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Letters 02/26/14

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Cost effective school
construction

    Some years ago a fellow teacher in the Bedford County school system pointed out a fact that disturbed him. 
    In a nearby county a school had been constructed at about the same time one had been built in Bedford County.  Though the two buildings were essentially the same square footage, the Bedford school’s construction cost several million dollars more. 
    The reason? The architect who had designed the Bedford school had been given a field day.  The resulting building, though pleasing to look at, had cost Bedford County taxpayers vast additional sums unnecessarily.  My friend was justifiably disturbed.
    The story just related underscores the need for a practical, commonsense approach as the school board and supervisors plan and allocate funds for a new school in the Liberty zone.
     Whether the planners opt for a high school or a middle school, the building should be a simple structure without undue architectural additions. While innovative features and catchy designs may be eye-pleasing, they need to take a backseat to cost effectiveness.  Making the overall structure large enough to accommodate the school population and ensuring adequate inside facilities should be the goal.
    We all need to contact our school board member and supervisor and voice our concerns about funding the new school.  Certainly we should all desire a building that citizens can be proud of, but we do not need wasteful spending on impractical architectural delights.  County monies can be better spent on vital goods and services.

Glen Smith
Bedford
The slippery slope

    Our slippery slope turned into an avalanche when Federal District Judge Wright-Allen circumvented the will of 1.329 million voters when she ruled Virginia’s Marriage Amendment unconstitutional.
    The slope to which I am referring is the path toward no rationale for outlawing other private, consensual sexual acts.  Among those celebrating yet another judicial fiat are the polygamist, the incestuous relative, the pedophile and those turned on by bestiality.
    The current idea of basing homosexual “marriage” on the same platform as civil rights has angered (and rightfully so) many people from the black community.  Equality of persons is not the same as equality of behavior, and homosexuality is a behavior.
    So how can gay “marriage” harm anyone?
    1. People suffer financial and emotional stress. Homosexuals can sue people who are exercising their religious beliefs.
    2.  The health risks are enormous to themselves and others.  Depression, substance abuse and homosexual men live on average 24 fewer years than heterosexuals.
    3. The redefining of sexual morality may open the door to polygamy, incest, pedophilia, pornography, child pornography, prostitution, and sex trafficking
    4.  Homosexuality is being forced fed to our children via the education system. 
    5.  Parental rights are in jeopardy when we are not allowed to opt our children out of programs and curricula which are in conflict with our personal beliefs.
    6. Faith-based adoption agencies will be forced to violate their conscience or get out of the business of finding “forever” homes for children.  Catholic Charities closed its door in Massachusetts after same sex marriages were made legal.
    What is one to do?  Call your Virginia Delegate or Senator and ask the hard question, “What are you doing to correct this injustice?”

Janet Robey
Bedford

Good Samaritans

    On Thursday, Feb. 13, when we had over a foot of snow, I got stuck in the snow.
    I thought I would go out and get the Bedford Bulletin and other mail. Having no idea how deep it was, I struggled the 100 feet to the mail box. I was 5 feet from the box when I realized there were no tracks from the mail truck.
    I turned to go backwhen the snow was up to my knees from the snow plow. As I tried to move, I got deeper, falling several times. I finally gave up and lay down in the snow. Praying to God, I asked for help.
    I got my prayers answered when a truck stopped. A couple got out and offered to help. They tried, but I couldn’t stand up. She said she was going to call 911. Another car stopped and a man with a DOT vest came to help. She cancelled the ambulance.
    The two men dragged me home. When I tried to stand up once inside the house, my knees buckled underneath me. I think I was in shock because I coldn’t thank them. But now I am thanking those people who rescued me from the snow bank.
    
Sue Wilkin
Bedford