• Letters 06/13/18

    Farm Bill needs to be passed

        On May 18, the House was not able to pass H.R. 2 which outlines the 2018 Farm Bill. A vote to reconsider this bill will be held June 22. Outspoken opponents could possibly force delays preventing H.R. 2 from passing before the current Farm Bill expires this fall.
        I live in Bedford County on a 850-acre grain farm. As a lifelong farmer, the Farm Bill has a significant impact on my family.

  • Letters June 6, 2018

    Disappointment with message being sent

        I am writing to express disappointment in the message BCPS school board is sending residents whom they were elected to serve and to request improvement in future communications.
        When the (split) board decided eliminating the position of Deputy Superintendent, (displacing Dr. Cheri Whitehurst) was a necessary course of action to improve our educational system, each member should have understood stakeholders would become alarmed, suspicious, and questioning

  • Letters 05/30/18

    About the Bible

        Before the month is gone let me say a belated thank you for the May 2 Editorial about the Bible.    It is as you point out a book that should be read by all. As a teenager, having been saved while watching a Billy Graham Crusade on TV, I started reading the Bible. The verse that struck me most during those years was Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

  • Letter 05-23-18

    Making a

        In Bedford County there is a network of people working day in and day out with one goal in mind – to ensure the safety of all the community animals in need.
        At the helm of this effort are two people, Jackie Miller, the senior shelter operator at Bedford County Animal Shelter, and Stacy Epperson, president and founder of Friends of Bedford County Animal Shelter.

  • Letters 05-16-18

        President Boy Child has made the world a less safe place with his petty, vindictive decision to withdraw the United States from a deal with Iran that kept that country’s nuclear weapons program in check.
     Being the spoiled, whiny, narcissistic brat that he is, he pretended that his decision hadn’t been made until it was announced so he could draw maximum attention to himself. Whatever issue is before him, it’s not about the issue; it’s all about him.

  • Letter 05-09-18

    Cat breeding
    season is upon us

        According to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, feral and free-roaming domestic cats have their highest pregnancy rates in March, April and May each year. 
        In the study, female cats had an average of 1.4 litters per year with an average of 3 kittens per litter.  The study also found that 75% of these kittens were dead or missing within 6 months.

  • Letters 05/02/18

    Preserve the music hall

        As a new Bedford City resident, I can’t tell you how thrilled my husband and I were when we found out that our little town of Bedford had an Orchestra.

  • Letter 04/25/18

    Preserve the concert venue

        For 30 years the Bedford Community Orchestra has provided outstanding music to our community.  
        It is  a gift to have such a quality orchestra in a community of our size.  Our orchestra is now in danger of losing its acoustically ideal auditorium in the Bedford Middle School.  Scott Walter and his orchestra have worked very hard to improve the sound quality; it is unique to this space.  

  • Letters 04/18/18

    Preserve the
    BCO venue

        We are residents of Lynchburg and have great interest in seeing the Bedford Orchestra have a facility for their practices and presentations. We have attended every presentation of the Bedford Orchestra for many years. They are an outstanding group with an outstanding director.
        We understand the school will soon be sold. We do hope the town of Bedford can preserve the auditorium as a concert hall.

    Bobby and Carolyn Hemric

    When we vote,

  • Letters 04/11/18

    Preserve the MS building, auditorium

        My husband and I recently attended a concert by the Bedford Community Orchestra (BCO) held at the Middle School.
        It was fantastic and the BCO can definitely compete with big city events. What a gem to have such a talented orchestra in such a little town! The sound in the Middle School auditorium is perfect!
        Unfortunately, the future of the building is threatened by a new school building outside of town.