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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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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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