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No summonses issued
Regarding the letter to the editor from Dan Overstreet about officers running radar the day after the storm...
On June 30, Saturday, the Bedford Police Department issued no summonses for the entire day.Although people may see an officer sitting on the roadside or in a parking lot, they are not always running radar during those times. They write reports in the car, as well as other paperwork, they eat in the car, for all practical purposes, they live in the car for their 12-hour shift.
During the night of the storm and the following several days, officers were diligent in looking for and reporting down trees and down power lines. We had approximately a 20 percent increase in calls for the week following the storm compared to the same week in 2011, so officers were very busy making sure that our streets were safe and even spending time finding ice to help supply the cooling stations.
So my hat is off to the officers of the Bedford Police Department for their hard work during the aftermath of the June 29 derecho.
James E. Day
Chief of Police
Bedford Police Department
Stand against bullying
My name is Laura Ellis, I am a student at Staunton River High School and I have taken a stand against bullying. My life was filled with being bullied up until this past school year. I finally had enough, knowing that whatever happened to me felt as if it wasn’t handled at all by the administration. I write all this to tell you that I personally think that some things should be changed in our school system. I think a “Bullying Prevention Program” should be put in place, but not only that, I think that we should have support groups for kids who are bullied. I think that we should have a better way of dealing with the victims instead of feeling like it is the victims’ fault for being bullied.
I invite you all to please email me or contact me to voice your opinion, I am on the “Student Support Team” of the PTSA and I would love to show them what others think. Contact me at (540)-816-9439 or Lellis24121@gmail.com.
Together we can make our school system better.
Laura Ann Ellis
I’m baffled. I read article after article, hear rants from politician after politician claiming that a requirement to prove who one is in order to vote is unfairly burdensome and will “disenfranchise” some voters.
Miriam Webster’s definition of disenfranchise is “to deprive… of a legal right, or … privilege …; especially : … the right to vote.”
Requiring that one prove they are who they say they are in order to exercise one of the most precious rights we enjoy as citizens does not deprive them of the right to vote. Requiring that one show a photo ID in order to write a check to pay for groceries does not mean that person cannot buy groceries. It just means they have to prove their identity. All states of which I am aware bend over backward to accommodate those who don’t have proper ID – with provisional or temporary ballots and some even offer state-provided IDs.
What has happened to us? Have we lost all common sense? Why would anyone have a problem with ensuring that only those legally entitled to vote are allowed to exercise that precious right? I’m baffled.
Marilyn M. Osborne-Bach
Amused at photo
I was amused at John Barnhart’s picture of Senate Candidate Tim Kaine leaving a recent fundraiser. If I had known John was hanging around outside, I would have taken him a plate of food. I guess he felt he should have the same access to a candidate as he does with Robert Hurt.
In fact John may be the only person in Bedford who actually gets the word that Hurt will be in the area. There is never an announcement in the Bulletin that Hurt will be available to meet and greet people and he has never had a Town Hall meeting with constituents. One must check Hurt’s Web site daily to see when he will be here the next day for a tour or a short meeting with a specific group of people.
But John reports on each visit, so maybe I need to become a reporter with the Bulletin so I can have access to Robert Hurt and ask him some pertinent questions about his positions and votes as Congressman.
The political season is now ramping up to full speed and I’m hearing an old ‘war cry’ from Mitt Romney : we should lower taxes by 25 percent on the wealthiest 2 percent of the U.S. population because they are the “job creators.”
With two wars to run and declining employment the Bush administration cut taxes for the wealthy. The results, employment continued to decline, domestic automakers went on “life support” while the sale of luxury makes like Mercedes, Rolls Royce, Bentley, etc hit record sales numbers.
Recently, I read a news article about how American designer Ralph Lauren received the contract to design and outfit our American athletes for the London Olympics. Now Ralph and his company should be major “job creators” but what did his company do? They outsourced the manufacture of these olympic uniforms to China. Why? The garment industry here in the U.S. could have used the work.
Romney boasts how he saved the Salt Lake City Olympics but some reporter discovered that the American uniforms there were outsourced to Canada.
So if you think a tax break is needed by wealthiest ($250K+) among us, please think again. All those bankers, stock traders, etc. who were instrumental in causing the current economic mess and walked off with millions in bonus dollars will benefit the most, not the unemployed.
R. C. Browne
Randolph College is a reputable institution established in 1891 as a liberal arts college; today, according to Randolph’s Web site, it is a community of “nonconformists” and “eccentrics,” which its recent staging of “Bug” has confirmed.
Why celebrate the dark side of life?
In the review by the BURG, Weekly Entertainment Guide, it stated, “In this case, they’re studying how environment affects the way an audience experiences a play. Specifically, Archer says, how theatergoers will react to being up close and personal during a play that involves nudity, violence, profanity and even simulated crack smoking.”
This project was a professor/student collaboration, which was to study the reaction of the audience to the environment in which it was performed. However, I believe the real question was “How an audience would react to ‘nudity, violence, profanity and ….crack smoking,”’, not the question of mere surroundings.
With an eight-minute nude scene, shouldn’t the play have been rated X? What kind of image are you portraying to the community and beyond by allowing such a play to be staged in Lynchburg?
This was a misguided project and should have been scraped by the professor knowing it would push the boundaries of decency.
Virginia State Director
Concerned Women for America
The SML Water Safety Council wishes to thank all the boaters who heeded the No-Wake Zone that was established to help keep everyone safer and more comfortable at the July 4th Parkway Marina fireworks display.
Volunteers crewing the marker boats reported that most boaters graciously slowed to idle speed when entering the area, and departed in an orderly fashion after the breathtaking show. A gorgeous full moon made the ride home another appealing feature of a spectacular evening on Smith Mountain Lake and helped make the ride home more manageable for even those not accustomed to after-dark navigation.
We also wish to acknowledge the many members of the SML Sail and Power Squadron, and the support of Parrot Cove Boat Rentals, who volunteered their boats and time to help delineate the No-Wake Zone boundaries on the water.
We strongly encourage boaters who enjoyed the fireworks display to help keep this wonderful SML tradition alive by logging on to smlfireworks.org and making a donation to Saunders Volunteer Fire Company, for whom the entire July 4th Celebration at Parkway Marina was a fundraiser. Contributions may also be mailed to SVFC, P.O. Box 14, Huddleston, VA 24104.
Randy Stow, Chairman
SML Water Safety Council
protecting our children
Is teaching our children enough or do we also have a responsibility to protect our children?
When Solomon was teaching his sons, there was the full weight of the Ten Commandments and the requirement that the congregation/people execute (stone to death) those that violated the Ten Commandments. ...
Civil Law and the Jury System was established for the State to do the executions (stoning to death). The tie between Civil Law and God’s Law was stated by Blackstone.
William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England states, “This law of nature, being coeval with mankind and dictated by God himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe in all countries, and at all times; no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this: and such of them as are valid derive all their force, and all their authority, mediately or immediately, from this original.”
The key point stated by Blackstone is that law was dictated by God himself, it is superior to all other law, and that no laws contrary to the laws dictated by God are valid. Civil Law does not have to be God’s Law, but Civil Law should be consistent with God’s Law and Civil Law should never violate God’s Law.
The Blackstone concept was destroyed by Atheists because it prevented pornography, adultery, homosexuality, etc. from being legalized.
Our children will not be protected by training until the Blackstone concept is returned , because a young man has a hard time remembering what his father, mother and pastor said when a young woman is exposing her body. You surly got to admit Satan is a clever fellow.
Christians must get back into politics and must rebuke evil as part of protecting our children. No Christian should ever vote for any Democrat because the Democratic Party supports and encourages Atheism and Socialism.
Clifford D. Russell
Thanks for effort
I appreciate being allowed to use this method to express gratitude to the Seventh Day Adventist congregation of Moneta and to Pastor Danny Poff and his wife Rhonda for their tireless effort to bring better health to our area with on-going education. Five years ago they started free classes now called “8 Weeks to Better Health” which are conducted every January and February. If we are in town, we never miss this chance to increase our knowledge and take control of our health. The USA is near the bottom of the list of the healthiest countries in the world. Only we can change this statistic by educating ourselves.
The last weekend in June the Adventists held a three-session seminar on healthy choices with Curtis and Paula Eakins, TV hosts of Abundant Living from Huntsville, Ala. The event went off thanks to the Bethlehem United Methodist Church who offered their facility when the SMLSA church suffered a power outage. This event was packed with humor and life-enhancing information. The church is now in the process of organizing a healthy eating supper club. All are welcome.
I chose this public means to express David’s and my sincere feelings, not so much to give this selfless congregation a well-deserved thank you, but to make the community aware of the gift they give to us all. Hopefully, they will have to bring in extra chairs for all future non-denominational, fun-backed, health seminars. Call Rhonda at 1-540-352-2702 if you want further information.
We are outsiders who have gotten to know, love, and appreciate these warm, welcoming folks now for five years. Their sole purpose in what they do is to be of service to their fellowman as Jesus teaches. The Bible says, “My people parish for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6)