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The Old Paths
I like the Old Paths, when moms were at home dads, were at work, brothers went into the Army and sisters got married and then had children. Crime did not pay, hard work did and people knew the difference. Moms could cook, dads would work, children would behave.
Husbands were loving, wives were supportive and children were polite. Women looked like ladies and men were gentlemen. Women wore jewelry and men wore pants, and children looked decent. People loved the truth and hated a lie, they came to the church to get in, not to get out.
Hymns sounded Godly; sermons sounded sincere; rejoicing sounded normal and crying sounded sincere. Cursing was wicked and divorce was unthinkable. The flag was honored; America the beautiful and God were welcome. We read the Bible in public, prayed in school; and preached from house to house.
To be called an American was worth dying for, to be called a Christian was worth living for and to be called a traitor was a shame. Preachers preached because they had a message, and Christians rejoiced because they had the victory! Preachers preached from the Bible; singers sang from the heart; and sinners turned to the Lord to be saved!
A new birth meant a new life, Salvation meant a changed life, following Christ led to eternal life. Being a preacher meant you proclaimed the word of God; being a Deacon meant you would serve the Lord, being a Christian meant you would live for Jesus; and being a sinner meant someone was praying for you. God was worshiped and Christ was exalted; and the Holy Spirit was respected.
Laws were based on the Bible; homes read the Bible and churches taught the Bible. Church was where you found Christians on the Lord’s Day rather than in the garden, on the river bank or being entertained somewhere else. I still like the Old Paths best.
Opposed budget for sheriff
Two weeks ago I attended the county supervisor’s work session dealing primarily with the final touches to the new budget. My main concern was would the budget increase, if so, to whom. I had expressed by opinion earlier to the supervisors that the Sheriff’s should not get more money. The Sheriff’s budget is already well in excess of five million dollars, plus multi-millions from the federal government.
Over the past 2 to 3 years Sheriff Brown has brought in several celebrities to stop drugs and pedophiles. Now he says that the problem is worse than ever, but he got his picture in the papers and wasted thousands of taxpayer’s dollars. His picture was also in last week’s Bedford paper receiving a plaque in California, twenty-five hundred miles away. Taxpayers, guess who paid the bill?
Roger Cheek, Steve Arrington, and Annie Pollard voted against giving more money to the Sheriff’s Office, and remove the three county positions requested, and put the money in the contingency fund because state funds may be reduced more.
Chuck Neudorfer, Dale Wheeler, John Sharp and Gary Lowry voted to fund the positions; two of the three were for the Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Neudorfer works for the Sheriff’s Office and is allowed to vote for Sheriff Brown’s interest. Mr. Lowry and his wife work for the school system. Mr. Lowry is allowed to vote for school interest. Mr. Cheek owns an auto repair shop, but is not allowed to work on county vehicles because of conflict of interest. Figure that one out.
Taxpayers, get ready for next year.
It occurs to me that your excellent paper might be doing home schoolers an important service if a responsible school official will say flatly whether opting for the virtual school program opens them to tax-supported education aspects which motivated many of the home schoolers in the first place. It appears that such money is involved.
In praise of the
The Sedalia Center really out did itself on the Celtic Festival on April 26, 2008.
Those that missed out, really missed a lot of entertainment and information on different cultures of the Irish. Most of the settlers in this area were of Irish descent. Some of the special events were The Bagpipers from Roanoke that really out did themselves, the Irish step-dancers and Irish Jig dancers. A band that traveled all the way from Canada. One of the band members wrote some of their songs and music. Vendors with lots of info and beautiful gifts. Some with info of the parts of Ireland they originated from. Outside stage of jostling in Medieval days complete with costumes.
Johnson was there to demonstrate herding by commands from his dogs to rounding up the sheep. These things you only see in the movies any more. All this in “living” color for all the folks to see. Food of all kinds. Everything was delicious. Two ladies spinning wools attracted me.
Can you imagine having to spin the wool to make your clothes? We are so lucky we have newer ways of doing things, but it is still a pleasure to see the old ways so the young folks can see how things were done in the “olden days,” what a beautiful setting so serene. Anyone looking for entertainment and culture events should just visit The Sedalia Center off 122 N. They have a lot of events coming up and its not too far to travel. Also would like to mention the events at D-Day Memorial for the summer. So much to see and do here in Bedford.
Thank you Sedalia Center and D-Day Memorial.
‘Thanks’ is not enough
The staff of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce extends a sincere thank you to everyone who assisted in making our 2008 Business EXPO on Friday, April 25 such a rousing success.
Dozens of people here at the lake and surrounding communities worked tirelessly behind the scenes to put together this amazing event. Our EXPO steering committee, chamber members and their families, Visitor Center and community volunteers, the Smith Mountain Lake Rotary Club and others gave of their time and talents to make this year’s EXPO the largest attended – with more than 4,000 guests — and most-praised in our history.
We thank our site host and EXPO Committee Chair, Michelle Aznavorian of NBI Development for providing a superb location on which to hold our event. We would also like to cite Karen Smith of Fallon’s Restaurant as EXPO Committee advisor.
A debt of gratitude goes to the Moneta Fire and Rescue Squad, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Vicki Esposito of Bedford County Waste Management, VDOT and Chuck Neudorfer of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors for their enthusiasm and willingness to provide a safe and eco-friendly environment for all participating.
A special note of thanks is extended to our 171 exhibitors and seven restaurants for participating and building such a wonderful atmosphere of excitement within our six-tent “commerce city” and new “Taste of Smith Mountain Lake” al fresco experience.
A debt of gratitude is conveyed to each of our official sponsors who were crucial in making our 2008 Business EXPO possible. Laker Media, our Platinum Sponsor, was crucial to our success. Our Gold Sponsors — Grand Home Furnishings, SML Retirement Village and Carilion Clinic — also added very generous support.
Business EXPO Silver Sponsors were: SunTrust Bank, Franklin Community Bank, Appalachian Power, Martinsville DuPont Credit Union, BB&T, Structures Design/Build, LLC, Prudential Waterfront Properties, Building Specialists, Inc., and Member One Federal Credit Union. Thank you for all of your help.
Our Bronze Sponsors were: Faber CPA Firm LLC, First National Bank, Turner’s Dock Building, Premier Appraisals, Bridgewater Marina & Boat Rentals, State Farm Insurance — Casey Morgan; Leisure Publishing; Franklin Respiratory & Medical Inc.; Blue Ridge Dental Group; First National Bank of Altavista; Vogel & Cromwell; Embarq; Debbie Robbins — State Farm Agent; Virginia Furniture Market; Carter Bank & Trust; Discover SML Magazine; Smith Mountain Lake Irrigation and Lake Wicker & Patio.
We also want to thank our event donors and those exhibitors who provided more than $11,000 in door prizes and contributions. Without each of these generous businesses, we couldn’t have added the many special touches to our annual event.
Our sincere thanks also goes out to the print and electronic media for their continued interest in our story and the immeasurable help they provided in getting the word out to the public about this year’s incredible Business EXPO.
Last, but not least, we appreciate the amazing support received from the general public attending the event. No matter the distance driven to attend our one-day “Business Brigadoon on the Hill”, we have already set our 2009 EXPO date for April 24. Please mark your calendars and we’ll see you then!
Media Relations and Marketing Manager
Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce
I continue to read responses with carefully selected passages from the Bible to support positions on homosexuality, the rightness of Christianity, what God meant, and a whole slew of other topics. So I thought it might be interesting to selectively cite a few passages that, in today’s world, aren’t so often referenced.
God says when your children get out of line beat them with a rod—Proverbs 13:24, 20:30 and 23:13-14. If they talk or hit back, kill them—Exodus 21:15, Leviticus 20:9, Deuteronomy 21:18-21, Mark 7:9-13, Matthew 15:4-7. The Bible also says we must stone people to death for heresy, adultery, and homosexuality. Some Bible scribes must have thought God didn’t know what he was doing when he told Moses, “Thou shalt not kill.”
Even though the entire civilized world now agrees that slavery is an abomination, Leviticus 25:44-46 says, “. . . you may buy male and female slaves. . . .” But there are special admonitions to a man who sells his daughter as a slave. Exodus 21:7-11, Ephesians 6:5, and 1 Timothy 6:1-4 direct slaves to be obedient to their masters. The most pious Christian section of our nation spread slavery at the point of a bayonet and we fought a war to free the slaves as other countries have, but does the Bible guidance get changed?
I love this one. “. . . let wives be subject in everything to their husbands. . .”—Ephesians 5:24 I usually reference God as a she, but I’ve been wrong. He has to be a white male. No one else could reason like this.
Deuteronomy 22:13-21 says that if a man finds his wife isn’t a virgin on her wedding night, he must stone her to death on her father’s doorstep.
Many Biblical teachings are so self contradictory that for five centuries Christians happily burned heretics alive for their “transgressions.” St. Augustine supported torturing heretics and St. Aquinas believed they should be killed.
The Bible certainly has some profound messages of love, charity, and forgiveness and the golden rule is a wonderful moral concept. But, Zoroaster, Buddha, Confucius, Epictetus and others, long before Jesus, articulated these thoughts as well or better than the Bible.
Many will want to argue with me on the above points, which is fine. But please do so in the context of the inerrancy of the Bible or even as divinely inspired writing. My point, of course, is not to deride Christianity because the same can be said of other religions’ scriptural writings, but rather to demonstrate the fallibility of quoting selected passages as if they don’t need to be interpreted in today’s world. Would a God give us a mind and not expect us to use it rationally?
The next time you want to uphold the inerrancy of the Bible and quote its passages to support your arguments, why don’t you tell us the last time you stoned someone to death, beat your child with a rod, sold your daughter into slavery, or killed a child for talking back. Let’s not just pick out the parts of the inerrant Bible that we like.
The United States came about because colonists were subservient to laws, taxes and regulations of the king of England. People were required to pay a fee to the Anglican Church of England. The Constitution of 1791 was by the people.
It cannot be changed by the Executive Branch nor the Judiciary. Only by the people. The Legislature, bound to Article V, a Constitutional Convention. The founding fathers representing the people, considered private property divine and made it a right. The Constitution, a first in the world, created free schools (public) so all citizens could read and write.
At that time, only one in 15 could read in England, one in 35 in France. Fee schools taught “the denunciations of religion against immorality and crime.” (Daniel Webster) The people established eminent domain. Eminent means grand, beautiful, wonderful. Example, the Golden Gate Bridge.
Our country grew under the term eminent. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court by decision favored New London, CT over Kelo. This was a private development project having nothing to do with a public project. Hundreds of lawsuits across the nation regarding private development that could enhance revenue followed. The U.S. Supreme Court seized eminent to mean also private projects.
The control of private property fought for by our founding fathers, our representatives, has been shifted to total control of government. Property owners are now subservient to local government. John Adams, our second president, who along with Ben Franklin helped Thomas Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence said, “the moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is no force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.”
If we don’t have property rights, we don’t have any rights at all.
Walter F. Heydt