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Keep Your Pets Safe

By The Staff

Many of us are pet lovers.

Calculations using national averages supplied by the Humane Society of the United States stated there are an estimated 16,387 dogs, 17,543 cats, 3063 birds, 2,363 horses, 1,263 pocket pets and 975 reptiles in the Bedford Community. But our animals are often the last members of our families that we plan for when facing an emergency.


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Christmas Classic is not to blame

By Mike Forster

Josh Raines doesn’t strike me as a grinch.

Raines, race director of the YMCA Peaks of Otter Christmas Classic, was surprised that his race was being pointed to as the primary reason for the movement of Bedford’s annual Christmas parade into the evening.

The parade, which has been held on the first Saturday of December, has a start time of 11 a.m.


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Redefining Christianity for political gain

By John Barnhart

I read an interesting article in Thursday's Wall Street Journal. It was at the bottom of Page 6 of the July 24 edition. It was only four paragraph's long but the head "Christian PAC to Run Obama Ads" caught my attention.

The PAC calls itself "The Matthew 25 Network" and the article states that it "is a consortium of Christian faith leaders and activists working to elect more Democrats to office who share the same 'biblical and gospel values'."


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When it comes to energy, this nation's leaders must be willing to act

How should the United States address the current energy crisis?


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Letters

Unreconstructed In Bedford

I have subscribed to the Bedford paper for approximately 20 years, even while I was overseas in the military. I've read the letters to the editor with delight and sometimes discontent. This is the first time I've been compelled to write in all that time.

It appears that everything that begins with "C" is under a constant barrage of attack by the liberal left. If it's Confederate, Christian, or Conservative it must be obliterated from society. This smells of P.C. (political cowardice) to the infinite degree.


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International cooperation is critical to stopping the genocide in Darfur

By John Barnhart

Last week, the International Criminal Court (ICC), the permanent war crimes tribunal located in the Netherlands, indicted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, marking the first time charges have been brought against a sitting head of state. Bashir is being charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. A total of ten charges have been filed against the Sudanese dictator and now they will be reviewed by a panel of ICC judges to determine whether an arrest warrant for Bashir will be issued. This decision is expected in the next two months.


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Drill Now Act would end offshore drilling moratorium

By Congressman Virgil Goode

The main thing preventing the United States from drilling for oil and natural gas on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico is the majority leadership of the House of Representatives and the U. S. Senate.


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Obama won’t hesitate to end the war

By Rick Howell

Recently, Sen. Barack Obama made some innocent remarks about his policy regarding the Iraq war in anticipation of a planned visit there. While the senator indicated that developments in the country might possibly affect his withdrawal timetable, he had certainly not changed his policy in any important way.

The McCain campaign was quick to say that Obama was suddenly seeing things their way, that he had “flip-flopped” and was not reliable on the war, foreign policy, etc., etc. But they were wrong.


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What are esential services?

By John Barnhart

It always amazes me that government spends so much money on essential services that it doesn’t have money for essential services. Take sidewalks in Bedford, for example.


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The school system is stretching the taxpayer's dollars

This upcoming school year the Bedford County Public School System is going to save 22,000 gallons of gas by adjusting parking locations for school buses.

That’s 22,000 gallons, some $80,000 or more worth of savings.


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