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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, July 16, 2009 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing Ann Young Gregory ,"" ." • Ice cream, packaging and--huh? It might come as-ri0-sui4se, since I've discussed Just the other day, I bought a "half gallon" of it before, that oiar=household is a massive consumer of ice cream! All ofs, except maybe David, who can take it or;-are exceedingly fond of the calorie- and-fat-filled delicious stuff, and I'm probably the worst of the lot. I, eat ice cream as often as I can--and sometimes that'.,/imost every day. I remember'that when I was a little girl, ice cream in the house was,a real treat! Of course, refrigerators in those days had 'only small freezer compartments-- usually having .just enough space for the ice cube trays, so cream to take home was a big deal--it uisually met company, or at least a special occasion, such as.,a birthday. That's not to say we didn't eat a lot of ice cream--we just had it at the drug store's soda fotmtain (remember those?) or a restau- rant. We also had'a place in the town where we lived during my years from 10 to 17 called "Daniels' Dairy Bar"--the hangoJt for all the kids. They had hamburgers, sandwiches and that kind of fare, as well as ice cream. As.I'remember, my friend Martha Ann and I were partictflarly partial to their chocolate milk shakes. Our Saturdfiy morning routine was to show up at Daniels' aroun&l 1, visit a bit, order a sandwich for lunch, and with it,--We'd split a chocolate milk shake. I'd love to know how many times we did that! Bm I'm get!jng off the poim. (I do love to reminisce!) The advent of frozen foods for the American household came after World War II--I think Bird's Eye took giant steps toward developing frozen foods because of the war. Anyway, frozen foods became availableXo the consumer, and,consequently, refrigerators witlT larger and larger freezer compart- ments began to .appear. That, I suppose, is when ice cream became a.."pantry" staple in many households. There was finally someplace to keep it! Not that my mother routinely kept ice cream for me, but we did have it occasionally, and as soon as I had my own household, I tried to see to it that we had ice cream available as often as possible. 'Way back when, people bought ice cream in pints, or perhaps quarts, at best, but it was usually just the amount that the family (or whoever) could eat at one sitting. With the advent of the freezer, however, the half gallon container of ice cream began to show up'in the grocery freezer sections, and it was not unusual to purchase ice cream this way. Of course, like almost every/z. 'ng else, ice cream comes in many qualitie s, rang'rag from ice milk to the high butter-fat premium ice creams which are more fattening, more delicious and more expensive than those which -ff: not top of the line. . So. At our hotise for years, we've usually had a half gallon of ice.cream, usually vanilla (although I'm • quite fond of buffer pecan, and occasionally go for :chocolate), in the freezer. Some years ago--I wish I could remember just when it was, the half gallon, vanilla, although I knew, of course, that it wasn't really quite a half gallon. When I got it home, however, I noticed that the oval cardboard container appeared to be a little different, and as I looked at it more closely, I read that the box contained "1.5 quarts"--in other words, my "half gallon" was reduced by 25 percent, but I was still being charged what I paid for the whole half gallon 'way back there. Again, nobody, either the manufacturer or the store, made any noise--at least that I heard--about the increase in price, which is, of course, exactly what was being handed to the consumer. I've used ice cream as an example, because it's a product that I buy so often. This whole idea, however, of the manufacturer and, of necessity, the subsequent distributor providing fewer ounces or pounds or pints or quarts or whatever it is (notice that I totally ignore metric weights) of a product, yet charging the same price that was charged for the product which originally appeared in a package or jar or box. Personally, I'd much rather have a good honest price increase, so that I could still buy a half-gallon of ice cream or twelve ounces of instant coffee or some familiar quantity of whatever product I wanted--and just pay a little more for it. After all, we now pay twenty or thirty thousand dollars for a car that used to cost three or four thousand! Speaking of cars and price increases, we've had four or five cars that cost more than the first house we ever bought! And we don't drive expensive cars--just nice dependable functioning ones. Why do you suppose any sort of reputable food distribu-tor/manufacturer would believe that we're too dumb to think that grocery items aren't going to increase in price with everything else? Yet that's evidently what's happened,. A side issue to the ice cream discussion is the quality of the ice cream. We've found that as long as we don't buy the dietary, sugar free, fat free ice milk; sorts of frozen dessert, we can't discern a real' -difference in the richness of the product. ("Fat-free ice cream" is an oxymoron!) For instance, after I bought the oval box comaining one and a half quarts of ice cream, I bought a regular rectangualr box which still contains one and three-quarter quarts, and it cost one dollar LESS than the one with the supposedly fancier quality. Yet we couldn't tell a difference in the taste! I remember an advertising class I had in college-- one of the slogans which we learned was "truth in advertising," and I wish that somebody still remembered that honesty is the best policy, even when selling ice cream! After all, we must eat, and few of us have the ability to grow our own food, so we're pretty much dependent on the grocery store, whichever ones we use and wherever they might be. I'd prefer to have items priced for everybody, instead of being lower for those who have the grocery's card, Letters to the editor00:. Readers 'are invited to write Thanks for all the girls and iwhich everybody,still called a half gallon, suddenly, and to be able to see, up from, exactly what I'm became, instead of o,qs,(0and three-quarter paying and for how,much of what I'm paying for. ' i quarts. 9ry little W sai.d abom that by the ice cream- That would be as pleasant and satisfying as a ?; manufacets,"MthOiag]f thequanityw marked on breath of'springtime! : the box, since th9ce tag usually remained the same • (Correction: Last week, I credited Karl Malden : 'as it had been  the box actually contained a half ! with the starring role in the movie "Hoosiers. " I was • gallon of produeFqThat were o n fo r some tipae r ..... " • mistaken, of course--it was Gene Hackman.) money, and also all the beautiful cards I received. I can't close without thanking my Blessed Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, for His love, grace and for saving my soul 52 years ago. I appreciate all the love from every person who remembered me. God bless you always., Dorothy Powers Castlewood CVTimes Deadlines: Editorial copy (birthdays, anniversaries, press releases, calendar items, wedding,s, etc.) 4 p.m. Monday Advertising (classified and display) 12 noon Tuesday letters on :matters of general interest to, the Puh/ic.•'Ldters do not necessarily r, eflaet the philosophy Or editorial 15olicy of this newspaper, which reserves the •right to edit ltters. The Clinch Valley Time"llr not print unsigned letters. To the Editor: May I use your good paper to thank so many peoplo who gave ne a wonderful surprise birth- day party at Gracg. 3aptist Church Saturday, Julyllth. I was 80 years old July tl.;..e J3th. My thanks to my ,rrre,s and nephews, who put it t?er; all my family members xi/ttend- ed; my wonderful cdi fami- ly; some of my classYs from Temple Hill School;'' many other special friends. ?'£'2 Atrial Fibrillation Atrial fibrillation,: as aft& is a common type of arrhythmia, heart beats rapidly and out of normal people, in the United States are affected by this I;' Thersk of afib increases in men with increasing age, as well as in persons with a heart condition or family history of afib, ,. Other potential causes of this condition include high blood-;jsure,; a heart attack, and certain i medications. Signs a'd=symptoms of atrial fibrillation include shortness of breath, :hest pain and weakness. Symptoms may come and go, also known as paroxysmal atnal fibrillation, or, if the condition is chronic, syn}ptoms may persist until treatment is started• Although afib may lead to a stroke or heart failure, medications are available to help prevent complications• Treatment is aimed at controlling heart rate or rhythm, and preventing blood clots. Medications for heart rhythm control include sodium channel blockermedications such as flecainMe (Tambocor) and propafenone (Rhythmol), as well as potassium channel blockers, such as amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), dofetilide (Tikosyn), and ibuti/ide (Corvert). Digoxin (Lanoxin) may be prescribed to help control heart rate. Warfarin (Coumadin) may also be prescribed to help prevent blood clots. "We Now Carry  a Great Selection of $1.00 items! $1 See us for all your health and beauty needs $1 PUBLIC FAX # 276-762-0213 $ SPHS All-Year Reunion is Friday & Saturday, July 24-25 The St. Paul High School informati-on an-'0i-ffii-haven'-t- Alumni Association has spent several months planning a spectacular All-Year Reunion which will be held Friday and Saturda,_J_ulff__2_4_and 25, at the Oxbow Center in St. Paul. All interested persons who haven't received registration yet registered are urged to call Benny Greer Crowder, 276-762- 9657, Suzy Pate Harrison, 276- 762-5544. All SPHS graduates or those who attended St. Paul High School--and their spouses-will be welcome. FREE LIVE CONCERT featuring Kelley Nelson Band Ma & Pa's Friday July 17, 7 prn Bring your lawn chairs! P// I ,*/ \\;, ,"i :.'.* \\;H ' : :€ i[ Ii r, .', ' , ,;•";: 5%: ,;'";' ;',"';, ;; .......... ;'; ,;'"';;';"';';:"7;';FW:'';:'., ,\\; | NEW FEDERAL STUDENT LOAN BENEFITS BECOME EFFECTIVE JULY 1 In 2007, the U.S. Congress approved, with my strong supr port, and the President signed into law a measure making the single largest investment in college financial aid since the 1944 GI Bill, helping millions of students and families pay for college. Among its many pro- visions, the College Cost Re- duction and Access Act provides for cutting in half the interest rates on need-based federal student loans by 2011, and on July 1, new benefits go into effect that will make student loan payments more manageable for millions of Americans• The benefits include: • Cheaper interest rates on need-based federal student loans: On July 1, the interest rates on subsidized federal student loans will decrease from 6 percent to 5.6 percent. This is the second of four annual cuts in this interest rate; it will continue to drop until it reaches 3.4 per- cent in 2011. • Reasonable and afford- able monthly college loan pay- ments for borrowers: Also on July 1, a new Income-Based Repayment program will go into effect that caps borrowers' monthly loan payments at just 15 percent of their discretionary income (15 percent of what a borrower earns above 150 percent of the poverty level for their family size). Any current or future borrower whose loan payment exceeds 15 percent of their discretionary income is eligible. After 25 years in the program, borrowers' debt will be completely forgiven. • Higher Pell Grant sch- olarships that cover the average tuition at public universities: Due to funding provided by the College Cost Reduction and Access Act as well as the American Recovery and Rein- vestment Act the maximum Pell Grant scholarship for the 2009- 2010 school year will be $5350 - more than $600 above last year's award. 0 In addition, students aad borrowers will be able to continue to take advantage :f other recent programs enacts! under the law that will make it easier for graduates to go into public service fields while grap- pling with student debt. TO encourage more students to bl- come teachers, the law provides up-front tuition assistance, known as TEACH Grants, of $4,000 per year - for a maximum of $16,000 - to students who commit to teaching high need subject areas in high. need schools for four years after graduation. ". Recent surveys also show students' interest in public service jobs is surging. Grad: uates who enter into publi service careers, such as teacher; public defenders and prosecq7 tors, firefighters, nurses, non profit workers and more, will b'e eligible for complete loan foN giveness after 10 consecutive years of public service and loan payments.  . Families and individuals to'- day too often face tremendou financial burdens in order to p@ the costs of a higher educationi and for too many a hig education is simply unafford' able. Yet in today's glob.a! economy, a college degree qs more important to one's succes than ever before and constitut an essential starting point t many career choices and voca- tions. For these reasons, one of my highest priorities is making college more affordable for Southwest Virginia's students. Throughout my service ;.ia Congress I have strongly sup- ported measures to increase federal funding for student loah and grant programs. I was pleased to support the Colleg Cost Reduction Act in 2007, ahl I am now pleased that thes benefits become effective July I. LIFE IS A MARATHON "Where is God by Rev. Philip K. Cooper On Sunday, June 5, I passed out at church. No, it wasn't the Pastor's sermon that,did it. So I spentflve days in Holston Valley Hospital, Kings- port, being tested for every- thing--brain (they found out I had one, heart (have one of those, too, blood (I don't have as much as I had before going there), etc., etc. On the second day, Monday, I learned why God had allowed this. During ultrasound tests for clots, I shared the message of salvation with one of the nurses and she received Jesus as her personal Savior. "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Romans 10-14 KJV) So the experience turned out to be glorious for her and an indescribable blessing for me as well. I have something to say about the treatment I received there. No, even moreso about the people who gave it, and believing that they care for everyone as they cared for me. Every one of the staff, from the doctors, nurses, specialists in testing, volunteers, even the cleaning lady Mary, who was elated when I remembered her name--they all were wonderful. Even the blood takers who I asked twice to leave in the middle of the night so I could get some sleep were delightful. If resting in the hospital is being awakened at midnight and 4:30 a.m. for blood, then there's another meaning to entering God's rest in Hebrews 4. On the fourth day, a precious cardiac nurse, Cindy, with whom we attend church, dis' covered the probable solution during a special test she had asked the doctor to order• Blood pressure can drop dramatically when standing up suddenly• So I have to be careful to be fully hvdrated (drink nlentv of fluids) for I had been fasting without food or water that Sunday. And 1 am ordered by the doctors and nurses, including wife Ruth, RN, to slow down. How often have we who afe.l?n_n_'ln years MOTORISTS: Stop for Pedestrians in the Library Crosswalk-- It's the law! in all of" 9" mls. heard that? More importantly is the fact that I was every moment in e hands of the Master, my SaviOr Yeti HaMashiach, Jesu] the Messiah, in Whose hand I shall forever abide• "' Jesus said, in John 10:2: "And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never peristl, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." ' And in verse 29: "My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all, and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand." What about you? Have you trusted Jesus to that extent? (Rev. Philip K. Cooper is Founder and President o/ Mara-thon Ministries serving the poor in Appalachia and worldwide. Mail: p.o. Box 771, Castle-wood, VA 24224; Phone 276- 762-23 78; webs#e: www.mara thonministry, org.) 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