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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, April 6, 2017 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax.. a,, An important P.S. about CFLs Reprinted from April 17, 2008 Last week, I wrote about Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and how 'using them in place of incan- descent bulbs conserves a significant amount of energy and saves the average homeowner an appreciable amount of money as far as the monthly electric bill is concerned. True, CFLs cost more than incandescent bulbs, but they last quite a lot longer, so, in the long run, are probably a bargain even insofar as initial cost is con- cerned. Just as in the case with many good, economical, sen- sible, practical, patriotic, environmentally sound and other virtuous things, CFLs, too, have a downside. They contain mercury. Enough so that they can be dangerous to their immediate environment if broken within the household or wherever they're being used, or danger- ous to the environment at large if thrown away in the traditional way and allowed to go into a landfill, where they can pollute air and water. (This is true, incidental- ly of other kinds of fluorescent bulbs, including the common fluorescent tube lights used in most commer- cial and industrial facilities.).One Intemet source I found related that some CFL manufacturers, including General Electric, Phillips and Turolight make CFLs with very low mercury content, and Turolight claims its General Fusion CFL has the lowest mercury content (one milligram) of any Energy Star approved.CFL in the nation. Anyway, the mercury is in the CFLs in the form of powder, which generates mercury vapor. As long as the CFL is intact, there is no danger. If it's broken, however, the homeown- er needs to take immediate and Specific steps toward cleaning it up in order to protect people and pets within the household. When, on the other hand, the CFL's lifespan is exhausted and it finally ceases to work, EPA suggests recycling it. That can be done in several ways-----one source I found suggests taking it to the store where you originally bought it so that they can recycle it properly or take it directly to a recycling center in your area (the closest large recycling center of which I'm aware is in Bristol, although there may be others closer to us), One reader let me know that her family started using CFLs when the first ones appeared around fifteen years ago. They've just finished replacing that first round of bulbs--so they DO last a long time. I tell you this brief story to assure you that if you choose to use CFLs, you won't feel obligated to run to the recycling center every few months to dispose of a few exhausted bulbs. The lifespan of incandescent bulbs is, of course, much short- er. But broken CFLs (or, i suppose, any fluorescent bulbs) are another story altogether. While the Environmental Protection Agency .... encourages Amei'ican homeowners to use CFLs in the riame of energy conservation, it also cautions them to be very careful. The EPA's website devotes a Section to appro- priate steps to take should a CFL be broken in some way. When I was doing the initial research for last week,s 9olumn, I also looked up this EPA information so I could share it with you. Should you have a broken CFL, before even ti-ying to clean up any. of the broken glass and powder, you should ventilate the room. Be sure all people and pets leave the room, and don't let anyone walk through debris left by the broken bulbs on their way out. Open a window and then YOU leave the room for at least 15 minutes. At that point, turn off the central forced air heating/air conditioning system in your home, if you have one. If the CFL has been broken on a hard surface, the EPA directs that the glass fragments and powder left from the bulb be picked up using stiff paper or card- board. The debris ('including the paper) should be placed in a glass jar (for which you have a lid) or in a plastic bag which can be sealed. Use wide sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up the remaining fragments of glass and powder from the hard surface. Put the tape in the jar/plastic bag. Then wipe the area clean with damp paper towels--and dispose of them in the same way. Don't use a vacuum cleaner or a broom to clean CFL fragments from a.hard surface floor, If you used a jar, andthe clean up process is complete, screw the lid tightly on the jar. If you've disposed of the debris in a plastic bag, seal it, then place it in a second plastic bag and seal it, too. If the fragments from a broken CFL have fallen onto a carpet, carefully clean up the glass fragments and as much of the powder as possible using stiff paper/card- board and then sticky tape. (Deposit them in a glass jar with lid or a plastic bag). After the visible materials have been removed and you feel the area should still be vacuumed, that can be done. However, when complete, empty the canister into a sealable plastic bag and thor- oughly wipe out the canister with damp paper towels (which should then be placed in a glass jar or sealable plastic bag). If the vacuum bag is a disposable one, remove it and put in into a sealable plastic bag. All cleanup materials, including the sealed jar or sealed double plastic bag, should be put outside as soon as the clean-up process is complete. Put them in a trash container which cannot be accessed by animals. As a final step, the EPA suggests that you check with the local or state government to see what further steps, if any, you are required to take in order to properly dis- pose of the CFL cleanup items. Some states require that this sort of material also be taken to an area recycling center rather than be included with normal household trash. Another reader, who reminded me of the mercury content of CFLs, also told me that many CFL manufac- turers don't list disposal information on the product's packaging as to how to deal with broken bulbs or bulbs which have ceased working. Therefore, if you already have begun using CFLs, or if you're considering using them, you may want to save the portion of this column with clean up and disposal'directions (paste'them inside the utility rooni door 0r someplace where they won't get lost) just so you'll b6 prepared should a CFL be broken in your house. When you consider how few incandescent bulbs are broken in your house, you'll realize that the chances are good that you won't ever have a broken CFL. Should that happen, however, it's a good idea to be advised ahead of time as to what you should do. How to handle the Russia mess By Lee H. Hamilton anyone involved in some way colluded or worked The recent announce- with the Russians to affect ment by FBI Director the outcome of the 2016 James Comey that his election. The FBI has con- agency is investigating firmed a list of Trump cam- links between members of paign officials who had President Trump's cam- contact with the Russians, paign and Russia has but what's been revealed so upended Washington. Yet far is a lot of smoke and not there needs to bean even much fire -- at least, not stronger and broader inves- yet. tigation to get to the bot- The FBI investigation tom of what happened, will move the ball forward There are really two on both fronts. White questions at hand. The first House denials and the involves Russian meddling reluctance of Republicans in our election and their in the majority on Capitol attempts to manipulate the Hill to dig deeply into the outcome. They clearly election of a president of have the ability to affect their own party has bogged the public debate and pub- the public investigations lic perceptions -- and down. maybe hack the election Yet the truth .is, we've itself. And it's not just us: been attacked by the they appear bent on med- Russians and we're not dling in elections in other investigating it adequately Western democracies a's -- which is why the FBI's well investigations are neces- This is serious stuff. The sary, but not enough. Russians are trying to The FBI,s principal manipulate the very foun- charge is criminal law; dation of representative what we need is much government: free elections broader. However thorough and the integrity of our and robust the criminal institutions. They want to investigation mounted by weaken our system. It's the agency turns out to be, crucial to understand by its nature it will be exactly what they're up to, unable to give the nation the capabilities they pos- the open and bipartisan sess, and how effective inquiry on a broad range of they've been. There's a lot issues -- not just criminal, we need to understand but also civil, political, and before we move on to how diplomatic -- that we need best to respond as a nation in order to move forward. to this Russian effort to Getting at the facts subvert American democ- ought not to be a political racy. exercise, but resolving The second investiga- what to do about them tion is looking into the surely will be. What the activities of the Trump Russians did was an attack election team, and whether on the heart of our system; if we are to rebuild and sus- tain public faith in our democracy's integrity, we need an investigation con- ducted in the light of day, by people who seek the truth and have standing and legitimacy on both sides of the political aisle. / In theory, Congress could do this, either with a select committee or through its standing com- mittees. But there are sev- eral problems with this. The first is that it would be a part-time effort, with members facing conflicting demands on their already pressured time; it would be impossible for them to give it their full attention. Moreover, the institution is already bogged down by so much partisanship that it's hard to imagine an investi- gation achieving the legiti- macy it needs. Finally, a number of members have already made up their minds: they tell us there's nothing to investigate. They're wrong. Clearly, our politics stand in the way of an immediate, thorough and open investigation on a critically important ques- tion. So I'd suggest that what we need is a fully staffed,: well-resourced commission that can look into all aspects of the, Russians' involvement in our election. What members of the Trump campaign did or did not' do with the Russians should certainly be part of it, but the paramount focus should be to lay out the full extent of Russian involve- ment in our electoral sys- tem and how to prevent it from happening,again. It's critical to the success of our representative democ- racy that we understand what happened. A highly visible inquiry by a credi- ble, independent commis- sion would give us the best opportunity to move for- ward. Lee Hamilton is a Senior Advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government; a Distinguished Scholar, 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. Clinch Valley Times Deadlines: Editorial copy 3 pm Monday Advertising noon Monday The Wise County DUI Arrest. J Sheriff's Office reports the Civil Process Served: following activities for the 508 Civil Papers period of 03/20/2017 Traffic Accidents: 3 through 03/26/2017." 5 Additional Criminal Wise Central Dispatch Investigations were initiat- received a total of 1,652 ed and 17 Cleared by calls for this seven-dayArrest. period. Sheriff's Office provid- Of the total calls ed 256 man-hours of Court received 304 were dis- Room Security. patched to the Sheriff'sUnlocked Vehicles: 19 Office Escorted Funerals: 4 Total number of The Sheriff's Office Domestic calls for this Total Transport fox this period was 4. period: 10 Criminal Process for Total Transport Hours: this period: Served 36 83 Felony Warrants, 24 2,106 Visitors to Misdemeanor Warrants, 0 Courthouse. Coeburn man receives five years inprison Daniel Wayne Winebarger requested that Winebarger, age 29, of the child send nude pic- Coeburn, was sentenced in tures to him as well. He the Wise County Circuit also attempted to get her to Court for using an elec-go swimming and to the tronic communication movies alone with him. device to solicit a minor Slemp said, "Modem and expose his sexual or technology and the internet genital parts to a child makes it far too easy for under the age of 15. sexual predators to have Winebarger previously access to young children. pleaded guilty without a With just one click of the plea agreement on January mouse, online sexual pred- 27, 2017. ators can steal the inno- Winebarger was sen- cence of a child. My office tenced by a judge to ten will continue to seek harsh years in the penitentiary punishment for anyone with five years suspended; who commits an offense thus, Winebarger will serve against our community's an active sentence of five most vulnerable citizens. years within the Virginia We hope harsh punish- Department of Corrections. ments like this deter others Winebarger's suspended from committing these sentence is conditioned crimes and sends a clear upon successful comple- signal that this behavior tion of five years' super- will not be tolerated in vised probation. Wise County." The evidence showed The case was success- that in mid-2016, Daniel fully brought to a conclu- Wayne Winebarger sion through the efforts of befriended the twelve~-yr~ Commonwealth!s Att0me~ old daughter of a co-work- Chuck Slemp arid assistant er. Winebarger described Commonwealth's Attorney the victim as his "little Josh Newberry. buddy" and said that the Slemp stressed his girl "needed a big brother appreciation for the dili- figure because there was gent efforts of law enforce- no male role model in her ment to protect children life." Using different from abuse & neglect, social media websites, specifically Sheriff Ronnie including Facebook instant Oakes and investigators messenger and Snap Chat, Duane Phillips and Tim Winebarger sent sexually Wagner of the Wise explicit messages to the County Sheriff's Office twelve year old female,and Turk Hollinger of the The messages included Big Stone Gap Police nude pictures of himself. Department. DAV Mobile Service Office in area So many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they' ve earned. There's so much to know...and so many changes from one year tO the next. That's why the nonprofit D-A-V (Disabled American Veterans) offers help. The DAV Mobile Service Office will be at the following locations to personally provide the best counseling and claim filing assistance available. Like all D-A-V services, help from the Mobile Service Office is free to all veter- ans and members of their families. Tuesday, April 18, 2017; 8:30 a,m. to 4:00 p.m,; Veterans of Foreign Wars 8639, 4205 Lambert Road, Okolona, Kentucky. Wednesday, April 19, 2017; 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; DAV Betsy Lane Chapter 169, 145 Church Street, Betsy Lane, Kentucky. Thursday, April 20, 2017; 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; DAV Knott Co. Chapter 171, 1401 Highway 550 South, Hindman, Kentucky. Friday, April 21, 2017; 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; DAV Department of Kentucky, 115 Eastview Drive, Sheperdsville, Kentucky. For further information regarding these events, please feel free to contact NSO Richard Vacarri at (502) 566-4482. Clinch Valley Times MEMBER VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. Pmfl, VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY P/TBLISHING CO., INC. 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