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Time to move the proms?

    Should Liberty High School and the other Bedford County high schools move their proms this year form downtown Lynchburg?  That is a question that many Bedford County parents are asking in the wake of increased shooting and violence in the downtown Lynchburg area.

    On Tuesday, April 7 there was four more shootings in the downtown area, and not far from the location of this year’s Liberty prom.  The increased violence in this area, combined with young, inexperienced drivers in unfamiliar areas gives reason for increased concerns.  As parents we must let our children grow up, but there is a point when safety must take priority.

    As a father of a senior at Liberty, I take the safety of my child very seriously.  Three of my older children have already graduated from Liberty and attended the prom.  Even then I had concerns about this long drive late at night to the prom in Lynchburg.  But now I am even more aware of the potential problems and safety issues in downtown Lynchburg.  Why is the prom so far from the school?  Call it old fashion, but my prom was in the school gym as it was for most parents (and yes the gym floor survived just fine).  We even had the crazy idea of graduating from our high school at our own high school (and yes again, the football field survived graduation).

    Bedford County and Liberty High School should consider moving the prom to Liberty.  If the prom must be in Lynchburg, consider the Kirkly Hotel by the mall.  They can also look at the many large venues for rent at Liberty University.  Not only are they nice facilities, but you have the added security of the ever present Liberty PD.

    The time is short until the upcoming proms, so decisions need to be made now.  The safety of the students (our children) must be the first priority.    

Eric Thompson


Fresh Air thanks

     National Volunteer Week marks a special time of year for The Fresh Air Fund and I would like to take this opportunity to extend my deepest thanks to our dedicated Fresh Air hosts, volunteers and supporters in Bedford County. They truly embody the meaning of the 2009 National Volunteer Week theme, “Celebrating People in Action” by demonstrating their commitment to helping New York City children.

    Fresh Air volunteers work in several capacities throughout the year in 13 Northeastern states and Canada. Caring Fresh Air host families open their homes and share the everyday joys of summertime with their Fresh Air guests. Our local volunteer leaders – many of whom are also hosts – give by serving on our local committees, planning summer activities, publicizing the program and interviewing prospective host families. Additionally, individuals and businesses give generously of their time and resources to make the Friendly Town host family program throughout this area a great success each and every summer.

    The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children since 1877. For more information on how you can help to continue this wonderful tradition of volunteering, please call The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003 or visit www.freshair.org.

Jenny Morgenthau

Executive Director

A delightful morning

    Kudos to all who arranged and organized the April 4 event with David Baldacci. He was so personable and his stories were quite amusing. I hope significant funds were amassed for the libraries. It was certainly a delightful morning. Also, I must add, the musicians were very entertaining as well. Thanks to all for a great morning.

Martha Honse

Eclectic Reader Book Club member


The FairTax

some facts


    TEA Parties and FairTax rallies are scheduled this week.  They do not have the same objective.

     TEA Parties are concerned about the projected national debt and the necessary immediate increase in taxation which will  reach to unborn generations. 

    The FairTax is not to decrease spending but to replace a costly and complicated income tax system with a simple national retail sales tax.  The FairTax is a nonpartisan proposal that replaces all federal income and payroll taxes with a progressive tax on consumption.  It includes a cash “prebate” that ensures no American pays federal taxes on their spending for essential goods and services up to the poverty level based on family size.  Every American can keep their entire paycheck. 

    All federal income taxes are eliminated along with the IRS and the 16th amendment.  The FairTax completely untaxes low-income families.  Existing and future savings and investments are all tax free as are the return on those savings.  There would be no federal taxes or compliance costs hidden in consumer prices.  The FairTax raises the same amount of revenue as the current system with much lower marginal rates.

    People are supporting the FairTax because it is fair.  It eliminates about 66,500 pages of regulations including special interest exceptions, tax loopholes or deductions and the lobbyists who peddle them.  Every American is treated the same. 

    When you make a purchase, you see exactly how much you are contributing to the government on your retail receipt.  You are taxed on your consumption rather than on your productivity and income.  Jobs that have moved overseas due to our current corporate taxation would return home.  Under the FairTax, we would move from 160 million workers funding social security through their payroll taxes to 300 million citizens - plus about 50 million foreign visitors - funding it through their purchases.  According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 29 of its 30 member countries have adopted a general sales tax.  The United States is the one country that has not yet taken that step.

    The FairTax offers a constructive solution to many of the economic problems facing our nation.  If the next generation is rewarded for achievement and success rather than punished; if America becomes the world’s number one tax haven; if politicians lose their ability to use the tax system to punish those not likely to vote for them while rewarding those more likely - if these changes are brought about by the adoption of the FairTax, we will have left our children an America of great opportunity.

    The above ideas and estimates were taken from “The FairTax: The Truth - Answering the Critics” by Neal Boortz and John Linder.  Read the book and learn about the FairTax at FairTax.org or find out how much you could save at www.FairTax.org/compare.


Bob Cornell




    It amazes me that Atheists use the Bible to prove there is no God and Christians use the Bible to prove God exists.

    I believe the reason this is possible is because of interpretation of the Bible.  There are many Christian denominations each of which has an interpretation or special emphasis on a specific verse in the Bible.  The Catholics put special emphasis on Mary the Mother of Jesus, the Methodists believe in sprinkling, the Baptist believe in water immersion.  I believe Christians spend entirely too much time on trivial differences while Atheists are taking over the government.

    The Bible is complex because it addresses the full range of human experience.  The Bible discusses the past, present and future.  The Bible provides a guide for each human to live everyday and how humans should be governed.  Group worship and Bible Study is essential for even a Christian to understand all that God wants to tell people.

    One of the interesting things is that the Bible discusses both the right way to do things and the wrong way.  God established the Ten Commandments as God’s Law.  The Jews established the Mosaic Law as a human interpretation of God’s Law.  In Matthew, Jesus called the Pharisees and Scribes vipers because they had perverted God’s Law with things like divorce and corban.  A bad interpretation of this would be that Jesus had negated the Old Testament and that only the New Testament was to be used by Christians.

    Even in the New Testament, there was an attempt at Socialism/Communism but this was later abandoned because of the same reasons that Socialism does not work today.

    I believe God left at least 3% of the Bible that must be taken by faith, so Atheists would have a reason to reject God.  I believe God made 97 percent of the Bible for Christians to know how to live and how to govern.

    Every human has to make the decision to go with the 3 percent or go with the 97 percent.

    What Christians do not admit is that Atheists study the Bible just enough to justify rejecting God and implementing government that will impose restrictions on Christians.  Many Christians sit back and say “God is in Control” when God may be telling Christians to regain control of the news media and the government or lose you children to Satan.

Clifford D. Russell


The right


    On April 8, after not receiving any mail for a few days, even junk mail. I became concerned not only about my mail, but our local mailman.

    I see him just about everyday, at least passing him on the road, and I hadn’t seen him. So I decided to call our local post office in Bedford on Main Street, so I looked in our local phone book for the phone number under Government offices and found what I thought was the number, I called and received a recording that gave me a 1-800 number, this is when the trouble started.

    I called the number, and a fellow, I think, answered the phone. The man could not even speak English, Well being a war veteran ( Vietnam), this was not only disturbing, but very hurtful to me, to think I call our postal system of all places and speak to someone who I can hardly understand, and they can’t understand me. This is very sad to think this is where our country is going.

    After deciding that this was unsatisfactory, I called the post office listed in our phone book which is in Moneta in hopes that someone would be there I could talk to and thank God it was. They gave me the correct number to call to speak to someone at the Bedford Post Office. Please take that recording that gives that 1-800 number out of our Bedford phone book and replace it with the number that you can talk to a real live ... citizen (at the actual post office – editor’s addition).

Jim Stanley