism about our prospects for success and our ability to bring more troops home soon.


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Bedford residents need you

By Mary Wiley

This monthly column highlights volunteer opportunities available through area non-profit organizations.

The information is provided through the efforts of the Bedford Community Health Foundation and the generosity of The Bedford Bulletin. To submit information for your non-profit group, contact Mary Wiley, Bedford Community Health Foundation, at 586-5292, between 8 a.m. and noon.


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Bush, not Carter, is the worst ever

By Rick Howell

I have to say I was somewhat astonished that my colleague to the left of me here came out recently and downright rejected George W. Bush and much of his presidency.

I’m referring to Dr. John Barnhart, who of course is to the left of me only in the layout of this page. As he himself would be quick to state, he’s to the right of me in every other way.


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Actually, we do read our Bibles

By John Barnhart

Dr. James Dobson was absolutely correct when he criticized Barack Obama for distorting the traditional Christian understanding of the Bible in a speech Obama gave last month.


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Protecting our children from harm

By Congressman Bob Goodlatte

The victimization of children is a tragic epidemic in our society. According to some statistics, 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys are sexually exploited before they reach adulthood and this problem is further exacerbated by the number of children who are solicited and exposed to inappropriate material online. According to the Department of Justice, 1 in 7 children, ages 10 to 17, receive unwanted sexual solicitations online. I believe we must do everything within our power to stop this travesty, and protect our children from those who seek to victimize them.


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Supreme Court affirmed an important right

By Congressman Virgil Goode

The Supreme Court of the United States has issued a landmark decision, ruling for the first time that individual American citizens have the right to keep and bear arms. The ruling came when the Supreme Court struck down the ban on personal ownership of firearms in Washington, D. C. The ban had been in place since it was adopted by the City Council 32 years ago.


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James Dobson’s failed attack on Obama

By Rick Howell

Some think that the religious right doesn’t pack the punch it used to. Evangelicals haven’t voted as a bloc for Republicans the last two election cycles. Jerry Falwell and some lesser figures have died.

But one stalwart of “Christian conservatism” is not only still going, he’s apparently making an effort to be the new king of the hill. James Dobson’s “Focus on the Family” organization is an enormously powerful tool of the right.


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The world won't go away

By John Barnhart

I hope everybody had a nice 4th of July. The weather wasn’t perfect, but at least it didn’t rain on anybody’s parade on Friday.

My Fourth included mowing the lawn, something I neglected to do the previous Saturday. I spent that Saturday at Sedalia’s Bluegrass Festival, something I particularly enjoy. Then it rained enough the following Sunday afternoon to give me an excuse to put it off. By the 4th it was bad enough that I figured I had better mow before my neighbors decided to use the sound of fireworks to cover the sound of gunshots.


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FEMA would do county residents justice by giving its flood plain map a second look

The Federal Emergency Management Administration hasn't had the best of records lately so Bedford County is right to be checking behind FEMA on its study of flood zones.

With the flooding in the Midwest still fresh in this nation's mind, no one who should be covered with flood insurance should be without it. At the same time, those who don't need the insurance shouldn't be required to pay the extra money for it.

That's what the county's study is all about.


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