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Letters

  • Letters 04/16/14

    Raise taxes,
    support the school budget

        A former Bedford County resident gave this advice to our Virginia constitutional writers: “That free government rests as does all progress, upon the broadest of knowledge, and that the Commonwealth should avail itself of those talents which nature has sown so liberally among its people by assuring the opportunity for their fullest development by an effective system of education throughout the Commonwealth.” This was offered by our famous summer resident Thomas Jefferson.

  • Letters 04/09/14

    Confederate History, Heritage Month

        April 1 marks Confederate History and Heritage Month and all across the south, governors and local leaders have signed proclamations to honor the Confederate Veterans who fought and died to defend hearth and home.
        Not so in Virginia, the very State who called the men to fight.

  • Letters 04/02/14

    Misplaced
    priorities

        Twenty-five plus years ago the city of Bedford was in the vanguard of municipalities that were facilitating the recycling of household waste. 
        My family was most impressed when we relocated here from Atlanta, which had virtually no residential recycling programs, to find that our new hometown, smaller than the neighborhood we had just left, offered curbside recycling.

  • Letters 03/26/14

    Funding preschool education

        I would like to respond to the letter from Susan Stanley, which was published in the March 19 edition of the Bedford Bulletin, regarding the preschool funding “woes” in Bedford County.

  • Letters 03/19/14

    Pre-K funding woes

        The March 6, 2014, News and Advance had a front page story concerning changes to Pre-k funding.
          The Lynchburg and Bedford school systems could lose almost 100 slots for Pre-K students due to this change.  I have a solution to ease the funding woes.  Both localities have a number of existing high-quality private Pre-schools that could educate those students at a significant savings compared to the public schools. 

  • Letters 03/12/14

    Woeful idiocy

        Imagine that Bob’s loose behavior resulted in getting a woman pregnant. Mary hadn’t contacted Bob since that one-night encounter. She called Bob to notify him of his responsibilities toward their then-forming child. Bob refused.

  • Ed Gillespie’s blue state fight

    There’s only about five weeks left in Republican Ed Gillespie’s improbable campaign for the U.S. Senate.
    Gillespie’s candidacy is proof that Virginia Republicans continue to struggle to offer state voters reasonable and acceptable candidates.
        Last year, voters dispatched with the extreme right-wing views of Ken Cuccinelli, the single most ideological candidate ever nominated by a state party here.

  • Letters 03/05/14

    Electric shock

        This will have to be short as this issue has raised my blood pressure to unheard of levels. I worry that I may “vapor lock” or “stroke out” before I conclude.
        I have an electric meter on my home as does everyone in the town of Bedford. I’m reasonably sure the same is true for businesses. My meter is read by the town and I receive a monthly bill that I pay in full.

  • Letters 02/26/14

    Cost effective school
    construction

        Some years ago a fellow teacher in the Bedford County school system pointed out a fact that disturbed him. 
        In a nearby county a school had been constructed at about the same time one had been built in Bedford County.  Though the two buildings were essentially the same square footage, the Bedford school’s construction cost several million dollars more. 

  • Letter 02/19/14

    We the people...

        How can we the people preserve liberty and freedom that our founders legally gave to us in the founding documents?
        Representatives upholding our state and federal governments all are, upon their oaths, servants of the people. The president, representatives, senate and judiciary shall not violate their oaths.