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~' ~ge 2~(~LINCH VALLEY TIMES; Stl'~ Paul, VA, Thursday, July 261 2012 ships and sealing wax by A Young Gregory The NCAA Everybody who has the slightest interest in member of any organization which could even college athletics knows that "NCAA" stands for remotely be considered to be subject to NCAA National Collegiate Athletics Association. That's the jurisdiction!) To restart that last sentence: take, for organization, founded in 1906, which exists, according to its website, to "provide a level playing field" for the nation's more than 400,000 student athletes. The NCAA has been known, however, to hand down pronouncements of punishment which affect innocent student athletes negatively. Take the most recent example. On Monday, the NCAA handed down several rulings which affect Pennsylvania State University so devastatingly that at least one sports commentator suggested that the school--at least its storied football program--may not get Qver the punishment for years. Penn State, of course, has been at the center of the recent chaos created when a former player who is now an assistant football coach reported that he had witnessed former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky abusing children in the Penn State football locker room. Furthermore, he said that he had reported the behavior to the late Joe Paterno, the long time venerated football coach at Penn State, but that nothing had been done. The whole thing generated a study by the school's administration, which issued a blistering report--it didn't spare even the administration itself. To make a long story short, the statue of Coach Paterno was removed. The Board of Trustees fired the school's president. The NCAA, in its scathing report which levied a $60 million fine against Penn State, also vacated a total of 112 of Patemo's football victories at the school. (Interestingly, neither will the Penn State opponents of those 112 vacated victory games be credited with wins. Each of those games will evidently go down in the record books as having no winner.) The number of football scholarships the school can give annually was cut from 25 to 15 for four years, and there will be no bowl games for Penn State for at least four years. Among the Big Ten's punishments ig the fact that Penn State is not eligible to hold a championship for four years. example, my freshman year as a student at the University of Kentucky proved to be a grave disappointment in ofae area, even though I had known ahead of time that such would be the case Now UK was, is and probably always shall be known for the excellent quality and success of its basketball program. Anyone who was raised in Kentucky by UK-oriented parents (I call it "being raised right") knows that a ticket to a UK basketball game is something to be sought after and, once in hand, valued! UK students, of course, gain admission to UK basketball without (at least in those days) the burden of having to wait in line for tickets, or paying outlandish prices to scalpers. We've done both of those things ad alums and neither is much fun. That freshman year to which I referred (1952-53) was the one from which the NCAA "stole" the basketball season--not because of those who were playing at the time (Cliff Hagan, Frank Ramsey, Lou Tsiropolous and company--have no idea how to spell Lou's name and couldn't find it) but because of the sins of a few which had occurred several years earlier. So we who were students at UK that year had to make do and be satisfied with two Blue-White scrimmages, which even though they weren't critical, packed Memorial Coliseum (this was 'way before Rupp Arena had been built). So even though the NCAA did its best to punish the UK basketball program, its efforts were not effective in downing the spirit of either the UK basketball Wildcats or their fans--not only on the campus, but also throughout the state :and beyond. So--in that case, the student athletes who bore the brunt of the punishment were innocent as the driven snow, while the ones who had been fiesponsible for the sins which brought on the sanctions went scot- free. Sometimes, there is no justice, NCAA or otherwise. There was a further repercussion of the NCAA's elimination of the 1952-53 basketball season The NCAA, while not possessing the authority of for the UK Wildcats. The 1953-54 players, who a court of law, has enormous power when it comes to composed Coach Adolph Rupp,s only undefeated regulating the athletic activities of its member team in his 42 years at UK, were invited to the NCAA colleges and Universities. The NCAA's membership Tournament, but those who were seniors (whose is composed of the presidents of the institutions "normal" final year of eligibility would have been which are regulated by the NCAA. While that may played during the 1952-53 season which the NCAA sound slightly inbred, it doesn't seem to work that had canceled) were not allowed to play. Conse- way, and its punishments are, it seems to me, more quently, the team voted to reject the invitation. often interpreted as harsh rather than light. So while it's probably quite necessary to have Even though the NCAA exists, according to its some sort of governing body in place to make the own purpose or whatever it's called, for the benefit of determinations when something goes awry in sports, student athletes, its pronouncements sometimes seem, it's unfortunate that sometimes, the innocent are the at least to me, to inflict the opposite effect. Take, for ones who are punished, since the perpetrators have example (and I know this one well, since I can be probably gone on and graduated (or left school) by the considered something of a victim of it. Be assured, time the broken rules are uncovered. So we need the, First annual Cooks and Books event July 28 Friends of J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library and St. Paul Tomorrow, Inc. have teamed up to present the first annual Cooks and Books event on Saturday, July 28 at the Farmers' Market Pavilion in downtown St. Paul. Area caterers, restaurants and wineries will offer tastings of specialties and customer favor- ites. Wine tastings will be of- fered by Mountain Rose Vine- yard and Coltsfoot Winery. Food tastings will be pro- vided by The Tavern on Main in Wise, Mr. Rose Vineyard, S&C Catering, The Lyttle Farm of Copper Ridge and other local favorites. Authors from around the region will be on hand to sell and sign their books. A great Silent Auction will be held with items donated by Adrianna Trigiani, Lee Smith, Joanne Fluke and much more! Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the programs offered at the Library and also The Clinch River Farmers' Market. We hope you will join us from 4-6 pm on Saturday, July 28 for some fun featuring some of the area's finest. Advance tickets are $20; day of the event $25; which includes admission and tastings. Ticket Outlets: Bailey Hardware, 3041 5th Ave St. Paul, VA online at www.stpaulfriendsoffhelibrary.w and dsofJ.Fred Matthews Memorial Library Contact friendso for more information. Look at the great list of authors who will gather for Cooks and Books on Saturday, July 28 at the St. Paul Farmers' erary magazines throughout the South. She has received more than fifteen writing prizes, in- cluding a James Still Award for Poetry. Ms. Bryan is a native of Wise County and resides near St. Paul. Lorena Kiser is the author of Poker, Prayer, and, Garden Wars, a lighthearted romance that also examines a special re- lationship between a young wo- man and her grandmother. Ms. Kiser lives in Castlewood and this is her first novel. Gary Kwapisz worked in the graphic novel field .for 15 years, drawing for almost every comic book publisher and characters ranging from Conan to Harvey Pekar. He has also illustrated books and worked in movies. He is now getting back to comics after 10 years with his new civil war graphic novel, Civil War Adventure. He lives at the base of the Clinch Mountain in SW VA with three generations of Kwapisz women, and more animals than he cares to acknowledge. Gary's daughter, Hannah, will be with him at Cooks and Books sharing her photography of SW VA, Ireland and England. Doris Musick, Appalachian novelist, is the author of The Starched Apron, Come Saturday, Up the Water Spout and First Ten Chapters. She formed her own company, MtnValy Publish- ing, and continues to write for COUNTRY Magazine. In 2011, she was inducted into the Rus- sell County Women's Hall of Fame. Doris resides in a se- cluded section of Russell County with her husband, Larry. Jerry VeneiU considers him- self to be a storyteller rather than a writer. He is an author and playwright with two published books of mountain tales in the Appalachian dialect. The books, Old Jonah's Book of Tales and Old Jonah's Book of Tall Tales, are collections of the stories he tells as the re-enactor of histor- ical figures Old Jonah, Amos Skillet and others. He has also performed on the stage at Barter Theatre, Horn of the West, and Trail of the Lonesome Pine. His cookbook is entitled A Tetch of This and a Dab of That. Jerry was born and raised in SW VA and currently lives in Tazewell County. Linda Hudson Hoagland of Tazewell, VA has won acclaim for her novels, short stories, essays and poems. Many of her works have been published in: Market Pavilion: anthologies such as Cup of Comfort, along with the publica-i Neva Bryan is the author Of tion of laer five' mystery novels, St. Peter's Monsters, a novel of six nonfiction books and short romantic suspense, and Sawmill Boys, a collection of poetry and short fiction. Her poems and short stories are published in lit- UVa-Wise to story collection. Some of her- titles include Quilted Memories, Death by Computer and The, Little Old Lady Next Door. James Campbell is living in Tazewell County and fulfilling his dream as a fiction writer. His " however, that I've never been personally involved as a NCAA--but hey, guys--sometimes you need to cool it! offer PMP first novel, Luther'sMule, is . "1 . " now in its fourth printing and. th dlt sule placed near the Tazewell i Letters to e e or preparation County Courthouse. His current . certification was included in the Time Cap-. writings portray life in the : ~ 7 ."--'ii~ "feel good" ambience of having die class, even as our economy not defending coal executives; mountains of SW VA in the mid" Keaaers are mwted to write corn osed of a mixed :11 .Keaaers are mwt Lte[~ committees p continues to sputter, he's looking out for our jobs, our course 1900,s for the Duncan family in '1 !etters on matters of general ] membership, I believe that al- :] interest to the public. Letters I' though town employees may The whole debate is driven economy and our future. He The University of Virginia's Ida Mac: Moonshine, Money & by alarmists who believe the pro- Understand that our energy needs College at Wise is offering pro- Misery and In Her Sister's :l do not necessarily reflect the [ legally work with committees as paganda about "global warming" must be met using a variety of fessionals an opportunity to take Shadow. The final episode will 7i [ philosophy or editorial [: staff and as advisers, they may and "climate change" that has sources going forward. One of advantage of the Project Mana- be Granny's Justice. ) I policy "ot: this news a er ] not participate as equal members been dominating discussions these sources will continue to be, , i: ] tn u.s f .p! p.'r, I without crossing a line that about our energy future, c0al for a good time to come. To gement Professional certifica- -zi wmcn reserves me right to I should not be crossed ~'l edit letters. The Clinch [. In conclusion, l ask the Town The science is not settled think otherwise is to ignore tion preparation course begin- Clinch about man-made climate change, reality ning August 27 through 31 at the Valley Tunes wilt nbt-'iMnt I Council to re-visit its re-organi- as some would have you believe. Proud to be a coal miner s Southwest Virginia Technology z E: ~ "i ,m ionacl . 1, zation and establish committees In fact, ice core samples suggest daughter, Development Center in Leb- Valley ~:i! -'-'~ " / t i::." I! whose formal membership is that warming causes CO2 levels Connie Banner anon. :-'To the Editor" - : limited to council members. To to rise and not the reverse. Castlewood The five-day certification Times !i I write to express mv treat avoid deadlocks because of ties, As measured in ice core a ~,~;, ~ ~'~,every committee should be samples,' dated over thousands of To the Editor: preparation course is designed to MEMBER introduce participants to the con- 'VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION ~ction's~ tal~en "b'y'" tk"e' new~ composed of an odd numLt~In years, CO2 levels move up and On Friday, July 20, President cepts of Project Management as ~nstalled Town Council at its tlae case of the tJo down AFTER the temperature Obama directed that all United Secent meeting As one who had Revitalization Committee which has done so; thus these changes States flags be flown at half staff defined by the Project Maria- Published weekly in St. Paul, Some hope that the elections has' no council . membership in CO2 levels are the result of, until sunset on July 25 to honor cement Institute, the accredita- VA 24283, by the CLINCH ~aight bring a greater thought except the mayor, its status as NOT the cause of, global warm- the victims of the senseless vio- tion body for project manage- VALLEY PUBLISHING o-- - urel advisory body needs to be ing and cooling. .fulness to the process of local P y lence in Aurora. The directive ment. It will also fulfill the re- CO INC. igovernment, I also express mv formally established. I mso miim The sun is a major cause of was intended both as a gesture of quirement of 35 contact hours of The Clinch Valley Times ~lisappointment at the apparent it might be race to ,have more temperature variation on the respect for the people who were project management education serves the four-county area of lailure to consider the rami- tlaan one memoer WhO actuany earth's surface as it constantly killed, and as a public expression needed to take the certification. Wise, Russell, Dickenson and Scott, with offices and plant located in the CLINCH ~ications of council actions, lives downtown, goes through radiation changes, of the country's communal loss Additionally the class will cover :,~ According to your front page Sincerely, ~k'hen the sun warms the earth it at such a tragedy. Irticle and my copy of the draft Hugh F. O'Donnell causes the oceans to expel more Although St. Paul has a pie- the prerequisites to become cert- ~inutes of the July 2 meeting, CO2. This is a scientific fact thora of flags and flag sites, both ified and how to register to sit [he Board made several appoint- To the Editor: borne out by evidence, not by a public and private, secular and for ~e PM]a-exam." - ments to several cortimittees. AConcerning Coal computer model created with a religious, I am. sorry to report PM certification is the pro- ~haracteristic of most of theThe EPA's decision to specific, agenda-driven outcome that as of Monday July 23, I fession's most globally recog- ~ommittees is they have a classify carbon dioxide as a pol- in mind. " could find only one institution nized and respected certification ~blended" membership ie. they lutant is an attack on coal min- Since we actually know so who complied with the presi- credential. This certification pry- are composed of members who ing, affordable energy produc- little about the Earth's climate dent's request and lowered the are council members and other tion, and on the economic well- and its behavior over time, the flag. 6aembers who are either Town being of every hard-workingEPA's decision seems wrong- Iwant to thank Hardee's for ~mployees or in thel Case of the American. If allowed to stand, headed' and premature. The doing what was asked. In terms Downtown RevitalizatiOn Com- this decision and the resulting economic consequences of this of the inaction of others, I have mittee, primarily private citizens. }egulations will effect everyone's leap will negate any "recovery" no explanation, and reach no and 'impose an undue burden on firm conclusions. The ceremonial Although these appointments ability to pay their electric bill ~vere apparently taken without and will result in higher prices ~auch discussion and no dissent, everywhere in our economy. e composition of'these com- CO2 is not a pollutant, it's m~ttees is obviously problematic, what we breathe out every time ~nder the law and the Townwe breathe. It's a natural part of charter, responsibility for the, our environment that's been on government of the i town rests our planet since its birth. qxclusively in those people who By choosing to do this, the were chosen by the voters. That responsibility cannot', be dele- gated or evaded by~;~expanding t[ae membership of committees to include as membe[s people Whom the voters did.~ol select. I also think there is risk of conflict of interest committees. Although I EPA is implementing through regulation the agenda that Con- cress rejected on a bipartisan basis when they voted against "Cap & Trade". In doing so, this government - which claims to be looking out for the middle class - those who can least afford it, not leadership of the Town of St. to mention the negative effect it Paul seems to have time to insure will have on the already horrible that flowers are watered and unemployment picture. Morgan Griffith gets his photo For example, an independent opportunity. I do wonder why no survey by Virginia Tech shows time or energy could be allocated that the new power plant in St. to this slight gesture of sen- Paul would generate $258.5 mil- sitivity to great human loss. lion in economic activity for the region, and would result in 528 jobs - mostly in mining and trucking. The EPA's overzealous regulations will undo all that and worse. Some have criticized Morgan Sincerely, Hugh F. O'Donnell PAWS meets every third ] Thursday of the month, 6 I pm at the Oxbow Center. , paration course will be instruc- ted by Gary Hamilton, a leading expert in project management. Hamilton holds numerous de- grees and certification in IT ma- nagement, and project manage- ment including: an advanced MBA degree in finance, and PgMP,PMP,PMI-RMP , ITIL-F, and SSGB. The cost for the certification preparation is $1,299 including lunch, refreshments and all cou- rse materials. For more informa- tion or to register, call 276.880.8180 or visitthe website at a ~gli risk of in,auch mixed appreciate the has ensured that the cost of electricity will impose a harsh burden on the poor and the mid- Griffith and his colleagues for "defending a handful of coal executives." Morgan Griffith is ~ Classified advertising works call 762-7671 VALLEY TIMES building, 16541 Russell Street. Perio- dicals postage is paid at the Post Office in St. Paul, VA 24283. Ann Young Gregory Editor Allen Gregory Advertising Susan Trent Adv./Graphics ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS: In advance: $28.50 in Wise and Russell counties; $30.00 in other 24- zip codes; elsewhere, $32.50. 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