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Page 2 CLINCH.VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, June 20, 2013 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax..by Ann Young Gregory .Reprinted from July 4, 1974 A week or sb ago, we received a pamphlet from the Derus Media Service in Chicago. Printed in red and blue on. white, the pamphlet, issued in honor of our upcoming Bicentennial, was offered by the company for reproduction to any individual or organization.-After talking to the people at the Derus Media Service, I learned that many have been involved in the writing of this patriotic comment, and that Bill Derus, one of the writers, has been nominated foi" a Freedom Foundation Award. I feel that the message is a very moving one, and want to share: it. So with many thanks to the Derus Media Service,,': we are reprinting their salute to our country on its 198 th birthday. "I was born=on July 4, 1776, and the Declaration of Independence i' my birth certificate. The bloodlines of the world .run in my veins, because I offered freedom to the" oppressed. I am many things, and many people. I AM THE UNITED STATES. "I am 212 million living souls - - and the ghost of millions who .have lived and died for me. "I am Nathan Hale and Paul Revere. I stood at Lexington and fired the shot heard around the world. I am Washing Jefferson and Patrick Henry. I am John Paul Jones, the Green Mountain Boys, and Davey Crockett." i am Lee, Grant and Abe Lincoln. "I remember, the Alamo, the Maine and Pearl Harbor. When'freedom called, I answered and stayed until it was over, over there. I left my heroic dead in Flanders Field, oia the rock of Corregidor, and on the bleak slopes of Korea. "I am the ]r.ooklyn Bridge, the wheat, lands of Governor Bob .McDonnell announced that Mays-evenue collections increased-by 20.5 percent from May of last year. May is a significani month for Kansas, and the granite hills of Vermont. I am the coalfields of the Virginias and Pennsylvania, the fertile lands of the West, the Golden Gate and the Grand Canyon. I am Independence Hall, the Monitor and the Merrimac. "I am big. I sprawl from the Atlantic to the Pacific, 3 million square miles throbbing with industry. I am more than 5 million farms. I am forest, field, mountain, and desert. I am quiet villages - - and cities ,that never sleep. "You can look at me and see Ben Franklin walking down the streets of Philadelphia with his breadloaf under his arm. You can see Betsy Ross with her needle. You can see the lights of Christmas, and hear the strains ofAuld Lang Syne as the calendar turns. "I am Babe Ruth and the World Series. I am 169,000 schools and colleges, and 250,000 churches where my people worship God as they think best. I am a ballot dropped in a box, the roar of a crowd in a stadium, and the voice of a choir in a cathedral. I am an editorial in a newspaper, and a letter to a Congressman. "I am Eli Whitney and Stephen Foster. I am Tom Edison, Albert Einstein and Billy Graham. I am Horace Greely, Will Rogers and the Wright Brothers. I am George Washington Carver, and Daniel Webster. I"I am Longfellow, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Walt Vvhitman and Thomas Paine. ' "Yes, I am the nation, and these are the things that I ]am. I was conceived in freedom and, God willing, in freedom I will spend the rest of my days. "May I possess always the integrity, the courage and the strength to keep myself unshackled, to remain a citadel of freedom and a beacon of hope to the world. "I am the United States." Virginia p00sts 20.5% revenue increase in May -May a Significant Month for Revenue- tax year 2013 are both due May 1. April is also an important month for individual nonwith- holding as a number of fnal payments arrive during that period. Taken together, nonwith- holding collections for April and May, the best way to look at the payments in totality, were up 30.7 percent over the same period last year. In other areas, sales and use tax collections grew 2.7 percent for the month. Individual income tax withholding fell 1.8 percent. Speaking about the May numbers, Governor Bob McDonnell noted, "Revenue is up; unemployment is down. This is more good news for Virginia's economy, .r the :past three years we've, seen.++our.+state unemployment rate fall to 5,2 percent; tt'e" lowest mark in Virginia in 4 years. During that time over 171,000 net new jobs have been created in the Commonwealth during that period; 151,000 of those jobs are in the private-sector. Put simply: more Virginians are working, and that increase in employment is reflected in the growth in state revenue collections. We still have another month to go before the fiscal year draws to a close, and therefore caution is in order before projecting too far out about how the Commonwealth's books will look at the end of the year. However, at this moment, it does appear Virginia is on track to meet, and exceed, budget projections, and to post a fourth-straight revenue surplus. We are budgeting conserva- tively, setting priorities in state spending, and investing wisely in the core functions of state government, like transportation and education, that are crucial to helping the private-sector create good paying jobs for our citizens. Virginia's economy is growing, and more Virginians are finding good jobs. That's a testament to the bipartisan effort in Richmond to come together and find solutions to make life better for all Virginians." The May revenue numbers are available at this link: http://www, finance.virginia.gov/ KeyDocuments/RevenueReports /FY2011- 2012/2012ReportsList.cfm -: revenue collections. "Off a year- -7 to-date basis, totai-revenue ',. collections rose 6.0 percent through May, ahem .of the . annual forecast of-3.6-percent . growth. Adjusting for the accei- . crated tax program, total revenues have grown 5.7 ,.- percent, ahead of the adjusted -. forecast of 3.4 percenf..To meet , the state's budget ,forecast, " collection of $1.7 billibn will be needed in the month of June. i: Last year, the Comm9nwealth . collected $1.9 billion in the final :. month of the fiscal year... The increase in Ma3, revenue was driven by a major increase in individual nonwithholding payments. These payments in- creased by 74.7 perc,for the month, rising to $7Z6.,aillion, compared to $444.2,ailion last May. May is a vef. portant month for individualonwith- holding payments:: "s final payments for tax y,92012 and the first estimated pent for AARP: re00ort shows Medicaid expansion will help 32,100 Virginia veterans and their families upon Medicaid expansion, and they deserve our support to make sure they get it," Blancato said. Many assume that all veterans receive Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care coverage, but that's not the case. VA care is out of reach for low-income veterans who do not live near VA facilities or are unaware that., VA care is available. In addition, VA eligibility is determined by other factors including service-related disabilities and income, and many veterans make too much money to qualify for VA assistance, but not enough to afford insurance on their own. Most spouses of veterans do not qualify for VA assistance or for Medicaid under current require- ments. The need for care is parti- culm-ly great for veterans who often have chronic health problems that may go uneated because they lack insurance coverage. According to the report, one-third of uninsured veterans nationally have at least one chronic health problem, over 40 percent have unmet medical needs and more than a third have delayed getting needed care because of high costs. Uninsured veterans' families would also benefit from Medicaid expan- sion - the report says that more than half of those family members have unmet medical needs. Medicaid expansion under the ACA allows states to extend coverage to individuals with income up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level - about $15,000 for an individual and $32,000 for a family of four. In Virginia, nearly 12,300 veterans are at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level, and would be eligible for Medicaid coverage if Virginia chooses expansion. Additionally, 4,100 spouses of veterans could qualify for coverage if Virginia implements Medicaid expansion. The' federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost of Medicaid expansion in Virginia for the first three years and that figure gradually moves to 90 percent thereafter, pumping significant money into the state's eeqnomy. It will also generate sighificant cost savings, pro- viding access to preventive care that veterans and their families need while reducing the need for expensive emergency room care and related overcrowding. Medicaid expan.Aon will benefit many in our state, but our veterans and their families ,-". particular deserve to get the health care they need," Bob Blancato said. "The truth is we're not doing enough for our veterans, but Medicaid expan- sion in Virginia will help." In addition to supporting state veterans and their families, AARP successfully fought for Medicaid expansion in Virginia during the most recent legis- lative session. As AARP works to support Medicaid expansion jn Virginia, a recent report by-, the.. Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shaws that more than 32,000 currently un- -- insured Virginia veterans will re- :" ceive health coverage if Medi- 7. caid expansion is imle.roented. : During the . 203- :regular * session, the Virginia e.eral As- sembly adopted an-ainffndment :to the 2013 budgetTtt could : expand Medicaid under provis- , ions of the Affordable Care Act after certain reforms  made. "As we honor out" vlterans, Virginia can be proud that we will be able to provide, much- needed help to those @ho have served our nation by expanding affordable health care coverage to veterans currently  without health insurance," :aid Bob Blancato, AARP VirghJia State President. "AARP contihues to fight for affordable health !coverage in Virginia to help "veteran., as well as the more ' than 62,000 hardworking 50- to 1 64-year olds who are struggling without health insurance." The report, "Uninsured Vet- ,erans and Family Members: Who Are They and Where Do ',They Live?", says there are 1.3 ',million veterans under age 65 _' uninsured in the United States, '?and about 40 percent of those could qualify for health cover- 'age through Medicaid expan- sion. "Our uninsured , veterans' health care coverag'e:depends I00UCTION I" I O'Neil taken into custody On June 12, 2013, the Wise County Sheriff's Office received information that Douglas Perry O'Neil, age 56, of 6503 Radiant Road Norton, VA was wanted on outstanding warrants for robbery, malicious wounding, abduction and conspiracy for an incident that occurred in Scott County on May 25, 2013. Deputies began actively searching for the subject and quickly located Mr. O'Neil in the Thacker's Branch area of Wise County. A felony traffic stop was conducted by members of the Sheriff's Response Team and Mr. O'Neil was taken into custody without incident. H,e, is currently being held in the Duffield Regional Jail without bond. Wise County SherifFs Report The Wise County Sheriff's Office reports the following activities for the period of 6/03/2013 through 6/9/2013. Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1681 calls for this seven- day period. Of the total calls received 348 were dispatched to the Sheriff's Office. Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 7. Criminal Process for the same period served 24" Felony Warrants, 36 Misde- meanor Warrants, 0 DUI Arrest and worked 12 Traffic Accident. Civilprocess for this period served 525 Civil Papers. During this seven-day period 12 additional Criminal Investi- gations were initiated and 22 were cleared by arrest. The Sheriff's Office provided 165 man-hours of Court Room Security for the three courts and the courthouse. The Sheriff's Office tran- sported 0 adult in state, 0 adult out of state, 2 mental patient, and 5 juveniles for a total of 7 transports, involving 30 hours. The Sheriff's Office unlocked 21 vehicles and escorted 4 funerals during this seven-day period. Preventing fraud The Farm Service Agency supports the Risk Management Agency in the prevention of fraud, waste and abuse of the Fede.,'al Cron Insurance Program. FSA has been, and will contmut, to, assist RMA and insurance providers by monitoring crop conditions throughout the grow- ing season. FSA will continue to refer all suspected cases of freud, waste and abuse directly to RMA. Producers can report suspect- ed cases to the FSA office, RMA, or the Office of the Inspector General. Valuable Commercial Property- alaT tea 24333 Former Sonic Drive-in - 970 E. Stuart Drive Thur... une 27.,.11arn Located on main thorough-fare in , . % , . ._. Galax; across from shopping ctr; McDonalds; strip mall; drug store; mt=| hotels; 114 mi frgm WalMart; only 7 ....... . , ""-'miles from 1-77./(Highway 58) ' - /'' I/I-/# Remodeled 2010; Built-in smokers Rmtauranton Large lot (cost $20,000) Gas/wood optional. Ronald McDonald and visitor at park on Saturday afternoon of the Festival. i Little girl catching fish at tournament on Saturday Face painting on kids' day. Financial moves all new parents need to make ,- When a baby comes home The retirement landscape is for the first time, new parents are much different today than in often consumed with the daily generations past. Social Security tasks and expenses associated is uncertain and pensions have with feeding, diapering and all but disappeared and young sleeping not so much on long- adults need to save far more than term money management and their parents and grandparents. goals. Start funding your retirement New parents are eager for now, let compound interest do its advice on topics like strollers or part, and enjoy financial security vaccinations, but future money in your golden years. matters are often overlooked, Start saving for college - said Mike Sullivan, chief educa- Your baby may be little, but tion officer for Take Charge Am- every parent knows that children erica, a national non-profit credit grow up quickly. Before you counseling agency. In the long know it, your kids will be run, getting your financial house heading off to college, and a in order will impact your chil- healthy 529 plan or other college dren far more than your choice fund will offset tuition and living of baby swing or diaper brand, expenses, and protect your child Sullivan explains further from the student debt that with six moves new parents straddles manynewgraduates. should make to ensure their *'v' ......... ' family's financial security. [ Establish au Emergency [Clinch Fund - The cornerstone of every ,Vail financial plan, an emergency | ey fund is especially important for parents. The liquid savings ac- Times count is intended for true emer- MEMBER gencies, like covering the cost of :VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION a trip to the emergency room or a new air conditioning unit in the Published weekly in St. Paul, dead of summer. A well-funded VA 24283, by the CLINCH emergency savings account VALLEY PUBLISHING should cover three-to-six months CO., INC. of living expenses. Pay Off Bad Debt - Now is The Clinch Valley Times serves the four-county area of the time to pay down student Wise, Russell, Dickenson and loans and get rid of credit card Scott, with offices and plant debt. If you're in the habit of located in the CLINCH using a credit card, it's time to VALLEY TIMES building, stop accumulating debt and fo- 16541 Russell Street. Perio- cus on prudent living for the dicals postage is paid at the benefit of your new family. 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