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Fatherless families need prayer

By Ken Bradford

In June each year we celebrate Fathers Day, which is somewhat ironic since our nation is experiencing an undeniable and frightening trend toward fatherlessness.

U.S. Census Bureau statistics show that there were about three million single-mother families 1970. In 2006 there were 10.4 million. These numbers should alarm everyone in our community and nation. That is why we at the Bedford Christian Fellowship believe that the month of Fathers Day is an appropriate time to turn our attention to absentee fathers.


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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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Before too long, we may all be relying on pedal power

udos to the Bedford Police Department for helping save the city $1,000 a month in fuel costs.

Though that savings wasn’t the primary reason for starting its bike patrol a year ago, it’s definitely a welcome side effect. As fuel prices continue to go up, pedal power is at least saving city taxpayers some money.


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Special veterans' benefits

By Donald Mustard

The veteran who currently receives VA service-connected disability compensation, or benefits under the Improved Pension Program may also be entitled benefits provided in two other programs.


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Providing for our armed forces

By Congressman Bob Goodlatte

Daniel Webster once said, “God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.” These words appropriately describe our brave men and women in uniform who have put their lives on the line for our nation. They serve on aircraft carriers in distant oceans, keep the peace on volatile borders, patrol the skies of international hot spots, and their work is difficult, lonely, and often very dangerous.


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Democrats reject bill to increase refinery capacity

By Congressman Virgil Goode

Memorial Day is a time that helps us to recall what it means to be an American. Patriotism and appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our veterans was displayed proudly at the Memorial Day events that I attended around the Fifth District. Especially moving was the ceremony at the D Day Memorial in Bedford.

Last week, the large defense authorization measure, which included pay raises for our military, was considered. I was saddened that the Motion to Recommit, which provided fuel savings and greatly expanded G. I. Bill benefits, was rejected by the Democrats.


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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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