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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, S Paul, VA, Thurs& :2010 Dominion awards educational Of shoes.. and ships..and sealing wax..by Ann Young Gregory Maintaining our voice With what are termed "mid-term" elections com- ing up in two and a half weeks, citizens all over the country are exposed to more and more political rhetoric, oRen nasty, about candidates for various offices--but the common .ground for all of us is that every Congressional District in the nation will select its member for the United States House of Repre- sentatives. In our Ninth District, Congressman Rick Boucher is being challenged by a Virginia politician who doesn't even live in the Ninth District. Congressman Boucher, of course, lives in Abingdon, and is a lifelong resident of the Ninth District. Rick Boucher has accomplished more for the Ninth District than, arguably, any of his predecessors, and he has done so with grace, dignity and the deter- mination to make life for his fellow Southwest Vir- ginians as good as it possibly can be. It is for these reasons that the Clinch Valley Times is honored to endorse Congressman Boucher's candidacy. His opponent has said little to nothing about what his plans are for the Ninth District, but both his local campaign and the national GOP have continued to blast Congressman Boucher with incorrect informa- tion. Rick Boucher, on the other hand, has refused to dignify such tactics by responding in kind. One of the issues which Congressman Boucher's opponent and his party continue to cite is the "cap and trade" (properly called emissions trading) bill, calling it alternately "Boucher's bill," "Obama's bill" and "Pelosi's bill." The truth is that the bill hasn't even come up for a vote in the House yet--it has just been sent from committee. The opponent's arguments hold that "cap and trade" could demolish 50,000+ jobs in Southwest Virginia, making 'it sound like the most evil legislation ever considered. That statement alone needs to be examined. In the first place, I doubt that the United Mine Workers would stand as firmly behind Congressman Boucher with its endorsement if "cap and trade" posed any such threat. Nor would the coal companies, several of which have been outspoken in their support for Rick Boucher. In order to be able to explain the premise of "cap and trade," I had to do considerable research, and the first thing I found is that its premis is to help clean the air and protect the environment. If you have followed Congressman Boucher's long-term goals sequestration or other capture, and this "cap and trade" bill, as I understand it, would buy some time while that research progresses. I heard this issue being discussed informally several weeks ago, and one person commented that a law passed by Congress, which the "cap and trade" bill would become, if approved, would be infinitely preferable to Environ- mental Protection Agency imposition of strict regula- tions, which have been threatened if nothing else is done, since the EPA has repeatedly held that carbon dioxide IS a pollutant. By working to develop clean coal technology, and to provide some interim emis- sions controls, which "cap and trade" would do, the coal industry can be saved. I've read several Internet referencds which theorize that coal could eventually be outlawed as a fuel for power-generating plants unless clean coal technology is developed and put into place. Clean coal technology would remove as many emissions as possible which result from the burning of coal so that the environment isn't damaged. I was interested to read that the Acid Rain Program of the 1990 Clean Air Act in the United States is basically a "cap and trade" system concerned with removing sulphur dioxide (which IS a toxic gas) from coal-burning emissions. Reportedly,fifty percent of that substance had disappeared from emissions be- tween the inception of this "cap and trade" system and 2007. Another effect is that it has reduced the cost of controlling acid rain by-86-p'ecent. So the current proposal to deal with carbon dioxide is nothing new-- such a system has been in effect to deal with a really toxic emission for the last 20 years. Sorry that took up so much space, but it's impor- tant to understand that Congressman Boucher's oppo- nents are trying to scare everybody to death by threat- ening things that just aren't true, and I wanted to make an effort to de-mystify "cap and trade." Rick Boucher has been instrumental in the addition of over 28,000 jobs in the Ninth District; he has made possible the development of water and wastewater systems throughout the District--many sections of which had large percentages of residents who didn't have access to either; he has urged creation of industrial parks and now 26 of the Ninth District's 27 counties and cities have them; he is responsible for the creation of veterans' outpatient clinics in Norton, Bristol, Marion, Vansant and Jonesville; and for creating a Veterans' Cemetery in Pulaski County which will serve veterans throughout through the years, you know that working toward the Ninth District: He was, as ]ar as I know, one of the clean coal technology is one of his prirritieS:: first people in Congress to become highly techno- Wikipedia defines the phrase thusly: "Cap andtradeis logically literate--and s'& as his goal the ensuring that a market'based approach used to control pollution by the Ninth District is the most telecommunications- providing economic incentives for achieving reduc- tions in the emissions of pollutants." The primary offending emission in the case of the current discus- sion is carbon dioxide, whose definition is at the center of controversy, since it isn't necessarily a pol- lutant--is necessary for life, in fact. Congressman Boucher has secured federal grants to assist Virginia Tech in research which would lead to carbon dioxide Russell County Special Education committee to meet October 14 The Russell County School -at t.he Russell-County School System's Special Education Ad- Board Office in Lebanon. visory Committee will meet on All interested parents and Thursday, October 14, at 2 p.m. citizens are invited to attend. capable rural congressional district in the nation, a goal that has been met through broadband access. That merely scratches the surface. Rick Boucher cares about Southwest Virginia, about all of us and has been our strong voice in Washington.. His oppo- nent doesn't even know us or what we want or need.. Please help us to be sure that we maintain our strong voice in Washington! Subscribe today to the Clinch Valley Times ...call 762-7671 Here to serve  COUCH' .m Hamilton Pharmacy & Couch Home Medical Our pharmacy will compete with the big boysl Plus we have jewelry and watches also a wide selection of much needed $1 items! We are buying gold and coins. Top dollar paid! 20% OFF ON ALL FINE JEWELRYI! Layaway jewelry now for Christmas! Couch Home Medical can provide you with all your home medical needs. Corner of 4th Avenue and Russell St Ph 276-762-9080 Fax 276-762-9081 grant to Norton and Middle schools Dominion has awarded more than" $326,000 in educational grants to 68 schools and institu- tions in areas where it has operations, including Norton, within Wise County where the company is constructing the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center. Norton Elementary and Mid- dle schools were awarded $4,500 to fund an on-site greenhouse, which will bring the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer- ing and Mathematics) education to about 250 students in grades 4-7. The school also will have support from The Garden Club. A Dominion representative pre- sented the award was to Norton Elementary and Middle School Principal Scott Kiser at the Norton School Board meeting Monday night. "This year's projects are ex- ceptional and reflect Dominion's focus on the environment and the future of energy," said Elementary William C. Hall Jr., a vice president of Dominion and pres- ident of The Dominion Found- ation. "We are privileged to support these efforts and the work of the teachers who educate our youth." The Dominion Educational Grants Partnership Program helps schools strengthen the mathematics and science skills of students in grades K-12. The grants' are made through The Dominion Foundation,. the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources. The Foundation awards in- dividual grants of up to $10,000. The company has awarded nearly $3 million in such grants since the program began in 1996. For more information on Dominion's educational pro- grams, including the Dominion Educational Grants Partnership Program, visit www.dom.com; keyword "education." What Tree Is That? Booklet from the Arbor Day Foundation makes it easier to identify trees in Virginia A fun, easy-to-use tree identification booklet is avail- able from the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation. The booklet, What Tree Is That?, helps people identify trees in a simple, step- by-step process. What Tree Is That? features hand-drawn botanical illustra- tions highlighting the distinctive characteristics of many tree species. Nature lovers and pro- fessional arborists alike have called this pocket field guide one of the most user-friendly re- sources to have. Its beautiful, full-color illustrations are in precise detail to depict natural colors, shapes, and textures, so users can make a positive species identification in just a few easy steps. The Arbor Day Foundation offers this booklet to help people identify trees in Virginia and throughout the Eastern and Cen- tral regions of the United States. What Tree Is That? uses a unique step-by-step approach to identify the species of each tree. The Booklet explains what to look for in the shape of the leaves and differences in the leaf stems and twig structures, specifics on the fruits and flowers, and the details of buds and bark. "What Tree Is That? is an ideal resource to help people have a great appreciation for trees," said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. "The educational mission of the Arbor Day Foundation is to help people enjoy and appreciate trees, and we feel our pocket field guide will do just that." What Tree Is That? is also available as an online interactive version at www.arborda.org. The Arbor Day Foundation offers this unique, one-of-a-kind. online tool so people can identify trees using the internet. To obtain a tree identification guide in full color, send your name and address and $5 for: each guide to What Tree Is That? Arbor Day Foundation, Ne- braska City, NE 68410. You can also order the book online at www.arborday.org. zombies to help raise money for St. Paul's Friends of Library The Friends of J. Fred Mat- thews Memorial Library in St Paul ginvite the public to parti- cipate in a Zombie Walk fund- raiser on Saturday, October 23. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. at the library in St. Paul. The walk starts promptly at 5 p.m. Participants will walk from the library through town to A. R. Matthews Memorial Park. Registration is a minimum of $5. Participants are welcome to contribute more to this fundrais- SPECIAL PROJECT..'The St. Paul Hig-h School Futilre Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) on October 8 delivered lunch to Shaw employees. The event raised almost $400 for the clubs, and the proceeds will be used to help club members attend local and state conferences. Along with the profit from the luncheon, Shaw also plans to donate $500 to the clubs. Members of both FBLA and FCCLA extended grateful thanks to Shaw for the company's generosity. St. Paul PACE team falls behind The St. Paul High School PACE team, which lost 183-84 last week to J. J. Kelly, lost again Monday night to John I. Burton. The score was 174-99. In other October 12 matches, Appalachia defeated Poweli Valley 130-109; Clintwood squeaked by J. J. Kelly 154-147, and Coeburn overwhelmed Pound 238-27 Standings have Coeburn and PoweU Valley on top 4-1; Kelly, Deadline for ] classifieds [ is Tuesday noon!l Clintwood and Appalachia in second place with 3-2 records; John I. Burton at 2-3; St. Paul at 1-4; and Pound, 0-5. Matches at 6 p.m, Monday, October 18, have St. Paul at Appalachia, Clintwood at John I. Burton; Pound vs. Kelly (WCCTC-TV at the Career- Technical Center in Wise); and Coeburn at Powell Valley Admission is free and everyone is welcom.e er or to have sponsors contri- : bute to the Friends__:_  also pre-register at the library : between now and the event. . Events at the park will m- elude music by local band Para-:. lyzer, a bake sale, a Thriller ii group dance and prizes for best ; zombie costume, best zombie walk and best zombie pet. . Individuals who don't want to :: dress as zombies are encouraged to come out, cheer on the zom- bies and snap photos. , Call 1-276-762-9702 for more details or to make a dona- tion to the Friends. .... ] ilVat!eY "' :l Times MEMBER -  ,:t " v Pss STIo Published weeMy in St. Paul, VA 24283, by thi CLINCH iVALLEY PUBLISHING 'CO., INC. The Clinch Valley Times serves the four-county area of :Wise, Russell, Diekenson and. Scott, with offices and plant i located in the CLINCH i VALLEY TIMES building,: 16541 Russell Street. Perio-i dicals postage is paid at the Post Office in St. Paul, VA 24283. !Ann Young Gregory Editor iAllen Gregory  Susan Trent ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS: In advance: $28.50 in Wise and Russell counties; $30.00 in other 24- zip codes; elsewhere, $32.50. POSTMASTER: send address iehanges to: Clinch Valley Times, IP.O. Box 817, St. Paul, VA !24283 SINGLE COPY - 50e ClassifiedAdvertising: Minimum .charge, $6.00 for up to 20 wordS, tm advance; 25c per word after 20 words. 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