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    Bedford is a great place to shop, dine, explore and discover!  If you have not had a chance to experience the holiday events in Centertown Bedford, you better hurry ! 

    The last Friday evening for late shopping, cider, carriage rides and dining is Dec. 19.  That evening we will also draw the winner of the Wii game. Tickets for the carriage rides are on sale in Centertown Park on Friday evenings for $2 per person.  The rides load and unload at the Bedford Farmer’s Market. 

If you still need to get your Christmas tree, the Bedford Host Lions have them available at the Farmer’s Market.  The past two Fridays in Bedford have been enchanting.  It started off with the annual tree-lighting of the huge cedar tree in Centertown Park Nov. 28.   Mr. and Mrs. Dave Ballard did the tree lighting honors. The evening continued with carriage rides, music with Keith Campbell, hot chocolate, cider and cookies. 

    Many visitors took advantage of dining and shopping in this enjoyable holiday atmosphere.  Saturday, Dec. 6 the streets filled with spectators to watch the annual Holiday parade through Centertown.  The theme this year was “Children’s Holidays Memories” and the entries delighted onlookers with their creativity on the floats. Special thanks to all of our volunteers who assisted in the parade line up.  We had 140 Units and almost 2,000 people involved in them.  The parade attendance had about 7,500 viewers through town. The 2008 Bedford Christmas Parade Grand Marshal was Mrs. Ruth Crouch (D.Reynolds)  Parade banner carriers were Madison Karnes & Kayla Williams from Bedford Middle School.

    Santa arrived after the parade at Centertown Park to greet children. Children brought their requests.  He will continue to be around town on Friday evenings between 6 and 9 p.m.  I invite everyone to bring their family and friends to town for the holidays and enjoy the wonderful shopping that all of our merchants in Centertown Bedford offer.  I encourage everyone to shop, dine, explore and discover locally.

    With all this said, I wanted to take a moment to express my deepest thanks for the community support of our holiday events.  Special thanks to Gene and Peggy Jones of Thaxton again this year for donating all the Christmas trees placed around Centertown Park to create the pretty holiday atmosphere. Thank you to all of the Bedford Main Street volunteers who give their time so generously. The Bedford Bulletin is also appreciated for all their efforts and advertising.  Thank you to our Bedford City Police Department, Engineering Department, Public Works, and the Electric Department for assisting with all of the setting up and cleaning.  I appreciate the support from all of you and just can’t thank you enough.

    In closing, these events are made possible because of community participation and support. . A very special thanks to our Platinum Sponsor-Bank of the James for being so generous to our Bedford Community. It is generous sponsors like Bank of the James that make our community events possible. Bedford is a great town to live, work and play.

    On behalf of Bedford Main Street, Inc, Board of Directors and myself, I wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season.

Linda Exley

Executive Director, Bedford Main Street, Inc.

Traffic problem

    I have a complaint about the traffic light at East Main St. and Independence Blvd.

     The traffic is much heavier coming from Independence Blvd. The light there only allows about three to four vehicles to get through the green light (providing the first vehicle doesn’t sit there holding up the traffic until they decide the light has turned green). The traffic coming east on Main Street is hardly any. Sometimes I can sit there waiting for the Independence Blvd. traffic light to turn green and not one vehicle comes up Main St.

    There is a great amount of traffic coming from Independence Blvd. because of traffic coming from the Wal-Mart area, Independence Blvd. (lots of trucks), the eating areas on the right and other businesses on the left.

    The city needs to adjust the traffic light to be green a little longer so we don’t have to wait for the three or four cars ahead of me to go through the light and I have to stop and wait for the light to turn green again. I’m not the only one that has complained about the traffic light.

Lois F. Dezelich


Weather change

    It is cold outside, unusually cold. The National Weather Service reports that November of 2008 was the coldest November on record in the last 32 years. This record cold is proof positive that Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth is correct.

    Last summer gas prices topped $4 per gallon, which changed people’s behavior, resulting in less driving and the trading of large gas-guzzlers for higher mpg vehicles. This resulted in less CO2 emissions, which has reversed global warming and caused the coldest November in recent history.

    I personally do not like the cold weather, or hot weather for that matter, but despite the cold weather there are some positive consolations. It is comforting to know that we can control the environment and with the lower gas prices I can now afford to let my vehicle idle for a few hours prior to my daily walk. This warms up the atmosphere and makes my walk much more enjoyable. As I said, I do not like it when it is too hot or too cold.

Chuck Allison


Negative tone

    In response to Mr. Howell’s  article “Don’t kid yourself, Obama won big,” (Bedford  Bulletin, December 3, 2008)  I would like to comment  on the tone of the letter as the facts seem reasonable. 

    The tone was a bit negative for a natural born native of Bedford, County. In his facts he said, Obama did not win the counties around here!

    Has he caught on yet? It’s his truth, his home town, where he started his education and learned how to spell “liberal” let you down! Bedford County, the area that provides a job to help support him, how tacky of us conservative Southerners to be so honest.  

    Now I hope he can call a New York Lawyer to comfort and help heal the hurt Bedford County has brought against him.  Mr. Howell’s message was loud and clear as he stated the millions of Americans who voted for John McCain (and Sarah Palin) “aren’t a part of this new break through!” He is correct as I never want the government to be my “Dad.”

    My parents raised me to be self-sufficient and take a welcome handout only after I had done my very best first. Then the community I lived in came to my aid. Why oh why didn’t I think to call Washington DC and demand money I did not earn. Yes, this world is changing but please do not delete Bedford County or hate it. We too are Americans by birth.     A friend of Virgil Goode and Calvin Updike.

Genny Humphreys


Forget the goose; what about the gospel

    Clifford Russell’s “Killing the Goose that Lays the Golden Eggs,” in the last edition of the Bulletin had some commendable points, I believe. 

    There is war being waged between atheists and Christians for our culture, and the stakes heighten daily; and it’s true that the spoils are our children.  It’s also true that there is confluence between liberal politicians and media in order to persuade the culture further toward a social paradigm that is diametrically opposed to biblical morality.  Although these are worthy of constant reminder and attention, they’re as obvious as they are true.

    Granting these, I also think there was a good deal of misguidance in Mr. Russell’s proposal.

    First, there is the conflation of right-wing conservatism with biblical Christianity.  This wedding often does more harm than good, especially in regard to evangelism and missions; at home and abroad.  Missionaries are increasingly faced with new difficulties in seeking to evangelize other cultures, because American Christianity and American diplomacy, or worse militarism, are inseparably linked in the minds of the people they are evangelizing.  This situation is often galvanized by some of the televised preachers who seem to lust after American military action, some publicly calling for the heads of certain foreign leaders.  The church in America needs constant reminding that the solution for both her and our country’s problems does not reside in a seat on Capital Hill, but in the cross on Calvary’s hill. 

    A second and closely related issue is to confuse attacks on President Bush with attacks on the Christian faith.  The opposition may intend the confusion, but a responsibility lies with the Christian community to draw a clear line of demarcation.  During both of Bush’s campaigns, the evangelical vote was decisively wooed into his camp by a lot of talk of his conservative, Christian convictions.  A recent interview on ABC’s “Nightline” (12/08) revealed something else, however.

    In said interview, President Bush was asked if he thought the Bible was literally true, to which he responded: “Probably not...No, I’m not a literalist.”  He affirmed religious inclusivism, that is, all religions pray to the same god; that his biggest decisions as President were “not connected to his religious beliefs” (but was not that the reason most Christians voted for him?), and that the theory of evolution is compatible with the biblical doctrine of creation.  When asked to justify his beliefs, he offered that when “I got back into religion...I quit drinking.”

    Any theologically conservative Christian worth the name would cringe at such statements; this is theological liberalism, liberalism of the worst kind.  If fact, another recent study, regarding Presidential church attendance, showed that Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, led the most regular side, while ironically, George Bush led the group that attended most infrequently. 

    Furthermore, this inordinate focus on political party lines often creates fractures in the already fragile unity within orthodox Christianity, something I am confident grieves our King (see John 13—17).

    In passing, I would mention that thirdly, Russell gave the liberals and Democrats entirely too much credit concerning the economy.  The scope of his perspective seemed far too narrow and simplistic, as it failed to account for the financial instabilities experienced internationally.  America doesn’t exist in a self-contained, economic vacuum. 

    The idea that our children’s “hearts, minds, and souls” will be won on the “battle field of politics...in the voting booth” is completely misguided, for it’s completely unbiblical.  There is virtually no relationship between the fact that 80 percent to 90 percent of “Christian” young people leave the faith during or after college and what happens in the voting booth.  Rather, the battlefields are the academy, the home, and sadly even the church.  After 12—16 years of being educated in the very ideologies and social liberalism that Russell rightly condemns, it should not surprise us that this generation would go fawning after the candidate that articulates the very same worldview they themselves were steeped in.  No, the loss of our children’s souls isn’t rooted in failed politics, but in our failure to evangelize, disciple, and nurture in a truly biblical view of life and things, our own.  This responsibility begins in our houses, not the White House; Christ-centered families are not the result of an entitlement program. 

    Finally, that Obama, with his radical  pro-abortion stance, gained another 4 percent to 7 percent of the “evangelical” vote over the last election demonstrates that it’s the “hearts, minds, and souls” of voting adults, as much as our children’s, that is in grave danger.  

    I am in nowise advocating that Christians should not permeate the political landscape; I do contend, however, that the popular idea of how to do this, as reflected in Mr. Russell’s letter, is not the correct approach. 

Kevin Stevenson

Big Island

Stay safe

    I wrote the following article several years ago ... to share just the key tips on how to reduce fires during this holiday season with your readers.  This article came to mind because one of our clients just had a fire.  The home inspector’s report advised him to clean the chimney, but it was not done.  It was a blessing that no one was hurt and the fire was kept to a minimum.

    Because of our affiliation with volunteer fire departments in our earlier years, we have always been aware of fire dangers.  Even with our awareness and training, we had a close call with fire.  We had a beautiful white round candle about 9 inches tall with glitter and a red Santa glued to the front.  We lit it and put it on a glass dish in the kitchen.  While entertaining that evening in the dining room, our guests noticed a flicker in the kitchen.  The candle had burned down, started the Santa on fire which then dropped to the table top.  This beautiful candle, ironically almost robbed us of our holiday and home.

    Here are some key tips to reduce the risk of house fires and burn injuries:

     * Keep holiday candles, electrical decorations and lights away from children and pets.  Do not put them on end tables or other areas where they could be knocked over. It is best to place candles in large, tip-proof, heat resistant holders. Remove decorations, like my

Santa, on candles that may catch fire.

     * Position live trees away from fireplaces, space heaters, radiators, and especially exits. Water the tree daily.

    * Unplug all Christmas tree and outside lights before you leave the house or go to bed.

    * Holiday decorations should be non-combustible or made of flame resistant or flame retardant materials.

    * Have your chimney and furnace professionally inspected and cleaned. Don’t burn gift-wrappings in the fireplace, as this can cause chimney fires.

    * Take extra care when cooking. Avoid having large crowds of people in the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended. Keep the stove area clean to avoid grease fires.

    * Test your fire alarms – the alarms should be tested monthly and batteries replaced at least once a year.”

Jo-Ann Van Vechten