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T /0 i (Continuing the Hinton Daily News & The Weekend I_eader) Home of "W. Va. Water Festiva/" Volume 114 No. 49 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday April 18, 2017 50 Cents ebrate E in Members of Three Rivers Democratic Women shown with Senator Joe Manchin before the recent town hall here Thursday. Photo by Rick Moorefield. Submitted by Jane Meador Senator Joe Manchin said he supported Planned Parenthood, among other issues, during a town hall in Hinton sponsored by Three Rivers Democratic Women on Thursday, April 13. For over an hour and a half he answered questions from constituents in Summers and surrounding counties including the Democratic women's groups from Greenbrier and Mercer counties. He fielded questions ranging from Planned Parenthood, land use laws, and pipeline issues, to climate change, drug abuse, Syria and Russia. Even though he only advocates abortion in the strictest sense: rape, incest, and concern for mothers health, he agrees that because of the Hyde Amendment, Planned Parenthood, does not use money to pay for abortions. He said that now that those videos that had attempted to invalidate the work of Planned Parenthood have been debunked, he would support further funding. Manchin also said he supports legalization of medical marijuana, but does not support legalization of recreational marijuana. He explained that his position formed from talks with addicts who said they first began as marijuana users. Veterans in attendance who have found relief from the drug urged him to reconsider his position. He encouraged farmers who want to inVest in hemp farms as a new industry for the state. Manchin also vowed to check on pipeline actions that appeared to be in corporate interests rather than land owners. On climate change, he said, "I absolutely care about the climate," and explained that 7 billion humans on earth have to contribute to climate change. "But," he added, "there's got to be a balance between the economy and the environment." Addressing why Democratic leadership appears to be taking little tono action, he said that some Democrats were afraid to take action, For example, they avoid pushing a fix for the ACA because they do not want "to own" it. And he added, 'Tee don't have 60 votes. We don't h av.,e enough ......... and R~publicans who will work together." "I feel this lack of action makes Democrats look weak," said Three Rivers Democratic Women president, Jane Meador. '~rhey should be floating ideas that will support the people who believe in the ACA. Those people will then rise up to support them which will force Republicans to take notice." Manchin fielded questions from more than 150 people at the town hall. For those unable to ask their questions, his staff took written questions that he will answer later for them. Some Summers County ARH Hospital Mammograms May Need to be Repeated AppalachianRegionalHealthcare (ARI-I) announced today that some mammograms performed in 2015- 2016 at the Summers County ARH Hospital did not meet clinical image quality standards and, as a result, affected patients may require a repeat mammogram. Maria Braman, MD, ARH Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, said that 1,200 mammograms involving 850 patients are being reviewed by an independent board-certified radiologist to determine the adequacy of the images. That information will then be provided to the patient and their health care provider. "All potentially impacted patients have been identified and they, as well as their health care providers, are being directly notified of the review. If a repeat mammogram is determined to be necessary, or if any of the affected patients want to have a repeat mammogram regardless of the findings of the review, it will be paid for by ARH and performed at another certified facility in the patient's area," Braman said. Mammograms are no longer being performed at Summers County ARH Hospital at the direction of the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) until further notice. All other ARH hospitals in West Virginia and Kentucky continue to offer full mammography services and are not affected by the FDA directive. The problem at Summers County ARH was identified during a regular random sample image check by the accrediting body of the American College of Radiology. Dr, Braman apologized for the situation and emphasized that ARH is moving as quickly as possible to identify those images which are actually deficient. "For 60 years the hospitals in the ARH family have provided high- quality, close-to-home healthcare for many thotlsands of Appalachian families. This isolated incident is not indicative of what our patients expect of us and we are taking all steps to rectify it and ehsure it does not occur again." ( Social Security Change "a Trojan Horse", by Dan Heyman A proposm ~o c~lans~ ~luw Social Security is funded is being attacked as a sneaky way of undermining the program. The Trump administration is floating what's been described as a trial balloon - end the separate payroll taxes deducted for~Social Security and replace the~,~ith general revenue or a consu~n tax, similar to a sales tax. But Nancy Altman, president of the group Social Seeu~ty Works, said those payroll i deductions function like insurance premiums -. you have to pay in to get benefits. She said stopping those would be the first step to cutting benefits. "Undermining the premiums, which are the de~cated revenue, which can ovly be used for Social Security - the dominant source of funding that's bee~ there since 1935 - it fundamentally alters the program," Altman said. Critics say Social Security is going bankrupt and has to be changed. The latest federal estimates say the program's trust fund will run out in 2034. But Altman said the program would still pay out nearly 80 percent of current benefits with an empty trust fund. Since Social Security has its own dedicated source of funding, it adds nothing to the deficit. But Altman said ending the payroll taxes would leave Social Security benefits vulnerable to cuts as a way to reduce the deficit at some point in the future. "So I've actually called it a Trojan horse, because it looks lik~ a gift, it looks like middle class tax relief, but really it's undermining middle class economic security," she said. During the campaign, President Trump said he wouldn't cut Social Security benefits. But Altman said Trump has criticized the program in the past. And she said the payroll tax structure has been a cornerstone of Social Security since it was founded. "Roosevelt said'this is a premium that people are paying," she said. "And that is part of what gives this program its strength - people know they've not only earned these benefits, they've paid for these benefits." About two-thirds of American seniors rely on Social Security for most or all of their income. Without the program, economists estimate the poverty rate for seniors could multiply by three or four times. More information is available at SocialSecurityWorks.org. Mark your calendars to come and join the celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, April 22 in Bellepoint Park. It will take place from 1 to 4 PM and will celebrate the wondrous beauty of the earth. It will also be a time to consider how to keep the earth healthy and thriving. Of course, any good celebration will have music and snacks. There will also be information on different aspects of the ecology: solar energy, hybrid cars, recycling, fair trade foods and much more. There will be freebies ranging from unique seeds, children's books, black cherry sa~]ings, reusable w~t~'er jugs and more. For children, there will be nature hunt, leaf identification, animal pelts, bracelet making and a chance to wear a bee keepers hat. An outdoor ecumenical service led by Pastor and State Senator Ron Miller will begin at 1:30 and a session with Congressman Nick Joe RahaU on how to communicate with your lawmakers will start at 2:30. Also on this day, the Summers County Public Library will be hosting a children's event starting at 10 AM at Bellepoint Park. They will have stories, a nature walk and plant flowers in a container to decorate and take home. Appalachian Folklife Center will continuetheir tradition of celebrating Earth Day at Pipestem with events from 1I AM - l lPM. They will include panel discussions, educational activities, demonstrations, and live music. More information is available at earthdaywv.c0m Earth day began as a response to the troubled times in the 60's. War raged in Vietnam. Police and demonstrators c!ashed. A massive oil spill hit Santa Barbara, California. People were concerned about the state of the earth. Simon & Garfunkel's song ,Bridge over Troubled Waters' reflected the mood. A US senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, founded the first Earth Day in 1970, as a way to do something constructive. 48 years later, both the celebrations and the concerns continue. The earth is a living, breathing organism. If we take it for granted in our daffy lives, we do so at our own peril. All that we have and all that we are derives from this planet: our food, our shelter, our very existence springs forth from the earth. The devastating effects of humanity on some parts of the earth are alarming. In these uncertain times, advances made to protect the earth are endangered. In 1971, the Lorax, created by Dr. Seuss, wisely said: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not." Today is our day to care. Sponsors of this celebration include Ascension Episcopal Church, Summers County Huddle, Summers County Democratic Executive Committee, Three Rivers DemocraticWomen, Jarrell's Exxon, Benjamin Farley Nationwide Insurance, Big Four Drugstore, Kroger, Magic Mart, Ritz Theatre and Sprouting Farms. If you would like more information or would like to participate, you can call, text or e-mail Nancy at 304.860.9446 or nancyofmadamscreek@gmail.com. Thank you for caring. BARNS OF SUMMERS COUNTY -West Virginia Heritage An extract from the book ..... for your enjoyment By Phyllis Campbell Whitley Built before the i940's by Ulysses "Doc" and Lillie Mac (Berry) Ward, this barn has stood the test of time, thanks to the Ward's grandson and current owner, Basil Bowles. After Mr. Ward's death the farm was sold. Later Mr. Bowles had the opportunity to purchase the farm and have it %ack in the family". For our trip to the farm, leaving the paved road at Hix, we traveled 2 1/2 miles on the Ward Bench Road (Green Sulphur District) and through a couple of gates. We would never have found it without Basil's help. And that's the way he likes it. He hopes it stays that way. Along the way to the farm Mr. Bowles spotted a very large, grayish-browncoyote sprinting across a field. It was breath taking to watch the animal run. Mr. Bowles said the coyote is becoming more common in the area because of the high deer population. He said, 'rhey prey on small fawns and young calves, but their favorite food is anything they can chew." Once found primarily in the west, the animal has migrated to the eastern states in recent years. Once we arrived at the site Basil pointed out that to our right and up the hill was Chestnut Mountain Road where he currently lives with his wife Joyce. You could probably walk it in 20 minutes or so - depending if you were coming down the mountain or going up! He talked about his childhood days with his grandfather. We visited the house he is remodeling and he showed us where other barns had stood. Photographs of one of them, along with a little information, is in another section of the book. Mr. Bowles said that when his grandfather felled the trees and constructed the log barn he topped it with a roof of wood shingles. The roof was recently replaced with one of tin. Mrs. Whitley is a lifetime member of the Summers County Historical Society. The book can be purchased at the Summers County Public Library or by order at barnsofsummerscounty. com. Mrs. Whitley's latest book is entitled "Photographer on Horseback - John C. Wiker'. It details life of a photographer who lived along Little Wolf Creek in the early 1900s. It' can be purchased from members of the Summers County Historical Society or by order at photographeronhorseback. com. Sale of the Barn book benefits the Library and sale of the Wikel book benefits the Summers County Historical Society. IL