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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, April 21, 2016 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax.. re ory Almost two years Reprinted from May 3, 2007 If bureaucracies didn't get bogged down, if priorities were properly set and then addressed, if greed weren't at the heart of some of those who are occasionally in charge, then we wouldn't still be talking about any of this. However, bureaucracies DO get bogged down, pri- orities aren't always properly assigned and addressed, and greed does run rampant, so we .are still discussing Hun-icane Katrina, which hit the Gulf coast on August 29, 2005, and we're still trying to figure out just exact- ly what went wrong. Obviously Katrina, the third-strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in the United States, is what happened. Also classified as the sixth strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, Katrina brought about such catastrophic destruction that at the request of the United States, the name has been retired so no other hurricane will ever again be called "Katrina." Over 1,800 people lost their lives during the hurricane and in subsequent flooding and related disasters. Only the Okeechobee Hurricane in 1928 was responsible for more deaths. With damages originally estimated at $81.2 billion, Katrina was also the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. While most of us, complacent in our ignorance, assumed that the appropriate structure was in place to help with the evacuation of New Orleans, eighty per- cent of which was under water, and take care of its peo- ple who had nowhere else to go, as well as provide help to all of the other afferted areas. While we tend to think of New Orleans as Katrina's primary victim, the devas- tating storm caused severe and catastrophic damage along the entire Gulf coast, including Florida, Mississippi and Alabama as well as Louisiana. The storm actually made landfall in southern Florida on August 25, went back out over the Gulf of Mexico, strengthened, and headed for the Gulf coast. But it's what happened afterwards that has kept our attention for the year and eight months since the hurri- cane wreaked its havoc on the United States and on our sensibilities. Federal agencies, which would normally have leaped into action, said they were available to sup- port agencies of the local and state governments. New Orleans authorities, however, were understandably in the midst of chaos as many policemen had quit their posts, and there were no police headquarters in many areas of the city. To add to the chaos, there was no elec- tricity, communications systems were non-functioning; and there were few vehicles which worked. Many employees of the city were dead or missing. The state, however, sent in 3,500 members of the Louisiana National Guard, and announced that it would house evacuees in the Superdome, although it, too, had been badly damaged. Over 7,000 National Guard mem- bers from the four affected states were reported to be on duty the day after the hurricane hit. Supplies arrived at the Superdome on September 1--and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) director Michael Brown, who later resigned, said he had not been aware that the thousands of dis- placed persons in the New Orleans Convention Center had been without food and water for three to four days. More food, water and supplies arrived on September 2, four days after the storm made landfall. And the story goes on--gets worse, even. A number of hospital patients, trapped in their beds without food, water, electricity or personnel to provide assistance, were later found dead. The Department of Homeland Security, of which FEMA is an agency, issued a report five days after the disaster saying that 11,500 lives had been saved, 25,000 citizens evacuated, and so on. News reports indicate that U.S. taxpayers have already spent $125 million during the aftermath of Katrina, but I believe that some areas of New Orleans still have no electricity, and some streets are still piled with the rub- bish left by the storm. What do you suppose happened to all that money? Changing gears just a bit, consider another premise: we in the United States know that whenever disasters-- earthquakes, tsunamis, catastrophic storms--hit other countries, the U.S. is almost ,always first in line with money, food, clothing, volunteers and other needed goods. We don't--at least I don't--tend to think of the same kind of response being offered to us when WE have a disaster. Nevertheless, and I don't remember reading or hearing a word about this anyplace at the time, the outpouring of help from around the globe was astonishing. Countries acknowledged by the State Department as offering aid of many kinds include a list: of 70-plus countries from Afghanistan to Venezuela, plus agencies like the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, NATO, The International Energy Agency, The United Nations, Organization of American States and the World Health Organization! Offers included money, manpower, ships, planes, helicopters, water storage tanks, water purification tablets, high-energy biscuits, generators, tents, oil and many other supplies which were needed. According to several news stories which were released over the weekend just past, a total of $854 mil- lion just in cash and oil was offered by the various countries, to be delivered, evidently, when they were told we were ready. At this point, only $40 million has been used. Some aid has been redirected to agencies such as the Red Cross; some offers, having gone unclaimed, have been withdrawn; and some items, such as cellphone systems and medicines, went unused because the government (federal, local and/or state) was unable to allocate them appropriately. Some contri- butions were spoiled, and therefore wasted. Criminal! The organizational skills of the U.S. government are evidently non-existent. There was a note--a comment in a page of blogs-- on the Internet the other day about this every subject. I can't quote him--I don't remember word-for-word what the young man wrote, but he was certainly per- ceptive. The bottom line of his reasoning was to ques- tion how in the world we can spend billions and billions to wage a war in a place that doesn't want us and where our best and brightest are being killed, yet although we spend money, we still can't manage to take care of our own people in our own countries when they are in des- perate need of help----even now, almost two years after Katrina. Don't you agree that he has a point! Sargent promoted to Branch Manager of Castlewood New Peoples Bank New Peoples Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Brooke Sargent to Branch Manager of the Castlewood Branch Office. Ms. Sargent has eight years of banking experience, most of which are with New Peoples Bank. Prior to her promo- tion, she served as Retail Branch Officer at Castlewood. Ms. Sargent is a 2004 graduate of St. Paul High School and a 2008 graduate of UVA Wise with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration. Andy Mullins, First Vice President and Senior Saint Paul, VA new way mor a m lom rd eom (276) 762-5535 Brooke Sargent Retail Officer for New Peoples Bank commented, "Brooke brings both ener- gy and experience to our company and will be a valuable asset to our cus- " tomers in the Castlewood - St. Paul area." New Peoples Bank operates nineteen banking locations throughout south- west Virginia, east Tennessee and southern West Virginia. Traditional and electronic banking services as well as invest- ment services are provided through the bank. In addi- tion, insurance products are provided through its sub- sidiary, NPB Insurance Services, Inc. Second Annual River Road Cleanup 9 am until 12 noon Saturday, April 23 Meet at St. Paul United Methodist Church or Fort Gibson United Methodist Church. Why coal matters by Senator Ben Chafin The recent Virginia General Assembly- session left many in Southwest Virginia wondering if the rest of the state appreciates the continuing importance of the coal industry. Despite all the negativi- ty, coal continues to,play a major role in Virginia's economy, supplying about 20 percent of our electric utility generation and 3,000 direct high paying mining jobs. The industry also supports thousands of well paying jobs in related industries such as rail- roads, ports and services. Coal matters because America needs a diverse base of energy sources to promote energy independ- ence. The recent terrorist attacks .in Brussels, Paris and San Bernardino high- light the fact that other energy-producing parts of the world are inherently unstable, and will continue to be for many years to come. Our country can control our economic destiny only by securing abundant, affordable and diverse sources of energy. This sentiment is shared by a majority of Americans. A, recent national poll by Morning Consult found 54 percent of American voters approve the use of coal to generate electricity versus just 32 percent opposed. This is no surprise given that energy costs rep- resent a large amount of the monthly spending by Virgjnians. The impact falls the hardest on lower income families. Virginia households earning less than $30,000 spend 23 per- cent of their family income on energy. If the past is any indica- tion of the future, all ener- gy sources experience price volatility on a regular basis, which impacts your electricity bills. The best way to guard against rate increases over time is by maintaining an 'all of the above' energy policyl including coal. This is one reason I introduced legislation this year to slow down the fed- eral government's imple- mentation of the Clean Power Plan, which has a disproportionately harmful impact on coal. While unfortunately Governor McAuliffe vetoed the leg- islation, I'm hoping lan- guage in the budget halting state spending on the plan will survive. It should be common sense that the state should Temple Hill From Page 1 Kiser, Amy Victoria Meade, William Abel Oney, Gladys Annette Osborne, Fannie D. Quillen, Dora Louise Robinson, and Willie Ethel Tyler. The class chose the sweet pea as their class flower, and orchid and gold as their colors. The class motto was "We Build The Steps On Which We Climb." The photo of the Temple Hill School which accom- panies this article was taken from a point on the road between the ~chool and present-day ~emple Hill Cemetery. At that time, the narrow, twisting, hard-surfaced road was the main route between Abingdon and Pound Gap. The photo was taken dur- ing the school's annual "Field Day" event which was held in the spring. It was a fun day for the entire community, featuring a roster of events which included sack races, climb- ing the greased pole, catching the greased pig, footraces, etc. Just look at all those Model T Fords! It appears Castlewood Motor Company had been keep- ing the employees of Ford Motor Company busy - and why not? In those days, John Q. Citizen could drive home the least- expensive Model T Runabout for only $260 - which is about $3,240 in 2016 dollars. Not bad at all. not spend money on th[ plan when the U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a stay on the regula- tions. The stay means the Environmental Protection Agency cannot implement the plan until the Supreme Country resolves the legal issues. It makes no sense for Virginia to spend money implementing a plan that could be significantly changed or thrown out by the court, especially when the plan is expected to cost consumers and businesses more than $39 billion per year. In fact, a study by NERA found the average Virginia consumer would pay 13 percent more for electricity under the plan than without the plan. This high cost to Virginiaconsumers is because the plan would force us to cut carbon diox- ide emissions 38 percent by 2030 compared to 2012 levels. Reducing or retir- ing many of Virginia's coal-fired power plants will be required to meet these goals, which will have a devastating impact on Southwest Virginia, Virginia has already seen 16 coal-fired generating units shut down due large- ly to the EPA policies. These units had the capaci- ty to generate electricity for 1.5 million households in the state. While critics of coal focus most directly on car- bon emissions, they fail to acknowledge that Virginia coal generators have invested $3 billion for environmental equipment since 1995. That invest- ment has lowered emis- sions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide by 83 percent. Coal's opponents claim energy demand will be met through renewable energy sources like wind and solar, yet these sources are currently far less reliable and much more expensive than traditional energy sources. The coal industry took another hit when the gov- ernor vetoed legislation extending the coal tax credits. The tax credits have been an important factor in helping Virginia mining companies retain employment through this tough period. The issue will likely play out during the veto session in April, but we hope the General Assembly will continue this extremely important and effrctive program in the years to come. So when you hear peo- ple question the impor- tance of the coal industry to Virginia, just remember that keeping your personal electricity bill at the lowest possible level will likely be the result of a continuing and vibrant coal industry in the state. Coal still mat- ters. 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