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! Page 2A -- The Glenville Democrat -- Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004 COUNTRY STOi IE MUSEUM UPGRADING ---The recently promised improvements of the Folk Festival's Country Store Museum are already taking place. Civic activists, Dave and Judy Brown, among other dedicated volunteers, have established an ambitious agenda for the historic landmark's renovation, updating and addition -- the museum being located on North Court Street just up from East Main Street in downtown Glenville, Moreover, with the addition of the pictured new siding (consistent with the historical context of the 1890s store) as a first step, the volunteers will be able to utilize a warmer interior during the cold winter months --- a working condition that has not been possible for many years, if at all Here is pictured the old siding W " (foreground) which is contrasted to the new siding (background and at top). "Something o d, something ne , as the old saying goes -- an adage appropriate for all of the new initiatives to improve the historical museum for the general public's and school children's benefit wrought by this innovative and energetic group of volunteers Mr. David Meyer is the contractor. (Staff photos by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) Bush may have won, but why didn't he do better? By John Samples, bloodandtreasurehavenotbeenworth Middle East would succeed politi- CATO Institute its supposed benefits. The daily news cally. But the neoconservatives were Before November' 2, polling data from Iraq added to the concerns about wrong, and their advice cost Presi- indicated that the Bus~Kerry con- the president's foreign policies. Vot- dentBushmillionsofvotes(aswellas test would be close, espec~ly in the ers that would have gone for Bush on other costs for the nation). popular vote. the economy ended up voting for his Advisers who give bad advice are In the end, Bush won by 3 percent opponent, harmful to a president who needs all --7 a moderately comfortable margin. Some in Washington will say that the support he can get to enact his Most people wonder why the presi- the president's strong stand on terror- second-term agenda. Bush looks for- dent did so well. That's the wrong ism pulled him through the election, midable right now in the wake of his question; we ought to be asking why That's true to some degree; those who reelection and Republican gain in the he did so poorly, worriedaboutterrorismtendedtosup- Congress. The time will come, how- History shows that economic con- port Bush. But Iraq policy is different ever, when he will need the support of ditions strongly influence the outcome from national security policy, and it those five million missing voters. of presidential elections. Incumbents was President Bush's Iraq policy that That support would certainly be running with a strong economy (e.g., caused him trouble on Election Day. helpful if he chooses to make good on Reagan in 1984, Clinton in 1996) do What does all this mean for a sec- his pledge to reform Social Security. well; those who preside over poor ond Bush term? Giving people ownership over their growth and high inflation lose (e.g., Thepresidentconsidershimselfthe Social Security deductions and the Carter in 1980, Bush in 1992). CEO of the executive branch. Votes opportunity to invest that money Economists have taken to using are to a president what profits are to a would be a lasting legacy of this ad- economic conditions to estimate the CEO--they form his political capital ministration and a gift for future share of the vote going to an incum- that leads to the "profit" ofhis legacy Americans. It also would be good bent president, and their estimations to the nation, politics right now; unlike Iraq and have proved remarkably accurate in Imagine a CEO whose advisers rec- using government to enforce moral- the past. But not this year. ommended a business strategy that ity, Social Security reform would unite Though the economy was sluggish led to $5 million in losses. Once the the president's base. If Bush could in Bush's first three years in office, it strategy's failure is recognized, the add the 5 million missing voters, he has been quite strong in 2004, with CEO would immediately change would have a powerful coalition for solid growth and low inflation. Using course to restore profitability to his change. those data, Yale economist Ray Fair company. President Bush needs to By reputation, President Bush does expected Bush to garner 56 percent of revise his policy in Iraq to attract the not flinch from hard decisions. At this the presidential vote. But in fact, he support of those 5 million Americans moment ofpersonaltriumph, he needs gained only 51.5 percent. Why did who should have voted for him.to ignore the easy way forward and Bush do so poorly despite the resur- But Iraq has turned out to be as ask a tough and far-from-obvious gent economy? What happened to much a "people problem" as it is a question: Why didn't he do better on those five million missing Bush votes? policy problem for the president. The Election Day? The correct answers to We must conclude that Iraq is the neoconservative faction among his that question are essential to the suc- reasonforBush'ssubparperformance. supporters argued that he should in- cess of his second term and to fash- Polls show that a majority of voters vide Iraq because, among other yea- inning an enduring legacy for George had decided that the war's costs in sons, building democracy in the W. Bush. Rockefeller wins victory to improve America's aviation security system An aviation security bill authored by Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) was adopted recently as an amend- ment to the Senate intelligence re- form bill. Substantially improving air cargo screening, reducing passenger wait times, and funding new technolo- gies, the Aviation Security Advance- ment Act is the most significant avia- tion security legislation in almost three years. Since 9/11, aviation security has focused primarily on improvements in the commercial passenger side of the industry. The Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001, co-authored by Rockefeller, im- proved commercial aviation security through such initiatives as the cre- ation of the Transportation Security Administration. In 2002, theHome- land Security Act mandated addi- tional commerciar aviation safety measures, including the locking of bill includes not only provisions for commercial aviation security, but also mandates for cargo and general aviation security. General aviation includes charter aircraft, aircraft rental, and private aircraft. "This is a great victory in our ef- forts to improve the nation's aviation security," said Rockefeller. "while the legislation that passed in the days immediately following the terrorist attacks was responsive to the crisis our aviation system faced, these laws primarily addressed commercial pas- senger airline security, including air- craft passenger and baggage screen- ing. "This bill builds upon that legisla- tion by addressing remaining gaps in our commercial aviation network sys- tem; greatly expanding the federal goyemment'sr91ei th.e s unty re= i quirements of air cargo; and, impor- tantly, beginning to address the se- curity needs of our general aviation The Aviation Security Advance- ment Act would: (1) require the De- partment of Homeland Security to develop staffing standards for screeners so that passengers are not subjected to long delays; (2) increase research funding for new technolo- gies that can be used to screen cargo; (3) ensure that newly-issued pilot licenses use new technologies to make them I aper-proof; and (4) establish a process for persons that lease or charter aircraft to the public to be able to use government re- sources to quickly verify the identity of a user. The bill also increases funding for the Federal Air Marshal program and authorizes a $20 mil- lion biometric technology program for precise identification of passen- gers and workers. Later this week, the "intelligence reform bill is expected to be sent to a conference committee, where it will be reconciled with the House version cockpitdoors But Rockefeller's new system" of the bill. nounced its adult training schedule for the Not-On-Tobacco (N-O-T) youth stop smoking program. Adults Interested in helping youth stop smoking are welcome to attend a one-day, free-of charge training at the following locations: December 8, 2004 at the Dunbar, RESA m office January 26, 2005 at the Clarksburg, RESA VII office Trainees will learn to facilitate this hehavior-modification approach to helping teenagers kick-the-habit. All materials will he included and lunch be Wovided. To register for the free training, contact Program Manager, Tony Richards at 1-800-LUNG-USA or register on our website. at paper office ignated as a Model Program by the Federal Substance Abuse and Men- The Gle:zville Democrat and Path- tal Health Administration ]bMer newspapers have a number of (SAMSHA). photographs in our "Photo Morgue." Developed for the American Lung They sell for four for $1.00, plus AssociationattheWestVirginiaUni- with any purchase in that amount, you versity Prevention Research Center; get tw~ free ones. the N-O-T program is research and Your picture, or one of your loved evaluation based. The program has ones, may be there, four objectives including helping Our offices at 108 North Court Street teens stop smoking, reduce the hum- are open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. her of cigarettes they smoke, increase In the main though, Wednesdayhealthy life-styles and improve life through Friday are better days to hunt management skills. for any of your old pictures that we To earn a SAMHSA model pro- editors may have taken. Mondays and gram designation, the program ttaut Tuesdays are deadline days, so there first be rigorously tested and re- is much activity going on at that time, searched in community schools, so- making searching for information cial service organizations and work more difficult, places across the country. The pro- SAMHSA National Registry of ef- fective programs. West Virginia has a highly suc- cessful collaborative that has been providing the N-O-T program through out the state for the last five years. The American Lung Association's"Not On Tobacco" and "Teens Against Tobacco Use" (T.A.T.U.) Programs, have helped decrease teen smoking from 42 her- cent in 1999 to 28.5 percent in 2003. This translates to approximately 13,290 fewer teenagers Using tobacco in West Virginia today. "We're v*rY thi6 new designation" said Tony Richards, West Virginia's Program Manager for the N-O-T "We have known that N.O_I gram' is very EST MAIN STREET DEMOLITIONS :-- A couple of West Main Street houses between Lewis and Walnut W are bern demolished in order to make room for an expansion of the Hardman Home Center's yard. streets " g d its lumber downstream, as well veral ears the store has been plagued by floods whuch have floate ............... For se Y .., ....... ,...._,_, ......,hererore De nreventea in me luture. ,JOnn Lmy as destroying omer oui,aing matenam, ouun,uu ,= =,vu ........ Watershed groups receive awards at annual celebration is the store's long-time manager. WatershedgroupsfromacrossWest huge strides in restoring their stream -Forestry-ElkHeadwatersWater- Virginia were honored recently for fromtheeffectsofacidminedrainage sltedAssociation, PocahontasCounty million in health costs their environmental excellence in and educating the community about .Habitat- Big Coal River Water- Programs save $680 care streamprotection.Theeventwasheld watershed protection. In addition to shed Association, Boone County at Stonewall Jackson State Park. having bragging rights, the group also Non Point- Buckhannon River Vir inia's tobacco" revention andcontrolpro- their backs on the intent of the tobacco settlement and The sixth annual Watershed Cel- received roadside sig, ns donated by Watershed Association Upshur West g P " " engaging in fiscal malpractice by squandering these ebrationcbrated theDaYoutstandinorecognizedeffortsandofCel-13 the Division ofHighwaysidentifyingo CountV.o ' gram has produced dramatic results m nts first five funds. They are raiding tobacco funds to cover budget " " ,. their award. The oroup also received Polluted Coal Mine Drainao.e- years. "According to the West Virginia Center for Health shortfalls and denying their citizens a sund investment watershed groups and one individual, a$5,000cashawardfromtheDomin- MorrisCreekWatershedAssociati'on Statistics, today West Virginia has 37,779 fewer youth in better health. Strong tobacco prevention and control The West Virginia Watershed Net- ion Foundation. Kanawha County ' who smoke than in 1999. There also are fewer youth who programs not only save lives but save money, work sponsored the event. Additional award categories and Recreation- Coal River Water- are trying tobacco in West Virginia. Smoking prevalence The West Virginia Department Of Health and Human eventJenniferand aPauer'basm ancoordmatorOrganizer forfr thethe award. BronzereCipientSBootare NewaS followS:watershed shedo Group Kanawha County. among high school students in West Virginia decreased Resources reports in its 2004 West Virginia Tobacco L " " Y- Guiding Light- Keith Pitzer, uepartment of Environmental Pro- of the Year- Coal River Watershed Kinowood Preston County. from 42 percent in 1999 to 28 percent in 2003, a decline Prevention Progress Report that $1.8 billion a year is tection, says the day is devoted to Group, Kanawha County. The West Virginia Watershed Net- of 32 percent. This decline will save an estimated $680 spent on health care costs related to smoking in West million in lifetime health care costs, according to the Virginia. Onaverage, a tobacco user will have lifetime vo!unteers. , _ Water Quality Award- work is made up ofmembers from the American Lung Association ofWest Virginia" Cunter- medical bills $18,000 higher than a nonuser, saidPublic 'It's their day,' said Pauer. "The Twelvepole Watershed Association, West Virginia Department of Envi- II 1 C marketing, school education and grassroots education, Employees Insurance Agency Director, Tom Susman in watershed groups really help us out Wayne County. . ronmental Protection, Division of : II funded with money from the Master Settlement Agree- an interview. Smoking related diseases take an enor- a~na are great pa.rtners lor the DEP: OutreachandEducatmnal Award- Forestry Division of National Re- : t ney care at)out tlae environment and Guardians of the West Fork Water ........ ',~^.. ~,:.~,:..:,. c.- .... v-";'-'- ' ment, plus higher tobacco taxes, have helped to reduce tutus cut of the state's budget. . . ~,~,~.~, ,, ~t ,,=~, ............... the West Viruinia youth smoking rate. The Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) uonWrknst makeour way=tofsabetter'm Th=SthankCelebra-you shed,. StreamMarinpartnersCunty" Agency, U S Department Office of -' "The American Lung Association of WestVirginia's reports that, for every dollar spent on school health " " Y g "" Award- Cabin Surface Mining U.S.Geological Sur- highly successful Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) program programs addressing tobacco, drug and alcohol and Watershed associations were pry- Creek Watershed Association, vey U S Environmental Protection ..... . -" ~gency, u.& L~epartmento~Agncu~- . helped 84 students break their addiction to tobacco last sexuality education, fourteen dollars are saved in avoided sentedm a vanetawardso!frcate,,or,estheir achievementSrangmg Kanawha, Sohd Count,,Waste G ,, _ ' " 7. ......... ear. This translates to a potential health care cost health care costs. "Our state s comprehensive tobaccoY = ' , . ( olden Garbage turf National Resource Conservation from accomplishments in water qual- Can) Award- Heizer Manila Water ........... " " " Y;vings of $1.5 million last school year alone," reports control and prevention efforts are working." itv monitorino - " work in wa ..... - ~ervtce, r~auonat rar~ aervnce, w.a. Tony Richards, Program Manager for N-O-T. Pro- Youth smoking is down dramatically and that has tersneo" " " protecuon%~ uroan - shed Or, gamzatnon,, wrnan Wor Putnam County. Department of Energy National En- grams like Raze and Teens Against Tobacco Useenormous budget impacts for the state and taxpayers. ~ne'~ .... mgnest'award" ~or" me" nay" wa Award MaoazmekB(City Slickers)er~yTcchnolo~vLaboratory,Canaan (TATU) another program of the American Lung Asso- Every young person we keep from smoking is money ' " - "- " " ranch Watershed Valley Institute" River Network and tcrshed association of the year, went Association'-Kanawha Count ..... " "-" '"-" n ciation of West Virginia, are being implemented by back into taxpayer s pockets, said Ed Doyle, Chairmanto the Friends" o1" Dccke-~ Creek The " o.,,;.--. m ........ :- . me t~vers ~oa~mo . many schools across the state. TATU reached hundreds of the American Lung Association of West VirginiaMonongalia County group .... has made Network,FId Mm=Favette ..... County.- ~-,at,=au ~cuon of youth this year with educational messages delivered Board of Directors. by,teens to younger children. The American Lung Association of West Virginia, These results Should he a wake-up call to state legis- which started in i 907, fights tobacco use, bad air and the lators and our Governor about the need to keep the asthmaepidemic.FormoreinformationabouttheAmeri- , tobacco prevention funding !n place and continue to can Lung Association of West Virginia s tobacco pry- N0t-0n-T0bacc0 Program designated as a Model Program b.y address the tobacco epidemic,' said Sara Crickenherger, vention, asthma, and air quality programs or special president of the American Lung Association of West events, call 1-800-LUNG-USA or visit our website at the Federal Substance Abuso. and Mental Health Admnustrati0n Virginia "Several other states in the U.S. are turning www.alawv.org. =k ,, The American Lung Association s gram must provide solid i roofthat it effectiveforvearsandit'swonderful "- ................... Not On Tobacco (N-O-T)" Program. has prevented or reduced" substan~_'~ t-n h---ave SAM" SHA' S endorgement " Photos on sale has hecome the first smoking cessa- abuse and other related high risk he_ The American Lung Association tion intervention for youth to be des- haviors and mUst be reviewed by the of West Virginia has recently an-