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Anything goes when there is no standard

By John Barnhart

At the end of May, Cybercast News Service (www.cnsnews.com) carried an article about statements that Barack Obama made, the previous month, in an interview with a magazine called "The Advocate."


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Allegations of problems with the Virginia Lottery scratch-off games emphasize the fact that playing the lottery is never a good bet

It's a good bet that if you play the lottery, you're more likely to lose money than win. Claims this past week that the Virginia Lottery had sold tickets when the top prize had already been won obviously showed the odds were even worse ? there was no chance at all.

A business finance professor from Washington and Lee University claims that tickets he purchased last summer in the Beginner's Luck game were sold after all of the top prizes of $75,000 had been won. He said there was "zero chance" he could have won the top prize.


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Thanks for donations

Bedford Christian Ministries would like to thank everyone in the community who donated food to the recent Letter Carrier's Food Drive; Charles Obenchain at the Post Office who coordinated this effort in Bedford, and Boy Scout Troop 745 who assisted volunteers at BCM when the food was delivered there.

This food will be distributed to the hungry in Bedford City and County.

Linda Daniel

Task Force Coordinator, BCM


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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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Protecting the Chesapeake Bay

By Congressman Bob Goodlatte

The Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the U.S., is an incredibly complex ecosystem that includes important habitats and is a cherished part of our American heritage. More than 64,000 square-miles of land drains into creeks, streams, rivers and, eventually, the Chesapeake Bay. Almost 200 miles long, the Chesapeake Bay is a wonderful resource, still beautiful and still teeming with life that we both harvest and appreciate. But unquestionably the Bay is in need and worthy of our attention and concern and I believe everyone has a role to play in restoring it.


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Congress should allow oil exploration and drilling

By Congressman Virgil Goode

It is vital that researchers and entrepreneurs in the United States maintain their focus on developing alternative forms of energy so that we may wean ourselves from being dependent upon foreign oil. Until those alternative forms of energy are available, we should allow the exploration and production of the reserves of oil and natural gas in the 50 states. Today, oil and natural gas account for 60 percent of the energy consumed in our nation.


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