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Letters 08/20/14

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Committed to recycling

    I noted in your August 6, 2014, edition a letter to the editor from Ellen Mackey concerning the action of the Town Council to discontinue curbside recycling.  Mrs. Mackey in her letter mentioned a July 24, 2014, meeting of Council at which many pro recycling citizens expressed their disappointment in the discontinuance of curbside recycling.
    I was not aware of this meeting and am somewhat confused because Council meets on Tuesday nights and  did not meet on July 24, 2014, which is a Thursday night.  Council did meet on July 22, 2014, however, no discussion was made at that time concerning recycling.
    The decision to discontinue curbside recycling was part of our budgetary discussion. It was called to our attention that only 30 percent of the residents participate in curbside recycling and that if we were to continue with the program we would have to make a major  retrofit of the recycling truck or possibly purchase a new truck, which in either event would mean a major expenditure in excess of $100,000.
    Only one person mentioned  recycling at the public hearing on the budget at which time we pointed out that the Town would continue to accept recycled material at the Orange St. drop off site. This is similar to the program that Bedford County has.
    The Town Council is committed to a recycling program which the majority of our residents want and will support and which can be accomplished with prudent expenditure of Town resources.

Mayor Robert T. Wandrei
Bedford

Who’s crying now?
    
    Who is the “Crybaby” now? 
    As a Bedford County teacher, I spent money to go into my profession, and would not divulge to my husband the amount of out-of-pocket money which I spent on my classroom and students for 15 years. The workload increased, pressure to excel intensified, and there was no pay raise for years. 
    I then decided that the best avenue for me was to retire, which I would suggest is also good option for Supervisor Pollard. 

Jeanne Dooley
Montvale

Crisis of service

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors seems to be struggling with a crisis of service.
    While some members are voicing their intention to continue governing in the best interests of their respective constituencies, leading by example and willing to assume sacrifices in solidarity with the numerous county employees who perpetually see their own salaries and occupational resources stagnate and diminish, others appear ready to adopt the self-serving ethos to which so many politicians ultimately succumb.
    Bedford County is veering dangerously close to mirroring its federal counterpart in Washington D.C., where the elected leaders who let our country fall off the fiscal cliff managed to put aside their partisan differences long enough to give themselves a raise. It seems that even our own local government is not immune from the brand of cafeteria-conservatism that plagues the nation’s capital.
     We’re closing schools and snubbing firemen’s needs to save tax dollars...but we’re fine with taxing residents to better compensate ourselves for campaign expenses? Whom does the Board of Supervisors’ truly serve? They will let us know soon enough. I only hope that those who ran for public office to serve the public outnumber those who seek to first serve themselves.

Jonathan Templeton
Forest

50 years
of classes

    Every time I write a letter to the editor, I promise myself I won’t do it again.
    The reason for this is my mother used to say, “A fool’s name is like a fool’s face, often seen in public places.”
    Well, last week’s article about the new Liberty principal sent my mind way down memory lane.
    In the 1963-64 school year, I was in the seventh grade at “Ole” Yellow. LHS was being built. During that school year my good friend, Billy Gray, and I would ride our bikes out to see how they were coming along building our new school. We really saw it from the ground up.
    Finally, in late August, I think it was the 28th the new school opened at last. Thus, as Dr. Dills said in last week’s paper, we laughed, cried and made lifetime memories. All 50 classes have done the same.
    The first few weeks we had a messed-up mess. The worst mess I’ve ever seen. Our upper classmen couldn’t help us, our teachers couldn’t help us, because they didn’t know where they were either. We were all rookies.
    It truly was the blind leading the blind. But day by day it got better. After a couple of weeks, we knew where we were and we started our new school spirit.
    Looking at the principal’s picture last week, I thought she looks like a kid herself. Then I thought, oh yea, she wasn’t even born in the fall of ‘64. We have had 50 good years and from what I hear of Dr. Dills, sounds like she is going to kick off another good 50 years.
    I’m not going to wish her good luck, but I sure hope she makes her own luck and makes it good.

Tommy Crawford
Bedford
LHS Class of ‘69

Moments to Remember

    Now that I am in the fourth quarter of my life, I think back over the years to times I enjoyed. Like my first love, oh to be 18 and in love. Although Uncle Sam took me away from my first love, I still remember.
    Or like being on a trout stream in early spring, all is quiet, not a soul in sight. The only sounds are the birds singing, just a great time to sit and enjoy a few quiet moments. Or to be roaming through the woods in early spring, my buddies and I, all the colored leaves overhead and frost in the air, just a great time to be outdoors.
    Or as a young boy on the farm to lay back on the sunny side of a hay stack and let the October sun warm me, just lay back and dream. Although none of my dreams ever came true, I still remember.
    Or to be standing out on a warm summers night, gazing at the moon and stars with my sweetheart, hand in mine. To have real joy in life you must have someone to share.
    Still Dreaming

Bill Turpin
Bedford
    
Christian book store needed?

    Some Christian friends of mine were talking about Bedford needing a Christian bookstore.
    I was told once there were over 200 churches in Bedford. We need Christian greeting cards, Bibles, self help books, counseling books and books like Joyce Meyer.
    What do the citizens of Bedford think about a Christian book store?

Sue Wilkin
Bedford