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Keep the Memorial going

    The headlines of both the Roanoke Times and The News&Advance read “National D-Day Memorial at risk of closing.”(May29, 2009. ) As a volunteer of the Memorial and a citizen of Bedford County I implore the residents of Central Virginia not to let that happen.

    The National D-Day Memorial is a gift to the nation (and to the world as many overseas visitors view the site) and it is a national treasure.  It is the mainstay of Bedford County tourism and one of the top five tourist attractions in Virginia.

    A paid staff of only 20 persons oversee an 88 acre site that is open 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year only closing on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.

    The volunteer staff of about 125 is comprised of many veterans (including WWII) and devoted men and women who work tirelessly for no pay because of their love for the site.  Cost cutting has been an excepted sacrifice by the paid staff time and time again because of their belief in the work that they do  (sacrifice that is not very common these days).

    The article stated that coming under the umbrella of the federal government was one option.  I sincerely hope that that does not happen as I do not believe that government employees could ever take the place of particularly the veterans (either volunteer or staff) who can describe WWII as they saw it. The Memorial Foundation does many wonderful things behind the scenes, most in keeping with the mission of educating future generations about WWII, D-Day and life in that era.

    This is your treasure and though I do understand that everyone is going through hard times now, a little from a lot of people can go a long way.  Support  your Memorial and come out for the 65th anniversary commemoration and do your part to keep the Memorial alive and well for the next generations.

Jennifer Winter

Bedford County

County has Country Fair

    I would like to respond to Mr. Herbert White’s letter to the editor.  While he is correct, it would be lovely to have a county supported Country Fair, Bedford County has, in fact, enjoyed the benefit of a  Country Fair for years.  The Sedalia Center, located in the heart of the beautiful farm country of Bedford County, has presented a Country Fair for the public for the past 15 years.

    This year the fair will be on Sept. 12 and I am positive that Mr. White would enjoy the many animal exhibits, home canning, fresh produce, flower arrangements, and farm and craft demonstrations of an authentic old time country fair.  He might also be interested in submitting a video of himself or someone that he knows purchasing and preparing local produce.  The winner of this video contest will win a large basket of locally grown produce.  Rules of the contest along with information about farmers in Bedford County who sell fresh produce directly to the consumer can be obtained by calling the Sedalia Center at 434-299-5080.

    Another interesting thing that Mr. White might find appealing is a photography contest with the theme being farming or other country matters.  Or, how about baked goods?  Perhaps Mr. White is a baker and would like to win the blue ribbon for his famous apple pie.  It is my belief that he will be charmed by all the things going on at the Sedalia Country Fair.

    Mr. White do you fancy horses?  If you do, you will be sure to enjoy the parade of horses.  This is where a bunch of different breeds of horses parade in for folks to admire them.  Bedford County has some fair horse breeders, one or two of them might even be famous, and of course, Sedalia’s coon mule jump is known all over the country.  So, Mr. White just come on out to Sedalia around 10:00 o’clock on Sept. 12 and help kick off this year’s Country Fair.

Phyllis Gross

Bedford

Thanks for

support

    The Liberty High School Odyssey of the Mind team has been raising money to help with travel costs to Ames, IA for the World competition. We have has some wonderful assistance with this and would like to publicly thank a few people.

    First, we have to thank Applebee’s Restaurant. They very graciously sponsored a Pancake Breakfast recently and were wonderful to work with. Our team had a great time serving pancakes and sausage and we learned that waiting tables is hard work! We’d also like to thank Gunnoes who provided the sausage! Gunnoes really is the greatest. While we were there for our Pancake Breakfast, we teamed with Staunton River High School’s Teen Travel Club who were also having a Pancake Breakfast. They were a great group to work with and we wish them luck raising the funds they need.

    Second, we’d like to thank all the individuals in Bedford who made monetary donations. With over a thousand miles to travel, these donations will really help us with our traveling.

    Third, we’d like to thank the School Board for starting us off with funding for staying in the dorms at the University of Iowa.

    Finally, we’d like to thank the folks at Liberty High School who have been very supportive or our efforts. The administration supported us every step of the way including allowing us to run the Evening Theater Camp for Kids at the school.

    We are very proud to represent Liberty High School and Bedford at the World Finals. Thanks again to everyone who has made this possible.

LHS Odyssey of the Mind team: Keenan Angel, Taron Ware, Jessica Mendez, Phoebe Weber, Mariah Skalka, Lorin Cahow and Kenzie VanDerwerker.

5,000 pounds

of food

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the effort on behalf of the U.S. Postal employees in delivery of approximately 5,000 pounds of food to BCMA on May 9. Also we’d like to thank all the community members for the donations at our Annual Food Drive.

    This effort shows that a lot of people doing their part – together, in unity, makes a big difference in the lives of many.

    Again, thank you on behalf of Bedford Christian Ministries, for all the hard work of delivery of food donations.

Bedford Christian Ministries Association, Inc.

Rosemary Pawlas

President

Common

ancestors?

    Mr. McLoughlin, if it is inaccurate to say humans evolved from apes, but instead we should say all apes and humans have a common ancestor, what did the ancestor look like if not an ape?

    Are text books truly giving all the information when it comes to the so-called scientific facts of so-called human evolution? One need only check out the poor track record for his or her self. First pilt down man from 1908-1912 the “true” ape-man was found, and this was to be a cornerstone piece of evidence for the ACLU in the famous Scopes trial of 1925. This fossil consisted of parts of human skull and most of the jaw of an ape. Here was proof that the apes had evolved a large brain, and were clearly on their way to becoming human.

    The fragments were discovered just a few miles from Darwin’s old home by Professor Arthur Keith, an aggressively committed evolutionist. These bones were proposed to be 500,000 years (note no dating techniques were available at this time, they did not come around until the 1950s and 1960s and there were assumptions behind those). But this was the age they wanted. There was only one problem, the whole thing was a hoax! Someone had doctored the modern bones to look old, filed the ape’s teeth to make them look more human and salted them in place where Keith was sure to find them.

     The fraud was finally admitted in 1953, long after the Scopes trial, and long after the textbooks had indoctrinated two generations of students.

    In 1922 America proclaimed its own fossil man, when a single molar was found in Nebraska. Professor Henry Fairfield Osborn, head of the prestigious American Museum of Natural History in New York City, declared it to be man’s earliest ancestor. From a single tooth was drawn a whole family (I have heard the artist had some reservations about it, and it was never introduced into the Scopes trial because the lead paleoanthropologist, Dr. Fay Cooper, had some misgivings about it). After more fossil bones were discovered it turned out to be a pig. The famous Neanderthal man, once drawn as brutish, is now known to be fully human. And these bones were put together incorrectly (some suggested reading “Buried Alive” by Jack Cuozzo).

    And your Australopithecus Afarensis comes with some glaring questions of its own. You can read three different textbooks of so called ape-men and not one date agrees. If students are only given selected information, they are not being taught they are being indoctrinated. And if the fossil bones are being interpreted by evolutionary presuppositions would not the same be said of any so called DNA evidence. Evolutionists propose the fossil record as proof of evolution and natural selection and mutations as the mechanisms of action. Natural selection is real observational science and both groups of scientists (evolutionists and those who believe in special creation and intelligent design) agree on this.

    But natural selection is a conservative process, not a creative one. It can only act on the genetic information that is available. It is true that all living things are changing, evolutionists just got the direction of the change wrong. What we see happening is “Devolution.” It is a process which all of life is degenerating just as the Bible describes. We really do return to the dust of the Earth, at least these bodies. The next time you are out for a leisurely stroll just check out your latest road kill (gruesome I know), left undisturbed to the elements – it will not be there for long.

    Death was not a part of God’s original creation, which he called very good. I am by no means a scientist, but I do interpret the reality I see around me starting with Genesis as literal history, and I think that harmonizes well with real science. All scientists have the same evidence, the same scientific method. There is observational, which you know deals with testing and verifying ideas in the present, and gave us such inventions as cars and airplanes. And historical (origins) science, which includes the models of particles to people evolution and special creation. Neither can be classified as observational science. They are both belief systems about the past.

    One is naturalist God denying and presumes no creator, and the other special creation which exalts God as creator and Lord. Just because the majority of scientists profess evolution does not make it true. Truth is not a majority opinion. God is the source of all truth not science – that is elevating science to an authority it does not have.

    God gives us an eyewitness account of history in Genesis and cannot lie. Unlike any finite and fallible human being. I have heard that science was actually developed  in Christian Europe by men who assumed that God created an orderly universe. Humans have always been humans and apes have always been apes. You can breed dogs for thousands of years and you can have great variation within a kind but they will always be dogs.

    ...The creation-evolution debate has never been about science versus religion. It has always been about who decides truth. If man decides truth and he is just an evolved ape than morals are relative. But if we are created in God’s image than we are accountable to him. He sets the rules.

    This battle did not start with Darwin it started in the Garden of Eden with “yea have God said” and “you shall be as God.” I will pray that God takes the scales off your eyes. And lastly, I will not question anyone’s love for God who accepts theistic evolution, bit it is a compromised view which undermines the whole gospel message. Which, oddly enough, some evolutionists have recognized more than some professing Christians.

Janice James

Bedford

The Green movement

    The environmentalist celebrated Earth Day on April 22 and most of that week the media covered the “green movement.”

    Apparently the 2 percent of the people, farmers who feed the other 98 percent, were ignored. The following Sunday I climbed the Peaks of Otter and could find only one plowed field and the fields that had biosolids applied last fall stood out like green thumbs. The area at the foot of the mountains had a gully washer type rain the previous Monday, then three weeks later a cloudburst dumped up to 5 inches of rain southeast of the city.

    Forty years ago Big Otter would have been carrying thousands of tons of topsoil toward Buggs Island Lake. Today with no-till farming and the corn and tobacco fields converted into pasture and hay, the river rose but the topsoil stayed put. No-till farming is the greatest “green movement” ever utilized by farmers.

    The other thing the local farmers are not being credited for is the recycling of waste products such as biosolids, poultry manure from the Shenandoah Valley, or ash from the co-generation plant at Altavista. Poultry litter has become scarce, due to the high cost of fertilizer, but, ash is plentiful in the southern corner of the county and as long as people keep overeating biosolids will be plentiful. Since fertilizer prices skyrocketed, these products are becoming a necessity to survive on the farm.

    I recently found an old price list for fertilizer. In just a few years di-ammonium phosphate went from $200 per ton to $1,200, potash from $150 to $900, nitrogen from $170 to $800. The biosolids applied from Roanoke and New Jersey were worth $500 per acre at last fall’s manufactured fertilizer prices. Bedford County had approximately 5,000 acres of land covered with biosolids late last year. This figures up to a $2.5 million stimulus package for the farmers who used it.

    The potash and lime in the ash is worth $60 per ton and poultry litter is still a bargain at $50 per ton. It’s no wonder farmers who were reluctant to use waste for fertilizer are now begging for the stuff. I applied biosolids, poultry litter, and commercial fertilizer to pastures last August and I invite anyone to come out and compare the fields. This spring the organic fertilized fields are much more productive and greener than the commercial fertilized ones. Instead of complaining about the smell of farming the overfed people should be praising the farmers for their major contribution to the “green movement.”

Richard H. Ruff

Goode

In support of Brian Moran

    Brian Moran is one of the most grounded, realistic people I know.  When you are the youngest of seven children, you learn fast how to deal with people and fight for your rights and ideals.  When your dad is ill and you have to come home, you learn that if you want to go to law school, you need to be prepared to work your way through, even if it means bartending at night and attending classes during the day.

    Coming from a large, loving family, Moran learned to put a high value on Virginia’s families.  That’s why he became a prosecutor and an advocate for children’s health care.  Do you want a good education for Virginia’s children, like Moran does?  Then you have to do battle against a recalcitrant House of Delegates to get funding to bring Virginia teachers’ salaries closet to the national average.  Yes, Creigh Deeds helped Governor Warner get education funding through the Senate, but it was Moran who had to take on the practically antediluvian Republican controlled House.

    Do you want to preserve Second Amendment rights?  Then choose a governor like Moran who is willing to buck the left wing of his party to ensure you have them.

    Are you concerned about pollution and environmental damage from using fossil fuels? Then you need a governor like Moran who will put his foot down on greedy oil companies when they try to drill right off our coast.  A governor who understands that without new technologies, there is no such thing as “clean coal.” A governor who will push for green jobs and support plans for scientific advancement in alternative energy.

    Don’t you want someone in the state house who is familiar with Virginia’s legislative process and who will stand up and fight for you and all Virginians?  I do and that’s why I am voting for Brian Moran on Tuesday, June 9.

Yvette Van Hise

Moneta