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Conservatism's legacy of failure

By Rick Howell

Now that Barack Obama will be the Democratic nominee for president, our party will begin to heal itself and get ready to win the fall election against Republican John McCain.

Everyone knows that by all barometers of how presidential campaigns are judged - or in this case, anticipated - this is definitely a year that the Democratic nominee should win. The current Republican administration is widely loathed, and the great majority of Americans are not just sick of the war in Iraq, they’ve figured out, too, that the whole thing, built on lies, was unnecessary.


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We must commit to military spending

By John Barnhart

Now than Barack Obama is the "Democrats'" presumptive nominee, he's changing his tune. The day after the last "Democratic" primaries, Obama addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Council, a pro-Israel lobby.

Obama told this organization, "The danger from Iran is grave and real and my goal will be to eliminate this threat." He also said he would never take the military option off the table.


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Volunteer opportunities vary in times and tasks

By The Staff

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. 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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Wishing our graduates all the best

Senior after senior crossed the threshold Saturday from high school student to graduate ? some 700 total in Bedford County.

Each leaves their respective schools with different memories. Each enters the next phase of their life with varying expectations and dreams.

To the success they celebrated Saturday, we offer our congratulations. To the future they now embrace we add our hopes for success. To the the journey that's ahead we say: "Don't waste this opportunity."


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Thanks to our D-Day veterans

Some 40 veterans spent June 6, 2008, in Bedford commemorating the 64th anniversay of the D-Day assault. There's not as many of these heroes left this year. Each year takes a few more of them away.

But their legacy lives on, way beyond their years. The freedoms they fought for, we now enjoy. The sacrifices they made we must always salute. The price that they paid we must never forget.

To each of them, and to all the military men who have served and are now serving, we give our thanks.


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Letters

Tax increase


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Former Bush insider blows the whistle

By Rick Howell

“What I know is that war should only be waged when it is necessary, and the war in Iraq was not necessary.”

Those immortal words speak a truth that most Americans have long since discovered; we did not need to go to war in Iraq. There was no “threat from Iraq,” as we were repeatedly told in late 2002 and early 2003. America’s freedom was not at stake in ancient Mesopotamia.


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Sometimes you can see it coming

By John Barnhart

I can still recall the August evening, 34 years ago, when I sat with some friends and listened to Richard Nixon give his resignation speech.

Nixon's resignation was no surprise. By the time I came home from college for the summer, it was already obvious that Nixon was toast. His support among his own party's senators was evaporating and it was clear that, if impeached, a vote to remove him from office would probably pass the Senate.

Sometimes it's obvious how certain things will turn out.


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The shot I'll remember

By Tom Wilmoth

If the first hole was any indication, it was going to be a very long day.

I had received the invitation to go to a media day for the grand reopening of The Water’s Edge Golf Course and gladly accepted. Bulletin publisher Jay Bondurant and I set out for the course about 8 a.m. Thursday.

It had been two years since I had been on a golf course. I wasn’t very good then and the first hole we played Thursday proved I hadn’t gotten any better with age.


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Letters

Speaking out

Thank you to the Bedford Bulletin Editor for speaking on behalf of residents and business owners, especially when Bedford City officials turn a deaf ear and require a proposed business owner to “build a sidewalk to nowhere.” The May 14 editorial is piercingly clear: City Planners, supported by (Assistant) City Manager Warner, are enforcing an ordinance in a way that is simply unfair and inconsistent, and needs to change.


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