• Letters 9/11/13

    Fertilizer or
    poison: You be the Judge

        Over 13,000 acres of Bedford County farmlands are being “fertilized” with human and industrial waste from sewage treatment plants in New Jersey and northern Virginia.

  • Letters 09/04/13

    There is a crisis
        “We don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt,” President Obama boldly stated in a March interview with “Good Morning America.” The national debt in the United States stands at $16,882,459,082,109. Can you even say that number? If this is not a debt crisis, what is?

  • Letters 08/28/13

        Which part of John Barnhart’s sanctimonious mind allowed him to compare the Watergate scandal to the lethal attack on an American embassy? In Libya?
        His entire piece threw a stadium quality spotlight on a proverbial barking dog, instead of the burning building behind the yapping. The Benghazi attack isn’t about the Capitol Hill Blame Game -- it’s about the loss of life and measures being taken to strengthen security holes.

  • Letters 08/07/13

    It’s a federal law

        In his headline John Barnhart calls it OBAMACARE. In his first paragraph, he calls it President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. 

  • Letters 07/31/13

    Freedom of speech, religion

        Rick Howell states that he is not about to get into a long discussion of the Bible, thereby, in his mind, silencing those who disagree with him.
        There are still some of us out here who believe in the freedom of speech and religion. We will not remain silent while he distorts the teachings of the Bible. Really, he should actually read any book from cover to cover before he expounds upon on it. It is risky to criticize something without a thorough knowledge of its contents.

  • Letters 07/24/13


        There has been much ado about the verdict in the George Zimmerman case. Rioting in the streets, calls for vengeance and retribution, hip-hop artists calling for vengeance, the jurors are being interviewed on news outlets and now the feds looking into state laws. It would appear that we have missed the mark and the bigger picture on the whole issue.

  • Letters 07/17/13

    Appreciates Moose Lodge

        On July 5 a group of residents of the Elks National Home attended the fireworks display held at the Moose Lodge 1897 in Bedford.
        We would like to express our deep appreciation to the officers and members of the Moose Lodge for providing this opportunity. When it was learned there would be no fireworks this year, this organization stepped forward to provide the necessary funding and make arrangements to continue the traditional fireworks to celebrate July 4 in the area.

  • Letters 07/03/13

    Drivers needed

        Thaxton’s Bedford Ride is seriously in need of drivers.
        Are you familiar with the term “attrition?” Some of our drivers have faithfully served as many as 10 years. Attrition is inevitable.
        People in Thaxton depend on our services for non-emergency transportation due to family and relatives are seldom available.

  • Letter 06/26/13

        The Bedford Board of Supervisors vote last week to limit new home sites in Agricultural Preserve lands to 15,500 is a step in the right direction.
        Five members of the Board carefully considered the impact of their decision and wisely voted to limit the growth in buildable lots to “only” 33 percent. Unfortunately, Ms. Pollard and Mr. Arrington, the home builder on the Board, thought it best to fill rural lands with a checkerboard of 20,000+ new houses built randomly throughout the county.

  • Letters 06/19/13

    Appreciates opportunity

        I would like to thank Bedford County Public Schools and AREVA for providing me with the opportunity to work as a career intern in AREVA’s Regulatory Affairs Department during my senior year at Liberty High School.