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Buckles FROM PAGE A4 strongly that a national memori- al is needed and his efforts, his life brought so much attention to the cause" Fountain said. "What we want to do now is simply add anoth- er feature to that site so that people who come visit it can also feel like they've paid respect to all Ameri- ca's veterans of World War I" Leaders in Congress are weighing whether to overrule D.C. leaders' efforts to keep con- trol of the memorial; Washing- ton's mayor Vincent C. Gray, Congresswoman Eleanor Hol- mes Norton, D-D.C., and others oppose HR 938, which would re- dedicate the D.C. War Memori- al as a national memorial to all WWI vets. In his efforts to see a nation- al memorial for his fellow sol- News/State diers, Frank Buckles spent his final years with his eyes on the future, and it's cer- tainly fitting and right for the country to honor those who fought with a nation- alWWI me- morial. Future gen- erations must not lose sight SUBMITTED PHOTO of the war in A young Frank Buckles. which some 70 million fought - and some 9 million died - between its start on July 28, 1914, and the armi- stice on Nov. 11, 1918. Allow World War II its Stone- henge'of stttes and Vietnam its wall of names, each memori- al fits perfectly the marks left by their respective conflicts, but a simple, humble bandstand be- speaks a young nation on the cusp of a great war, a decade into its own cen- tury, and who better to be put to work restor- ing it but a small, blanket-draped man, almost a century removed from the strap- ping youth who'd gone to join the colours, and ever so strong? That's what I took from one af- ternoon with Mr. Buckles - that his final years remaining were not just his, but this country's too, that they helped form a recollection of a place we'd been to a much younger nation and triumphed in the trying to make the world a bet- ter place, and he'd made of his last years a pilgrimage to see a na- tion's time and its sacrifice Over There remembered. And now, as the centennial of the start of the Great War nears, this cause is left in the hands of those who took note of the work and sacrifices of Frank Woodruff Buckles, and who want to see his hard work remembered for gen- erations to come. --Robert Snyder is managing editor of the Spirit of Jefferson. Portions of this column original- ly appeared in the Spring 2011 issue of Panhandle magazine. Christine Miller Ford contribut- ed to this article. Miller FROM PAGE A4 55-cent per pack tax on ciga- rettes to $1.55 and raise the current tax rate on the whole- sale price of smokeless tobac- co products from 7 percent to 50 percent. Two no-doubt sincere phy- sicians who see the advantag- es in public health by reducing tobacco consumption -- Sen. Dan Foster, D-Kanawha, and Sen. Ron Stollings, D-Boone -- are co-sponsors of the bill. Senate Finance Chairman Ro- man Prezioso, D-Marion, is the lead.sponsor and his goal is to find money to cover the addi- tional $200 million the state will need for the Medicaid pro- gram next year. But it is an election year af- ter all, not only for legislators but other state and local offi- cers so these three realize they face an unpopular uphill battle despite prevailing public opin- ion that most people prefer a tax hike on tobacco to other possibilities. Finally, another indication of the increasingly difficult economic situation confronting more and more people is the fact that so many people are se- cretly depositing their garbage in large private bins provided for businesses with a high vol- ume of refuse. The practice is apparently so widespread that a bill has been introduced at the West Virginia Legislature to allow county litter control offi- cers to issue citations to those caught in the act. Delegate Daniel Hall, D- Wyoming, the lead sponsor, said this merely increases the cost of garbage service for ev- eryone because it means the waste management firms must make more frequent pickups, increasing the cost of the ser- vice for the commercial cus- tomers who have one of the waste bins on the premises, which is already a crime. It rfiay be preferable to throwing it over the side of the mountain but that's not a sufficient ex- cuse. Luse FROM PAGE A4 make my way through to the second ring of Internet hell, which is similar to the teeth gnashing associated with voice mail hell. Prob- lem is, this site was only for my catastrophic policy and I couldn't determine how to ac- cess my medical, dental and vision stuff. Of course I had dropped that particular cover- age earlier this year in favor of one with lower premiums, albeit with a sky-high deduct- ible. Maybe that was why I couldn't find anything on the site, had it already been purged? My first point to raise with the next available representative. This one wasn't quite as chipper as the last woman and I could tell she wasn't getting what I was asking for as she tossed my call forward to an- other woman who also did the same thing so that I ended up with the electronic voice tell- ing me the wait time would be 28 minutes. I could, however, take the option of leaving my num- ber and someone would call me. Sure, I'll play your little game. Of course when my phone rang it was instead a pitch for a do- nation and I have to admit I was not terribly charitable to the woman on the other end. While cooling my heels, I decided to haul out my check register for 2011 and see if it wouldn't be easier to just go through and add up all the fig- ures myself of what I had paid out. Good plan, because as it turned out when the insur- ance company rang me back I was told to press one, hopeful- ly to be connected to the person who would solve my problem. I heard the call going through, then "do, do, do, do. The num- ber you have reached is no longer in service." -- Nancy Luse is a freelance writer in Frederick, Md., and is not a fan of the health insurance indus- try. She may be reached at nluse(at) Verizon :aet. Career awareness camps for the deaf offered this summer Deaf and hard-of-hearing students from across the country are invited to.attend one of three summer career awareness camps focusing on science, technology, business and art at Rochester Institute of Technol- ogy's National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Hundreds of students are expected. Each program features hands-on activi- ties during the day, social activities in the evenings and accommodations in a college dorm room. The programs are intended to promote interest in specific fields and de- termine what career options may interest and motivate the students. Explore Your *Future is a six-day ca- reer awareness program for college-bound high school sophomores and juniors who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students expe- rience college life, enjoy hands-on activi- ties, and get a taste of careers in the fields of business, computing, engineering, sci- ence and art. Choice of two sessions, July 14 - 19 or July 21 - 26, 2012. Registration deadline is April 30. Details are available at TechGirlz and TechBoyz are week-long summer camps held July 28 -Aug. 3,2012, for deaf and hard-of-hearing girls and boys respectively, entering 7th, 8th and 9th grade who are interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Camp- ers build computers to take home, discov- er the secrets of roller coasters, conduct ex- periments in a high-tech lab and more. Reg- istration deadline is May 31. Details are available at or Steps to Success is a weekend mini- camp on Aug. 3 - 5, 2012. for 7th, 8th and 9th grade African American, Native Amer- ican and Latino students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Campers enjoy hands- on career-related activities and meet new friends. Registration deadline is May 31. Details are found at StepstoSuccess. RIT is internationally recognized for aca- demic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging technology, sustainability and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. RIT enrolls 17,000 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career- oriented and professional programs, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. NTID, one of nine colleges of RIT, was established by Congress in 1965 to pro- vide college opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who were un- deremployed in technical fields. A record 1,547 students attend NTID; more than 1,350 are deaf or hard of hearing. Oth- ers are hearing students enrolled in inter- preting or deaf education programs. Visit: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 A5 W.Va. Senior Sports Classic June 21 - 23 The 19th annual WV Senior Sports Classic will be held in Charleston on June 21, 22 and 23. The events include golf, tennis, bowling, bike races, track and field, swim- ming and 14 other sports. The events are open to anyone 50 or older. The first four finishers in each event qualify to partici- pate in the 2013 National Se- nior games to be held in Cleve- land. The states qualifying events are the only way to qual- ify for the National games. Participation is by age group in five year increments such as 50 - 54, 55 - 59 and on up; so one will be compet- ing with athletes in one's own age group. The racquetball event will be held at the new state of the art Shepherd University Well- ness Center on June 23. This is the only event not held in the Charleston area. One can sign up for any event at the WVSSC web site at The racquetball event is not listed on the official en- try form; write "Racquetball" on your entry form. For ques- tions about the Racquetball event, contact Bill Cummings at or 304- 886-9075. Contact information for all other events is on the WVSSC web site Na- tional Senior Games or www. nsga.dom. W.Va. Senates passes bill banning exotic pets CHARLESTON (AP) -- The West Virginia Sen- ate passed a bill Friday that would require owners of ex- otic animals to obtain state permits by July and ban all future purchases or sales of these animals. In a rare show of dis- sension, one senator voted against the bill because of concerns about how quickly it would go into effect and which animals it would cov- er. West Virginia joins a string of states looking to regulate or ban private individuals from owning dangerous ani- mals like tigers and chimpan- zees following the release of dozens of wild animals in Zanesville, Ohio, last year. The state could confiscate animals if the owners vio- late the proposed law or if the animals pose a threat to humans or other animals. Owners could be subject to inspections. Zoos, circuses and sanctuaries would be ex- empt. The bill would also re- quire the Division of Natu- ral Resources to draft a list of which animals would be banned. The House version lists specific types of animals that would fall under the ban, like constricting snakes. Sen. Dave Sypolt. R-Pres- ton, voted against the bill be- cause it is too broad and gives the DNR too much discretion to decide what animals end up on the list. He said the rules could restrict owning a parrot or a goldfish. Sypolt also questioned the July 1 effective date of the proposed law. He said the DNR should not be required to draft emergency regula- tions in the next few months but should undergo the normal yearlong rule-writing process that involves public input. "Why are we in such a hur- ry?" Sypolt said. Existing state law provides pet permits for some native animals and commercial per- mits for captive deer. State law also prohibits keeping some animals like raccoons as pets because of the risk of ra- bies. But officials have no idea how many people own exot- ic animals because state law doesn't require owners to re- port them. Bill would allow donation of prescription drugs CHARLESTON (AP) AWest Virginia lawmaker wants nursing homes to be allowed to donate pre- scription drugs from deceased pa- tients to flee clinics. Democratic Del. Richard Iaquin- ta of Harrison says that the drugs are currently either returned to the phar- macy for a refund or destroyed. The Charleston Daily Mail re- ports that Iaquinta re-introduced House Bill 2014 last month. It would allow nursing home direc- tors to donate unused, unexpired, non-narcotic drugs from deceased patients to free health clinics, as long as family members of the de- ceased gave consent. This is the third time Iaquinta has tried to get the drag donation bill passed. The bill failed to make it out of committee during the previous two legislative sessions. W.Va. Northern draws drilling-industry job seekers NEW MARTINSVILLE (AP) West Virginia North- ern Community College says at least one-third of the students who took December training classes are now working in the oil and gas industry. New Martinsville Campus Dean Larry Tackett says anoth- er rig hand class and a welding class are in the works. The Intelligencer says about 25 students turned out this week for a free class on gen- eral safety, first aid, CPR, an overview of the drilling pro- cess and career opportunities in the field. Iraq War veteran Greg Star- key says he hopes the classes he's been taking will help him get a foot in the door. The Sistersville, Ohio, res- ident says the rush to tap the Marcellus shale reserves has created a lot of opportunities for people who need jobs. + ..... 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