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Drilling in ANWR should be permitted

By The Staff

On the way to a meeting last week, I stopped to talk with some farmers. One of them was quick to point out how to improve our economy. “We don’t need a check in the mail,” he said, adding, “We need to bring down the cost of gasoline.” I agree.


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Youth can make the difference

By The Staff

When it comes to drug use in Bedford, youth can make the difference.

This is the conclusion from a report about drug abuse student councils in colleges. This could also be applied to junior high schools and high schools.


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Letters

Supervisors made bad decision

Speaking for myself, as a minister who has served this community for 13 years I am shocked by the story ("Supervisors Deny Townhouse Request", March 12) of a company being denied a permit to build townhouses for its seasonal workers, apparently because the seasonal workers were Hispanic.

Although I have not spoken directly to anyone involved with anyone involved the story as written is shocking on several levels.


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U.S. deaths in Iraq pass 4,000

By Rick Howell

Iraq war death number 4,000 happened as a result of a roadside bomb, which has been a typical way our troops have died in that war.

As we reached this dubious milestone in a war that seemingly has no end, the USA Today newspaper made a commendable effort to put names and details on the numbers.

It reported, for example, that more than half (52 percent) of the 4,000 U.S. deaths were from bombs. Only 16 percent died by enemy gunfire.


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China's good sportsmanship

By John Barnhart

It appears that China may be trying to invent a new Olympic sport. What would we call it? The Tibetan head-bashing marathon?

Actually, what has been going on has nothing to do with the games. It is, however, a source of embarrassment for the Chinese government, which is hoping that the Olympics will give them the chance for some positive PR. The news, at least what we are getting, about the situation is not the sort of publicity they want.


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The rhetoric is getting louder for Clinton to step aside

The calls for Hillary Clinton to gracefully bow out of the race for the Democratic nomination for president grow louder each day. She should ignore the clamor.

Yes, Clinton is trailing Barack Obama in pledged delegates by a considerable margin. Yes, she's also losing the popular vote. But, truth be told, she's only one Obama misstep away from the tide turning in her favor.


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We can stop school shootings

By The Staff

We have the knowledge and the ability to stop school violence like the shootings that just occurred at Northern Illinois University (NIU). Practical proven strategies for ending violence are available, and we are not using them. Why? Perhaps because we are culturally unaware of them.


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Flames spread to Bedford

For the past several years in our country, some politicians, news commentators and talk show hosts have fanned the flames of fear and suspicion over the question of illegal immigration.

Now it appears those flames have jumped the fire line and are burning in Bedford. And the fire has jumped out of the forest of illegal immigration and has burned the private property of one company?s attempt to provide simple, decent housing to workers in a legal migrant worker program.


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Next year, we’ll start leaving Iraq

By Rick Howell

It was certainly no coincidence that on the day last week when the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq was reached, a new poll showed yet another decline in the approval rating of the president who launched this war.

George W. Bush, whose long-awaited exit from office gets closer and closer with the sweet passing of each day, is now at a pathetic 31 percent approval rating. There can be little doubt that the main reason for this is his stubborn insistence upon continuing a war and an occupation that the American public largely turned against in 2005.


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House leadership plays politics with America's security

By Congressman Virgil Goode

The national security of the United States is not something that should be a matter of political gamesmanship. However, one must question whether such is going on in the House of Representatives.


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