I'm not going to bother reading through 7 pages of this, but I just have to put my two cents worth in. I'm rather indifferent about bards, but still wouldn't mind them in the game.
Paladins, on the other hand, I have a deep connection to. I just love the holy warrior class. Something about their honorable ways...their willingness to stand up for and defend the weak and innocent...those who's cause is to slay evil and undo the injustices imposed upon the land. If given the choice, I would always make a paladin as my primary character.