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Tues. May 16, 2017 Hinton News - 7 i"For years, the DEA approved dramatic increases in the aggregate levels of drug ingredients, all at a time when more and more opioids were being manufactured and prescribed. Representative Evan Jenkins (R- W.Va.) is asking the Drug Enforcement Agency to reevaluate its quota system to prevent a future opioid crisis. In a letter to DEA Director Chuck 'Rosenberg, Rep. Jenkins says he firmly believes the DENs drug quota system for opioid production needs to re-examined and reformed in light of the opioid crisis in West Virginia process. I respectfully ask that you and across the nation, evaluate the DEA quota system to "For years, the DEA approved guarantee safeguards are in place so dramatic increases in the aggregate this country never again faces an levels of drug ingredients, all at a opioid crisis like we are seeing time when more and more opioids today," Rep. Jenkins wrote. were being manufactured and Rep. Jenkins also asked Director prescribed. The DEA must evaluate Rosenberg a number of questions all areas that are involved in the about the quota system, including its opioid epidemic, including the quota policies and its procedures. Broadband Key to Economic Growth The fate of rural America is the focus of much national attention today. Yet, many across West Virginia have been feeling the very real effects of this debate for some time. Our communities have been hard hit by job loss and decline, creating a major drag on the state's economy and our quality of life. One of my top priorities has been to promote policies that spur new investment and boost economic growth. Broadband access can provide West Virginians with opportunities that lead to new jobs and higher wages, providing the momentum our state's economy needs. Potential investors need to see that West Virginia and its workforce are open for business ~tnd ready to get to work in the 21st century economy. According to the FCC, more than 30 million Americans lack access to high-speed broadband internet, including a disproportionate number of rural communities. Without this connectivity, these communities struggle to compete in today's internet-based world. In 2015, I launched my Capito Connect plan, iumpstarting a Statewide conversation about the r~eed to connect West Virginia. Broadband should be easily available and affordable. Senator Shelley Moore Capito The benefits of broadband access are numerous. But too many parts of rural America can't attract the investment they need to get online. Despite significant federal and private funding, West Virginia is less connected than nearly every other state in America. We've been hamstrung by a lack of competition between service providers and burdensome regulations, and failed to maximize existing resources. West Virginia's rural communities have so much potential. Communities like Thomas and Davis in Tucker County .or the whitewater resorts in Fayette County need robust" broadband to fully capture the potential of a tourism economy. These communities can capitalize on their natural beauty and attract a technology-based workforce that simply needs a computer and strong, stable connectivity to reach clients around the globe. In order to help these communities realize their potential we must equip them with the right tools to succeed. That's why I recently introduced new legislation to accelerate the development of high-speed internet in low-income communities. The Gigabit Opportunity or GO Act encourages new investment to connect these rural and urban ~It's that simple ~ and, at the,, areas ..... e~hUlevei, I have been leading By empowering governors and ~i~forts to make this a reality, states to direct investments to areas with the greatest need, this proposal ensures that communities with the highest potential for economic development are prioritized for funding. For providers, the proposal eliminates barriers to new investment in broadband infrastructure and incentivizes competition. Under the GO Act, the Federal Communications Commission is directed to release a framework to streamline broadband laws that states, counties and cities can voluntarily adopt. This will eliminate the myriad of duplicative and inconsistent laws that currently exist and complement existing broadband legislation in states like West Virginia. Once adopted, governors would be able to nominate a portion of their state's low-income areas as Gigabit Opportunity Zones. Businesses that invest in these zones or make upgrades to speed up their networks would benefit from targeted tax and other incentives. Internet access should be broadly available regardless of whether you live in a small town or big city - and this connectivity is essential to growing West Virginia's economy. With all the focus on rural America, now is the time to level the playing field and close the digital divide. U.S. - Senator Shelley Moore Capito is a member of the Senate Commerce Committee. Urges OMB Direct Mulvaney to reconsider drastic cuts to office of drug policy, community prevention efforts In a letter to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) is urging the Trump Administration to reconsider any funding cuts to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) as the nation grapples with a serious opioid epidemic. She called on Director Mulvaney to instead propose a realistic budget that demonstrates the administration's commitment to combatting drug addiction. "If cuts to the ONDCP, including the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas and Drug Free Communities programs, are proposed in the Administration's Fiscal Year 2018 Budget then I will lead a bipartisan group of my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee and in the Senate to reject those proposed cuts," said Senator Capito, chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. Senator Capito has worked with ONDCP, including its HIDTA and Drug Free Communities programs, to reduce drug use and overdose deaths, and to ensure that local communities have the resources they need to take on the drug challenge. YLA's Teen Leadership Summits are open to all junior and high school students. A week at the Horseshoe Leadership Center empowers campers to develop their leadership, communication and team building skills while gaining life-long friendships and memories through numerous fun activities. Located in the middle of the beautiful Monongahela National Forest, both summits are held at the Horseshoe Leadership Center in WV WATER FESTIVAL VENDORS The WV Water Festival is now accepting vendor applications for their outdoor vendor event August, 4 & 5. Spaces are 12x12 for $50 for both days. $40 for one day. Call Kendra at 304-661-0422 Parsons, WV. This year's Senior High Teen Leadership Summit will be held June 18 - 24. The Junior High Teen Leadership Summit will be held June 25 - July 1. A camper from last year says it best: "I never really believed in "life changing experiences" until I began coming to Horseshoe. The people, this camp, this program has really helped me more than I can express. It has developed me into the person I was destined to be. It has pushed WV WATER FESTIVAL KAROKE The WV Water Festival Karaoke me out of my comfort zones and made me want to be that leader everyone wants to be." For more information and to access the online application form, visit www.ylayouthleadership.org/ Camp Horseshoe. Applications 'are now being accepted. Additional information is available by calling 304-4782481. Our staff may" visit your school or group and present a program on the Teen Leadership Summits. NOTICE Make A Difference... Contest returns this year on August Donate...Voluntser...Foster..~dopt. 5th with DJ Greg Swagger! Pre- Janet L. Richmond, BSW LSW, registration is required. Regional Director Children's Home Contact Jennifer Buckland for a Society ofWV. regist~'ation ..... ~or~ ........ =at Phone 304-647-3430. Fax-: 304-" jrbuckland327@gmail.c0m. Winner 647-3589. receives $25. WHAT DOES YOUR HEALTH CARE LOOK LIKE NOW? On Friday, May S, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act by a vote of 217 to 213. Here is what it does: Cuts Medicaid by $880 billion over the next 10 years Revokes the expansion of Medicaid Takes health insurance away from at least 24 million Americans Allows insurers to charge higher premiums to older patients Removes the subsidies provided by the Affordable Care Act that helped middle-income people afford health insurance Allows insurance companies to implement yearly and lifetime caps on health coverage Rolls back protection for people with pre-existing conditions, possibly including: Dia betes Arthritis Cancer Congestive heart failure Sleep apnea Hepatitis Stroke Multiple sclerosis Anorexia Parkinson's disease Cerebral palsy Lupus $;25,000 per year. Alcohol or drug abuse Obesity Pregnancy Pending surgery Epilepsy Kidney disease Mental disorders Muscular dystrophy Paralysis Crohn's disease AIDS Insurance premiums for people with the above conditions could reach as high as Our Congressman, Evan Jenkins, voted "yes" on this bill, but the Senate has yet to approve it. Call Senator Shelley Moore Capito at 202-224-6472 and tell her to vote no on these changes to the Affordable Care Act. =Call Senator Joe Manchin at 202-224-3954 and thank him for his contint ed commitment to affordable health care for West Virginians. For more information about-health care in WV, go to www.wvahc.org (West Virginians for Affordable Health Care). Want to do more? Join the summers County Huddle, a non-partisan group of patriotic Americans. Contact Shalom Tazewell at 304 673-5428. Sources: The Kaiser Family Foundation, USA Today Paid for by the Summers County Huddle