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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. PauI, VA, Thursday,0! ! Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax..by ro.ng Gregory : Can leadership go astray? While we tend to assign nothing but the very highest character, and noble values, certainly to our founding fathers, and more often than not to our country's leaders in general, that's not always the wisest thing to do. I thought it might be interesting during this week when the United States of America celebrated its 235 th birthday to look into the quality and caliber of some of our leaders throughout the nation's history.' (Can it possibly have been 35 years since we celebrated the Bicentennial? Seems like a couple of weeks ago!) I don't know about you, but I'm really getting tired of hearing 'of all the unprincipled people who have been elected to high office in this country. For instance, we've been hearing, for several years that (former) illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich allegedly tried to sell the Senate seat which had been held by Barack Obama before he was elected President. Blagojevich has professing his innocence ever since--on :radio, television--anywhere he could find somebody Who might listen. However, he has now been convicted on 17 of 22 counts of wire fraud, bribery, and extortion. (in August, 2010, he was found guilty of providing false information to the FBI. That jury was unable to reach conclusions on 23 other counts) He hasn't yet been sentenced, but therE's a possibility he could get a 300 year verdict.. Interesting!3/, he's not the only Govemor of Illinois who has;tried to put one (or more) over on his constituents. In 2006, (former)Illinois Governor George Ryan was convicted on federal corruption charges involving the illegal sale of government licenses, contracts and leases. He was'sentenced to six and a half years.. Also, (former)Illinois Governor Otto Kerner was found guilty .it/ 1973 of 17 counts of bribery, conspiracy, perjury and other offenses. His sentence was three years/,,. ,- In 1987, Se-eral years after leaving office as governor, Daniel Walker was convicted of bank fraud and served a portion of a seven year sentence. Another goyemor, Lennington Small, who served from 1921 - 1929,, was tried on embezzlement charges from his service, as state treasurer in 1917. He was later acquitted after he returned $650,000 to the state. Illinois proved to be a rich source for this kind of information. Paul Powetl, who served as Illinois Speaker of the'House (1959-1963) and as that state's Secretary of State from 1965 until his death in 1970. After he died, shoe boxes, briefcases and strongboxes which had been his were found to contain $800,000 in cash, and his hotel room contained a number of odd possessions, including 46 cases of whiskey. His estate was finally valued at $4.6 million even though Powell never earned more than $30,000 per year. That's the list of former Illinois politicians who were corrupt. Illinois, however, has no hold on electing peoplelwhose character is flawed. The most recent example, as far as I know, is Congressman Anthony Weiner of New York. His problem had nothing to do with embezzlement or any kind of fraud against the government. Congressman WeineFs downfall had to do with his evident obsession with flaunting himself before women he found attractive. This was sin srJte of the fact that he was almost a newlywed--with a very attractive wife. They, in fact, are expecting thei, first child. Anyway, pictures turned up on Twitter, and they, photographs of portions of the Congressman's nearly bare body, proved to be not at all flattering or in good taste or an exhibit of good sense in posting them on an Internet site. When asked (and asked and asked) about the picture(s) by the press, he said he knew nothing about it, the pictures were not of hirr, and that somebody must have hacked into his accoant. He stood by that story for several days; more Internet photos surfaced, and finally, the Congressman admitted that he had taken the pictures of himself (in a mirror) and posted them on his Twitter account. That news bounced around for several days, with some of his constituents professing to television who stopped them on the street, that they didn't see that the "sexting" scandal had anything to do with Weiner's work in Congress. In fact, a professional survey taken in his Con- gressional district showed that 51 percent of the voters believed he should remain in office. Never- theless, in spite of that survey, and after a few days of b___eing negatively featured on the news morning, noon and night, Weiner a,n--fiounced that  would resign :' from the House of Representatives on June 21. I found it hard to believe 'that Weiner's constituents thought that his moral lapse had nothing to do with his work as their Congressman. Seems to me that one of the primary qualifications of a candidate for office is to live a moral life (or at least appear to do so). Of course, I realize that this is a naive thought, since there's usually an ongoing news story about some politician or other who has been discovered to have had some sort of moral lapse. Still, I'd prefer that the laws by which I'm required to live be imposed by people with strong morals. After discovering all problems that multiple Illinois politicians have created, and after the Weiner sexting scandal, I decided to look up sins committed by earlier politicians. I found a great website which listed "irregularities" among officials during the administrations of various presidents: This is not to say that the Presidents themselves were involved, but that one or more (usually more) people in their admini-strations were. Interestingly, few administra- tions didn't have scandals. Among the "clean" ones were those of John Q. Adams, Van Buren, W. H. Harrison, John Tyler, Polk, Fillmore, Pierce, Garfield, Cleveland, B. Harrison and McKinley. The rest? Disappointing. Greed and the lust for power are huge! Included on that list should be just plain lust! " t A GREAT federal engagement with a var- granddaughters of Linda (pictured) and Paul Elkins, Tacoma, are visiting from iety of rural stakeholders, in- Lynchburg. The girls traditionally attend St. Paul's Fourth of July Celebration cluding agricultural organiza- with their grandparents, and have been pictured in the CVTimes at the event tions, small businesses, and state, local, and tribal govern- almost every year since they were much younger! ments. Oakes and Elkins election bids Sheriff Ronnie Oakes and Ron Elkins, Commonwealth's Attorney for Wise County and the City of Norton, announced their respective candidacies for re-election. "We are making these announcements together because of the close working re- lationship in law enforcement," Oakes said. Elkins added, "Our offices have an important relationship when it conies to working together to keep our citizens safe, and Sheriff Oakes and I have always used a team approach to law enforcement." Sheriff Oakes is seeking a 5 th term. He stated, "I appreciate the people's trust and confidence they have placed in me over the years. Because of our out- standing staff and deputies, we were able to attain accreditation as a Sheriff's office in 2002 and we've maintained that accredit- ation." As Sheriff, Oakes has started programs such as Neigh- borhood Watch, Good Morning Wise County which helps Senior Citizens and a K9 Unit. Oakes also noted that each high school has School Resource Officers ("SROs") who provide security and teach the DARE program which is designedto teach young people about the dangers of drugs. "We are glad to have the SROs. I have applied for grant funding to place SROs in some middle schools and the Career announce re- Technical Center," he added. Elkins mentioned that his office and the Sheriff's Office, along with law enforcement acr- oss the county, conduct "Opera- tion Street Sweeper" several times a year in order to arrest and prosecute drug dealers and drug crimes in general. "We've had phenomenal success with this program over the years. We've had over 500 arrests of individuals involved with drugs in our jurisdiction, resulting in the largest cooperative" law enforcement effort in the history of Southwest Virginia and Eastern Tennessee," Elkins said, He added, "My office has been instrumental in successfully pro- secuting these and other crimes in our communities. We handle. thousands of cases a year in our court system, and with our pap- erless approach have transitioned into the technological leaders for prosecutors in the Common-- wealth." He noted. Elkins concluded, "I would be honored to have the vote and support of our citizens this year." Oakes also voiced the same mes- sage stating "I would appreciate your vote and thanks for all of your support this year and in the past. Ron and I both pledge to continue working hard for our communities and to maintain offices Wise County and the City of Norton can be proud of." Video series educates family caregivers about arthritis Two nationally recognized organizations that serve seniors are joining forces to educate family caregivers about one of the most painful and common conditions that afflict older adults. The Home Instead Senior Care network, working with the Arthritis Foundation, has produced a series to help those who care for seniors link to videos at www.homeinstead:com to learn more about arthritis. The video series is part of the Home Instead Senior Care network's family Caregiver EducationSM program, which highlights topics of importance to caregivers of older adults. Fifty million Americans have 'doctor-diagnosed arthritis, a con- dition that refers to more than 100 different diseases that cause pain, swelling and limited move- ment in joints or other parts of the musculoskeletal system, ac- cording to the Arthritis Found- ation. By 2030 that number is' estimated to grow to 67 million. Family caregivers often are at a loss to know how to help relieve the discomfort of those who suffer from arthritis, said Jeff Huber, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Home Instead, Inc., franchisor for .the Home Instead Senior Care network, the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors. That's why we are delighted to work with the Arthritis Foundation to bring renewed awareness of this difficult condition that impacts so many seiners. Of those currently diagnosed with arthritis, more than 21 mil- lion have arthritis,related activ- ity limitations. As a result, arthritis costs the U.S. economy .2 .White House Rural Council gives ARC new opportunities The Appalachian Regional federal agencies through the Commission (ARC) participated Appalachian Regional Develop- in the inaugural meeting of the ment Initiative to ensure that new White House Rural Council, Appalachia receives its full share established by an executive or- of the, federal funding, resources, der of President Barack Obama and technical assistance that are to strengthen rural communities, available." Chaired by U.S. Department "R.ural America makes signi- of Agriculture Secretary Tom ficant contributions to the Vilsack, the council, will coor- security, prosperity and econo- dinate programs across govern- mic strength of our country," ment to encourage public-private said Vilsack. "The rural council partnerships to promote further announced by President Obama economic prosperity and quality shows his continued focus on of life in rural communities promoting economic opport- nationwide. It will make recom- unity, creating jobs, and en- rnendations for investment in hancing the quality of life for TRADITION...Bailey and Sophie Elkins, 12-year-old twin- rural areas and will coordinate those who live in rural America. TOgether with the rest of the ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl 2 local businesses support oo001, represented the Commission at the meeting, said, "Having a seat at the table book project at Castlewood o00the White House Rural Coun- ...... cil provides the Appalachian children. Regional Commission with a great opportunity to work with federal agencies and White House offices to pursue job creation for Appalachia as well as share ARC's experience in engaging with our partners to create opportunity throughout the Region. The council will strengthen the work we are already doing with ten other A copy of the volume goes home with each child to become his or her own. Printed in these books is a Parent Guide ex- plaining the values covered in the book, along with suggested topics for family discussions. Extra copies of My Favorite Book are given to the school Obama administration, USDA has worked to support families and businesses in rural com- munities so that their success will pay dividends for all Subscribe today to the Clinch Valley Times ...call 762-7671 Americans." In the coming months, the White House Rural Council will focus on job creation and economic development by increasing the flow of capital to rural areas, promoting inno- vation, expanding digital and physical networks, and celebrating opportunity through America's natural resources. Twenty -six percent of the counties in the Appalachian Region are rural, and another 40 percent are non-metropolitan, according to the USDA Econo- mic Research Service. Two local businesses, Mor- gan-McClure Chevrotet-GMC, and Castlewood Funeral Home are sponsoring of a special book project which will benefit stu- dents in In'st graders through 10 year olds at Castlewood Ele- mentary School.. The Way to Go and My Favorite Book, both well illus' trated volumes reflecting moral values, are being made avail- able by these businesses which care about the future of our along with access to an inter- - active web site (www.My FavoriteBookLand.com) which incorporates the themes of the volume St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department report The St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department answered ten calls in the month of June. -4 fire alarms: three in the Phillips Building; one in Clinchview Building B; -3 car crashes: one on Honey Branch Road; one on Rt. 58A Whetstone; one on Rt. 58A Carfax intersection; -1 dumpster fire on Honey Branch; " -1 small brush fire on Bull Run Road in Wise Co. 1-vehicle fire on Rt. 58A in Virginia City. ' $128 billion in lost wages and productivity annually, the Arth- ritis Foundation reports. The key to successful treat- ment is early diagnosis and the institution of an appropriate treatment plan, said Tom Fite, Arthritis Foundation CEO, Heartland Region. Education is the first step, which is why we are pleased this joint program has the potential to reach so many family caregivers with val- uable information and resources. ABOUT Home Instead Sen- ior Care: Founded in 1994 in Omaha by Lori and Paul Hogan, the www.homeinstead.com (Home Instead Senior Care). network is the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 900 independently owned and operated franchises providing in excess of 45 million hours of care throughout the United .States, Canada, Japan/ P6rtugal, Australia, New Zea- land, Ireland, the United King- dom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Ger- many, South Korea, Finland, Austria, Italy and Puerto Rico. The Home Instead Senior Care network employs more than 65,000 CAREGiversSM world- wide who provide basic support services activities of daily living (ADLs), personal care, medi- cation reminders, meal prepara, tion, light housekeeping, er- rands, incidental transportation and shopping which enable sen- iors to live safely and comfort- ably in their own homes for as long as possible. At Home Instead Senior Care, it's relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors everywhere. I i I ( Clinch ..... Valley Times MEMBER VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. Paul, VA 24283, by the CLINCH I VALLEY PUBLISHING CO., INC. The Clinch Valley Times serves the four-county area ell Wise, Russell, Dickenson and Scott, with Offices and plant: located in the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES building, 16541 Russell Street. Perle- i dicals postage is paid at the! Post Office in St. Paul, VA 24283. 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