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BCM addresses local need
The fact that over 3,300 children in Bedford City and County are at risk of hunger came as no surprise. The figure was cited in a recent article that focused on The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank’s recent survey.
But the information did drive home the point that the children we see on the nightly news, who live in other countries, are not the only ones struggling with hunger. We only need to look in our schools, our neighborhoods and our lives to see children, adults and seniors who don’t have enough to eat on a regular basis.
For over 25 years, Bedford Christian Ministries has tried to whittle away at the hunger problem in Bedford City and County. Every week families are given food. During the summer we prepare and give out special packages for children who will be spending their days alone. We have relied on the support of churches, businesses and concerned individuals to keep that going. Now, more than ever, we need that support.
There is a way that every resident who is not struggling with hunger can make a difference in the lives of those who are. They can donate non-perishable items or money to Bedford Christian Ministries. Concerned and caring residents can help us keep our pantry stocked so we can give to those in need. Businesses who want to give back to the community can hold a company food drive and we will pick up their donations.
Bedford residents are special because they have always taken care of their own. Countless individuals are involved in a myriad of ways. The problem, hunger, has been clearly identified. We have the ability to combat the problem together. Consider joining Bedford Christian Ministries in addressing this need.
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The City of Bedford wants to revert back to a town, so the city council and Board of Supervisors negotiate in private meetings to work out a deal, then vote to approve a deal, and then let the public know what’s in store for them.
From what I’ve seen of this deal is a select few will benefit from it. When are our supervisors gonna take input from the public on changes to our county? Take it to the people, don’t expect people to come to you. Get out and mingle with us in our part of the county. I’ve never seen my supervisor in my neighborhood. I’d be willing to bet four out of 10 people in our county don’t even know their supervisor because they never come into our world.
And also, while I’m at it, for the school board to suggest to hire an outsider to find a site to build a new school is ridiculous. You were elected to do a job and if you can’t do it, resign. We’ve got too much outside input now; that’s a lot of our problems, outside influences.
Route 221 is being resurfaced between Bedford and Forest. The engineer in charge sure knows how to repave the road and is doing a beautiful job.
However, he either doesn’t like motorists or has not taken a course in traffic management. His practice is to build up a line of cars, 20 to 30 deep, on either side of the construction, before he allows these cars to go through.
This method of traffic handling causes waits of up to 20 minutes - wreaking havoc with people’s schedules.
Is there a way to get this guy to allow two or three cars through at a time? This would eliminate the interminable waits and consequent schedule delays for the hapless motorist.
When examining the letter sent in by Mr. Russell, I am reminded of what is wrong with the conservative politics in our society today. He commends the Christian church and uses biblical references for his points. However, it appears he has lost sight of what Jesus the Christ did and said in his life on this earth: Love your neighbor as yourself and treat them, as you would want to be treated.
Unfortunately, there are people who are poor, underprivileged, and in need of assistance at all times. They may be black, white, brown, or beige, and this is to say that all people can be poor. On the statue of liberty a sign reads about giving her the poor and the downtrodden.
Mr. Russell believes that these people are evil. Does he need to be reminded of Zacceus? Whereas I am wholly opposed to the religious right being brought upon me in any governmental way, Mr. Russell would disagree with me in this case. I simply am thankful for a Constitution that protects me from Mr. Russell and his wanting to abolish the first amendment to install the church as the government of my country. I believe somewhere he would be happier would be the Islamic Republic of Iran because his ideals are not far from Ayatollah Khomeini’s.
America needs to remain free to help her citizens both good and evil and we need to keep the hands of theocracy away from our wonderful country. Oh and love our neighbors whether or not they be homosexual, poor, black, or white!
Sedalia Country Fair
Many thanks to all that attended the Sedalia Country Fair.
I met so many friendly people. The staff of workers, (mostly volunteers) were busy helping the folks enjoy all the events. There was plenty for all ages. It was so nice to see so many families with Grandmas and Grandpas in tow.; so many owners of animals of all kinds shared their variety acts of participation, which you don’t see these events unless you attend a country fair.
All those that participated in the canned foods, vegetables, baked goods: A chance to display their rewards of the summer gardens and bakers of their favorite cake recipes. Many thanks to all that attended, to all the staff members and volunteers.