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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, March 23, 2017 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax.. by Shopping then and now Reprinted from April 3, 2008 that hasn't arrive do this day! (I was far too trusting then, I guess.) As I sent a money order with the order for While the idea of a Consumer going shopping these the item, that money was gone forever! As a high school days, however he or she does it, sets the retail market on and college student, I spent my money prudently for its ear with joy, shopping used to be considered just a clothes; shoes and the like and occasionally for some- normal thing to do. I guess the difference is that in this thing a little more interesting. Except for the money I economy, when the "experts" and their sales projections earned in high school sewing custom-made doll clothes of flowers during the Valentine season, candy before for several customers, the money I had to spend came Easter, picnic items around the Fourth of July, trick-or- from my parents, as well as the occasional birthday treat candy at Halloween time, heavy-duty groceries present--which was occasionally as much as five dol- before Thanksgiving, and the granddaddy of them all, lars! But I felt I had very careful with it. shopping for Christmas the word of the experts is When I got my first job out of college, all of a sud- issued, published and digested by retailers before the den I was paying rent, buying food, providing bus fare first shopper has shown his or her face (or has placed (I didn't have a car 'til Allen and I were married), as his other first order online or on the phone), or mailed well as paying for all my clothes and presents and enter- his first catalog order. This tends to persuade them to tainment, but I felt a little freer with my money~ and draw conclusions as to the success or failure of their could occasionally buy something frivolous. My shop- retail sales for the season---or even for the year, before ping continued, however, to be a case Of going down- anybody has done anything. In the good old days, peo- town or perhaps to a small neighborhood shopping cen- pie just shopped when they needed things, or now as ter (those weren't nearly as prevalent as they are today) then, for entertainment, to do my shopping. I was thinking the other day about the evolution of Our Children arrived, which necessitated continued my shopping habits from my early shopping days as an care with resources, as they required so MANY things! eight year old, to the present. (No, I don't plan to Still, shopping was mostly in stores, although I contin- explain precisely what length of time my thoughts cov- ued-occasionally--to order something from a magazine ered!) or newspaper ad. Long, long ago, when I was just a little girl, my sole Then came the Internet--and as I've mentioned here source of Steady income was my twenty-five cent week- 'before, I LOVE shopping that way! There's something ly allowance, which was given to me in exchange for about buying Christmas presents at two in the morning drying thedinnerdishes every night. Of course, I hadan while clothed in one's bathrobe and slippers that occasional dime from the tooth fairy, and occasionally appealsto me! Or to buy a book from Amazon, pay less, even a whole dollar, given to me as a birthday present and have it delivered to the door just a few days later, from some parental friend, but the only money I count- seems quite luxurious! With the extent of my family's ed on was that weekly quarter. It was through that expe- allegiance to our colleges (Allen's, Peyt's and mine to rience that I learned that one had to balance outgoing the University of Kentucky; David's to Virginia Tech), against income. Each week, I went with a group of my it's been fun to order from the schools' bookstores. It's friends downtown (this was in Lexington, Kentucky, a always been easy to buy UK things and get them in a fair-sized city, even then) on the bus. That took five hurry, but it took Virginia Tech a while to get the hang cents each way, and, in those days, was a safe thing for of it. The most recent items I ordered from there, how- a group of eight year olds to do. The price of a child's ever, arrived in two days! ticket to the movies at that time was fifteen cents. If I I still like to order from ads--my most recent ven- should have been luckyenough to acquire an extra fif- ture, however, was an unfortunate one. A cooking club teen cents, I never considered buying candy at the caught my attention, and I paid the yearly dues (for movie theater, but instead, joined my friends in poring three years, in order to save a few dollars). They were over the stock of movie magazines which were dis- to send me, every now and then, a new kitchen gadget, played at the news stand next to the tlaeater which we and occasionally a new product to "test" for them. What attended more in its day, now shows, I'm sorry to say, I learned (the hard way) however, was that what they sleazy movies, and from the outside, it looks run down. mostly wanted to do was send me cookbooks. Very nice The malls have taken over. Beyond my Saturday movie ones, to be sure, and each one quite specialized, but at ticket, movie magazines were the object of most of my $30 each. I got the first one, paid for it, and assumed I'd shopping during those days get one every couple of months. After receiving (and Of course, in those years, my friend Tillie and I would paying for) a few more, however, they began coming take maybe two dollars each on a Christmas shopping thick and fast. In March alone, I received four books. spree. Again, ten cents of that .went for bus fare down- FOUR. I had already decided that I was getting out of town and back. We always managed to buy a present for this trap, so notified them not to send me more (two of everybody on our list (family, neighbors, school the four came after they acknowledged my cancella- friends) and treat ourselves to a candy apple or ice tion--and the one that came this week had gone to cream, and usually got home with a little change. Yes, $35!) I sent those two back (paying over $2 in postage from two dollars. Those really WERE the good old days for each one), and have sent a note saying I won't pay (although we had to save all year to accumulate the two to retum other books. I wonder who they think I am that dollars!) I can afford to pay $125 for cookbooks in a single A few years later, as my resources grew a bit, I found month! it quite a lot of furi occasionally to order some things I still like to shop. by mail, but isn't it a shame that from magazine advertisements. I remember that I not every offer tums out to be just exactly what you ordered my father something for Christmas one year think it SHOULD be! In praise of pragmatism , By Lee H. Hamilton and the need for compro- lems, labels get in the way. mise, negotiation, dia- I've had my share of As you watch the logue, and consultation in fraught negotiations, and healthcare proceedings on order to reconcile conflict- what I focused on most was Capitol Hill, imagine what ing interests and view- trying to figure out whether things might be like if we points. Pragmatists ask people at the table wanted lived in more functional themselves how they can to solve the problem and political times. In particu- best navigate the differ-advance a solution, not lar, what if Congress wereences, factions, and politi- whether they were run by pragmatists? cal frictions inherent in any Republican or Democrat. It would not change the Substantive issue so thatAnd you're constantly issues at hand. On the oneeveryone can leave the counting votes, because side, you'd have the table having achieved you don't get anywhere Republican majority in some gain. without a majority of them. Congress, which for the Let's be clear that this is So you have to pause, most part believes that the hardly an easy approach,hesitate, weigh the situa- healthcare system should On Capitol Hill, you work tion, calm the passions, fig- be left to the private sector, under intense scrutiny and ure out what's achievable On the other side would be pressure in a dynamic, -- and then decide whether Democrats who, to varying always-changing, political- or not what's possible is degrees, see an important ly supercharged environ-"actually worth getting. role for government to ment. You can't make the Because there are risks play. world stand still while you to pragmatism in politics. What would change work through the prob- For starters, some issues wouldbe how the two sides lems. should not be compro- reconciled their differ- And if you're trying to mised: to my mind, they ences. Rather than maneu- hammer out agreement, include basic values ver the proceedings for you have to keep the con- " involving torture and the political gain or worry first versation moving; when aright to vote. about their political bases, group or a participant And the pragmatic they'd be dead-set on a threatens to walk out, you approach tends not to pro- healthcare overhaul that have to calculate whether duce dramatic break- improved the system and you can get the votes you throughs; it's incremental, was politically sustainable. need without them. If not, step-by-step, unglamorous I don't think our system you have to keep them atwork. It means downplay- can work without such an the table, eyen if it means ing ideology. This is diffi- approach to our problems nights that stretch into the cult in these partisan days, --healthcare and every- early morning. Andyet I was always wary thing else. So what do I always, of course, you when I heard a fervent ide- mean by "pragmatism"? have to try to keep things ol0gical speech in the mid- At heart it's a mindset, a as courteous and civil as die of negotiations -- it's preference for a practical, possible, an expression of principle, workable solution to prob- You also have to be very yes, but it raises the ques- lems. It recognizes the careful of labels. When tion of whether the person diversity of our country you're trying to solve prob- giving it is going to help Subscribe to the Times! Deadlines: Copy-Monday 3 pm Ads:Monday 12 noon you reach an agreement or not. Which is why you get a lot of criticism as a prag- matist. People inevitably accuse you of not doing enough or of giving away too much. You're often accused of abandoning your principles. You have to ask yourself what's real- ly important in this negoti- ation, both to yourself and to the others participating: how much can you give to get support for that princi- ple, how much do you have to give up, and is it all worth it? Yes, .indeed, I'd argue, because the country would implode without the prag- matists. The challenge that our political leaders face is how to get through the thicket of conflicting prin- ciples, interests and dog- mas in a sprawling democ- racy like ours. All too often, politicians lock themselves into a position: they give a speech to loud applause, then another, and soon enough they have no room to maneuver. In the end they, too, often have to rely on the 'pragmatists to get things done. Lee Hamilton is a Senior Advisor for the lndiana University Center on Representative Government; a Distinguished Scholal, IU School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. To the Editor: The Town of St. Paul would like to send a special thank you to everyone who made the visit from St. Joseph University such a wonderful experience. We hosted 32 young adults from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania last week for the "Appalachian EXperience". Our gratitude goes to Castlewood High School, St Paul Elementary School, The CHS Forensics Team, The St. Paul Episcopal Church, St. Paul First Baptist Church, St. Paul Methodist Church, St. Therese Catholic Church, Morning Star Church, Castlewood Lions Club, Terry Vencil andTeam Estonoa, Jerry Couch, Romanos Restaurant, E1 Palenque, Clinch River Farmers Market, and Bluegrass Circle for a fantastic sendoff on Friday night, We greatly appreciate your contribution. We sincerely wish these students the very best as they continue their education and we certainly look forward to seeing them back in St. Paul in the future. Glenda Lane LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Readers are invited to write letters on matters of general interest to the public. Letters do not necessarily reflect the philosophy or editorial policy of this newspaper, which reserves the right to edit let- ters. The Clinch Valley Times will not print unsigned letters. Hearthwarming Sunday contributions boost MEOC's Fuel Fund The Emergency Fuel Fund, one of the longest running programs of Mountain Empire Older Citizens (MEOC), has received donations from "Hearthwarming Sunday" offerings from over 88 churches and individuals throughout Lee, Wise, Scott Counties and the City of Norton. So far, a total of $15,902 has been raised and donations continue to be received. "This week's unseason- ably Cold weather has con- tributed to an increased need for heating assis- tance," said MEOC Executive Director Michael Wampler. "The donations from Hearthwarming Sunday arrived at a critical time," Wampler said. The Emergency Fuel Fund provides one-time assistance per winter to low income elderly house- holds with heating expens- es. The Emergency Fuel Fund begins each year on October 1 and ends the fol- lowing March 31. Older persons who live in Wise, Lee, or Scott County or in the City of Norton receive assistance with heating costs such as heating oil, kerosene, gas, electricity, wood or coal. Payments are made directly to local vendors for the heating services needed. Each year the number of older people who need help increases. "At this time of year, we receive requests from older persons in emergency situ- ations. These requests include cut off notices for electricity, low / empty coal and wood stock, and empty oil and gas tanks. MEOC stands ready to assist," said Wampler. More older people than ever are finding them- selves in need of assistance to keep their homes warm, safe and secure. Older people struggling to pay for the bare necessities on fixed incomes have a very difficult time coping with the additional cost of heat- ing their homes in winter. "The support from indi- viduals and the faith com- munity allows MEOC to be proactively involved in winter emergencies that affect older persons. This help has been life enhanc- ing and, in many cases, life- saving, helping the frailest and most vulnera-~ ble older citizens stay safe and warm in their homes," said Wampler. Hearthwarming Sunday is celebrated as a day for church congregations and individuals to make dona- tions to MEOC's Emergency Fuel Fund for the Elderly. If you have not yet participated and would like to do so, donations for "Hearthwarming Sunday" may be sent to: MEOC, ATTN: Emergency Fuel Fund (EFF), P.O. Box 888, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219.You may also go to and click on Payments/Donations. virginia Opera to pres- ent 'Arias and Duets' Virginia Opera, the Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, will present'a musical program Thursday, March 23 entitled "Arias and Duets." It is presented by Pro- Art AssociatiOn and the University of Virginia's College at Wise at 7:30 p.m. in the college's Chapel of All Faiths in Wise. Virginia Opera Association, Inc., now in its 41st year of operation, is known and respec[ed nationwide for the identifi- cation and presentation of the finest young artists, for the musical and dramatic integrity of its productions, and for the ingenuity and variety of its education and outreach programs. In recognition of its contribution to the state and to the world of opera, a unanimous vote in 1994 of the Virginia General Assembly named it the Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Admission Is FREE for the Public UVa-Wise stu- dents receive cultural cred- it for attending this event. Sponsors are the Virginia Commission for the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts. For more information or assistance for persons with special needs, call Pro,Art at 276/376-4520 or visit Clinch Valley Times MEMBER VIRGINqA PRESS ASSOCIATION Pablished weekly ia St: Paul, VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO., INC. The Clinch Valley Times serves the fottr-county area of Wise, Russell, Dickenson and Scott, with offices and plant located in the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES bnilding, 16541 RusseLl Street. Periodicals postage is paid at the Post Office ira St. Paul, VA 24282 Allen Crregory Editor/Adv. Susan Trent Adv./CJraph!cs AN~AL SUBSCRIPTIONS: In advance: $28.50 in Vise and Russell Counties; $30.00 in other 24-zip-codes; elsewhere $32.5o. POSTMASTER: scald address changes to: Clinch Valley Times, P.O. 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