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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, July 31, 2014 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax.. by Ann Young Gregory What it was... Reprinted from July 12, 2012 Everybody of a certain age more than likely will remember that their introduction to Andy Griffith was through hearing "What It Was Was Football..." (In case you have never heard it, or would like to hear it again, you can Google it--the entire recording is online.) It's fun to hear again, whether you heard it last week or 50 years ago. It was first recorded in 1953, and the text later appeared in Mad Magazine (remember it?) With sales of close to 900,000 copies, "What It Was Was Football" is, to this day, one of the biggest comedy records of all time. When I heard that Andy Griffith had died Tuesday, July 3, at age 86, I thought of the hundreds--maybe thousands--of hours of entertainment he provided to us all through The Andy Griffith Show and, later, Matlock. I suppose there are some people who didn't watch either of those programs--there are some, after all, who still don't watch television (although I doubt that there are nearly as many of those as those who profess to be non- watchers as they'd have us believe!) Although known primarily for television, Andy Griffith also starred as Will Stockdale in "No Time For Sergeants," both on Broadway and in the movie. Both were taken from the 1954 novel by Mac Hyman. The Broadway production co-starred Myron McCor-mick, and in a small part, Don Knotts made his Broadway debut (as Corporal Manual Dexterity). When Phyllis, my college roommate, and I went to New York in 1956 (my one and only visit to The Big Apple), we saw the play. I still remember parts of it. Backing up just a bit, I can't remember if I've told you that on subject of television generally, I'm of the right age still to consider television to be akin to a kind of magic. I was about 13 when I saw television for the first time. We lived in Paintsville, Kentucky, and I was in the Big Sandy Drugstore one afternoon when I saw that the--apparently--progressive druggist had pur- chased a television set, had it connected (probably with some kind of antenna on the roof of the building) and it was tuned to WSAZ, Huntington. As far as I know, that trailblazing television station, which was the only one close enough to get a signal to us, is still going strong. The Andy Griffith Show, broadcast first on October 3, 1980, concluded Aprill, 1968. Reruns continue to be available to this day, and will probably be around for years to come. TV Guide calls the program the ninth best television show in history, The Andy Griffith Show was never ranked lower than seventh in the Nielsen rat- ings, and, it went out with a symbolic bang, ranked, as it was, number one at its close. Andy Grifflth's role was that of Andy Taylor, sheriff of Mayberry, North Carolina (apparently quite similar to Griffith's own hometown of Mount Airy, NC). Mount Airy boasts a statue of the television icon--actu- ally, the statue is of Andy and Opie Taylor (aka Ron Howard), and it stands outside the Andy Griffith Museum. Don Knotts was the unforgettable deputy, Barney Fife. (Many are aware that a Bristol resident named David Bropvning is licensed by the Andy Griffith organization to perform as "The Mayberry Deputy"-- he's been featured at several Clinch River Festivals). Frances Bavier was Aunt Bee, Jim Nabors was Gomer; George Lindsey was Goober. Other characters and the actors who played them included Thelma Lou (Betty Lynn); Howard Sprague (Jack Dodson); Otis Campbell (Hal Smith); Clara Edwards (Hope Summers); Emmett Clark (Paul Hartman); Floyd the Barber (Howard McNear); Helen Crump (Aneta Corsaut); Ellie Walker (Elinor Donahue); Briscoe Darling (Denver Pyle); Deputy Warren Ferguson (Jack Bums); and Ernest T. Bass (Howard Morris). There were dozens more, of course, but these are the ones who will probably be rec- ognized by almost everyone who ever saw an episode of the program which included them. If you haven't seen one or more of them up 'til now, just keep watch- ing, and they'll show up. Another Andy Griffith triumph was Matlock, a later program in which he portrayed a Harvard,trained and Atlanta-based defense attorney. In true Perry Mason fashion, Matlock not only defended his clients success- fully, but always (almost always?) managed to pin the crime on the guilty party. This program aired on NBC from September, 1986, til May, 1992, and then on ABC from November, 1992, until May, 1995. There can be no question but that The Andy Griffith Show has become part of the American culture. Names of characters and towns, particularly memorable episodes, the very availability of the program, have integrated the whole Mayberry scene into the main- stream of America. While Matlock was a great pro- gram--I still watch reruns when I come across them--it hasn't made the same sort of impression on us as the original program. While neither Andy Griffith nor The Andy Griffith Show was ever awarded an Emmy, Don Knotts and Frances Bavier between them took six of the television awards home. If the television industry had allowed the public to vote on this prestigious award, I'll bet the pro- gram would have amassed a trophy-case filled with them! While most of the television-viewing population of the country was saddened by last Tuesday's news of the passing of Andy Griffith, our generation, our children, their children and who knows how many other genera- tions can continue to enjoy the wonder-fully entertain- ing--and moral--episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. There aren't too many series which merit such longevi- ty, but this one has already proved that it has what it takes to be in for the long haul! What it was--was great fun to watch! Why incumbents keep:getting reelected by Lee H. Hamilton It's no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating. In June, a Gallup poll found members' standing with the American people at a historic low for a midterm-election year. Which might have been notable except, as The Washington Post point- ed out, that "Congress's approval rating has reached his- toric lows at least 12...times since 2010." Here's the interesting thing: nearly three-quarters of Americans want to throw out most members of Congress, including their own representative, yet the vast majority of incumbents will be returning to Capitol Hill in January. In other words, Americans scorn Congress but keep re- electing its members. How could this be? The first thing to remember is that members of Congress didn't get there by being lousy politicians. They know as well as you and I that Congress is unpopular, and they're masters at separating themselves from it and run- ning against it -- appearing to be outsiders trying to get in, rather than insiders who produce the Congress they pretend to disdain. They're also adept at talking up their own bipartisanship -- which is what most general-elec- tion voters want -- when, in fact, they almost always vote with their own party's leadership, especially on the obscure procedural votes that can decide an issue before the actual up-or-down vote is taken. Just as importanL incumbents enjoy an overwhelming advantage in elections: a large staff, both in Washington and at home, whose jobs focus on helping constituents. They find lost Social Security checks, help get funding for economic development projects, cut through red tape to secure veterans' benefits. At election time, voters remem- ber this. That's not the only help members can expect. They're buttressed in ways challengers can only dream about. They're paid a good salary, so they don't have to worry about supporting their families while they campaign. They get to spend their terms effectively campaigning year-round, not just at election time, and they are able to saturate their state or district with mass mailings. The nature of their work allows them to build ties to various interest groups back home -- which quite naturally seek out the incumbents'and ignore challengers. Incumbents receive invitations to more events than they can possibly attend; challengers have trouble finding a meeting interested in having them. Incumbents get the honored place in the parade, the prime speaking position, the upper hand when it comes to raising money; chal- lengers have to fight for visibility and money. And the news media seek out incumbents, often ignoring the chal- lengers. In fact, challengers are at a disadvantage at almost every point in a campaign. From building name recogni- tion to arranging meetings to building credibility with edi- torial boards, donors, and opinion leaders, they're trudg- ing uphill. They do get one leg up -- they're in the district all the time, while the incumbent has to be in Washington regularly -- but that's a small advantage compared to the obstacles arrayed against them. Especially when districts are gerrymandered, as they often are, to protect incum- bents. This means that in primaries, incumbents generally need to focus just.on the most active voters, while in gen- eral elections the vast majority can consider themselves on safe ground. But there's another reason incumbents keep getting re- elected that's also worth considering: voters -- that's you and me. Most Americans don't vote, which means that a U.S. senator or representative might be elected by only 20 percent of the eligible voters. And those who do vote often cast their ballots for narrow or unusual reasons. They like the way they got treated by the incumbent's staff, or they shook his or her hand at a county fair, or they like his or her stand on a particular social or economic issue, or per- haps they just recognize the name. Whatever the case, they don't look at an incumbent's entire record: votes on a cross-section of vital issues; willingness to) work with members of different ideologies and backgromnds; ability to explain Washington back home and represent home in Washington; skill at forging consensus on tough policy challenges. It's really no mystery that incumbent members get re- elected. Their advantages are baked into the system. Lee Hamilton is Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. Go to Facebook for information about our education- al resources and programs, and to share yo,r thoughts about Congress, civic education, and the citi:en's role in representative democracy. "Like" us on Fcebook at "'Center on Congress at Indiana University." Sheriff's Report The Wise County CiVil Process Served: Sheriff's Office reports the 411 Civil Papers following activities for the Traffic Accidents: 5 period of 07/14/2014 13 Additional Criminal through 07/20/2014. Investigations vere initiat- Wise Central Dispatch ed and 12 Ceared by received a total of 1,549 Arrest. calls for this seven-day Sheriff's Oflce provid- period, ed 189 man-hors of Court Of the total calls Room Security. received 272 were dis- Unlocked Veaicles: 23 patched to the Sheriff's Escorted Funerals: 6 Office The Sheriff's Office Total number of Transported: Domestic calls for this 0 Adults In State period was 11. 1 Adult Out of State Criminal Process for 4 Mental Patients this period: Served 36 4 Juvenile Felony Warrants, 31 Total Transports: 9 Misdemeanor Warrants, 1 Total Transport Hours: DUI Arrest. 34 Letter to Editor... Wise County Sheriff's Office receives 4th Re- accreditation Award Sheriff Ronnie Oakes under the guidance of and the Wise County Sheriff Oakes and was one Sheriff's Office are proud of the first ten Sheriff's to announce that they have Offices to receive that sta- received their 4th Re- tus. To date only 53 of the Accreditation Award 123 Sheriff's Offices in Certification through The Virginia are currently Virginia Law Enforcement Accredited by the Professional Standards Commission and only 91 Commission in Manassas total law enforcement Park, Virginia on agencies are Accredited Wednesday, July 23, 2014. throughout Virginia. On'May 28th & 29th Sheriff Oakes credits the Assessors reviewed the his dedicated, hard work- program files and found ing staff for this highest that the Sheriff's Office accomplishment stating, was in Compliance of all "I'm just so very proud of 190 standards, what The Wise County The Wise County Sheriff's Office has been Sheriff's Office was first able to achieve and main- Accredited in May of 2002 tain during my tenure." Holston Mountain Artisans events August 1-10 Holston Mountain Artisans will be hosting multiple events August 1 to 10 at their complex at 214 Park Street in Abingdon. In its fourth year, the Quilts of Appalachia exhibit is offered with the assistance of the Wolf Hills Quilt Guild and features quilts of all ages, designs, and skill levels. Patchwork, yo yo, applique, and tacked quilts will be on display. Quilts are collected from the region and shown in the Artisans Annex Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM. Selected quilts will be for sale. Admission is free. The HMA Woodcarving Club will present the first annual Sawdust Festival on August 2 and 3 at the 1953 jail. Anything to do with wood will be featured - carving, turning, painting, and woodworking. Hours are Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday 1 to 5 PM. Artisans featured include Lonnie Lewis, Mark Blevins, John Dickens, Linda Childers, Debra Casey, Steve Demase, David and Nancy Crandall, Richard Dwyer, Tom Ilowiecki, Harold Dunaway, Richard Thomas, members of the Carving Club, and Admission is free. On Saturday, August 2, Holston Mountain Artisans will host an Ice Cream and Sweet Tea Social from 11 AM to 2 PM. Stop by for a cool summer treat and To the residents of Southwest Virginia, I hope you will join me in voting for Mike Hymes for State Senate on Tuesday, August 19. Mike is, in addition to "Doing What is Right", dedicated to the proposition of making natural gas available to all homes, businesses and public buildings in Southwest Virginia. Just think of how many dollars could be saved by each family, busi- ness, and public bodies on heating bills each year. Mike is loyally committed to serving Southwest Virginia and will be an open door for you. Please join me in voting for Mike Hymes for State Senate on Tuesday, August 19th! C. Don Dunford Retired Member Virginia House of Delegates learn about the Artisans Cooperative! Tours of the 1953 jail will be offered August 9 and 10 every hour on the hour on Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday from 1 to 4 PM. Learn about the history of the building, listen to some great stories, and hear the big iron doors slam shut as you walk by. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children under 12. Tours may be scheduled through- out the Virginia Highlands Festival for groups of 5 or more by calling 24 hours in advance to the Holston Mountain Artisans Shop at 276-628-7721. For more information visit our facebook page www.facebook.com/hol- stonmountainartisans and our website at www.hol- stonmtnarts.org or email at holstonmtnarts@gmail.co m. i Times " LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Readers are invited to write letters On matters of general interest to the public. Letters do not necessarily reflect the philosophy or editorial policy of this newspaper, which reserves the right to edit letters. The Clinch Valley Times will not print unsigned letters. i n,,vt::, more. i 2fl3: t,