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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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Know what to do during severe weather

By Megan Ferguson

Severe weather season has kicked into full gear in our area.


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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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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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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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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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