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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, July 30, 2009 Of shoes..and Do you remember Megatrends, the best seller by James Naisbitt? 4 think it was published in the early 80s. The premise of the book was a discussion of the life changes wligh we could expect from the techno- logy which, even' that long ago, ,was threatening to engulf us. To 'describe what he felt would be neces- sary to deal witff the huge differences we would face, Naisbitt coined",tfi.e phrase "high tech, high touch," meaning that theSmore sophisticated the technology, the more intense:should be the human contact, ex- planation and tmderstanding that accompanied it as we humans got iased to the whole idea of these new ways of doing things. The premise, as I remember it (I read the book,-but don't recall details), is that the advent of high technology was going to make every- body's life a lot-easier, and would give each of us a lot more leisure time to read, to be with family and friends and perhaps to meditate. Or whatever. I don't know'iabout you, but:it doesn't seem to me that it's all worked out like Mr. Naisbitt envisioned it. Just to be sure' tlaat we're on the same page, we're talking about computers (desktop and laptop), cellular telephones--inciuding iPhones, blackberries (I know these are related to cell phones, but I don't know the extent of the "relationship", pagers (do they still use pagers?), iPods, DVD and Blue Ray players, digital everythings, and heaven only knows how many other technological miracles and/or gadgets are out there ships..and sealing wax..by Ann Young Gregory H00gh tech, high touch? train (andmissed seeing the train up ahead or the information that it was there)--that person was texting at the lime of the crash. Many saw a recent Interstate wreck on TV which involved a van with a texting driver which ran into the back of another van (or maybe it was a pickup truck). Texting is another of the new things thal e have no interest in learning--I can barely make a qlor on my cell phone. I mentioned celts ahones and St. Paul--we've been promised a cellular ha,'ver for several years, and one is in the works in wn Hills. I understand another is planned for Gray Hit! Each is being (or will be) built by a different comPcy. The Verizon tower, the one in West Hills, was origisaally scheduled to be working by now, but a series of delays has moved up the active date until sometime in August. I will continue to hope, but Won't hold my breath. I'm certain that we all agree, however, that it's a little annoying to have to pay for having a cell phone--but not to be able to use it unless we leave town. Of course I can use my computer at the office, and at home, and I can send and receive e-mail (on the computer), but I can't do anything very exotic on my computer. I can work my personal DVD player--and I love it. I can make a call on my cell phone, but can do nothing else with it, and, in fact, feel it's inappropriate to take pictures with a phone. However, I do have one high tech gadget that I can't understand at all, but I with which I'm totally unfamiliar. Please understand, can make it work, and I absolutely love it. A very } that's not to suggest that I'm totally familiar with" dear--and extravagant--friend gave it to me for my many--if any--of ,the high tech things I mentioned birthday. It's a Kindle--when I first learned of it, some above! (One of those is the phrase "3G network." I months ago, I researched it, and wrote about it here, finally looked that up on the Intemet and found that it means Intemational Mobile Telecommunications Third Generation. Now if I could only find out what THAT means !) Somehow, and this is something I have absolutely no understanding about, but somehow, the advent of the cell phone which not only allows us to talk to each other, but also tr'take pictures (?) and text (also ?) has . made it impossible for many of us to last for ten minutes without being m personal touch with somebody. I don't know if all these people are talking to family members or friends, but if you're out in public (somewhere other than in St. Paul, of course), you're bound to see at least fifty percent of the people around you with their cell phones glued to their ears, or both of their hands on their phones "texting." I won't even get into Twitter and the accompanying but had never seen one until I opened the package from my friend. It's an electronic book. It-measures about four by seven inches, is not more than one- quarter of an inch thick, and it can hold 1500 books. The books (at present, 300,000 titles are available) can be purchased, at $10 or less each, from Amazon.corn, which is the origin of the Kindle. My Kindle--and my credit card--are registered with_ _Amazon. To buy a book, I click on the "Wireless On,: icon, select my book, click "Buy" and within one minute (you read that right), the book is stored in my Kindle and is ready to read. That's real magic! = The Kindle has a variety of text sizes, helpful for older eyes, and it even has a feature which will read the book out loud to you if, for some reason, that's desirable! The Wireless/Buy/download feature is absolutely incredible, and I don't think anybody in the tweeting, since I have hardly a clue about any of that. world would be able to explain to me how that works. Nor, I hasten to add, do I want to. Anyway, how did  I've learned, however, just as I did when I got my first civilizat---ion in the United States (and maybe; computer, that you don't have to know how it works everywhere, for all I know) manage to survive during "to use it. the last three or four thousand years without having a A follow up Naisbitt book, High Tech High means of instant communication with everybody in its Touch, evidently reaches the conclusion that rather ( pocket or on its belt or in its purse? I can't imagine than freeing us from many of the cares of everyday what they all find to talk about! work and life, technology has made slaves of us, and And s-eakin of textin a "ust released stud - we now feel that we're required to do many things ' P g ;, J - .y . . , h t textm while drivln that dldn t even exmt to do twen five ears o At :- from Virginia Tech revealed t a " g " " " g, . , ty- y ag . != makes one twentY=thr_ee times mor likely to crash the same time we ve become so dependent upon " than if" one were 'viag,daunk[o'b-tmt s =amazln., high, tech, , we ve gwen up high touch since there _ le ak wreck (I think it was lsn t time to have leisure contact with friends while .__member the recent Amtr . kee in | Amtrak--anyway, it was a train) which killed twenty- !  g up the maddening high tech pace.. , | five people? Theoerson who was in charge of the Do you supple this is progress? . [ ..... ll.A .................................. I I " I "1 .... I  ..... I' " ............ " .......... editro Letters to the oeo Readers are in,ted to write letters on matters of general interest to. the pub.lie. 'Letters do not necessarily reflect the philosophy or editorial policy of this newspaper, which reserves theright to edit letters. The Clinch Valley Times will" not print unsigned letters. To the Editor: Thank you! We would like to express our many thanks to all .the busi- nesses for their grea-gupport. Also we would liketb [hank the Fair Association, Casflewood Rescue and Fire Departmem, radio stations, TV,. rwspapers and to all the singers,at came. Special thanks to * Donald Harding, Mike Mullins-and the others for taking Care of the sound system. We greatly want to .'{hank all the people that came and sup- ported the singing. . We certainly hope it was a "blessing" to each .and every one. Without all, we w'ld not be able to carry this great Work on. If it's the Lord' will, we hope to see you all next'year. May God bless each and every one. Castlewood 23rd Annual Gospel Singing To the Editor: Summer vacation is over and it's back to school time. As an educator for 28 years, I would like to offer parents a few tips on preparing your primary school child to excel in school. First, make it clear to your child that disobedience is not an option. The best students are almost always the most well behaved. Good behavior begins in the home, not at school. Not even the best teachers can dis- ipline a child who comes from a home not already respectful of adult authority. Teaching and learning are virtually impossible at school without cooperation. Second, work on indepen- ence. Give your child some responsibilities at home. Have him clean up his toys, carry his plate from tile table after dinner, and zip his own zipper. A child who comes to school already accustomed to accepting adult assignments will have fewer problems accepting assignments from teachers. Third, limit the amount of television and video games. Watching television requires nothng more than keeping your eyes pen. Spend that time read- ng a story or working on a project with your child. Learn- ing involves questions, answer- To the'Editor: This poem was given to me by a treasured friend on July 26, 2009 at my 90 t year celebration. I want to share the poem with all of my friends and thank them for sharing that special day with me. Thanks to all of you treasured friends. A FRIEND IS A TREASURE A friend is a treasure, A friend is someone we turn to When our spirits need a lift. A friend is someone we ing questions, memorizing and transferring what you learned to paper or through actions. Last, if and when your child's teacher reports a problem, give the teacher the benefit of the doubt. Most teachers are com- mired to giving every child a chance to be the best. We must work in partnership to touch base frequently. Parents are the first and most important teachers. The more involved you are, the better your child's chances of getting a good education. Greg Goodson Wise Primary Teacher Wise To the Editor: Cash for Clunckers: I hope when you read this letter that you will realize that you are too older cat to be scrached by a kitten. Our government is going to pay 4500 dollars for your clunker. The dealership is going to match treasure, For our friendship is a gift. A friend is someone who fills our lives, With beauty, joy and grace And makes the world we live in A better and happier place. Josie Tudor St. Paul Wise County cook, serve, and store your feast wile protecting against food- Sheriff's Report borneil00oss Sleep Disorders (Item The Wise County Sheriff's 549T, free). Everyone struggles Office reports the following to get some shut-eye now and activities for the period of then. But if you're consistently 7/13/2009 through 7/19/2009. unable to fall asleep, it might be Wise Central Dispatch received a time to learn about some com- total of 1,435 calls for this seven- mon sleep problems and day period. Of the total calls treatment options. received 354 were dispatched to How to Maintain Your the Sheriff's Office. Total num- Tires (Item 595T, free). As the ber of Domestic calls for this period was 28. Criminal Process for the same period served 27 Felony Warrants, 74 Misdemean- or Warrants, 4 DUI Arrest and that. Only if you trade for a new one or program car. 9000 dollar worked 4 Traffic Accident. Civil trade in. Can you write such a process for this period served word as "whoopie" If you are 519 Civil Papers. During this going to trade try paying a cash seven-day period 20 additional difference. No, it must be Criminal Investigations were financed. What does that mean. initiated and 25 were cleared by With economy in the shape its in arrest. The Sheriff's Office and growing worse that means provided 198 man-hours of Court next year you will probably be Room Security for the three walking and wishing you had courts. your clunker back. The only The Sheriff's Office tran- thing your government is going sported 0 adult in state, 0 adult to give you is money they have out of state, 2 mental patient, and borrowed from some other 0 juveniles for a total of 2 country. Take time to smell the transports, involving 7 hours. roses. The Sheriff's Office unlocked Jessie Jones 2 vehicles and escorted 7 Castlewood, VA funerals during this seven-day period. Caplt( Commentary MINIMUM WAGE RISES TO $7.25 ON JULY 24 Increase Represents the Final Step in Three Step Minimum Wage Increase In 2007, Congress approved and the President signed into law legislation, of which I was a co- sponsor, to significantly increase the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour over two years. In July 2007, the minimum wage increased from $5.15 to $5.85 an hour, and in July 2008 the federal minimum wage increased from $5.85 to $6.55 an hour. This year, the minimum wage increases from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour. Americans who work hard and play by the rules should be able to earn enough to provide for their families. For ten years the minimum wage was frozen at $5.15 an hour, a wage far too low to provide for the needs of a family, as gas prices, food costs and health insurance costs con- tinued to rise. This represented the longest period in the history of the minimum wage law that minimum wage workers failed to receive an increased wage. Raising the minimum wage to $7.25 will provide an additional $4,400 per year for families of the minimum wage workers. The increase in the minimum wage will benefit more than 12 million workers nationwide either directly or indirectly as a result of a new wage floor, including nearly 500,000 workers in Virginia. Nationwide, 3.1 million parents will benefit from the increase. Increasing the minimum wage is a key step in working to strengthen the economy for all Americans, and I am pleased that the final phase of the minimum wage increase has now gone into effect. Congressman Boucher announces U.S. House approval of federal funding for UVA WISE -$150, 000 Federal Appropriation Will Provide a State-of-the-Art Communications System for the University- U.S. Representative Rick Boucher announced that, at his urging, the U.S. House of Repre- sentatives has approved a federal appropriation in the amount of $150,000 for UVa-Wise to re- place the college's aging analog telephone system with a new, state-of-the-art communications system utilizing Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP). The measure awaits Senate approval and signature by the President. "The federal funds will en- able UVa-Wise to purchase and install a new communications system using the most up-to-date communications technology. The new VOIP system will pro- vide the college with more reli- able phone service, enhanced messaging capabilities, telecom- ferencing services and greater distance learning opportunities." Boucher said. With the benefit of the federal funding, UVa-Wise will install a VOIP system to replace the current aging analog tele- phone system at the college. The telephone system will utilize the broadband network to provide Locker rentals for St. Paul High School students will be allowed to rent lockers for classroom use on Wednesday, July 29, Thursday, Free Consumer Information Catalog travel season begins, expect to put more miles on your tires. Find out how to get the most use out of them with these tips on proper care including inflation, rotation, and check-ups. Building Financial Freedom (Item 632% free). In an uncertain economy, it's vital to have a handle on your finances. Use this publication to learn about ways to develop or improve your savings and investment strategies. 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"I am pleased that the U.S. House of Representatives has agreed to my request to fund the new VOIP telecommunications System at UVa-Wise. Students. and faculty will broadly benefit from the enhanced telecommun- ications services," Boucher con- eluded. SPHS students July 30 and Friday, July 31 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon only. The lock rental fee is $5.00 and may be paid in the office. All students are required to rent a locker Eighth and ninth grade students are required to share lockers with a friend that lS in the same grade level. Boys and girls are not allowed to share together. Any student who attends St. Paul High School is encouraged to come by the office on these dates to rent a locker. If you have any questions, please call Twilia Gullett @ 762- 5221. Clinch Valley Times i MEMBER q VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. Paul VA 24283, by the CLINCI= VALLEY PUBLISHIN( CO., INC. 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