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, = Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, September 16, 2010 Of shoes. .and ships..and sealing wax..by Ann Young Gregory Whatever happened... By now, everybody knows about Terry Jones, the Florida pastor of Dove World Outreach Center, a small fundamentalist church in Gainesville with 50 members, which, I'm told, has lost 20 members during the recent furor. The furor was generated by Pastor Jones' declaration last week that he was calling on everyone around the world to burn copies of the Koran (Qu'ran, Quran) on Saturday. His Facebook statement created such anger and anxiety across the world that not only did the President of the United States express his disgust at the threat, but also the United States Commander in Afghanistan, General Petraeus, warned that American soldiers would be killed if the Florida preacher's threat were carried out. The extremist element of the Muslim world--and per- haps some moderates as well--rioted, burned Ameri- can flags and threatened death for us all. After several days of being at the center of the upheaval, Jones announced on the Today Show on Saturday that he would not bum the Koran, not that day or ever, in protest of the proposed Muslim community center and mosque near Ground Zero in New York. As far as I had been aware, the mosque had not figured in his plan until sometime on Friday, when he was also interviewed on NBC. Then, in the Saturday interview, he left the mosque reason for his call to bum the Muslim holy book, and said it was (according to MSNBC) "t O expose that there is an element of Islam that is very dangerous and very i radical," Did the man think that we weren't aware of that? Or that every religion has that fringe? Personally; 1 believe he was out for his Andy Warhol-predicted 15 minutes of fame. For goodness " sake, doe the man not have enough sense of history to remember that Adolf Hitler burned books as part of his determination to eradicate an entire religious population? Or was that the idea? Whatever Terry Jones thought, the prospect that there are people around who can get that kind of media attention is absolutely chilling. Whatever happened, after all... ...to freedom of religion? We still live in the United States of America, a country founded on religious freedom which Continues to be guaranteed by the Constitution. That doesn't just mean freedom of religion insofar as it is approved by Pastor Terry Jones, but freedom to worship as one chooses--or not to worship at all. I haven't heard anyone deny that Terry Jones has the right to say such an outrageous 7 thing--also a protection guaranteed by the Constitu- i2 ,: tion, but he evidently gave what he said little or no " thought ahead of time. The question is not whether he fd  had the right to call for such a radical move, but whe- :: ther it was wise to exercise it. Whatever happened... ::i to the principle of the brotherhood of man .4 --" under the fatherhood of God? It certainly doesn't . seem to me that hating a whole people for the sins of ' a few is a valid way to express brotherhood, or to ' express one's trust in God as Father. One hopes that to h Letters t e editor... how Boucher was voting and Readers are invited to write urged him to vote no. I was told letters on matters of general he was undecided. I then interest to the public. Letters questioned how he could con- do not necessarily reflect the tinue to be undecided after 14 philosophy or editorial months of debating this issue. policy of this newspaper, The female staffer hung up on which reserves the right to me. I immediately called back edit letters. The Clinch and a different staff person Valley Times will not print ' asked the phone. Again, I asked unsigned letters, the same question and received the same answer of undecided. I Tot he Editor: told her thatI knew he was It is evident that Rick waiting on Nancy Pelosi to tell Boucher is trying to get as much him which way to vote. mileage as possible out of his Voters, please consider if "no vote" on Obama Care. Rick Boucher had been a strong Boucher claims that he voted no no vote, which he now claims, on this bill to protect seniors why was he silent as a senior and hospitals in this region. I Congressman. He could have want to tell the voters of the 9  persuaded others to vote no on District my personal experience the hill. Rick Boucher has with Rick Boucher. During the played this game far too long. I week before the late night vote urge the voters of the 9  District on November 7, 2009, I called to not be fooled again. his Abingdon office three Boucher's opponent, Morgan different days and was told each Griffith, is opposed to Obama time by his staff that he was Care and will work to repeal the undecided on the vote. My last bill. call was at 4:30 pm on Friday William B. Gibson November 6, and asked the staff Abingdon CHS Class of 1970 plans 40 Year Reunion on October 16 The Castlewood High School Also, you are asked to call Class of 1970 will celebrate the her if you know the address of 40 Year Class Reunion on any ofth e following classmates: Saturday, October 16, from 6-9 Melvin Sproles, John Porter, p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Allen Chaffin, Carolyn Franklin The cost is $30 per person. White, Pat Hall Huff, Linda Those who have not received Hale Cievenger, Larry Salyer, a letter about this event are Virginia Smith Bird, Malcolm asked to call Linda Sifford Minton, Kay Smith Stewart, Altizer, 205-358-8619 for more Glenda Baker Gilbert and James information. Woods. Terry Jones understands the brotherhood of man, although it doesn't appear that he does. Whatever happened... ...to "love thy neighbor as thyself"? As Eve always understood it, that doesn't mean "neighbor" in the small sense such as those who live next door or down the street. It means everybody. Whatever happened... ...to The Golden Rule (referred to as the ethic of reciprocity by Wikipedia)? The premise expressed by The Golden Rule dates as far back as Ancient Egypt, circa 2040-1750 B.C.E.: "Now this is the command. Do to the doer to cause that he do." Later, (c. 1080- 332 B.C.E.), it was expressed "That which you hate to be done to you, do not do to another." Another negatively-expressed form of The Golden Rule appears in the Code of Hammurabi (1780 B.C.E.). Ancient Greek philosophy also embraced the concept, stated in several ways, including, "Do not do to others what would anger you if done to you by others." For example, Judaism's concept of The Golden Rule is expressed in several places in the Old Testament: "You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your kinfolk. Love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord." Leviticus 19:18. The Sage Hillel, an elder contemporary of Jesus of Nazareth, expressed it this way: "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow." Christianity's expression of The Golden Rule was put into words by Jesus in two places in the New Testament: "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them, for this is the law and the prophets." Matthew 7:12; and "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." Luke 10:25-28. And, Pastor Jones, even Islam embraces the principal of The Golden Rule. In The Farewell Sermon, Muhammad said, "Hurt no one so' that no one may hurt you." And the Koran (Qu'ran, Quran) expresses The Golden Rule through several different explanations, including: "Woe to those...who, when they have to receive by measure from men, exact full measure, but when they have to give by measure or weight to men, give less than due," and "That which you want for yourself, seek for mankind," and "None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself." Not only is The Golden Rule found in each of the world's three major religions, but also it is found in the lesser known religions. Those, whose sacred books contain their own interpretations of The Golden Rule, include Buddhism, Baha'I Faith, Confucianism, Hinduism, Humanism, Jainism, Mohism, Sikhism and Taoism. So, to get back to the question at hand, if we have a Christian minister who hates, it seems necessary to ask: Whatever happened to Christianity? SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA'S EXPANDING BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE Boucher's Recent Work Brings Broadband to Communities across Ninth District ore than fifteen years ago, I encouraged local governments throughout the Ninth District to find a means of deploying broadband networks so that affordable high-speed Interact access would be available to businesses and residents thro- ughout our region. My goal in making this recommendation , was to set our region apart in comparison to other rural areas of the nation, to make us more attractive than the typical rural region to industries looking to expand their operations into new locations, and to create techno- logy-based jobs for Southwest Virginians. Today, I am pleased to note that many of the communities in our regmn are making great. strides in deploying high-speed lnternet access services. Last week we marked two major milestones in our efforts to expand the region's broadband infrastructure with plans to construct fiber-to-the-premise networks. First, I announced the largest federal investment in our region in recent years - a total of $45 million to install 1,746 miles of fiber-optic cable to bring last- mile high-speed Internet access services to thousands of homes and hundreds of businesses in Lee, Wise and Scott Counties and the City of Norton. The federal funds will be provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service. A total of more than $20 million has been provided to LENOWISCO Planning District Commission and Sunset Digital to construct a fiber-to-the-pre- mise network 889 miles in length to bring broadband directly to 2,500 homes aiad businesses in a 16 community area throughout Lee and Wise Counties and the City of Norton. A total of more than $2;4 million has been provided to Scott County Telephone Coop- erative to construct a fiber-to- the-premise network 857 miles in length in the southern portion of Scott County. As a result, 4.873 homes and 100 businesses will receive high-speed lrtternet services in the communities of Hiltons, Kermit, Morrison City, Wadlow Gap, Stanley Valley, Possum Creek, Williams Mill, Fairview, Robinette Valley and Dungannon. SPHS to honor Later that week, I joined with Alleghany County and NTELOS officials in announcing plans to provide broadband services dir- " ectly to more than 4,000 homes and 200 businesses in Alleghany County. I have been working with Alleghany County leaders for several years to secure the federal funds needed to expand. the County's broadband infra- structure, and, as a result of that work, we secured more than $8 million in federal funds for the construction of a fiber-to-the- premise network in the County. The new network will provide many residents with high-speed Internet access services for the first time and will provide better Internet services for others. These recent successes come on top of two announcements of federal funds last month that will expand Southwest Virginia's middle-mile fiber-optic network with the goal of spurrmg new connections. With federal funds of $9.2 million awarded to' Citizens Telephone Cooperative: and federal funds in the amount of $22.7 million awarded to Bristol Virginia Utilities, exten- sive middle-mile fiber-optic net- works will be built throughout. Dickenson, Buchanan, Russell, Tazewell, Washington, Smyth, Wythe, Bland, Pulaski. Giles, Floyd, Montgomery and Roan, oke Counties and the City of Radford. With the middle-mile fiber optic networks in place, it will be possible to provide last-mile connections to bring high-speed Internet access services t0 thousands of additional homes and businesses that do not have broadband today. Just as first canals, then rail- roads and then highways were the major arteries of commerce in earlier eras, in the 21 st Century, access to broadband will be a defining feature of eco- nomic success for rural com- munities. Compames that have located in our area including Northrop Grumman, CGI-AMS, DIRECTV and many others have cited the region's growing broadband network as a major factor in their location of op- erations in ourxegion. 'Step by -" positive step our expanding broadband infrastructure is as- suring that Southwest Virginia's communities wil!,, be at the ceer of economic opportunity. 1999, 2000 and 2001 teams St. Paul High School will hoflor the 1999, 2000 and 2001 PRESENTATION TO FIGHT HUNGER...Charlie Scott, second from right, Dominion's project site manager at the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center, last week presented Dominion's check for" $5,000 to Funding America Southwest Virginia (formerly Second Harvest Food Bank of Virginia). Pictured, left to right, i are Feeding .America SWVA board members Keith Norton and Nouhad Melki;, Feeding America SWVA President Pare Irvine, accepting the check; Scott; and Delegate Joseph P. Johnson, Jr., Abingdon. UVa-Wise's Blackbum on "With Good Reason" Philosopher Maynard Adams ing a comprehensive plilosophy is the subject of a September 22 that emphasized man's search broadcast of "With Good Rea- for meaning and value in life. son," a radio production of the He was a professor of philoso- Virginia Foundation for the phy and civic humanist at the Humanities. University of North Carolina at Glenn Blackburn, a senior Chapel Hill during the second locally on WVTV at 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday. The broadcast also may be downloaded at the "With Good Reason" website at www.withgoodreasonradio.org. "'With Good Reason" is broadcast on l0 public radio stations in Virginia. Tennessee and Washinon. D.C. For mdre information, call the Office of College Relations at 276-376-1027. scholar at The University of Virginia's College at Wise, is the author of Maynard Adams, Southern Philosopher of Civili- zation. Blackburn will discuss Adams and his philosophy during the broadcast. Adams, a major intellectual figure, is credited with develop- half of the twentieth century. A professor of history at UVa-Wise for 26 years and dean of faculty for five years, Blackburn is now working on a history of the South ,Carolina Coastal Federation, an influen- tial environmental organization. "With Good Reason" is aired EMERGENCY? Dial 911 St. Paul Deacon Football Teams on the field Friday, September 24, during the Twin Springs home football game. Any coach or athlete who played on the district champion- ship teams and would like to attend is asked to call Patrick Damron at SPHS, 276-67652- 5221. ........ i-! - " ""'" ":T- - ' -':"-'-'-" .Clinch Valley Times ..... 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