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Festival of Trees

    When we moved here several years ago it was a pleasant surprise to see the signs, “Bedford, The Christmas Capital of Virginia.”

    We have enjoyed the display at the Elks Home and really appreciate the work involved for the wonderful display at Liberty Lake Park. What a treat for the children to see the Christmas Parade and enjoy the Buggy Rides in Centertown on Fridays.

    Last year a group tried to have a Festival of Trees at the Bedford Welcome Center. There were trees from the Fire Company and Auxiliary, Girls Scouts, Humane Society and Wine Trail. Sadly not many people came to enjoy this display along with Rob Jarvis’s wonderful decorations.

    We are encouraging everyone to stop in this year. Some more organizations will have trees this year – The Woman’s Club and two Red Hat groups. Other service organizations are encouraged to join in and have a tree reflecting their special interest to add to the enjoyment. This is a way to let people know about these organizations and how they benefit the community.

     In fact we challenge all Service Groups to display a tree and perhaps visitors can vote for their favorite. Let the Welcome Center know if you would like to apply for a display area by phoning the Center at 540-587-5681 by Nov. 19. Plans have already been made to have the center open until 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 and Dec 18.

Judi Jackson and Yolanda Adams


Thank you to

the Bedford community

    On behalf of Bedford Domestic Violence Services, I would like to thank the local community, businesses, churches, organizations, and individuals for their support all throughout the year and especially during the month of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence is defined as an intentional  pattern of abusive behaviors used by one individual to exert power and control over another individual in the context of an intimate relationship. Abuse may include verbal, physical, emotional, sexual and/or economic abuse.

    BDVS sponsors two events to highlight DV Awareness Month: Charity Gala & Auction to benefit services and the Candle Light Vigil to honor all DV victims. The 3rd Annual Domestic Violence Gala was held on Oct. 22, 2009, at the Elk’s National Home in Bedford. This event raised over $15,000 due to overwhelming community support, donations for the auction, and attendance. There was a large array of services and goods in the silent and live auctions. During the Gala, awards were presented to volunteers and organizations whose efforts assist the program during the year. The Candle Light Vigil was held Oct. 26, outside the Bedford County Courthouse.

    During the Vigil, candles are lit and a prayer is recited in remembrance of those victims that have lost their lives to domestic violence not only nationally but at the local level. The keynote speaker was the Bedford County Administrator, Kathleen Guzi. Ms. Guzi spoke eloquently on the impact of Domestic Violence.

    To all of our supporters throughout the year - Thank you for your generous donations and support. If you drop off a cell phone, put clothes and shoes in our donation bins at your landfill, or bring household items to our office, then you are helping to provide crisis services to victims of DV in our community. For more information about domestic violence, requesting a speaker for your church or civic organization, or donating your time and talents, please contact us at the 24-hour hotline (540) 587-0970.

Tesia Zajac, Court Advocate

Bedford Domestic Violence Services

Controlled rage

    We have vented our rage but it’s not our final venting.  We have just begun!  There will be a continual venting until the madness stops.

    If you were to listen, you would know that the rage has nothing to do with race, nothing to do with one individual, but everything to do with policy.

    President Obama using a teleprompter can read the many words that have been strung together by his speechwriters.  He stumbles like the rest of us when talking without the teleprompter and without prepared notes.  And my recollection is that it was Jimmy Carter who couldn’t pronounce nuclear.

    Opposition to government takeover of banks, government takeover of the auto industry,   government takeover of health care, and opposition to a spiraling national debt started in private conversations with family and friends.  We decided we had to take action to preserve liberty and freedom for all.  The drumbeat began.  Like-minded individuals stood up and began organizing and attending tea parties (don’t even think you’ve seen the last one of these) and town meetings.  Our concerns were ignored so we held the 9/12 March on Washington and last week we held a Health Care Protest in Washington.  Still we are ignored.

    The opposition isn’t listening and they haven’t acknowledged the message in last week’s election results.  Controlled rage will win just as it did last week.  We are marching in lock step toward 2010 with “eyes wide open.”  We’ll see you at the ballot box.

Carolyn Detraz


Totally oblivious

    Each week I eagerly await my opportunity to read “The Liberal Agenda,” for it reinforces my beliefs that Rick Howell and his band of Liberals are totally oblivious to the realities of life. 

    In the 11/11/09 edition he rants about how “Liberty University students were shipped out in buses to vote.”  Well, I wonder how this is different than when ACORN and other liberal extremist Democrat groups brought busloads of the misinformed to precincts across the nation?  Or is this strategy OK only when liberals do this, and not when done by the other side? 

    I am proud that Liberty students got involved and will help make a difference in their community. That’s right, their community.  They have as much a right to vote in that precinct as someone renting an apartment or buying a home in the precinct. 

    I proudly voted as a student in Blacksburg during my years at Virginia Tech, and I do not ever remember being asked if I was still going to be living in town when the next election rolled around.  As for Shannon Valentine being a “Christian and a moderate,” does that mean Scott Garrett is anti-Christian and an extremist?  Hardly.  Shannon Valentine seemed like a decent and honorable person, but she lost.  Get over it. 

    And while you’re at it, get used to seeing Tom Perriello, Obama and the rest of these out of touch liberal clowns ride off into the sunset once their terms are over.


Gary Hegner


Medicare Part D Open enrollment

    Once again the open enrollment for Medicare Part D is about to begin.

    During the period of Nov 15-Dec 31 seniors must select their Medicare Part D program for 2010. Medicare Part D assists everyone on Medicare with the costs of prescription drugs. Enrollment in Part D or Medicare Advantage is required for all Medicare enrollees unless you are still working and have prescription drug coverage through your employer.

    Since its inception, Medicare Part D has saved seniors hundreds and thousands of dollars a year on the cost of their prescriptions.  However because of the many plans available it is difficult to know which program will save you the most money.

    Once again the Bedford Parish Nurse Ministry will hold Medicare Part D Clinics to assist seniors in deciding in which program to enroll. The trained volunteers will be available to guide seniors by using the Medicare website. Since plans  and prescription use change from year to year all seniors should  review their 2009 plan to be sure it will still save you the most money in 2010.

    This year the Medicare Part D Clinic will be open more days in a  different location. The clinic will be held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through the open enrollment season. The first day will be Thursday Nov 19 and the final day will be Saturday Dec 31. The Clinic  will be closed Thanksgiving Day and the week of Christmas.

    This year the clinic will be held in the Computer Lab of the Internal Medicine Building of Bedford Memorial Hospital. This building is behind Oakwood Manor at the far end of the parking lot. Its address is 1710 Whitfield Drive. Clinics will open at 9 a.m. with final  appointments at 3 p.m. To attend call Pam Willoughby at 875-8655 for an appointment. Bring all your prescriptions with you. There is no  charge; donations are welcome.

Pamela Willoughby FCN

Parish Nurse Ministry

Showing his independence

    With Rep. Perriello’s votes for the Affordable Health Care for America Act and the amendment to guarantee that no federal funds be used for abortion he displayed his independence and principals.

    As the son and brother of  pediatricians Tom knows that many people suffer and die because of a lack of health insurance and he understands the need for reform. At the same time, he had serious concerns about the bill and was determined to bring both his own beliefs and the ideas of his constituents back to Congress. Along with other freshman members he helped to strengthen the bill in key areas including, protecting Medicare, deficit neutrality, tort reform, wellness and prevention, protecting small businesses and helping rural hospitals:

    • Protecting Medicare: Begins closing the Medicare Part D “donut” hole immediately (January 1, 2010) by $500 and institutes a 50 percent discount for brand-name drugs; requires the Secretary of HHS to negotiate drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries; and extends the life of the Medicare Trust Fund. Phases out the donut hole completely by 2019.

    • Deficit Neutrality: The new health care bill cuts over $300 billion from the original bill, and reduces the federal deficit; the independent Congressional Budget Office has also confirmed that the legislation cuts the deficit by about $104 billion with the CLASS Act ($32 billion without the CLASS Act) in the first 10 years and reduces the deficit in the second 10 years.

    • Tort Reform: Establishes new voluntary state grant programs designed to encourage states to implement alternatives (“early offer” and “certificate of merit” approach) to traditional medical malpractice litigation.

    • Wellness and Prevention: Provides for the research and inclusion of proven healthy behaviors in the essential benefits package and in community wellness programs; establishes a new grants program to prevent overweight and obesity among children. The cheapest health care is the illnesses we avoid by staying healthy in the first place.

    • Protecting Small Business: Doubles the threshold of small business exemption from $250,000 of payroll to $500,000; decreases obligations for employers with payrolls between $500,000 and $750,000. Increases the size of small employers automatically allowed to purchase coverage through the Exchange to at least 100 employees within the first three years, making it cheaper for small businesses to insure their workforce.

    • Helping Rural Hospitals: For decades, Medicare and Medicare have reimbursed rural hospitals and doctors at a lower rate than other areas. The new bill is a major step forward towards fixing this problem by directing the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to study geographic inequities in Medicare reimbursement rates and revising payment rates based on the IOM’s findings. It also provides a 10 percent incentive payment for primary care doctors practicing in underserved areas, such as rural areas.

    Tom seriously believes that if we do nothing, premiums will continue to rise, small businesses will continue to get crushed by skyrocketing health care costs, and Medicare will be endangered. He has shown the courage to vote for his convictions while at the same time being sensitive to the concerns of his constituents. He is thoughtful, principled and represents his district well.

    Thank you Rep. Perriello, you make us proud.

Patricia Carr


False, incorrect


    This is in replay to Mr. David Hubbard’s letter to the editor titled “Liberal columnist makes racist statements”. His last sentence “Deny their words Mr Liberal...” If Mr. Rick Howell will permit me, I will deny these false and incorrect quotes by Patrick Henry, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.

    Both the Patrick Henry and James Madison quotes are complete fabrications and no such quotes appear in the writings or recorded utterances of either man. The Madison quote does appear in David Barton’s book “The Myth of Separation” (page 120). If he is using David Barton’s book, please note Barton gives the following footnote for the quotation:

    Harold K. Lane, Liberty! Cry Liberty! (Boston: Lamb and Lamb Tractarian Society, 1939), pp. 32-33. See also Fedrick Nyneyer, First Principles in Morality and Economics: Neighborly Love and Ricardo’s Law of Association (South Holland” Libertarian Press, 1958), pp. 31.

    The only problem with the above is, no such quote has ever been found among any of James Madison’s writings. None of the biographers of Madison, past or present, have ever run across such a quote, and most if not all would love to know where this false quote originated. Apparently, David Barton or David Hubbard did not check the work of the secondary sources he quotes.

    The Jefferson quote was not written in the front of his well-worn Bible but in a January 9, 1816, letter to Charles Thomson. In it Jefferson wrote:

    “I, too, have made a wee-little book from the same materials, which I call the Philosophy of Jesus; it is a paradigma of his doctrines, made by cutting the texts out of the book, and arranging them on the pages of a blank book, in a certain order of time or subject. A more beautiful or precious morsel of ethics I have never seen; it is a document in proof that I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus, very different from the Platonists, who call me infidel and themselves Christians and preachers of the gospel, while they draw all their characteristic dogmas from what its author never said nor saw.”

    Jefferson was referring to his own copy of the Bible in which he removed all references to miracles and dogma. Today it is referred to as the Jefferson Bible.

    So Mr. Hubbard, I have spared Mr Howell some time and denied your false and incomplete quotes and will post this letter right next to my Sean Penn photo.

R. Bryan Pratt


Pelosi’s puppet

    Democrat Congressman Tom Perriello went against the will of the people in his district by voting for a bill that won’t reduce global warming but will greatly increase energy costs. He went against them again with his vote for so-called healthcare reform that actually will lead to a government takeover of healthcare, penalize healthy people who don’t want medical insurance, and reduce funding for Medicare.  No one is fooled by the recent TV ad by a liberal, labor-funded group thanking Perriello for backing the legislation.  It doesn’t speak for the people of the district.

    Why does Perriello buck the desire of those he claims to represent?  Perhaps it is because he is more afraid of liberal House leader Nancy Pelosi than he is of the voters.  Why else would he be a Pelosi puppet?

    Public Policy Polling reports that in Virginia 13 percent of Obama voters say they’ll choose a Republican for Congress next year. McCain voters in Virginia say they plan to vote Republican by an 86-3 margin. Outsider advertisements congratulating Perriello for betraying his constituents won’t change those numbers. In a year he’ll learn that his fear is misplaced when he’s tossed out of office by an angry electorate.

Edward W. Clark, Jr.

Blue Ridge