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America&apos;s Economic Bedrock: Our Infrastructure By Congressman Nick Rahall Largely ignored in the national debate about the looming "fiscal cliff' -- the massive, across-the- board cut in the Federal budget scheduled to take effect in January -- is the greater threat of allowing the bedrock of America's long-term economic strength to crumble, if we sacrifice investment in our basic infrastructure. It is time we recognize that if the needs of our aging highways and bridges, water and waste water treatment needs, and broadband access were only addressed, we would not only grow the economy, we would also sustain and create jobs and help balance the budget. No less an authority than the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), with its periodic report cards, has painted a very dismal portrait of the state of our Nation's' infrastructure. Across our country, ASCE warns that our aging water pipes are leaking an estimated 7 billion gallons of clean drinking water a day. Talk about water down the drain! This is water that American consumers, companies and towns, cities and counties have already paid to have treated so that it will be drinkable -- an incredible waste. In the last report cards issued by ASCE, the 15 infrastructure categories graded earned a Grade Point Average of "D" -- that's deplorable. Things are so bad that the History Channel even produced a television special entitled "The Crumbling of America." The ASCE points out that in West Virginia our drinking water infrastructure will need an investment of $862 million over the next 20 years, and our wastewater treatment facilities will require a whopping $2.52 billion. Add to that, the needs of hundreds of ohr dam, ' our bridges and rods rld'y)t SoO get the picture. We need to act as a state and a nation to keep strong and secure this most important man-made foundation of America's economic livelihood and quality of life. Poorly maintained infrastructure, like roads, just isn't a safety hazard for families, it costs business and consumers alike. An estimated 65 percent of the $50 billion of commodities transported from West Virginia is trucked over our State's highways. Protecting that investment by the private sector translates into jobs. And consider this: officials at the U.S. Department of Transportation calculate that a $1 billion investment in transportation sustains or creates 34,779 jobs. Further, the Road Information Project reports a Federal Highway Administration estimate that every dollar spent on road, highway, and bridge improvements returns an average benefit of $5.20 by reducing delays, vehicle maintenance costs, fuel consumption, road and bridge maintenance costs, and emissions, as well asimproved safety -- all as a result of improved traffic flow. Congress should take advantage of the next two years of breathing room provided by the passage this summer of the new transportation bill and craft a robust long-term, legislative vehicle to address our Nation's and West Virginia's many needs. We have major highway projects to complete, such as Routes 2 and 10, the 1-73/74 Tolsia / King Coal Highway, the Coalfields Expressway, and the Z-Way to name a few. We have important transit cornerstones to complete in downtown Beckley and Bluefield. Our airports have plans for growth, and with game changers like the Boy Scouts of America taking root here, infrastructure to meet growing demand is a basic necessity. Such infrastructure initiatives, in West Virginia and throughout the country, would also help to narrow the growing divide between the two prties in the Congress and assist in bridging the need for a roadmap to compromise so that we can get America moving again. When I first , .came to Congress and secured a seat on the all-important-to-West Virginia Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, we had a motto: "There are no Democratic or Republican bridges, just American bridges." I now serve as the top Democrat on that Committee. From that vantage point, I appreciate that extreme politics is a good attention grabber, but then you have to roll up your sleeves and go to work. The far ends of the political spectrum need to appreciate that compromise is not capitulation; it is a fundamental part of the process that gets things done. When we address our physical infrastructure, we provide a solid foundation for the twin pillars of education and innovation to rise above and help Americans reach new heights. These ini+iatives I am advocating are nothing new. In fact, they are tried and true tonics for ailing economies and proven job producers. It is not too late for Congress to recall its successes of the past to pave a solid roadway for our Country's future. U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) represents West Virginia's 3rd District. Tools For Rent! LAMP ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM Do you need a GED? Do you need to brush up on your math or reading skills? LAMP Adult Education is here for you! Every Friday from 1:00 to 4:00, we will have an open house on the third floor of the Summers County Public Library. During this time, LAMP staff will answer questions about enrolling in and attending an adult education program, the GED test, and how we can help you with your career or education goals. Let us help you explore, plan, and reach your goals for a better life. All materials and tutoring are provided free of charge. For more information, call Evelyn or Shalom at 466-4490 or stop in on Friday afternoons. Kiersten and Braxton Nelson Birth Announcement Kiersten Danielle Nelson is proud to announce the birth of her baby brother, Braxtoa James. Braxton was born on August 8, 2012 at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center. He weighed 6 pounds 15.8 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long. The proud parents are J|m and Misty Nelson of Ballengee. Braxton's and Kiersten's paternal grandparents are Jim and Millie Notice HOMECOMING Homecoming: Come prepare to praise the Lord. at Spruce Run Chapel, Forest Hill, WV., on November 4. Pastor: Rev. Orville Meadows. Speaker will be Rev. Orville E. Meadows. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Morning Worship Singing by Dubbeld Family, Dinner: 12 noon provided by Ladies Auxiliary Special singing beginning at 1:30 p.m. Featured Singers: The Mark Dubbeld Family from Roanoke, VA. They sang at the Labor Day weekend camp meeting on the Greenbrier in August. Nelson of Ballengee. They are the great-grandchildren of the late Donald and Ida Nelson of Ballengee, and the late Faye Ward of Hinton. Their maternal grandparents are Ronnie and Cindy Mann of Union, and Bobby and Barbara Fisher of Gap Mills. They are the great- grandchildren of the late Ray and Opal Dunbar of Union, the late Frank and Shirley Fisher of Sinks Grove, the late Alma Dillon of Union, and the late Price and Thelma Galford of Gap Mills. Braxton and Kierston have two very proud uncles Jarred Mann of Union and Mitchell Fisher of Sinks Grove. Just/Ask. RENTAL START RIGHT, START HERE. Railroad Ave., Aldcrson, WV CALL: 304-445-2920 www.Truevalue,com/homecenter Paid Political Advertising ,-" LF..C, e.. L/:::C, 00,00,Garry, E. .... Wheele,,r Sheriff of Summers County I was honored to serve as your Sheriff for eight years from 2001 until 2008. My department's accomplishments were many. I made a campaign promise to deal with the drug problem in our county and we did. I made a promise that a woman would never be abused and that abuse be allowed to go unnoticed. I promised that a child would never be sexually abused and that abuse be ignored. I promised to protect the elderly from abuse and scams. As a lifelong resident of this county I feel that I am uniquely qualified to understand the people and the problems. I have always tried to treat each and every citizen with dignity and respect and to respond to their needs in a timely manner. As I traveled around the county on the campaign trail I heard complaints thai the current department does not respond to calls as they should. If I am elected I will restart the successful drug program that I had in place for eight years. I also promise to continue to keep my campaign promises from my last term. We all.know that the duties of the Sheriff are defined in the WV State Code. It is how we perform those duties that make a difference. During my administration I Bailiffed my own courts, this administration has used overtime money to hire a Court Bailiff that is not a certified deputy. Service of Warrants and Civil Papers: I have been a licensed Private Investigator and Process Server for the last four years and my business has been very good since the Sheriff's Department has not served papers like they should. Handling of Prisoners for Court appearances: Recently, while on business in the Courthouse, I observed one deputy escorting several prisoners, a huge security risk for Court House employees. Investigating Crimes: I have heard several complaints as I traveled around the county campaigning that crimes are not being investigated and that the phones in the Sheriff's Department are not being answered. I had this experience myself when I tried to call and shortly showed up to find Deputies there and no one answering the phones. Providing General Law Enforcement Patrols Throughout The County: I have heard many complaints as I campaigned that county residents are not seeing Sheriff's Department patrols. If elected, I would be very interested in holding community meetings with county residents to address their concerns and complaints. I would also like to provide an anonymous tip line to the Sheriff's Department similar to the Raleigh County "Crime Stoppers". During my service as Sheriff I secured Cops Grants for two deputies and also secured Homeland Security Grants. I served for four years on the Regional Jail Authority Board and I was a Iongtime Board member for REACHH. I stand on my record as Sheriff for eight years and if elected I promise to pursue the citizens priorities tirelessly. If you need a ride to Early Vote or on the Nov. 6 Election, Please feel free to call me and we will provide you with a ride. Ph: 304-660-7388 Thank You For Your Vote and Support Garry E. Wheeler Pol. ad paid by Garry E. 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