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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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Bush’s legacy of torture

By Rick Howell

When George W. Bush recently vetoed a bill that would have banned so-called waterboarding as an approved interrogation technique, he solidified his sorry legacy: the first president to actually want the United States of America to practice torture.

Bush won’t call it torture, and he’ll insist at any of his barely coherent press conferences, in the pseudo-language he uses to mimic English, that “The U.S. doesn’t torture.” But like most everything with Bush, it’s either a lie or a distortion.


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Letters

Bedford Dept. of Corrections and Social Services

This letter will never be able to convey how thankful I am as a family member for the understanding guidance that your local Dept. of Corrections and Social Services provided to my son.

Problems with alcohol were nothing new to my son's lifestyle. For years this addiction had taken a toll on him in many ways, loss of family, friends and self worth.


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A fiscally irresponsible budget

By Congressman Bob Goodlatte

Just last week the House Majority unveiled their proposed budget resolution for fiscal year 2009, which calls for the largest tax increase in American history: $683 billion over the next 5 years. This proposal significantly increases the tax burden on the middle class to pay for new wasteful government spending. Facing a slowing economy and an increased cost of living, Americans have to tighten their belts and carefully budget their hard-earned money. It?s time the Federal government did the same.


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Bill expresses health benefit commitment to military retirees

By Congressman Virgil Goode

The health care of America’s veterans is one of the important issues we must address.


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A look at the struggles of single-parent households

By The Staff

The Bedford Christian Fellowship focuses its attention this month on the struggles of children, women, and men living in what has become known as single-parent households.


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2008 General Assembly session extended

By Delegate Kathy Byron

The General Assembly has already met for 60 days this year, the period mandated by the Constitution of Virginia.

Of the nearly 2,400 bills filed by legislators, around 900 were approved and forwarded to Governor Kaine for his consideration. One significant bill, Virginia’s 2008-2010 Biennial Budget, has yet to pass. Because of this, the General Assembly has extended its 2008 session, giving negotiators on behalf of the House and Senate more time to reach an agreement.


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Getting us stimulated

By Tom Wilmoth

I don't know if you are as excited as we are at my house about the government giving us some of our money back through the soon-to-come stimulus payments.

After all, it is our money. And the federal government has proven it has little sense in spending it wisely. But that's a thought for another time.

Still, my wife and I have each been secretly planning how to spend it. She wants a deck and French doors; I want a vacation at the beach. That's why I talked to someone this week about coming to give an estimate for the new appendage to our home.


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