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Page 12 - The Glenville Democrat / Pathfinder- Thursday, October 17, 2013 TO - Submitted by: Frank Jezioro, Director, WV Division Natural Resources of Government Shutdown Hurts West Virginians October- The REAL Opening of Hunting Season Time surely does"fly by" the oider toward the earth. A light vest feels part of the season you can bet that if you get. In years past I was ready, good in the morning. Winding along thereis a grousein the country he will straining at the bit, in anticipation of the Cheat River on the way to Tucker be close to the old hawthorn trees October. Each cool morning in Sep- . County was a beautiful drive. The fog where he finds both food and shelter. In reflecting on nearly 30 years in the U.S Senate, I can hardly think of a time when a group of lawmakers has acted so recklessly as now. We are four days into the House Republicans' shutdown of federal government services to millions of Americans. And it's all because of petty partisanship. West Virginians deserve better from Congress. Overseeing the operations of our federal government is a profoundly serious responsibility, entrusted to Congress by the Constitution. During this debacle over the government shut- down, a vocal minority of House Re- publicans is imperiling our democ- racy by threatening to bring down the country if their demands are not met. This group of House Republicans doesn't speak for most Americans, and perhaps not even the majority of Republicans. In fact, it is widely known that if the full House of Repre- sentatives was given the chance to vote on a straight gov, emment fund- ing bill - without any political add- ons - it would pass with a strong bipartisan majority. But Speaker John Boehner refuses to allow such a vote, opting instead to kowtow to this un- reasonable wing of his caucus. Whatever their political goals may be, the consequences of House Re- publicans' tactics are proving devaS- tating for our state. The small busi- nesses that are the backbone of West Virginia's economy can't get the fi- just like all West Virginians routinely tember would bring visions offalling, was lifting from the cool water and Iseethatthedogwoodandcrabapples nancial assistance they need to help do, or face catastrophic consequences swirling multicolored leaves. It al- formed a white ceiling shutting out have al~o done well. These soft mast keep our hard-working men and tooureconomy. Simplyput, faihireto ways reminded me of the vision you the morning sun. About half way up types will take the grouse, deer and women on the job. The shutdown acton thedebt limit will hurt jobs and get when looking through one of the Cheat Mountain I broke through the turkey well into the winter. But it is threatens our coal miners, too- regu- retirement savings, interrupt Social old kaleidoscopes. Each evening when fog and entered a brilli~intly sun lit the oak, the acorns, that add the nour- lar inspections of underground mines Security and veterans benefits, and I fed the dogs I could sense nervous- landscape, ishment and fat they need to make it are have come to a halt, critical safety hike interest rates on loans and credit hess on their part. They don't have a Part of why I hunt is just being in through the harsh mountain winter. inspections are being drastically re- cards, calendar but a built-in sense of com- this country. The solitude, serenity, It takes me a minute to stretch and duced, and Black Lung claims are not I don't know why our state's two ing events, lack of traffic and human activity are straighten up completely after step- being processed. Republican Members in the House In the past few years the season all a big part of the hunting experi- ping out of the truck and the dogs Without federal government fund- voted to, in effect, shut down the seems to sneak up on me and I find ence. When I throw in the dogs, a show no patience. They know where ing, services for foster care assistance government. Instead, they shouldhave myself scurrying around the last few greatoldclassic American-madeshot: we are and why we have come and ate not available; if you're waiting for demanded that Speaker Boehner give days beforethe opening of the season, gun and the health to walk among delay is not part of the day. With the a new Social Security claim to be them, and all of Congress, the oppor- I squirrel hunted a morning in Sep- God's great Outdoors, I can ask or tiny sleigh bell around Snoopy's neck processed, the wait is going to linger; tunity to vote on a clean funding bill. tember but didn't deer or bear hunt. expect nothing more. Taking abird or and a few 20 gauge shells for the and as we approach flu season; the This simple measure would have kept Now, with October closing in, I was two will be great for sure and add to Ithaca double in my pocket, it is time CDC can't support flu vaccine efforts the government running and thou- busy checking shotguns and shells for the day's experience, btat not taking to start another year's adventure. and track flu trends. Many other fed- sands of West Virginians from being grouse, woodcock and turkey hunt- any will not detract from the day. Each season is like a new chapter in eral operations in the state haveclosed furloughed, ing. Making sure all equipment was Withthe clicking offofeach mile, the the hunter's book of life. Enjoy each their doors including our national ;'vc. served West Virginia in the ready is a part of the fun of waiting for anticipation builds Until I am finally and every Outing to its fullest, for we parks, NASA's IV&V Center, and Senate ;crag enough to know that, the seasons of October. at a familiar wide spot on the old never know how many chapters the the Green Bank Telescope. Our vet- even in times of deep disagreement, There is no place in West Virginia logging road. Good Lord has written in our book! erans can't appeal their benefits it's never right to hold the govern- that compares totheHigh Country of I am pleased to see that the haw- Be safe. ourNorthCentralMountainsinOcto- thorn has done well and the thorn Note: Check the WVDNR Hunting claims, thousands of National Guards- ment hostage to a political agenda. men have been furloughed, and with It doesn't need to be this way now. ber. There always seemstobeabreeze apples are hanging heavy. This par- Regulations Summary brochure for FEMAemployeesoffthejob, there's It shouldn't be this way now. The stirring the color-splashed leaves, ticular old grown-up farm has both details of all the fall 2013 hunting no way to respond in a meaningful Senate already passed a funding bill sending them turning and twisting red and yellow haws. During the first seasons in West Virginia. way if unanticipated flooding should that would keep the government occur. The list goes on and on. open without playing political WV Public Theatre Production of The Wizard of Oz We are at a standstill that needs to games. Now it's time for these House end now, but things could even get Republicans to get over their destruc- worse. In the next two weeks Con- tive behavior and allow a vote on a gress must also act on a debt ceiling clean funding bill. Until then, they're increase, but it appears that House going to prevent the federal govern- Republicans are willing to put us at merit from functioning, which hurts the brink of default. The United States West Virginians and all the American must honor its financial obligations, people. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced his Office has established a fraud and iden- tity theft tip line for consumers to callff they encounter problems during or after enrolling for health insurance. "With the start of open enrollment, our Office remains very concerned about the possibility of consumer's private inforrrmtion being misused or consum- ers becoming victimized by scammers," Attorney General Morrisey said. "To help address these concerns, members of our staff will be standing .by to help consumers and jump to action if discon- certing trends seem to emerge." Specifically, Consumer Protection Divisibn employees will field calls and answer queries fromcitizens about chal- lenges or scams they encounter. In ad- opened Oct. 1. Between now and Janu- dition, theOffice'sconsumeradvocates ary, citizens who currently don't have and compliance specialists will work health insurance must sign up for some with citizens in local communities to form of insurance or risk being penal- educatethemabouttheAffordableCare ized by the IRS. Act and ways to protect their financial "Our Office is committed to assisting and personal information. In addition, consumers and businesses during the the Office will distribute a brochure open enrollment period and into the highlighting ways to avoid scams, future," Morrisey said. "We plan to do "This tip line is not designed to take everything we can to make this time of a pro or con view of the law, but rather change as seamless as possible for citi- help citizens if they encounter issues in zens and work daily to help them pro- enrolling, including people using high-, ' tect their financialinformation andiden- pressure sales tactics or spreading false tity." messages, suchastheIRSsendingbills," Consumers with concerns about en- Morrisey said. "Our Office stands ready rolling for health insurance or with tips to protect consumers, regardless of my about identity theft scams may call 800- personal opiniomq of the law." 368-8808 and ask to speak with a health The state's Health Care Marketplace insurance specialist. GLEN'V'ILLE STATE COLLEGE UPCOMING E ARTS EVENTS PAUL HARTMAN GALLERY EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION Monday, October 21st Fine Arts Center Gallery 5:00 p.m. View His 'fragments' Exhibit MUSIC FEST Tuesday, October 22nd Fine Arts Center Auditorium 7:00 p.m. $10- Adults $5- GSC Faculty/Staff & Public School Students Free- Current GSC Students With IDs Call (304) 462-6340 for additional information Re Service! better ,mmercial Residential power New Wiring Rewiring Hardware Electrical Supplies ( ;enerac A utnmatic standby generators provide peace of nfind for y,m and your family. Every Generac Guardian Series generator offers 24/7 power protection, hands-free operation and the easiest instaUation available. O Salt~., parts and service. WVPublic Theatre is proud to an- learns that no matter howfarherjour- Among the stage adaptations is the nounce their Holiday Production of ney takes her, there's no place like popular 1942 musical that was based the beloved family musical adven- home. on the book and the filmusing Harold ture, The Wizard of Oz. Celebrating Writtenin 1900byL. FrankBaum,Arlen and E.Y. Harburg's popular the 75th Anniversary of the classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was the songs. It was commissioned by the St. fill-fl, The Wizard of Oz continues its .firsttotallyAmericanfantasyforchil- Louis "Muny" Opera. WVPT's pro- reign as a multi-generational favorite, dren and one of the most-read" duction has been adapted from the Itwillplaypublicperformancesatthe children's books (according to the 1987 version by John Kane who Metropolitan Theatre in downtown Library of Cqngress). The 1939 film adapted the film's screenplay for the MorgantclwnDecember 7th, 8th, 13th, starring Judy Garland was nominated Royal Shakespeare Company. This 14th, 15th, and 21st, and school mati- for six Academy Awards. It won Best version has been specifically tailoied 'nees on weekdays from December Onginal Song for "Over the Rain- forlivetheatre, while it strives to look 6th through December 20th. bow" whichnearly didn't makeitinto and sound just like the film everyone Fly over the rainbow with Dorothy the final cut. The film was reintro- knows and loves. as she tides a twister into the merry ducedtothepublicwithannualbroad- Call the box office- 304-291-4122 and trouble land of Oz, where she casts that began in1956 earning it the or 877-999-878- between 9:00 am meets her loyal friends, Scarecrow, title "most-watched motion picturein and 5:00 pmMon.- Fri. to secure your Cowardly Lion, and Tin Man, and history!" tickets to this family favorite. WEST VIRGINIA NEWSPAPERS SUPPORT AND HONOR THE VETERANS' LEGACY PROJECT Bob Smith Richwood, WV Marine Veteran World War II "As I hauled ammo, I heard a roaring crowd as they raised the flag on Iwo Jima." Sponsored by:. Frame Oil Field Services 208 E. Main St., GlenviUe 26351 304.462.7843 "We support our VeteransI" GLEN /'ILLE STATE COLLEGE A~AI~IATION TheWest Virginia.Veterans' Legacy Project is an oral history, preserving the stories, artifacts, and photographs associated with West Virginia's veterans who have served from World War II to present. It is accessible at the Glenville State College campus and via www.glenville.edu/veterans. For more information contact (304) 462-6163 or Jason.Gum@glenville.edu AUTOMATIC HOME STANI)BY GENERATORS' PROTECT THE THINGS THAT MATTER MOST I When witches go riding, " ] and black cats are seen, [ the moon laughs and whispers,I 'tis near Halloween. I --Author Unknown [ Seeds of Smarter Farm Policy Dying in Gridlock Dan Heyman West Virginia News Service Advocates for tiny federal pro- grams for farmers' markets say they could grow big results tbr West Vir- ginia farmers, communities,' seniors and low-income families - if Con- gress would pass a farm bill. Jeffrey O'Hara, an economist with the Union of Concerned Scientists who studied the markets, says they give a surprisingly big boost to rural economies, and to peopl e' s he al th. Hesays studies have found people who go to them eat more fruits and vegetables,/or many reasons. "Consumers are able to talk to farm- ers," O'Harapoints out. "Food at farm- ers' markets can taste a little bit bet- ter, the food might be a little bit fresher." O'Hara says small incentives have boosted farmers' market, produce for seniors and low-income mothers and 'children. But he says those programs have expired, even though they cost less than a $100 million - pocket cl!ange in the farm bill, which O'Hara says has a lot of waste. "Those. are rounding errors, espe- cially when you see farm subsidies sent to people living in New York City high rises," he says. Gridlock in Congress has killed sev- eral attempts at a farm bill this year. O'Hara says that along with im- proving people's diets, farmers' mar- kets have been proven to boost in- come for farmers and rural communi- ties. He says a few years ago researchers looked at 35 West Virginia markets and found they helped farmers keep more of the profit, which stayed m the area. "Farmers are going to be paying taxes locally," he says. "They might be advertising locally. They might be more likely to buy inputs locally, from local suppliers. And they might be more likely to hire labor locally." Republicans in the House have ob- jected to continuing SNAP - formerly food stamps - under the farna bill. They maintain the government s hould not pay for nutrition assistance for lovO-income families. But O'Hara says with cardiovascu- lar disease running nearly twice the national average in some West Vir- ginia counties, farmers' markets can have a big impact with tiny invest- ments. "Maybe at the order of $50,000," he says. "Do advertising mad promo- tion to make sure people are aware of the market. Maybe they need money to have an electronic benefits transfer machine so that SNAP and WIC ben- efits can be redeemed at the farmers' market."