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Editorial

  • Let the races begin

    This year could prove to be one of the most interesting ? and important ? presidential campaign seasons in some time.

    On both sides of the major party tickets, the races appear to be up in the air. For the first time since 1928, both parties enter the nomination process without a sitting president or vice president in the running. What happens in the next six weeks of primaries and caucuses will set the stage for what could be a contentious election, once the major candidates are set.

    Let the races begin.

  • What Ron Paul gets right

    The words were spoken in 1961, when a popular two-term president was leaving office. Dwight Eisenhower had seen war up close, and had also personally witnessed some of the evil by-products of war. He saw the victims in the Nazi death camps when they were freed by his troops.

  • Peace in the Middle East

    Just a few weeks ago, President Bush and Secretary of State Rice hosted an international conference at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The conference focused on supporting the efforts of Israeli Prime Minister Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Abbas on their road to peace.

  • Do-Not-Call Registry to be made permanent

    After months of posturing by the Democrat leadership in the House of Representatives over the future of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), the simple legislation to extend the existing program was agreed to on a vote of 411-to-three. This extension does not include an increase in taxes that some had advocated in order to extend the SCHIP program to those making up to $61,000 and to make it easier for recent immigrants and illegals to access the SCHIP program.

  • A coronation stumble?

    We'll find out tomorrow whether the "Democratic" Party's establishment will regret the party's heavily front-loaded primary and caucus schedule.

  • Saying goodbye to 2007

    This is the paper's last edition of the year, and in a few days we will march uncertainly, but hopefully, into 2008. Some reflections on the year almost past would seem to be in order.

    • First, I'd like to offer some thanks to the Bulletin itself. One, for continuing to allow me the privilege of writing this column. Two, for the October publication of "Bedford's Journey: Then and Now." This historical supplement was very well done, and is a tribute to everyone who worked on it.

  • Republicans can rise again

    Christmas is over and Congress will soon reconvene. Senator Larry Craig will be back in Washington and airport men's rooms will once again be safe.

    Craig, and another Senator, Mitch McConnell, represent serious problems that the Republican Party has. It was more than the Iraq War that caused Republicans to lose control of both houses of Congress in 2006.

  • Sharing the fresh air

    Fresh air isn't just available in the summer.

    The Winn family of Goode is hosting their Fresh Air child for the holidays, and even taking him to Florida for the UVA/Texas Tech game on Jan. 1.

    This was a friendship hatched last summer.

  • Financial realities have the school system and board thinking outside the box

    During a work session earlier this month, members of the Bedford County School Board, and the administration, showed some positive signs of thinking "outside of the box."

    As has been said previously, funding is tight and isn't likely to change anytime soon. The Bedford County Board of Supervisors have set a debt limit for new school capital projects at $8 million, and that isn't likely to change significantly.

  • Letters

    About the Fair Tax

    A reader of the Bedford Bulletin, and a member of our Roanoke Area FairTax group (RAFT), made me aware of John Barnhart's column in the Dec. 14 issue.