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Letters 03/07/12

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A plea for answers

    I live in the county, I pay taxes that support county obligations and I am a registered voter in Bedford County.
    My concern? In a word,  “annexation.” Specifically, the annexation of portions of Bedford County by the Town of Bedford – once they clear the legal requirements to become a town. There have been enough meetings between the city of Bedford and the County Board of Supervisors regarding Bedford City’s reversion to a town status. I need an answer from the County Board of Supervisors. During these “negotiations,” has annexation been discussed-or has it not?
    If the answer is “no” - I trust they are telling me the truth, and I thank them for their time. If the answer is “yes” - it leads me to other questions.
    Did they agree to acquiesce to annexation without asking the residents of Bedford County?
    If the answer is “yes” - then which parts of the County are to be annexed first? The area along Rt. 460? North Hills? Rt. 43 North? Rt. 122 South? Who goes second-and how long does the town wait between the first and second annexation.
    When were the people living in those areas to be told of the planned annexation and subsequent increase in their real estate taxes? When it was a done deal?
    Bedford City was a town once — chose to become a city—and now seem to find their revenue inadequate. Now, they wish to become a town again. No rational person is likely to believe the sole purpose of the reversion is to share a few expenses with the county. The Town of Bedford will be looking for increased revenue—one way to get it is through annexation.
    The dictionary offers several possible definitions of annexation: “add as a subordinate part” and “take without right” are two. Is that what those of us unfortunate to live in the parts of the county surrounding the city are in for?
    Or is this another ‘secret’ matter we voters can’t be trusted to share and deal with?

Reese Whitley
Bedford

Political
ambitions

    Del. Bob Marshall (Rep.) said Friday before a Liberty University audience of some 100 people, that he was “annoyed” at Gov. Bob McDonnell for orchestrating, in the delegate’s opinion, the last minute break in his party’s ranks that had defeated the Personhood Bill in the senate twenty four hours earlier.
    Marshall said extemporaneously, near the outset of his remarks, that he believed McDonnell made his move to keep the bill, which had already passed the House, from reaching the governor’s desk for signature this election year. The vote deferred senate action on the bill until 2013. McDonnell has been mentioned in news reports as a possible Republican nominee this year for vice president.
    Marshall also indicated Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling’s sheepish avoidance of him after the bill’s defeat meant that he was part of McDonnell’s effort, in the delegate’s opinion. Bolling has announced he will seek his party’s nomination for governor next year.
    Marshall, who sponsored the bill in the House, is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate to fill the seat Sen. Jim Webb will vacate. Marshall appeared at Liberty, by prior scheduling unrelated to the senate action, with two other speakers from conservative political research organizations.  
    Marshall’s candid, public comments put the prolife cause above fealty to his party’s leaders. The bill was carefully crafted by Marshall, based on his years of experience, to prevent it from interfering with the provisions of Roe v. Wade. The governor’s claim the bill needed more study in that regard was as transparent his and Bolling’s political ambitions.

Louis Sette
Forest

Feral vs. family

    This is an open letter to folks who trap feral cats and bring them to the pound. Since the beginning of 2012, roughly 50 percent of the feral cats Barn Cat Buddies has transferred out of pound(s) were not feral at all but terrified domesticated cats that were clearly once family pets.
    The experience of being in an uncovered trap starts the cycle of fearful behavior such as cowering in a corner, or hissing at the person trying to clean a cage.
    Imagine how your own cat would respond to being trapped, put in a car or worse, truck bed and hauled off to the county pound. … Community feral cats do not belong in shelters.
    There are people in our area(s) more than willing to feed, sterilize and monitor the cats others have left behind. And while some might disagree, these animals provide a service to the “human” community by controlling mouse and rat populations in a safe, non-toxic AND green manner.
    I have no doubt this letter will bring forth the cat haters, but by remaining silent I become an unwilling co-conspirator in the premise that the only ‘good’ feral is a dead one. A visit to our Web site’s testimonial page would indicate quite the opposite.
    Do your homework before you trap: ask your neighbors if the cat you are seeing is theirs; check the papers for lost cat notices; post a sign at the local corner store with the cat’s description, and the area it’s being seen.
    Chances are the cat you find a “nuisance” is someone’s pet that could have run out of the house when a child or delivery man opened a door. Escape behavior is heightened when the cat (or dog for that matter) is un-altered. ...
    If you have a facility that can give refuge to a shelter cat, our program will sterilize/vaccinate and deliver the cat to your location. Barn Cat Buddies is a 501C3 non-profit program and we can be reached at  344-8707 ext. 3 or www.barncatbuddies.org. Together we can save lives.

Diane Novak
Hardy