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The choice for our time

By Rick Howell

It has been said that sometimes history and an individual meet each other at the right moment. Without being melodramatic, that is exactly what many Americans feel about Barack Obama and his quest for the presidency.

One prominent new convert is former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. In endorsing Obama, Powell called the Illinois senator “a transformational figure,“ exactly the kind of inspirational leader with “both style and substance,” as Powell put it, that we need right now.


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A question of judgement?

By John Barnhart

Some people have questioned John McCain’s judgement for selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate. The same could be said for Barack Obama when one considers some of the stuff that has come out of Joe Biden’s mouth in recent weeks.

Ol’ Joe is the fellow who thinks that Franklin Roosevelt was president in 1929 and that television existed back then. He’s also the guy who claims to hang out with blue collar guys at a diner in Delaware that went out of business years ago.


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Make sure on Nov. 4 you get out and vote

In a debate held this week, Bedford Elementary students took the initiative to study and learn about the issues of this year's presidential election by thoughtfully considering the candidates' positions on those issues. The students' arguments were well researched and thought out. Let's hope the adults of this community — and this country — are willing to take that same initiative as they get ready for the Nov. 4 election. And then let's hope they turn out and vote.


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The importance of reducing wasteful government sSpending

By Congressman Bob Goodlatte

Reducing government waste has been a top priority for me since arriving in Congress. Congress is charged with the power of the purse and that is a responsibility we cannot take lightly. As we face significant expenditures, such as the passage of the recent $700 billion Wall Street bailout bill, which I voted against, we have a responsibility to ensure that American tax dollars are being spent responsibly and do not get lost in wasteful spending.


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Fraud played a role in financial crisis

By Congressman Virgil Goode

In passing legislation to bail out Wall Street in the financial crisis, mention has been made of the sub-prime loans that were offered to home buyers who could not afford to pay their mortgages. What has been omitted from almost all discussions is the role that sub-prime loans given to illegal immigrants played in this crisis. Nothing in the bailout legislation addresses dealing with illegals and sub-prime mortgages.


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Panicky conservatives petulant, angry

By Rick Howell

Our conservative friends areetting cranky, aren’t they? In fact, some of them appear to be having the political equivalent of a nervous breakdown as they see Barack Obama moving steadily toward victory on Nov. 4.

The election is not won yet by either candidate. But it’s quite obvious that Obama is ahead and that John McCain is struggling. For many conservative ideologues, this is something they apparently can’t accept. They have engaged in angry outbursts at McCain rallies.


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Now it's time to enjoy the finished product

Yesterday, the dedication ceremony for the Jefferson Forest High School renovation project was scheduled to be held — some 10 years after discussion about such a project began.

This hasn’t been an easy process. But after all of the years, the contentious meetings and the numerous disagreements about what should be done, the county has a project it can be proud of and the JFHS community has a facility that should meet its needs for years to come.

Here are a few facts to consider about the JF project:


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A blind squirrel finds a nut

By John Barnhart

Rick Howell has written a few things in The Liberal Agenda that have amazed me.

It always amazes me when he’s right about something. But, to borrow a phrase from a colleague here at the Bulletin, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.

His most impressive point was when he admitted that Congressmen Virgil Goode and Bob Goodlatte will win their respective elections. He was also correct on the reasons why.


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Letters

Who is Barack Obama?

I have had quite a few letters and feature articles printed in this paper in the past, but it has been a long time since I submitted anything.

My mom was Josephine DeWitt who was a Kelso News correspondent for over 50 years.

This is a very important topic at a very strategic time in our country.


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Stressed-out voters will demand a change

By Rick Howell

A story that revealed a telling sign of the times was re-printed from the Chicago Tribune in a local newspaper last week. It helps explain why the campaign for president is developing favorably for Sen. Barack Obama.

According to the American Psychological Association, eight out of 10 Americans (81 percent) are under great stress over money, jobs, and the economy, a rate that’s increased dramatically just since the spring.


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