Letters to the Editor, July 5
In defense of food stamps
To the Editor:
I am writing in response to the letter in Sunday's paper regarding the EBT/food stamps. I would gladly stop using my EBT/food stamps card, if I could, by some miracle, get myself gainfully employed.
Using food stamps is not all peaches and cream.
I do not wear the best of clothes. I have not bought a new t-shirt since 2002. What clothes I do have are wearing thin except one outfit I keep, in case, I luck out and even get a job interview.
I do not own one cell phone, let alone two, and what jewelry I do have is generic. I lost my job in January of 2001. I lived off my unemployment checks and my savings before I would apply for food stamps. By the time I became employed again, my savings was wiped out.
Then, it happened again. In January of 2003, I became unemployed again. By the time I did find work again, the income did not keep up with my living expenses. I gave up my apartment and moved in with my brother in August of 2003.
WHen I first moved here, I followed up on job leads. It will be six years in August, and I'm still unemployed. It is not easy to look for work without a way to seek it.
I would get into job training if it was offered to me, but then again, the lack of a way to get there stands in the way.
After six years, I've lost the faith in myself I need. As I say, it is not peaches and cream using food stamps.
In closing, maybe women need to stand up to the men that thinks our country's problems started when women wanted equal rights and the right to do the same type of work as a man can.
Or this thought: "This is a man's world. It has always been a man's world, and it will always be a man's world, so like it or lump it."
Yes, ladies, they are out there that think that way. Or may this looking after aged, sick or handicapped parents is always the dughter's job and never the son's. Maybe the daughters should rally on that one.
Mamie B. Douglas
Thanks for Dairy Month support
To the Editor:
I would like to thank everyone for making June Dairy Month a great experience. I had a wonderful time promoting the Dairy Industry to the citizens of Bedford County.
I would like to thank my 4-H agents for helping me set up events. I would also like to thank the 4-H Honor Club members for helping me with June Dairy Month.
I also want to thank my parents for helping get me to all the events. I had a great time. Just remember to "Fuel Up With Milk!"
June Dairy Month Chairman
Nursing home shouldn't be leased
To the Editor:
The employees were not asked by the county commissioners how they felt or what their opinions were to the lease of the Bedford County Nursing Home. What happened to the people of Bedford County being proud of a nursing home being county owned?
What happened to being proud that Bedford County Nursing Home is the only county-owned facility around? They accept people who other facilities won't even consider, whether it's for insurance reasons or their medical condition. Bedford County residents, board members and commissioners should be proud of their nursing home, embrace the fact that your family members have a place to go when they can't be cared for at home.
Some of these residents have been here for many years. The county gave them a place to call home when other facilities wouldn't consider taking them. Residents here come from all walks of life. What makes them the same is they need county-owned employees to care for them.
The employees are there when they are sick, when they are well, when they are alone. Some have no family to be by their side, through the dying process the employees are there to take care of them. Employees often become their families and for some, the only people they know.
Just think of your loved ones. If something happens to them and they can't be cared for at home, where will they go? To another county close by if you are luck.
Bedford County Nursing Home takes all kinds of patients, from people with trachs to people with Alzheimer's and dementia. If anything happened to your loved one that required long term care, wouldn't it be nice to know that they are welcome at Bedford County Nursing Home and would be cared for no matter what is wrong with them?
The question asked isn't whether or not a company who leases the nursing home couldn't provide the care our residents need, but would they take in and treat the different kinds of people the county does.
Can the person living next to you be assured when and if the time comes for them to have to leave the home they know and go somewhere else be assured it isn't outside the county they live in. How far have you come when you put a value, such as money, on the welfare and lives of our elderly and young peole in this long-term care facility.
As residents of Bedford County, we need to be thinking of our loved ones currently in long-term care. Then we need to be thinking of what we have to look forward to when we get to that age to be put in a long-term care facility.
Where will you end up? For as many years as this facility has been open, it has always been with open arms to people who live here and also to surrounding counties.
To the board members and commissioners who have or have had family here, we applaud you. For those of you who haven't, someday you may. It would be nice to know that if you had to put your loved one in a long-term care facility, it would be a place like Bedford County Nursing Home. All I am asking is that before you decide to lease, look inside your hearts.
Is $10,000 a month worth more than a dedicated, open-armed facility who embraces your family members and gives the quality of care they need? Most people don't realize the changes that will take place to our nursing home if it is leased. I have dealt with private companies, and let me say the residents' rights aren't taken into consideration, such as the right to smoke, get late night snacks that the facility won't provide.
This nursing home provides a standard of care, compassion and loyalty that I feel a private company can't compare. I have a family member currently at Bedford County Nursing Home, and it's sad to think our nursing home may not continue to be a place our elderly and young residents can express their rights and live in a place that they can call home.
-- EDITOR'S NOTE: This letter was received prior to Tuesday night's County Commission meeting, at which commissioners voted to lease the facility.
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