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Letters

  • Letters 09.12.12

    Profits or people?

        The 2012 election boils down to a simple question of values, and the parties offer two distinctly different visions to choose from. The Republican Party values wealth; the Democratic Party values people. The difference between the two parties is clearly evident in the politics of “Obama-care.”

  • Letter 09/05/12

    Trillion is a
    two-syllable word

        Trillion is so easy to say. It’s become a common word in D.C. 
        Most people realize it is a lot of money.  The following analogy has helped many outside of D.C. to grasp the magnitude of a trillion: 1 million seconds is 12 days. 1 billion seconds is almost 32 years. 1 trillion seconds is 31,688 years!  

  • Letters 08/29/12

    Bedford Host Lions Club loses a dedicated Lion

        The Bedford Host Lions Club lost its last charter member this month with the passing of Lion Mike Reynolds. 

  • Letters 08/22/12

    Signature achievement

        One of President Obama’s and the Democrat’s signature achievements was the passage of the Affordable Care Act.  
        Most people don’t have a clue what is actually in the legislation. Visit this Web site  http://www.healthcare.gov/law/timeline/index.html to see a detailed description of the benefits and the accomplishments of the Act  and then ask yourself why Republicans want to repeal this.  

  • Letters 08/15/12

    Making the
    punishment fit the crime

        Recently on WSLS 10 news, the moderator interviewed the CEO of AEP and questioned him as to whether or not the public would experience an increase in their electric bills due to the severe storm that caused damage throughout our region and other areas and states. The CEO’s response was somewhat ambiguous but eluded to the fact that indeed AEP would seek compensation from its customers for the cost of overtime and repair in restoring power throughout those areas affected.

  • Letters 08/08/12

    Thanks for forum

        Thanks to General John Douglass, 5th District Congressional candidate, for bringing his Help VA Families Forum to Bedford. 
        He has an impressive resume:  a career in the U.S. Air Force, serving on President Reagan’s National Security Council and Assistant Secretary of the Navy under President Clinton.  On August 1, 2012, he brought his ideas for giving VA families a fair chance for a better future to a panel discussion with community representatives.

  • Letters 08/01/12

    Thanks for
    support

        On behalf of the entire membership of the Moneta Volunteer Fire Department I would like to thank the over 1200 persons who attended our July 1 concert and fireworks event, The Moneta FireWORX Fest.
        After last year’s exploratory event we stepped it up this year and made the experience bigger and better. Given the extreme heat and the many people without power we truly appreciate having the large attendance. With everyone’s help the fire department raised over $8,000.

  • Letters 07/25/12

    Uncivilized behavior

        Earlier last week we received an invitation from Senator Mark Warner’s office to meet him at The Olde Liberty Station Restaurant, in Bedford  on Saturday July 21.
        It is not often that a sitting US Senator, not running for re-election or seeking to raise funds, visits our area to inform his constituents on what is going on in Washington D.C. However,  I could imagine that Senator Mark Warner will think twice before considering coming by again.

  • Letters 07-18-12

    No summonses issued

        Regarding the letter to the editor from Dan Overstreet about officers running radar the day after the storm...
        On June 30, Saturday, the Bedford Police Department issued no summonses for the entire day.Although people may see an officer sitting on the roadside or in a parking lot, they are not always running radar during those times.  They write reports in the car, as well as other paperwork, they eat in the car, for all practical purposes, they live in the car for their 12-hour shift. 

  • Letters 07-11-12

    Top of the list

        On May 28, there was a knock on my door to evacuate because a tanker had overturned in the S-curves of U.S. 460 in Montvale.
        This was the second such accident in less than two years. This raises many concerns for the residents nearby. The number one concern is that there was a fatality in this most recent accident. Also there is concern over contamination of the water supply. Last, the detour creates an inconvenience for nearby residents and all who travel this section of the road.