• letters 07/18/18

    Groundhogs, not trucks

        I have lived in Bedford County all of my life and pay a rather large sum in taxes to the county.
        Back in March, I called the Animal Control Department concerning a groundhog problem on my property at Smith Mountain Lake. I was told they did not handle that complaint; I would have to contact The Game and Inland Fisheries. The Game and Inland Fisheries said I would have to hire a private company to remove the groundhogs or do it myself.

  • Letter Fourth of July 2018

    does he

  • Letters 06/27/18

    Clean up the mess

        For several years now, Bedford County Libraries have allowed birds to nest in their entrance porticoes. This is a health hazard and no one wants to walk through bird guano to enter the library.
        Contrary to what the library system insists, there are a number of diseases that can be transmitted to humans by birds and bird waste. It is a risk for those of us who have asthma.

  • Letters 06/20/18

    Thankful for

        I’d like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all involved in The Bedford Remembers Project.

  • 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.