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Page 2 -- The Glenviile Democrat/Pathfinder -- Thursday, April 3, 2003 Call for Photos for New Book and International Do You Look Like Dog Contest- High School Students Enter as a Photo Class Project Do you look like your dog? A new also being considered for the Do You people look like their dog, and more. book featuring photos of owners who Look Like Your Dog book featuring The idea for the contest and site was look like their dog will be published about 100ofthepeoplewhohavesent developed by Gini Graham Scott, next year by Broadway Books, a Di- in photos or have been photographed Ph.D., a speaker, writer, and researcher vision of Random House. Now a with theirdogat various events. The interested in psychological profiling, national search is on for photos for book, which is not related to the con- as well as other topics from creativity both the I~x)k and an international Do test, will be published in January 2004 to social trends. She developed the You Look Like Your Dog competi- by Broadway Books, a division of idea alter going to a local dog show tion. Random House. The call is out now and noticing the differences between Among the recent entrants are a for owners with look-alike dogs to the owners ofdifferent types ofdogs. groupofi0thto 12thgradcrsatSouth- send in their photos for consideration If you think you look like your dog west Livingston County High School for the book by April 15th, though or know who someone who does, in Ludlow, Missouri who sent their dog ownerscan still send in entries for you're invited tosend in your photo to photos to the Do You L(~k Like Your the Ist International Do You Look be considcred for the book or entered Dog contest as a photography class Like Your Dog Contest until Decem- in the competition, which is not re- assignment. Now their photos are on bar, with winners to be announced in lated to the book and will be judged the Web site, along with 350 photos early 2004. next year. The entrants are divided from people all over the world - in- When the Do You Look Like Yourinto the eight main groups of dogs: eluding entrants from Canada, New Dog Web site was established five working, herding, sporting, Zealand, lsrael, andltaIy--whohave years ago, the first photos came from non-sporting, terriers, hounds, toys been sending in their photos. The the U.S.- most notably from Florida, and just plain mutts. You'll see your contest ns featured at Texas, NewYork, and California, but photo posted on the Web site, too. www.doyoulooklikeyourdog.comandnow photos of dog owners and their Send photos to a link to the students is at dogs areposted from most states as photos@doyoulooklikeyourdog.com www.dogdaysproductions.com/ well as from other countries. The site or mail to Do You Look Like Your entrants21.html, also features dog art and ads, a Dog, 6114 La Salle, #358, Oakland, Some of the students' photos are PowerPoint presentation on whyCA. 94611. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple. Legislative Update By Delegate Brent Boggs Once again, our nation is at war. At this critical time, we need to support our Presi- dent, our military leaders, and especially our men and women that are in harm's way in the Middle East. It is my prayer that this military action will be successful and that all concerned will be home safely to fami- lies and friends quickly. Last week provided me an opportu- nity to get back on the locomoti'~e and get back into the role of engineer. However, this will likely be short-lived, as the need to address the Workers' Compensation issue is a necessity. Currently, Workers' Comp is paying out millions more per month than it receives in premiums. At the current rate of depletion, there will be no money left to fund the system in less than two years. Compounding the problem, Com- pensation Director Dale Newell re- nearly twice the number of days in other states. The blame for this is not necessar- ily that of the injured workers. Sev- eral factors have combined to set up a financial train wreck for the system. A few of the problems identified: * There is often aconsiderable time delay between when a worker is in- jured and when the employer reports that injury to Workers' Comp. * There is a further delay in pro- cessing the claim by Workers' Comp claim and sending notification to the injured worker. * Another delay occurs in getting the injured worker scheduled for the necessary medical treatment or pro- cedures. * Finally, a lack of oversight in the rehabilitation process by Workers' Comp. Often, injured workers are left to the system to fend for themselves, or they fail to receive the type of rahab necessary to return to work. A case in point is a total lack of using available resources by Work- ers' Comp in rehabilitating injured workers. The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) is an outstanding agency that assists many injured and disabled citizens in Despite this outstanding rate of suc- cess, several administrations have in- sisted on throwing more and more money at a system that needs over- haul. Not just cuts in benefits - a thorough and complete overhaul. Meanwhile, coal companies and other large industrial employers owe tens of millions of dollars in delinquent premiums to the system. Many of these companies walk away from their obligations, only to reopen under a different name and start up again. It is personally frustrating that many often accuse workers of "'milking the system." While there are occasion- ally abuses and fraud, once again the agency has not followed up on reports of abuse and fraud. These situations must be dealt with quickly and fairly. However, the great- est financial damage is due to passive leadership at Workers' Comp and the flagrant disregard by many large em- ployers to fulfill theirobligations. This drives up premiums for everyone else that obeys the rules and pays their premiums. When all of the above are addressed, we may eventually see premiums for employers go down, or at least stabi- lize. Injured workers could be back signed last Wednesday, ing he abruptly resigned, the problems remain. In light of this fact, I was appalled that the House version of the Workers' Comp bill - which passed unanimously - was blocked from consideration in the Senate. It was not a fix-all bill, but took decisive steps to curb expenses. During the past couple of legisla- tive sessions, many problems with the current Workers' Comp system have been uncovered. One particular inter- esting fact is that our injured workers that receive total temporary disability benefits (TTD) are off an average of effective im- returning to productive employment, on the job much sooner, so they can fingerpoi~ : :~WithapmVi.'ntfackrecord, DRSmade again be pro~Juctive workers, The 'a'~'ailabie 10'Masters Degree level by addressing the'd~ficit, we "rahab counselors to assist Workers' Comp in their most difficult and chal- lenging cases. In those subsequent years, Workers' Comp referred only 47 cases for intervention and assis- tance. This is outrageous. When we un- covered this fact during a Finance Committee hearing, we insisted that this be addressed and rectified imme- diately. Since then, I have been in- formed that more referrals are being made in a timely manner. DRS has the capacity to assist many times that number of injured workers. regain a healthy, adequately financed compensation system. Please contact me if I may be of assistance. In the interim period, please address your mail to my home office at: PO Box 254, Gassaway, WV 26624. By telephone, you may contact me at 364-8411 or fax to 364-8711. For those with Internet access, my e-mail address is Boggs34 @aol. com. You can also obtain legislative infor- mation at http://www.legis.slate.wv.us/ Until next week, take care. West Virginia Kids"'Kick Butts' on April 2 Kids in West Virginia took center ducesmoking, especially among kids, PAIGN FOR TOBACCO-FREE stage in the fight against tobacco on and to raise much-needed revenue to KIDS, which sponsors Kick Butts April2astheyjointhousandsofyoung balance budgets and fund vital pro- Day. "Statesthathaveincreasedciga- people nationwide for the eighth an- grams. Other states are debating how rette taxes and funded comprehen- nual Kick Butts Day. More than l ,500 much funding to provide for compre- sive prevention programs have dra- events are planned in all 50 states (for hensive tobacco prevention programs, maticaUy cut smoking among both a list of local events see below). This The best prevention programs are sav- : kids and adults, saved lives by reduc- year's Kick Butts Day comes as states ing states up to three dollars in health /ng lung cancer and heart disease, and faced with large budget deficits are care costs for every dollar spent on. saved millions of dollars in health making critical decisions on tobacco .prevention. care costs. Even in these difficult prevention initiatives. A growing number of cities, court- budget times, tobacco prevention is a Kids are sending two powerful ties and states are also implementing good investment for West Virginia's messages on Kick Butts Day 2003: smoke-free indoor workplace poll- kids and taxpayers." They want the tobacco industry to cies that protect employees and cus- In West Virginia, 39.2 percent of stop targeting them with advertising tomers from the proven dangers of high school students smoke, and4,900 and they want elected leaders to do secondhand smoke. From Delaware kids become daily smokers every year. more to protect them from tobacco, to Florida to New York City, voters Smoking-caused health care costs From mock-funerals for the Marlboro and elected officials are recognizing West Virginia and its taxpayers $539 Man to rallies at state capitols to sur- the importance of protecting the fight million a year. veys of tobacco advertising, kids are to breathe clean air. free from the Nationwide, the tobacco industry telling elected leaders that now is the 4,000 chemicals in secondhand spends $9.6 billion a year - $26 mil- time to enact strong policies that re- smoke, lion a day - marketing their deadly duce tobacco use and the tremendous "OnKickButtsDay, kids are stand- products, often in venues such as toll it takes in health, lives and money, ing up against the tobaccocompames, magazines andconvenience stores that The budget crises many states are and it's important tha(elected offi- are effective at reaching kids. facing this year lend urgency to Kick cials across this country stand with On Kick ButtsDay, WestVirginia's Butts Day. Many states have re- them by supporting proven tobacco kids took their turns as leaders in the sponded by increasingcigarette taxes, prevention measures," said Matthew fight against tobacco. which have been shown both to re- L. Myers, President of the CAM- II "._L: :! " Cancer Unit Makes 2029 Easter Eggs With the cooperation of Stephen Shattuck, Glenville State College's Aramark Food Service, the Giimer County Cancer Unit made 2029 8-oz.- peanut butter Easter Eggs on Sat., Mar. 22. These eggs will he chocolate coated and hand decorated on Men., Mar. 3 I, they will go on sale for $3.00 each. Those persons donating their ser- vices on March 22 were: Arleta Davis, Richard Turner, Kay Peters, Brenda McCartney, Amanda Frymier, Sandy Cunningham, Helen James, Mescal Kuhi, Doris Norman, Monique Call, Betty White, Reva Bennett, Lenita Reale and Rosa Belle Gainer. Creed Barton and Denzii Huff de- livered the eggs to Kanawha Drive Community building where they will be completed on March 3 I. I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Burnsville, WV ATTENTION The cost of the upkeep of our cemetery is going up each year. We are trying to build up our finances so that we will be able to give it proper care at all times. This cemetery is operated by your donations. We hope that you will assist us in maintaining a nice cemetery. If you would like to donate, please send your donation by return mail to: Glenville I.O.O.F., No. 105 Attn: Harless A.Turner PO Box 191 Glenville, WV 26351 WE APPRECITE ALL DONATIONS FREE SATELLITE TV SYSTEM winner Jade Nicholas, School 8th Charleston to Hc several other l ginia, dau~ t, Jade is the Kathryn Nichois,~. granddaughter of~ Wise Rea. of Wheeli Loan the Wheeling Pitt is taxpayers and ployers. It is a services that provide. Pitt eve application that first time. We merit terms and we provided J guarantee as million package. 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