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4,, Au M untain Mes:en e_r- The W-. for the Gr :- nbrier Valle. www.mo ntainme :- n. r.- -m OPINION Bits & Pieces By Brenda Boykin Alderson Cleaning Up After Your Grown Children iiii' I have been 'thinking for some time now that how the world consid- ers a child as being grown because they turn 18 is hilarious. It's like blowing smoke up someone's butt. it may impress them, but the truth remains the truth. If anyone really fxpects that a person is suddenly grown up and parents are no lon- q.er .invd/tv.e,0,_ Jttete3te.mo. te.mgntal problems in the world than the ones fhave. , Even my son's doctor and dentist offices made him complete new pa- perwork. I was cut off from getting tile information I had freely been given all his life. I was not even al- lowed to ask questions in some cas- is. I mean, I could ask but would be informed that only he could inform me. '  It was only a few months ago I thought I was in trouble because I dmitted on a questionnaire at a medical clinic receiving some feder- a;1 funding that there is a gun in the same household as a minor. This is Vest Virginia and my son has hunt- ed. It is almost a rite of passage and Even I can shoot. He was almost 18 by the time they asked but he killed liis first deer years ago. ?, If you want to know how grown t'he child is just clean his room af- ter he/she goes off to college. For .ome time I have been forbidden to go into his room while he was free to go into every room in the house. When it would come time for me to wash dishes, I would have to hol- ler for him to bring me any dishes, glasses, cups, or utensils from his room. IfI left out anything, it did not get brought out. When I would wash clothes, I had to request the dirty clothes be brought to me. I would get some and often get clean clothes to wash again for good measure be- cause he had never put them up. Granted, the day of packing for ,rm, 1 .he. at'mvteat .he .l.o.t .]]is wallet. This included his college ID, Social Security card, and other im- portant items as well as his money. He tore up his room and every other room in the house looking for it. We had others at all locations he had been to looking for it also. It is 3:30 p.m. and he has to leave at 6 a.m. the next morning. We had not even packed yet. I decided to take the chance that we might be able to get him another driver's license so he would at least have a photo ID. Good decision on my part because when I went to my room something told me to shake my bed covers. There it was on my bed. He had taken a seat on my bed when he went into my room to put something up and it fell out of his pocket. I have since spent every day working on cleaning his room and I am not through yet. Besides the dirt and dust, dishes and dirty clothes that never came out of his room, I have found things that were suppose tg go to college with him, including paperwork and one lonely shoe of a pair. I hope he carded enough under- wear. I miss the slob! Letter to the Editor True story from 'The Great War' Dear Editor: The family name in this telling has been changed, for obvious reasons, but the story is true. The county seat of Monroe County, to our south, Union, was described in 1830 as "a sprightly vllage" consist- ing of the city and county govem- hlents, a thriving commercial center ncluding several banking institu- tions, schools and churches all cen- tered to serve the local population s well as the surrounding areas of farming and livestock and with other towns, each served the needs of the )ther. Banking had an especially arge contribution to the growth of the area supporting the local busi- aesses for expansion needs but also to the agricultural needing assistance from season to season. ' Life had changed little over the ,ears for the citizens until the begin- nings of what was known as "The Great War," the years before and ofter 1918. "The War to make the World Safe for Democracy" struck So many families when the first mili- tary draft numbers were drawn by President Wilson, Union, like other 4 cities established a local draft board to facilitate the organization of se- lection and recruiting overseen by ]olunteers from the local communi- ty leaders. Of course, it was no sur- prise that the President of one of the ity's leading banks, "Mr. George Ramsey," was chosen as Director of the newly formed group. History has told us, that what was thought to he I short time of our Nation's involve- tnent, was not, and brought untold grief to many. Over the many months more and more young men where called for service, one in particular seemed always to be absent in the call, to the point of the locals saying, .whenever a mention was made of the banker's son, "Peter," I don't know vhat his number is, but it sure is a lucky one." As time passed, those concerned thoughts not surprisingly began to be echoed in the minds, of the younger people and as we all know, slow and reasoned reaction to situations is not their course of ac- tion taken in many cases. Today, should you find yourself in Union, standing in just the right spot, looking at the side of rwhat used to be the ,Ramsey Bank Building" and the sun hits the wall at just the right angle, you might be able to make out the large letters,that have been painted over several times, PETER RAMSEY IS A COWARD. Some said that after seeing that, he went to another town and enlisted but, it was never really discussed again until word was spread of a private service held at Green Hill Cemetery following the return of his remains from a battlefield in France. Some will recall, that family gath- erings in the final resting grounds of those who had passed on, were not unusual to be held on an annual ba- sis. In those days before "perpetual care" was an option it was a custom to gatherto trim around the stones of the weeds and the natural green- ery on an almost annual basis that afforded not only a family project but an opportunity to reacquaint yourselves with relatives you didn't see that often. Of course, meeting people from other families would be expected for reasons one would not be surprised at, all things being considered, as my wife and I noticed on a bus tour of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country when we stopped to observe just such a gathering of the older people setting out a table while the younger were doingthe pruning and weeding around the grave sites. Every once in awhile, you could see a casual glimpse of a young lady in the direction of a young man, when she caught his eye, there is a navy expression, "I like the cut of your jib" hoping a "chance" meeting  Visit us at www.mountainmessenger.com Send letters and comments to: Mountain Messenger, P.O. Box 429 Lewisburg, WV 24901 Call (304) 647-5724 or Fax (304) 647-5767 I Deadline for LETTERS is Wednesday Noon essenger Michael Showell, Editor & Publisher Peggy Mackenzie, Managing Editor Kathy Hunter. Business Office Leah Deitz, Advertising Jim Montgomery, Advertising Jonathan Collins, Tech Support Chris Kincaid, Production Layout Amanda Workman. Production Layout Jeanette Albaugh, Typesetter Julie Sweet, Ad Design Marti Marshall Customer Service Mgr. Anna Workman, Office Manager The Mountain Messenger is a weekly publication. Periodicals postage paid at Lewisburg, West Virginia. The known office of publication is Box 429, Lewisburg, WV 24901 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to THE MOUNTAIN MESSENGER Box 429, Lewisburg, WV 24901 Name Subscribe to the Mountain Messenger SUBSCRIPTION RATES: Mailed to Greenbrier and Monroe Counties, $18.95 Mailed, in State (WV) $31.00; Mailed, out of State $39.00 Phone (304) 647-5724 Address Phone Number Email Address Total Amount Enclosed WE AccEPT VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER & AMERICAN EXPRESS Account No. Expiration Date CVV # Signature "l-he Mountain Messenger Box 429, Lewisburg, WV 24901 Visit us at http.llwww.mountainmessenger.com News from DC Manchin encourages WV students to apply for US Senate Youth Program and Scholarship This week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin encouraged West Virginia high school juniors and seniors in- terested in government and public service to apply for the 53rd Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Two applicants will be selected by the West Virginia De- partment of Education to attend the week-long government educational prdgram held in Washington, DC on Mar. 7-14, 2015. In addition, the delegates will each receive a $5,000 undergraduate scholarship to the college or university of their choice. The application deadline is Sept. 19. "Every year, the U.S. Senate Youth Program brings together the brightest young leaders from around our country for a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to experience American democracy," Senator Manchin said. "During the program, our students will get a firsthand look at the U.S. Senate, and they will gain an unpar- alleled understanding of the political processes of our government. This is a truly special opportunity for our West Virginia students to explore a future in public service, and I strong- ly encourage those who are interest- ed in government to apply for this outstanding program." During the week-long program, the students will learn about the his- tory and procedures of the Senate, meet with high-level elected officials and be encouraged to explore a ca- reer in public service. They will also have the unique opportunity to hear major policy addresses by Senators, cabinet members, officials of the Departments of State and Defense and directors of federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Selection to the program will be based on the students' proven aca- demic excellence, leadership abili- ties and commitment to public ser- vice. Eligible students must also be currently serving as a student offi- cer and be a West Virginia resident. Interested students should contact their high school principal or the West Virginia selection administra- tor, Robert Wiseman at rjwisema@ access.kl2.wv.us or 304-558-5325 ext, 53220. when they are later gathered at the table. Now with the passing months, the time for outside cooking is draw- ing to a close but there are still a few opportunities before the grill lid is closed until next year, bring- ing to mind, Roy J/ogers and Dale Evans having no children of their own, set to about to adopt as many as they could provide for and I seem to remember the total was about 12 children they shepherded into adult- hood, "shepherded" as they had a deep religious belief in their lives 1 cup total shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese Directions Mix together beef, soup mix and egg. Prepare 12 sort of flat patties, 6 with 2 tablespoons of the cheese, cover with the other 6 patties and seal together to keep the cheese from coming out. Grill and serve on fluffy hamburger rolls with crispy lettuce and a thick tomato slice. It's Saturday Matinee Time - "Hi- Ho-Silver. One final note, based on the crowd's reaction to the "Salute to and that of their children, One of Bricktop" last week, on the Alder- their daughters had an idea for a project of gathering favorite outside recipes from the western film stars, including those favorites from her family cook-outs. This is the one she received from Clayton Moore. Lone Ranger Hamburger Ingredients 2 lbs. ground beef 1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix 1 egg son Memorial Bridge in a profes- sional effort by the performers in an evening of memorable music, some mentioned,that it could well become an annual event. This is an idea worth considering by the good people of Alderson and the Alderson Main Street Committee, who made every effort to make this show a suc- cess, they succeeded. Jack D. Ballard Lewisburg Wright to the Point By Jonathan Wright On this Labor Day weekend it's worthwhile to look back on our own individual work histories and renew ourselves once more to the deep val- ue of hard, honest work. Most of us remember our first real job. It was an exciting time when we put in those first few days of work and then received----of all things payment for that work. No thrill quite compares to that of being pre- sented with financial remuneration for labors completed. what has made our country oreat.  People who have entered the work- force to put food on their families' tables have not only felt empowered to be more self-sufficient, but they have also experienced the simple pride in being a contributing part of society. Every working person makes a meaningful contribution to the over- all economy, adding resources and revenue that benefit all of us. Even apart from the financial end of it all, workers keep our businesses and institutions operational, making them viable parts of the community and enriching the lives of countless citizens. These are often things we don't immediately see, and thus they're not always in the forefront of public thinking. They're enormously sig-" nificant nonetheless. Hard work keeps the lights on and the water flowing. Hard work keeps money in the bank. Hard work pays family bills. Hard work keeps stomachs satis- fied. Hard work pays the doctor and dentist. Hard work yields taxes that keep our cities safe, our streets in good re- pair, and our schools open. Hard work pays for college educa- tion. ing. Hard work funds dreams. If you're part of America's current workforce, you have a lot to be proud of. Despite a sinking economy, ris- ing prices on nearly everything, and exorbitant tax rates that eat up way too much of our paychecks it's still a supreme blessing from our Creator to be able to put in a good day' s work and chart a firm course in life for ourselves and those we love. We're indebted also to those with the know-how and vision to start and successfully grow businesses that provide much-needed job s to willing workers. These experts have contrib- uted invaluably to many, many lives in a country where oppommities abound. Celebrate the American dream this Monday and one of the most indis- pensable components of that dream. Celebrate labor. Commentary AG Morrisey sends letter to EPA outlining agency's failure to follow:, its own rule-making process West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey this week sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protec- tion Agency Administrator Gina Mc- Carthy, which outlines further legal objections to EPA's plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from ex- isting and modified power plants. In the letter, which is co-signed by attorneys general from 12 additional states, Morrisey notes EPA failed to include required and critical infor- mation in the regulatory dockets of two recent proposed rules: one re- lating to carbon dioxide emissions for existing sources, and one relat- ing to arbon dioxide emissions for modified sources. Because EPA did not include in the dockets key ma- terials on which the agency relies as support for those Proposed Rules, it violated Section 307(d) of the Clean Air Act. As such, the rules must be withdrawn. "This is another blatant example of this agency's disregard for the rule of law. The public has a clear right to know how EPA reached its conclusions," Attorney General Morrisey said. "It is abundantly clear that EPA and the Obama Ad- ministration will not allow anything to get in the way of enacting these illegal, burdensome regulations on coal-fired power plants," Section 307(d) of the CleanAir Act explicitly requires that all data, information, and documents used to create proposed rules must be made available to the public at the time of proposal to allow for meaningfu! comment. Finalizing a rule without providing parties with the technicai information needed for meaningfu! comment renders the proposed rule unlawful, i The letter provides three specifid examples in which EPA violates See, tion 307, and in light of those viola2 tions, asks the agency to withdraw both the Existing Source Rule and Modified Sources rule immediately;, Alternatively, the letter asks that the EPA publish the missing data imme-' diately and extend the comment pe riod 120 days from the date of sucll publication. "Our Office will not ignore the repeated violations of process and law that this agency is using to force. its rules for carbon emissions on thd states," Attorney General Morrisey said. "We will continue to use every tool available to fight for coal min- ers and the jobs that the coal industry supports." The letter is also signed by the at: torneys general of Alabama, Indiana Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Ne braska, North Dakota, Ohio, Okla'. homa, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming. A copy of the letter can be viewed here: http://bit ly/lp5MWlm. Commentary Research links a healthy body to healthy brain By Dan Heyman Keeping kids active not only keeps their bodies healthy but also their brains, according to new research. "White matter" describes the bun- dies of axons that carry nerve signals from one area of the brain to another. Laura Chaddock-Heyman and other researchers at the University of Il- linois found a link between physi- cal fitness and the integrity of white matter tracks in the brains of 9- and 10-year-old children. It doesn't mean physically-fit kids are smarter, Chaddock-Heyman said, but perhaps their brains work better. "It does seem that the white-matter tracks in higher-fit children are more structurally compact, or stronger or more fibrous compared to their low- er-fit peers," she said, "which would most likely lead to a more efficient brain structure." She said previous research has shown an association between improved aerobic fitness and gains in cognitive function, on specific tasks and in academic set- tings. Chaddock-Heyman said she hopes the research encourages families tO exercise and stay active, and that i i opens discussion in the community about public health and education. ' "We're hoping that schools, iff- stead of minimizing or eliminating physical activity during the school day, will include more physical edm cation programs and physical activ- ity opportunities in the classroom," she said. The researchers are taking the findings further in a controlled trial to determine if white-matter im tegrity improves in kids who start a new exercise routine and maintain ii over time. The findings, reported in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, are online at journal, frontiers in. org.