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Shining sunlight on Virginia's energy needs

By Congressman Virgil Goode

Solar power harnesses the energy of the sun to run some of the things that most of us use in our daily lives. Solar is an important form of alternative energy that is gaining customers and the attention of businesses.


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On Friday, April 25, youth in Bedford participated in Global Youth Services Day.

On this international day of community service, more than 75 individuals took part in many worthwhile activities throughout Bedford County. The staff of Bedford Community Resource Center would like to thank all of the groups, businesses, organizations, and individuals who made this such a remarkable day.


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The importance of a national language

By Congressman Bob Goodlatte

It was Alexis de Tocqueville who once said, “The tie of language is perhaps the strongest and the most durable that can unite mankind”. It is has never been more critical that we work to teach everyone English. According to the U.S. Census, almost twelve million Americans do not speak English. The number of Americans who do not speak English has increased 176 percent over the last twenty years.


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Scammers impersonate IRS

By Congressman Virgil Goode

As economic stimulus checks are being sent to Americans the by U. S. Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is alerting you to three schemes that crooks are trying to work.


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Dropout rates of local high school students affect our community and nation

By The Staff

How would your life be different if you had not finished high school?

Would you have the same job?ee marriage?ee security? For some people in our community, this is not a “what if” situation; it is reality. They have dropped out of school and are now in very difficult situations. What can we do to help those who have dropped out of school achieve the skills they need to succeed in society, and how can we motivate those who are in school to stay in and graduate?


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Many Christians abandon right-wing politics

By Rick Howell

The 2008 presidential race might be the first one in a while that hasn’t been decided by what we’ve previously known as “the religious right.” Many signs exist to suggest that those two words just don’t go together as well as they once did.


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Rev. Jeremiah Wrong

By John Barnhart

I can understand why Rick Howell believes that the national news media is obsessed with Jeremiah Wright and that this obsession is absurd. Mr. Howell is a member of the Roanoke City "Democratic" Committee and Barack Obama is the likely "Democratic" presidential nominee.

He made an apples-and-oranges comparison which contrasted news coverage of the Rev. Wright's connection to Obama with John Hagee's endorsement of John McCain. There is no comparison.


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Liberal media myth lies shattered

By Rick Howell

Anyone who truly believes in a “liberal media” would have to wonder why news organizations would spend endless weeks carrying on over nutty comments from Barack Obama’s former preacher.

Following the “logic” that media only supports and encourages liberal candidates at the expense of glorious conservatism, then surely it wouldn’t hammer home something that is only likely to hurt Obama’s campaign.


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Ukraine revisited

By John Barnhart

I finally got back to my home in Roanoke a little before midnight, on April 27, after 36 hours of travel. This included an overnight train ride from Nikolaev to Kiev and 13 hours of air travel, punctuated by layovers in London and Detroit. That was a Sunday and after taking Monday off as a sleep-deprivation recovery and laundry day, I returned to the Bulletin’s office on Tuesday to find that they actually missed me while I was gone. At least Tom Wilmoth, my boss missed me as my absence meant a very busy week for him.


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Without a commitment for a sidewalk along Independence Boulevard, the zoning requirement results in a sidewalk to nowhere

Up until recently, city of Bedford officials were counting on the Virginia Department of Transportation to come up with funds to build a sidewalk along Independence Boulevard. Because of that, developers along the road weren’t required to comply with the zoning ordinance to build sidewalks as part of their development.

Up until now.


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