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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, May 4, 2017 sealing wax.. by Ann Young Gregory Convenience ? Expense ? Both ? Reprinted from May 15, 2008 For years, I've considered the telephone to be a con- venience rather than an expense. That sort of conversa- tion these days is, I guess, a little pass6, since almost every single person has not only a "land line" phone at home, but also a cell phone stuck to his/her ear. In fact, even though the cell phone phenomenon hasn't yet hit us full force here in St. Paul since we don't have ade- quate service (although a new cell tower is promised!), it seems that I pay almost more telephone bills than I do grocery bills. The choice of telephone Companies now is vast. Once upon a time, there was "the" telephone company. Period. I realize that several companies existed, but any given community was served by one company, and that was that. Long distance, at least in the good old days, was provided by AT&T, as far as I'm aware, and we didn't have dozens of companies competing for our phone dollars. Of course then we had no Intemet, no ISPs such as dial-up, DSL, satellite, broadband or any- thing else (is there anything else?), so that alternative didn't figure in the long distance picture. I remember that when I was in college, I talked to my mother and father once a week (more often if there were an emergency or something exciting to tell them). My father, who pretended to be gruff about the size of the telephone bill, blaming it all on my mother and me, said we could call every day if we'd just say, "I'm okay, are you okay?", and, receiving a positive answer, hang up. Instead, he vowed that we talked too long--and our conversations usually did last half an hour or so. He was really very patient about it all. But in my family, we were all great believers in keeping in touch. If anyone had to go out of town, he or she, almost without think- ing, made a telephone call home to report a safe arrival to wherever it was, and then, depending on the length of the visit, made a few more calls home just to check in. We've done the same thing with our children, and although both of them are quite grown up now, we still ask that they call when they get to wherever it is they're going, and then keep in touch while they're there. Since they've grown up with that philosophy, they don't fred it peculiar, and make the calls as requested. That usually works out quite well. Until a couple of weeks ago, and that's when I realize that the bad guys-- at least I consider them to be the bad guys--are still out .there figuring out unscrupulous ways to get their hands on other people's money. When you encounter unexpected and drastic changes in the way things are done by society or the way some segment of its people deal with situations, it's called culture shock. When you're automobile shopping for the first time in a while and you check out the price of some charming and well-equipped vehicle which has caught your fancy, it's called sticker shock. I don't know that there's a name for the experience I had last week, but in the simpliest terms, it could be called tele- phone bill shock! I had my first taste of this kind of thing some years ago, and unfortunately, didn't remember the experience when David left during spring break week to go to Myrtle Beach with the baseball team he helps coach-- they were playing in a tournament there. The long-ago experience with a collect telephone call I placed from a pay phone at the old Bristol Memorial Hospital (rather than the Bristol Regional Medical Center, which is the current facility.) I was calling home to share some kind of health news about a family member I was visiting at the facility, and was on the phone for less than a minute. When the phone bill for the collect call came, it was for $12 or $15! From Bristol to St. Paul! I was horrified. I looked into it and found that some facilities (pay phones in public places, and many hotels and motels) are served by telephone companies of which no one has ever heard, and which charge totally outrageous fees for their long distance (calls which are probably made on lines they lease from AT&T or some more honorable company). Anyway, there must have been an epidemic of these companies at the time, taking advantage of people who call collect or use calling cards--anyway, just about that time, American Telephone & Telegraph began a series of television commercials directing people who often call collect that they first should dial 1-800- CALL-ATT (1-800-225-5288). That number connects you to AT&T from which you can proceed to make your collect/calling card call at the normal rates. We learned 1-800-CALL-A'IT fast, and always use it. Unfortunately, and this is my fault, I forgot to tell David, who has no cell phone, about that handy tele- phone trick probably since he's not as much of a travel- er as the rest of us. Anyway, he went to Myrtle Beach for a week. He called home, using our AT&T calling card, which he's supposed to do. The conversations were reasonably short--just an account of how the team was doing (it did very well), a brief weather report, and "here's what else we did today." During the six days, he made three nine minute calls, one for 12 minutes, and two for 18 minutes. Withnormal long distance rates, that would have made a tidy little bill, but nothing to precipitate cardiac arrest. However, since the long dis- tance telephone company which served the place where they stayed was NCIC (I have no idea who or what this company is) and since David wasn't aware of the 1- 800-CALL-ATT ploy, he just called normally using the calling card. Can you guess what the bill was? In this case, the telephone definitely was both a convenience AND an expense! Our "regular" part of the total was $81.18-- that's about normal. David's six calls from Myrtle Beach, however, were charged to our calling card at $307.24 (an average of $4~ 10 per minute), for a total bill of $388.42! I was fortunate that cardiac arrest didn't occur, but it was a distinct possibility as soon as I set eyes on that telephone bill! So the purpose of telling you this long, dreary and depressing tale is to urge you to use 1-800-CALL-ATT anytime you're away from home, and call collect or use a telephone calling card. Even more important, TELL YOUR CHILDREN the magic number! Doing so might save you from the threat of cardiac arrest! At the very least, it will save you some money! struggling to get on track By Lee H. Hamilton strategy and the clarity, consistency, and discipline I have significant differ- required to apply one. ences with Donald Trump's President Trump has political stances, but I want also shown little evidence him to enjoy a successful of the political skills neces- presidency. It's good for sary for success. He has neither the country nor the been unable to build coali- world when a U.S.. presi- tions in Washington or dent struggles Or fails,rally public support around Yet I also believe that difficult-to-achieve policy constructive criticism can goals. He shows little help a president grow more instinct for finding natural capable. It's in this spirit allies to help push legisla- that I want to take a hard tion through. He shows no look at the Trump presi-interest in inspiring and dency so far. uniting Americans. And he President Trump's per- has hurt himself with his sonal and stylisticbluster, tenuous relation- approaches may have ship with the truth and served him in business and flouting of the rules of on the campaign trail, but ethics, transparency and are problematic in office, conflicts of interest. He has an unfortunate ten-Throughout the cam- dency to dodge blame forpaign and his first weeks in things that go wrong. Heoffice, he painted issues in makes charges with no evi- easy-to-solve, black-and- dence to support them and white terms. Until, that is, refuses to admit he was he began to confront them wrong. He routinely over- as President. Recently, he inflates his achievements, has admitted that issue as when he recently after issue is more compli- declared that "no adminis- cated than he'd expected, tration has accomplishedwhich suggests that he had more in the first 90 days," not considered them care- an assertion that no onefully before. familiar with FDR's and The President has made other notable presidents' some solid choices, putting first months in office in place a measured, pro- would accept, fessional national security Crucially, he does not team in Defense Secretary appear to know how to use James Mattis and National or coordinate the levers of Security Advisor H.R. American power -- eco- McMaster. But his policy nomic, diplomatic and rhetoric bears little relation )olitical. He appreciates to the reality of his accom- military power, but lacks a plishments. We do not have coherent, comprehensive universal, comprehensive health care at lower cost. Tax reform, immigration, cyber reform -- it's hard to find any meaningful progress on any of them. Chances appear iffy for infrastructure investment in our states and communi- ties that is not a boondog- gle. Foreign policy seems to be guided by a team of generals who are compe- tent in their areas of expert- ise, but unlikely to come up with 'the comprehensive economic, diplomatic and political policies needed to resolve conflicts and build stable relations abroad. Given the President's erratic, impulsive leader- ship and dizzying string of policy changes, where will we find stability over the next few years? One source of hope is the President himself. His policy switch- es on China and Syria may have been abrupt, but they moved us in the right direc- tion. He seems to be capa- ble of learning -- and reversing himself- on a broad range of policies. He appears willing to accept the sober, mainstream advice of his national secu- rity team. Ordinarily, I'd include Congress in any list of institutions capable of sta- bilizing a presidency that could go off the rails, but it seems unable to help the President improve his poli- cies. Instead, other forces have stepped into that role. The courts -- especially on immigration --have kept him within the bounds of the Constitution. State and local governments are step- ping up to lead on a variety of issues, including climate change. The media have been crucial in highlighting problems within the administration and the implications of its policies. And ordinary citizens have grown vocal in their opin- ions and active in trying to safeguard and improve their own comers of the world. These are hopeful developments. But the Trump administration is still struggling to get on track, consumed with inter- nal problems, at a time when we desperately need to move ahead on the seri- ous problems we confront at home and abroad. My hope is that he can find his way to asserting the leader- ship the country and the world order need. 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. CVT Monday 3 pm Deadlines: Monday 12 noon MEOC accepting Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program applications Mountain Empire Older Citizens (MEOC) will soon start taking applica- tions for the 2017 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). Persons 60 years of age and older in Wise County and the City of Norton can apply for SFMNP on or after May 1. MEOC will have a limited number of books of checks to distrib- ute to eligible residents of Wise County and Norton City. Checks worth $40 will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis and can be used at area farmers markets beginning July 1 through the close of the markets. This program is designed to improve nutri- tion of senior citizens while also helping local farmers to sell their locally grown fruits, vegetables and freshly cut herbs. Markets are located in Norton, Wise, Coeburn, Big Stone Gap and Saint Paul. MEOC wants to make sure that all eligible per- sons who wish to partici- pate have the opportunity to do so. The application process is done by tele- phone or in-person at MEOC or at outreach sites in the community Regency Towers in Norton on May 17th from 10AM to 2PM Stonebriar Apartments in Saint Paul on May 18th from 10AM to 2PM Each person enrolled in this program will receive one book of checks worth $40. Each' eligible person within a household may receiveone book of checks.The check books containeight $5 checks that seniors can spend like cash to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs from farmers at local farmers markets who have been pre-approved by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. To be eligible, one must: be 60 years of age or older, live in Wise County or the City of Norton, and have an income equal to or below 150% of poverty (for one individual the income limit is $1,508/month, for two individuals the income limit is $2,030/month). To apply by telephone or for more information, call MEOC at 276-523- 4202 or 1-800-252-6362. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and poli- cies, the USDA, its agen- cies, offices, and employ- ees, and institutions partic- ipating in or administering USDA programs are pro- hibited from discriminat- ing based on race, color, national origin, sex, reli- gious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any pro- gram or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact MEOC. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program com- plaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD- 3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/c omplaint filing__cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide,in Me letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the com- plaint form, call (866) 632- 9992. Submit your com- pleted form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690- 7442; or (3) email: pro- gram.intake@ usda.gov. MEOC is an equal opportunity provider. The Wise County Sheriff's Office reports the following activities for the period of 04/17/2017 through 04/23/2017. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1876 calls for this seven-day period. Of the total calls received 369 were dis- patched to the Sheriff's Office Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 15. Criminal Process for this period: Served166 Felony Warrants, 29 Misdemeanor Warrants, 2 DUI Arrest. Civil Process Served: 386 Civil Papers Traffic Accidents: 9 5 Additional Criminal Investigations were initiat- ed and 13 Cleared by Arrest. Sheriff's Office provid- ed 256 man-hours of Court Room Security. Unlocked Vehicles: 21 Escorted Funerals: 8 The Sheriff's Office Total Transport for this period: 6 Total Transport Hours: 103 1922 Visitors Courthouse. to Clinch Valley Times MEMBER V][RGKNqA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. Paul, VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO., INC. The Clinch Valley Times serves the four-county area of Wise, Russell, Diekeuson and Scott, with offices and plant located i~ the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES building, 1654t Russell S~eet. 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