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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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Say 'thanks' before they're gone

By John Barnhart

France buried its last World War I veteran last week.

Actually, Lazare Ponticelli was Italian. Born at the end of 1897, he left Italy, when he was 9, to join his brothers who were already in France. When Germany invaded in August, 1914, Ponticelli, still 16 at the time, lied about his age in order to enlist in the Foreign Legion. He wanted to fight for the country that took him in.


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Working to decrease America’s dependence on foreign energy

By Congressman Bob Goodlatte

Each week, folks across the Sixth District and the nation are confronted with the rising cost of energy, from the gas pump to their electric and gas bills. Energy is vital to every sector of the U.S. economy, including homes, small businesses and industries. When energy supplies are tight, families and businesses are severely impacted by the resulting increase in energy costs.


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Pension program for veterans

By Donald Mustard

This is the first of four consecutive monthly articles scheduled for publication in this newspaper to address both compensation and pension benefits for veterans and eligible family members.


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Biosolids editorial fails to tell both sides

By The Staff

While last week’s editorial on biosolids allowed that there are “two sides to this story,” the writer then proceeded to tell only one side—the one opposed to the recycling of biosolids as a fertilizer and soil amendment for farms and forestlands.

The editorial cited only sections of a recent Associated Press story to raise alarm about the land application of biosolids, while ignoring other sections, other court decisions and years of scientific research and experience that demonstrate the safety and benefits of biosolids recycling.


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Letters

Work with system

I would like to respond to the article written by Pattie Davidson in the Bedford Bulletin in which she stated Big Island responded to an emergency call in the Bedford area and that we need a more modern paid first responder system. Personally, I don't think anyone would argue with her statement. Until that time comes we need to work with the system we now have in place.


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Overdue immigration reform

By Congressman Bob Goodlatte

The United States of America is a nation of immigrants. Legal immigration has blessed our nation with talent, diversity, and a commitment to freedom. However, we are also a nation of laws and illegal immigration mocks these laws and our entire system of justice.


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Democrat's budget will hurt low-income Americans

By Congressman Virgil Goode

Re-instituting the Marriage Tax Penalty, (meaning that a married couple will pay more than two single persons living together); increasing the capital gains rate; increasing the tax on dividends; decreasing the child tax credit; increasing the “death tax;” and raising the marginal tax rates are among the objectionable provisions in Fiscal Year 2009 budget that Democrats in the House of Representatives are proposing.


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