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GOP loses three special House elections

By Rick Howell

Republicans looking for any sign of hope for the presidential election - beyond the temporary Obama/Clinton fight - haven’t been able to find it in recent special elections for the House of Representatives.

If three strikes and you’re out is the rule in both baseball and politics, then Republicans look to be finished this fall. They’ve lost not one, not two, but three special elections for House seats in recent months.


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None of them have the answer

By John Barnhart

Although we don't yet know who our next president will be, there is one thing that is certain. Our next president will inherit a profoundly damaged economy when he takes office next year.

Of course, political party hacks will try to blame it on the opposite party. Rick Howell, I'm sure, will tell us how it is all the Republicans' fault and how the "Democrats" are gonna save us all.


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Surely, the good senator from Pennsylvania can find something more important to do than investigate the NFL

Sen. Arlen Specter just doesn't get it.

While he's out running around worrying about whether the New England Patriots stole signals during a football game, the country he supposedly represents is teetering on an economic cliff.

Gas prices are nearing $4 a gallon, homes are being foreclosed on at record numbers and folks are scared about what might be next.

And, in case he forgot, the country's at war.

The honorable Republican from Pennsylvania needs a reality check.


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Heartfelt 'Thank you'

This is a thank you to the community of Bedford on behalf of Garth Morck, (regarding the day of April 21, 2008):

Unless you have experienced a near tragedy of such magnitude you can't imagine the thoughts/fears that go through one's mind and there was really only one thing that got me and our family through the entire ordeal, and that was the prayers, love and support from our community of Bedford. We cannot thank everyone enough.


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Tri-county committee unhappy with AEP management plan

By The Staff

The application from American Electric Power (AEP) for renewal of the operating license for the Smith Mountain Project has been forwarded and accepted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

As many of you know, the Tri-County Re-licensing Committee (TCRC) is not satisfied with the level of detail in each of the management plans submitted with the application for the stewardship of the lakes. TCRC’s concerns have been sent to AEP and FERC. It is our understanding that FERC will be asking AEP for additional information to expand the application.


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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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Letters

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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