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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, December 29, 2016 ships..and sealing wax.. o,ng A New Year filled with rainbows Reprinted from December 27, 2007 Jake Elkins who live in Tacoma, just the other side of Once upon a time long long ago----it may even have Coebum. been a whole year before the tum of the century, the Friends since before our first children (Kim and mother of tiny twin girls was getting ready for David) were bom, Linda and Jake and Allen and I have Christmas, which was to be the first one that the not- loved getting together through all these years, although yet-one-year-old girls had experienced. A lover of crys- we don't manage to do it nearly often enough. Because tals--sbe owned several which bad been given to her as of that and the holidays, we had looked forward to this gifts--this mother decided that she would begin a won- evening with special anticipation. Taking advantage of derful holiday tradition for her precious little girls, the opportunity, we put their Christmas package from us Wanting the best, and a student of this particular sub- in the car, hoping they'd like the special gift we had ject, she looked to the "Cadillac" of crystals, chosen for them this year. Swarovski, made in Austria, to begin the tradition. We arrived at their house, had a great time talking She purchased the precious Swarovski Christmas thirteen to the dozen, and then sat down to a wonderful ornament which had been issued for that year, and, dinner--Jake has tumed into a first class chef, and his rather than hang it on the Christmas tree, where it might dishes are always remarkable. He even had two kinds of not get the notice it deserved, she hung it at a window dessert, insisting that everybody try both kinds--the where it would catch the sun's rays, or at least the day- kind of persuasion that gets to me in a heartbeat! light, during most of the hours her little girls were We finally left the table and went back to sit in front awake. They all soon realized that as the light came of the blazing fire in the fireplace, and decided to open though the window to touch the crystal each rooming, it presents. They opened the one from us and we got the created rainbows, reaction we'd hoped for--they seemed very pleased. That first holiday defined by crystal passed all too When Linda handed me the red-and-silver wrapped tri- quickly, as holidays always do, but the crystal angular box and envelope that were for us, I opened the Christmas omament was so beautiful and gave such box and found an absolutely beautiful gift. Linda said I pleasure that the mother, instead of putting it away with had to read the note that was included with the card, so the rest of the decorations, decided to leave it hanging I did-----out loud. at the window, where it continued to produced rainbows The note, really more of a letter, contained most of throughout the room every moming as light came the story you've just read--some of it in the very words through the window, that I used. The daughter .in the story is the Elkins' RAINBOWS! The two little girls were fascinated by daughter, Toni Katherine, and the precious granddaugh- them. As they became more mobile as the months went ters are Toni Katherine's now eight-year-old twins, on, they chased the rainbows, pointed them out as they Bailey and Sophie (you may have seen their pictures, momentarily "landed on" each other, and brought a taken as they watched fireworks in tandem at several of whole new dimension to the family's appreciation of St. Paul's Fourth of July celebrations). rainbows. The rainbows became a fascination to the rest It was Jake who said, "Every child should know the of the family including the grandmother and grandfa- joy of a rainbow everyday," and Linda who added, "We ther. The doting grandparents, who lived quite a dis- would wish for a rainbow experience in the life of every tance away, often visited, and delighted in watching child--and adult-----daily." their precious little girls chasing and touching the multi- Linda told us that they had wanted to give us some- colored rainbows that flashed as the light shone and the thing special this year, and mentioned it to Toni ornaments moved in the breeze. Katherine, who said she'd think about it. She called a Every year, their mother added the new Swarovski day or two later and said she knew what to get for us-- Christmas ornament to the holiday collection, ensuring rainbows! Linda said "Perfect," and so our gift, the one that the house has been filled with more and more rain- we opened at their house last week, was the 2007 bows as the ChristmaS seasons pass. Swarovski Christmas Ornament--an incredibly beauti- One day during one of those Christmas seasons ful dispenser of rainbows! which was well into the tradition of the crystals, the At the conclusion of the letter which related the story grandfather watched the dance of the rainbows, and of the rainbows, Linda wrote, "All of this is to say, we experienced the delight and joy they brought, not only want you to hang this where the light can catch it every to his darling little granddaughters, but also to the rest day, and we wish for you the delight and joy that only of the family. He said, "Every child should know the joy God's rainbows can give." of a rainbow every day." The grandmother noted added Allen and'I were terribly touched, and agreed that we'd to his wisdom, saying, "We would wish for a rainbow seldom been given such a thoughtful and thought-filled experience in the life of every child--and adult-- present. daily," ........... So it seemed appropriate to me, as we~ all get ready What a lovely story I found this to be when I first to enter a brand new year, to share this inspiring story encountered it just days ago! Allen and I had spent the of two little girls and their rainbows with you--and to day at work, looking forward to a dinner invitation we'd wish for you that a rainbow comes your way every day received several days before from our friends Linda and during 2008! Local man honored for service to the community (Left to Right): Gary Copeland, Dietz & Watson Representative; Matt Pendleton Deputy, Sullivan County Sheriff's Department; Cody Martin, Trooper, Tennessee Highway Patrol; Bo Phillips, Police Chief, St. Paul Police Department; David Haaf, Food City, Director of Deli Bakery Operations Food City recently teamed up with Dietz & Watson and local radio sta- tion, WAEZ of Bristol to host the Families Helping Families Holiday Promotion. During the contest, lis- teners were invited to write in to nominate local first responders, military per- sonnel and other public servants to be recognized during the holiday season. Five winners were selected to receive a Dietz & Watson holiday ham and a $100 Food City Gift Card. The award recipients were honored last week at the Clinchfield Street Food City in Kingsport, TN. Well over 100 nomina- tions were submitted. The five recipients selected were: - Bo Phillips; Police Chief, St. Paul Police Department - Dennis "Taz" Erwin, Lieutenant, Elizabethton Fire Department Good Morning Wise Matt Pendleton, Deputy, Sullivan County Sheriff's Department -Cody Martin, Trooper, by WCSO Tennessee Highway Patrol all of our area first respon- for their service to our ders, military personnelcommunity and this great and other public servants Nation." County service offered - William Bush of Big The Wise County ed, or neglected. Stone Gap, Desert Storm Sheriff's Office offers a All eligible seniors are Veteran free service to all seniors of encouraged to sign up and "Food City is proud to Wise County and of use this free service. To' partner with Dietz & Norton sign up call Wilma at 276- Watson and WAEZ-radio The Good Morning 328-7114 and leave your of Bristol to have the Wise County program pro-name and phone number. opportunity to honor mem- vides a volunteer to call You may ~lso call bers of our local military and check on the welfare of Sheriff Oakes, or a mem- and law enforcement all participants, to deter- ber of his staff, at 276-328, through this special holi-' mine if they have food, 3756. The only informa- day promotion," said heat in winter, and cooling tion required is your name, David Haaf, Food City in the summer. They alsoaddress, phone number, Director of Bakery/Deli want to make sure partici- and a contact person in Operations. "We would pants in the program arecase of emergency. certainly like to congratu- not being abused, mistreat- late our winners and thank Want to govern effec- tively, Mr. Trump? by Lee H. Hamilton As Mario Cuomo said, politicians campaign in poetry but have to govern in prose. Now we have a president-elect who cam- paigned in tweets...but still will have to govern in prose. Donald Trump showed great skill as a campaigner, steering his campaign past a slew of professional politicians who underesti- mated him at every turn. Now the test is whether he can govern -- that is, whether he can run the United States government, conduct foreign policy in treacherous times, and reshape domestic policy to fit his goals. This requires a very different set of skills from those he showedt before the election. So, like a few thousand other Americans, I'd like to give him some advice. Not on the substance of policy itself- that he'll handle himself -- but on how to be effective at achieving what he'd like to achieve. First, he has to set prior- ities. During the course of the campaign, according to The Washington Post, Donald Trump made 282 promises. He is not going to be able to deliver on them all. So he'll need to set out his priorities with clarity and force. As the head of a vast federal establishment, clarity of objectives is cru- cially important in policy implementation. He cannot afford to sow confusion. Though this president-elect prides himself on unpre- dictability, conducting pol- icy in an unpredictable way is the mark of a rogue state. Unpredictability creates doubt about what he wants to achieve -- both on Capitol Hill and among the vast number of people and agencies charged with car- rying out his policies -- which in turn produces a race by elected officials to fill the clarity vacuum with their own agendas and pre- vents frontline agencies from planning. Many ,Americans and foreign governments have already been unnerved by the unexpected Twitter mes- sages coming from President-Elect Trump; this will only make his job harder once he takes office. Second, the president- elect must fix his conflict- of-interest challeiage. Because of the extraordi- nary extent of his business interests, he has an tinprecedented number of potential conflicts for a U,S. president. He will be negotiating policy with many people, agencies and countries where he or his business partners have a bottom-line stake in what happens. If he does not fix this before he takes office, con- flict-of-interest charges will dog him throughout his presidency and weaken, if not cripple, his effective- ness. He has to protect himself from charges that his actions as president are influenced by his personal financial interests. It won't be enough to put every- thing in a blind trust con- trolled by his children. As Newsweek recently point- ed out, "every nation on Stop for any school bus loading or unloading children*. IT'S THE LAW.* Earth will know that doing business with the Trump Organization will one day benefit the family." Third, President Trump will need to keep his majorities united. Given Republican dominance of Capitol Hill, he's in a strong position to get things done. But he'll have to keep his ' fellow Republicans on his side. Some Republican leaders are already separating themselves from his attack on the CIA analysis of Russian interference in the election. Showing respect for, and reaching out .to, GOP lawmakers will mat- ter. So will considering a variety of different views and treating them with respect -- which is how a pluralist democracy works. Knowing how to work cooperatively and accessi- bly with potential allies on Capitol Hill and through- out the D.C. power struc- ture will be crucial to mak- ing his priorities a reality. Finally, in order to do this, it's not enough simply to say "! want this." He has to take seriously the role of facts in the deliberative process. Members of Congress and others need to be able to defend their support for politically diffi- cult proposals -- and they cannot do this without fac- tually based arguments. Accurate information is necessary to make sound judgments about policy. Trump's decision not to regularly hear information from intelligence officials is worrisome. For a presi- dent to succeed, he needs to interact in a measured; sensible, reassuring ~way, and supply his allies with solid analysis and informa- tion, not guesses, instincts, opinions, and debunk, able theories. A president who sets clear priorities, removes all doubt about potential con- flicts of interest, and works responsibly with his allies on fact-driven policies can make good progress and achieve his goals. Lee Hamilton is a Senior Advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government; a Distinguished Scholar, IU School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. Clinch Valley Times MEMBER "~rlRGLNIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. Paul, VA 9_4283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO., INC. 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