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The Roanoke Star-Sentinel April 1 - 7, 2011

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Macher Pleads Guilty

[Arts & Culture]

RSO Goes to the Movies A Center of

Attraction P3– As the new manager of the Roanoke Civic Center Robyn Schon will bring creativity and experience to bear as the facility seeks to stand on its own.


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The Last Refuge P5– Keith McCurdy says that our homes are meant to be the last refuge against the world’s “lesser” influences.

Epic Series Returns P11– Blue Ridge PBS will broadcast Ken Burn’s re-mastered series “The Civil War” beginning Sunday April 3rd.

Say What? P8– Patrick Kelly of Roanoke’s GFD&G Law Firm gives the parameters by which free speech is (and sometimes isn’t) protected in America.

The former owner of several regional restaurants and other local businesses pled guilty on Monday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke to a variety of fraud charges. Roland “Spanky” Macher, of Roanoke, pled guilty to one count of bankruptcy fraud, one count of willfully evading his taxes and one count of food stamp fraud. At senCourts te nc i ng , Macher will face a maximum possible penalty of up to five years for both the tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud charges and up to 20 years for the food stamp fraud charge. “For years, Spanky Macher deceived his creditors, the bankruptcy court and the American taxpayers in an attempt to evade responsibility for his actions,” United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said at the trial. “When individuals like Mr. Macher lie to courts of law, illegally obtain federal benefits, and avoid paying their share of tax, we will vigorously respond. This case demonstrates this office’s commitment to prosecuting all types of financial fraud.” In District Court, Macher admitted that he misrepresented and concealed material facts both in documents and in testimony regarding his Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which was filed in November of 2000 and discharged in August of 2005. Specifically, Macher failed to get approval or disclose the fact that on September 23, 2002 he deeded three rental properties he owned, generating over $135,000 in proceeds. Macher also admitted that he failed to get approval or disclose that in June 2002 he bought two condominiums in Woodlake Vil-

An ever creative, energetic and driven David Wiley leads the RSO through its paces during a special closed recording session held last Sunday for the upcoming movie “Lake Effects.” The movie is expected to be released this summer.

Symphony Lays Down Movie Soundtrack


esides rehearsing for an upcoming concert that features Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Ode to Joy – a presentation featuring several hundred performers, including a chorus – the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra laid down some tracks for the movie “Lake Effects” last Sunday. The independent film, featuring actress Jane Seymour, was filmed on location at Smith Mountain Lake. RSO conductor and Music Director David Wiley and collaborator Kazimir Boyle wrote original pieces for the movie score. Wiley said he had been involved in discussions for almost two years with Sarah Elizabeth Timmins, the young producer of Lake Effects, about the project. Timmins came to an RSO pops concert as a guest and asked Wiley afterwards about contributing to the soundtrack. “It seemed really like a wonderful possibility,” said Wiley, who splits his time now between the Roanoke Symphony and the Long Island (NY) Philharmonic. “It’s all come together and we’re all terribly excited.” Seven short selections were recorded; Wiley isn’t sure how much of the music recorded by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra will survive the editing process but is hoping for 5 to

Prevention Council Hopes For Teachable Moment

Nancy Hans, coordinator for the Roanoke County Prevention Council, often quotes a saying she has borrowed from a White House office: Underage alcohol use is an adult problem, with youth consequences. “Always is and always will be,” adds Hans, who plans to make a recent incident a teachable moment: police raided a party where Hidden Valley High School students were drinking beer Nancy Hans with an adult on the premises. The federally-funded Prevention Council, which devises programs to curb abusive behavior in young people (involving students themselves in the process) often warns that the notion of letting teens have a beer at home is okay. But in reality, it’s not okay - and is, in fact, against the law. Hans can also point to data that shows a person’s brain is not fully developed until they are in their early 20’s – why impair that growth Schools with alcohol or drugs? The Council also goes to battle against bullying, whether it’s physical, mental or even digital – as in text messaging. “It ends up being an opportunity if people can understand why it’s [wrong],” said Hans of the Hidden Valley incident, which includes members of the baseball team. Ironically the Titan’s head


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10 minutes worth. Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” was also recorded by the RSO for the film, which employed many local actors, extras and production personnel. Wiley has scored arrangements for musicians like Bruce Hornsby and Billy Joel but had never been involved with a movie project. One of his early mentors, the late Leonard Bernstein, often talked about his work for “On the Waterfront,” the Marlon Brando flick from the early 1950’s. “One of his great scores, in addition to ‘West Side Story’ …” noted the curlyhaired maestro. Scoring for movies is “a very different art,” says Wiley, who “loved the script” for Lake Effects. “I think it’s going to be a wonderful film.” Wiley also used scenes from the movie as inspiration as he wrote the score. “I needed to find music that supported the characters and the feel for this.” Walking around the set at the lake also helped provide motivation. He’s not aware of other regional orchestras being involved in such a project; usually studio orchestras from big cities like Los Angeles, New York or Seattle are contracted for symphonic movie soundtracks. > CONTINUED, P2: RSO


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Energy Audits Help Homeowners Save Green Roanoke County’s RC Clear Committee, comprised of citizens and county government staffers, is tasked with finding ways to make “going green” something that residents and businesses will want to do. Funded by a small grant from the federal stimulus package, RC Clear will soon debut the “Save A Ton” campaign, working with Roanoke City’s “Clean & Green” group, showing how even small changes – using compact fluorescent light bulbs, better insulation, plugging drafts in houses, turning off lights when possible, etc., can save a metric ton of carbon emissions per year per household. (RC Clear will be present at the Earth Day event in Grandin Village on April 23 to talk about Save A Ton.) While some may “Save A Ton” because they want to be green for altruistic purposes, for other homeowners and business people it’s all about the return

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Cap Robinson had a free energy audit at his Hunting Hills home. on any investment they might spots, leaky windows, drafts make in their property. To that around electrical wiring, pipes end Roanoke County and RC and the like. Clear is working with TAP (seHomeowners who signed up lected after a bidding process) for the free audits (performed on a series of free by TAP contracenergy audits that tors who normalEnvironment are underway now, ly perform such going through people’s homes an audit on low income homes to check for poor insulation in the city) receive a written re-



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“Our players are excited to try new and different things,” said Wiley, “and they worked very closely with us to make this possible.” He had met Jane Seymour (an early “Bond girl”) in 1993, recalling the veteran actress as “incredibly gracious and warm … the antithesis of the Diva,” but did not get to meet her during the Lake Effects shoot. Wiley said he has probably staged at least thirty concerts over the years that featured music from films. “I’m a huge fan of movie scores … and classic films. This is another joy for me in that regard.” Sarah Elizabeth Timmins is “the driving force behind [Lake Effects] and an incredible lady,” said Wiley, “her energy and en-

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thusiasm … was infectious from the beginning. This was a really collaborative project.” Finding new ways to bring their music to audiences – like the pops series and now the Lake Effects sound track - is one reason Wiley thinks the RSO has been successful and stable. “We are constantly refining our business model for what we do.” Going to the movies “is a new experience for [the RSO players]. It’s always a fun process.” Wiley also hopes Lake Effects will help attract more film business and visitors to the region. “Projects like this don’t come along very often. When they do, they bring attention to the beauty of our area and the diversity of music in our region – this can

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lage on Hilton Head Island, SC. Macher also admitted that on July 27, 2009 he submitted an application for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) assistance with the Roanoke Department of Social Services. He requested benefits for himself and his three children, ages 20, 18 and 14, claiming all three

coach, Jason Taylor, is also the school resource officer and a member of the Roanoke County police force who works with Hans on the South County Coalition, a subcommittee of the Prevention Council. Taylor has also reached out to the community, asking to make this a teachable moment, according to Hans. (This may not have been the first time that teens gathered for alcohol-enhanced parties at the home where the police found them, according to a story from media partner WSLS-10). Hans is grateful that Roanoke County police (acting on a tip) found out about the party before impaired teens with cars were able to drive away. “[They could] have killed somebody else - or themselves,” Hans adds. “It’s not a school problem,” she also insists, “it’s a community problem.” Hans points out that it didn’t happen on school grounds or on school time. “These were good kids that made a bad choice.” As for the adult charged by police for allowing teens to have alcohol at her home? “For her to even think it’s okay … I don’t understand that logic.” Adults that allow teens to drink at home are enablers said Hans; the goal is to make the obtainment of alcohol as difficult as possible. “This is an access issue,” she notes.


be a real tourist destination – I think that is a ‘win-win.’ The Symphony, I think, is part of that. We contribute to the quality of life; we’re a local business. I am hopeful that it will bring attention nationally and internationally to our region.” The new RSO season starting this fall will be announced in the next few weeks. “I think this is an exciting time for us,” said Wiley, “Our community is going to be, I hope, excited and inspired by some of the things we have planned for next year as well.” By Gene Marrano

children were members of his household. Macher failed to disclose that his two older children were attending out of town colleges. He also reported his monthly income to be $1,000, but failed to disclose his association with Macher Properties or disclose the existence of several bank accounts used to pay his personal expenses.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Roanoke Department of Social Services. Assistant United States Attorney C. Patrick Hogeboom III is prosecuting the case for the United States.

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port telling them where they might be able to save on energy costs – thus lightening the load on utilities that deliver electricity and heating fuel – helping to save that ton. Once the free audits are over (those who wanted them responded to a TV news story about the offer), Jim Vodnik, Assistant Director of General Services for Roanoke County and an RC Clear facilitator, hopes that private contractors might see where doing such a service for a reasonable price might be good for their business. He sees 75 dollars an hour (or possibly less as a loss leader) for several hours might be an attractive price point to homeowners and local businesses in the county. Last week Vodnik and two TAP employees came to the Hunting Hills home of Cap and Deborah Robinson to perform one of the free energy audits. “I’m curious see to see if we can make an improvement,” said Cap Robinson as he watched TAP contractor Philip Brammer check for leaks and poor insulation. Robinson will wait for the written report, to see “how much it’s going to save versus how much it’s going to cost.” Brammer used an infrared camera to look for signs of poor insulation in the walls but said the Robinson’s house might have been “the best I’ve seen,” of the 40 or so au-

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dits he has done to date. Brammer also does a pressure test on furnaces to check for leaks in the duct system; the Robinsons have replaced the boiler and furnace with more efficient models in recent years. Making some of the improvements suggested “will save you money in the long run,” Robinson was assured by Rick Sheets, the Director of Energy Conservation and Housing Rehab for TAP, “typically in 2-3 years.” Tax credits can help with window replacements he reminded Robinson, who built his home almost 40 years ago. Depressurizing the house with a fan mounted in the front doorway, Brammer used electronic devices that measured the resistance of air rushing back in, to check for the size of any leaks, which he can relate to homeowners as the size of a hole in the house. “This technology is amazing,” said Sheets, who noted that TAP is also creating a business model where they could charge for future energy audits. Philips did notice some air leakage around pipes and pathways for electrical lines, and suggested caulk or a foam product that Robinson could use himself to make his house have a tighter seal. The amount of insulation in the attic seemed sufficient, according to Philips. “You made my day,” said Robin-

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Contractor Philip Brammer checks for air leaks after depressurizing a home. son when the audit was completed. Other homes haven’t been so lucky – they can do more to save a ton. The audits developed by RC Clear and TAP are just a start. A series of small business energy audits will follow the residential pilot project. “We want to create a mindset in the business community that you don’t have to pass your energy costs along [to consumers],” noted Vodnik, “that will possibly make your product more affordable.” By Gene Marrano

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“We’ve got to change the culture in the community.” Prom season begins in a few weeks, with Hidden Valley’s among the first. Hans wants parents to promote the official school afterparties, which will keep kids on campus and alcohol free. “Adults need to be supporting the after prom parties – they are at the school until four in the morning for a purpose. They should not even be thinking about having parties [at their homes after the prom].” That’s too much of a temptation and can lead to risky behaviors, according to Hans. The Roanoke County Prevention Council is also working with YADAPP (Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project) on an event for middle schoolers this Saturday (April 2) from 11:30am-4pm, at Northside High School. A “Rachel’s Challenge” rally will be held there, featuring Craig Scott, a survivor of the Columbine High School shooting tragedy in Colorado. Scott’s sister Rachel was the first person killed there by two teen gunmen who went to the school and wrote about being bullied. Craig Scott will speak at noon; Hans calls it “the most powerful thing I’ve ever heard,” when Scott spoke at the state YADAPP con-

ference several years ago. Hans said Scott talks about his path to forgiving the two gunmen that killed his sister and two friends. Rachel Scott, described by Hans as a “compassionate person,” kept journals that described ways to reach out to young people that are often difficult to reach. Those being bullied might start using alcohol or drugs, “because it’s going to make you feel better … it’s all related,” said Hans, “the risky behaviors are [all] interconnected.” Every middle school in the valley now has a club associated with Rachel’s Challenge and the bullying issue, according to Hans. A battle of the bands, featuring high school groups, follows on Saturday night. Students who attend can text in their choice for the best band; $2 or two cans of food is the admission fee. Craig Scott will emcee that event. “It’s all good choices … alcohol free,” said Hans, “[proving] you can have good fun without that.” Information about healthy choices will also be available. She hopes that some Hidden Valley students and at least one parent have learned that same message recently.

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New Civic Center Manager Builds On Foundation

By the time she came to Roanoke in February 1998 to assume the position of marketing director of the Roanoke Civic Center, Robyn Schon was well established in the field of marketing public assembly facilities. Starting out as a part-time receptionist at the Greensboro Coliseum, she cut her teeth in the marketing department there, then moved on to Detroit, Michigan, where she worked at the Joe Louis and Cobol Arenas, the Fox Theatre, and with the Detroit Red Wings NHL hockey team—all of which were owned by the same people. Then it was off to Atlanta, where she helped the IHL hockey team during its inaugural season with pre-season ticket sales and marketing and promotions. When the team was sold and moved to Ottawa, Canada, she returned to her native North Carolina before coming to Virginia. Following six years as marketing director for the Roanoke Civic Center complex, Schon became the assistant director. After the facility was privatized and Philadelphia-based Global Spectrum assumed operations in January 2009, she became assistant general manager. Now, only weeks after her boss Chris Connelly’s departure to take over the Iowa Events Center in De Moines, she moved into his seat as general manager of the Roanoke Civic Center, which includes the coliseum, the Performing Arts Theatre and the Special Events Center. One of Schon’s goals in her new position is to eliminate the facility’s public subsidy - which was the principal reason the Civic Center was privatized during Darlene Burcham’s tenure as Roanoke City Manager. During that initial period the Civic Center’s food service de-

have continued to trend in a positive direction. “We’ve actually been able to do some phenomenal numbers. We’ve done several sold-out shows in the last year,” noted Schon, “[and] we’ve added shows when an initial booking sold out. We’ve sold out some shows rather quickly to our surprise. We’ve seen nothing but good things.” Whatever the reason for this performance (timing, people’s desire for relief from real world stresses, etc.), Schon feels that an added factor has been the Civic Center’s ability to attract a really diverse array of entertainment to the area—including sports, as witnessed by the Philadelphia 76ers-New Jersey Nets preseason game here last fall. “We continue to bring in topnotch entertainment. People come out and support it, so that’s encouraging to us.” Among the upcoming attractions at the Civic Center are the sold-out James Taylor concert on May 20 in the Performing Arts Theatre, the Cirque du Soleil “Alegria” production May 4-8 (an eighth performance has recently been added), Max & Ruby - which Schon describes as “a classic little bunny story that pre-schoolers like,” and another WWE Wrestling Smackdown in June—which will be televised. “We’re excited to have that because we haven’t had a [nationally] televised event in quite a while.” Along with providing headlining entertainment for the public, Schon wants to continue serving the Civic Center’s clients—be they national, regional, or local—“and service them in the best way possible.”

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Robyn Schon is the Civic Center’s new General Manager. partment was privatized. Based on the positive results of that action, Schon observes, “it only made sense to kind of go in that direction for privatizing the actual facility management and operations.” The result: “We have been able to put a positive dent in the subsidy for the City of Roanoke, thereby saving taxpayers more money than had been spent on the facility in the past to keep it operating.” During its first year under Global Spectrum’s management, the Civic Center succeeded in eliminating approximately a half-million dollars from the subsidy. “Ideally, we’d like to get that to zero, where we’re selfsustaining and not dependent upon any funds from the city,” says Schon. “Realistically,” she adds, “that may not happen for a couple of years. But we continue to strive for that goal, and we’re going to keep moving in that direction.” Another item on Schon’s agenda is to continue to bring first-rate entertainment to the Roanoke Valley. Economic hard times notwithstanding, the Civic Center’s operations and financial status, as well as attendance at Civic Center events,

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Red Cross Names Regional CEO

Lee Clark, a business executive and nonprofit fundraiser, has been named Regional Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross for Southwest Virginia. With 25 years of experience in marketing, development and finance positions, Clark most recently served as Director of Development and Finance for the Rescue Mission where he had directed fundraising efforts aimed at achieving the organization’s annual $4 million operation budget. Clark, a CPA, has also worked locally in southwest Virginia in positions with The Roanoke Times and Brown, Edwards & Company, giving him a "unique marketing and finance background well suited for a CEO of the American Red Cross," according to a press release sent out by the organization. His professional leadership experience includes serving as president of the Roanoke Valley Estate Planning Council and the

Association of Fundraising Professionals. He currently serves as 2nd Vice President of the Radford University Executive Council of the National Alumni Association. “It is an honor to be asked to lead the American Red Cross, an organization that has been an integral part of southwest Virginia for 94 years serving 1.4 million people,” said Clark. “I am humbled and excited to build on what I have learned at the Rescue Mission to work with this incredible humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance and emotional support to victims of disasters, teaches critical life saving and emergency preparedness skills, and supports military members and their families.” Joe Crawford, Red Cross Board Chair for the Southwest Virginia Region said, “We are extremely excited to have someone of Lee’s background and talent to lead the Red Cross in our

Roanoke Fire-EMS Conducts Swift Water Rescue Drills In Roanoke River

Roanoke Fire-EMS personnel had passersby turning their heads Tuesday morning as a series of swift water rescue drills were conducted from the Jefferson Street Bridge over the Roanoke River near Carilion Hospital. Fire trucks and rescue vehicles lined the bridge as sophisticated rescue maneuvers were undertaken using 'mannequin victims' in the river below. Squads from Roanoke County and Salem also participated. "The swift water rescue is By Melvin E. Matthews, Jr. a high-risk, low-occurance event," Roanoke Fire-EMS

spokesperson Tiffany Bradbury noted Tuesday. "But, when it happens, it's a serious matter. The drills foster regional cooperation among these specialized members."

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County School Board Adopts 2011-12 Budget The Roanoke County School Board has voted to adopt a budget of $131,373,270 for the 2011-12 school year. After the past two years of steeply declining state revenue for schools, the General Assembly approved an increase in state funding for public education for 2011-12. The General Fund budget for 2011-12 reflects revenues based on aid for education in the state budget approved by the General Assembly on February 26, 2011, which is subject to approval by the Governor in April 2011. The General Fund budget reflects an increase of $2.55 million or 2% over the preceding year including the following: • Increase in state funding of $0.95 million. • Increase in the local appropriation from the County Board of Supervisors of $0.94 million per the joint revenue sharing formula. “Throughout the budget process, programs and expenditures continued to be evaluated with a

focus on keeping classes as small as possible and avoiding layoffs of full-time employees,” said Roanoke County School Board Chairman David Wymer. “Although substantial budget cuts were not required in this budget, the School Board intends to continue to evaluate all vacancies and maintain the lower staffing that has resulted from significant cuts over the past two years. In doing so, the School Board is positioning itself financially to be better able to address employee compensation as the economy improves,” Wymer said. The General Fund budget reflects significant adjustments including the following: Salaries are frozen for 201112 at the same rate as 2008-09, 2009-10, and 2010-11. • Health and dental insurance premiums will remain the same for 2011-12. • Block scheduling will be implemented in secondary schools to maximize instructional time, rebalance teaching time, and staff efficiently.

• The VRS retirement rate (employer’s portion) will increase from 8.93% to 11.33% as approved by the General Assembly. • The Technology Plan – Year 1 will be funded in conjunction with the allocation of remaining stimulus funding to address existing age and obsolescence of technology equipment.


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Technology and Health Care Costs


s there such a thing as too The recount of the following much technology? I’m is not an actual case but an amalabout to release my Inner gam of a number of medical Curmudgeon but it’s something events of which I have knowlto ponder. edge. A person going to an In the last hundred years we emergency room will encounter, have seen an unmatched ex- and quite properly, a nurse or plosion in technology. More technician who will assess the has been discovered/ severity of the problem; developed/invented in it’s called triage and septhat time frame than the arates those who need rest of recorded history instant attention from combined. those with less serious Everyone would problems. For example, agree that civilization chest pain needs merits has been immensely a thorough evaluation. enriched by it but little That will include blood attention is paid to Hayden Hollingsworth tests, numerous EKGs, the unintended conmonitoring of heart sequences of all those rhythm, continuous innovations. One could write a measuring oxygenation of the doctoral dissertation on that and blood, and some type of stress still leave vast areas unexplored. test usually involving isotopic There is one realm in which or ultrasound scans. It may most will have an encounter with well lead to cardiac catheterizathe highest type of technology— tion, a test that is performed for a trip to the hospital. My career thousands of patients a year in as a cardiologist spans decades any large hospital. If one has in which I have seen advance- blocked arteries this may lead ments that are mind-boggling. to life-saving procedures that Because of it countless lives have were unthinkable until recent been saved and health improved years. That’s a wonderful use of for millions. No sensible person technology and medical skill, to would suggest that we go back to be sure. the days before modern mediWhat is missing in that scecine. A sensible person might, nario is the mention that the however, suggest just because patient is known to have hearta medical technology exists burn, did not take his medicadoesn’t mandate its use in every tions that morning, and had a case. jalapeno pizza and three glasses There was a time when a visit of red wine for dinner. All the to the doctor or a trip to the tests will be done . . . and they emergency room was relatively all will be normal. The patient straightforward: What could and the family will be relieved be done was done and often it that there is no heart problem. wasn’t much. Today that is no The hospital will have applied all longer the situation. the technology available and the

where Jesus takes care of things that are important to him. As Jesus hangs on the cross, he looks down and sees his mother, Mary, standing there watching her son die. It is not difficult to imagine that Jesus is concerned about Mary's needs, and simply asks one of his disciples to look after her. But could there be more going on here? I believe there is. Jesus lived in a very maledominated culture. In that day, a widow was dependent on the men in her life (generally the oldest son) to take care of her. On the cross, Jesus recognizes that Mary was vulnerable and would need someone to take care of her. So he tells Mary and

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ave you ever felt like mistake of sharing one of his your life was some- dreams with them. Jeff never one else's science seemed the same after that project? I feel that way quite night. Poor guy, the life of a lab often. The sense that some- rat is not for everyone. where, someone is measuring My father was a bit of an amamy responses to various stimuli teur clinician himself. For years, and creating reports from those his boss would make unwanted responses haunts me to the visits to Dad's work area seekbrink of distraction. People, this ing a sympathetic ear in which might sound odd, but I to deposit all of his rich think my wife Janet has man's worries. Anbeen experimenting on noyed, but trapped, me. Dad listened to this Janet is a very smart blowhard spout off person who holds a daily, never once haltmaster's degree in Psying his own work prochology. Lately, I have duction. noticed a few small inOne Sunday morndicators which appear ing Dad began readJon Kaufman to suggest that I have ing a New York Times been an unwitting subject to a article on the subject of behavform of verbal, informal psycho- iorism which must have struck logical testing for a long period a chord. The next day, when of time. In July, Janet and I will the boss began to unload, Pop celebrate out twentieth wedding stopped what he was doing, sat anniversary and I fear these ex- down and listened intently, his periments, which have just now work halted by the interruption. come to my attention, have been Several weeks later, the visits going on for years - perhaps de- from the boss had completely cades. stopped. Through repetition, This is not my first experience Pop's boss realized that the more with this kind of veiled science. he talked the less production he My childhood friend Neil's par- received from his worker, a moents were in the brain game as ment of clarity which hit him well; one a psychiatrist and the right in the pocket. other a psychologist. Eating Like my Dad's programming dinner at Neil's house meant of his boss, I believe that Janet becoming the guest patient for has been systematically shapthe evening. The meal normally ing my behavior. Consider this consisted of Pot Roast with a example; each night when Janet large helping of emotional prob- emerges from the bedroom in ing on the side. A bit heady her pajamas she begins talking to for a hungry twelve-year old to me non-stop. We have spent the swallow, I dare say. Our mutual entire evening together, alone, Contact Hayden at friend Jeff joined Neil's family and while conversation has been for dinner once and made the ongoing and at times peppy, the

bill will be more than $20,000. Of course, the actual amount the insurance will cover may be less than a tenth of that, an economic anomaly that even the hospital financial officer cannot explain. Those treating the patient had never seen him before and will never see the person again. Of the multiple physicians involved, some are located in Australia or India where scans are interpreted by contract physicians because local radiologists are not available at night. Because of this fragmentation of care no one feels comfortable in applying what physicians of my generation called “clinical judgment.” No one wants to take the responsibility of saying the obvious: “Here’s some antacid. With your stomach problems, be careful what you eat.” The questions answered by the technology protect the physicians and the hospital from the malpractice suits. The standard of care seems to be to do all the tests to cover all the possibilities. Perhaps that is the correct stance but it is one of the factors in the astronomical costs of medical care. Technology too often replaces asking a few questions and careful physical examination. If there is an answer to this conundrum, it will not be a simple one. Maybe someone will develop technology that gives good judgment a rebirth. Good luck on that!

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repartee has now been increased three fold. Tired and ready for bed, I say my goodnights to Janet and the dogs, feeling guilty that I am cutting our conversation short. This pattern continues for a period of a few weeks. The only variable that changes in the pattern is the time at which Janet emerges from the bedroom which is a few minutes earlier each night. I don't want to jump to conclusions, but, I believe something is afoot! I know that the last time someone in Roanoke jumped the gun relying upon faulty information, a SWAT team was dispatched to the mall to take down a guy with an umbrella, but I feel that like I am being psychologically conditioned by my spouse! She is getting rid of me earlier and earlier each night AND I am even feeling guilty about it. Wow, she's good. This recent revelation has prompted me to cast an investigative eye on my own behavior and the sheer genius of the puppet master sleeping next to me. Even though I am on to her, I fear that I am way out of her league. Thankfully, due to the courage and efforts of our local police, I can rest easy about at least one thing; if Mary Poppins decides to go all jihad on us, I feel confident that Roanoke's finest are freshly drilled and ready to rumble. They are no match for Janet, however. Contact Jon at

by Pastor Tim Harvey

John to be mother and son to one another. In an act of loving compassion for his mother, Jesus protects Mary's vulnerability by asking John to step in, and for the two to be family to one another. Now, as I've said, I don't really need one more thing to do ... except for those times when I do. What I mean by this statement is that it's really not enough for me to hope my church and my faith can be an oasis from all of the world's problems, a "haven of rest" in the midst of a troubled world. It's nice when it can be, but there are simply times when for the sake of other people, I need to step into their vulnerability and be family with them. Perhaps someone lives in a dysfunctional relationship and needs a good friend, mentor, older brother, or father. Perhaps a child has no family to care for him or her, and needs to be adopted into a loving family. Perhaps an elderly or disabled neighbor needs someone to take the place of children who live

hundreds of miles away. Either way there are times when for someone else's sake, I really do need one more thing to do, and am asked to rearrange my life around their needs. For the other person, it could be a matter of quality of life, even life or death. For me, it is a matter of faithful discipleship. When Martin Luther King, Jr. was finishing divinity school, he had several job options. Most were in the north, where he could either be a pastor or college professor without the inconveniences and humiliation of segregation. One option, however, was at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Both King and his wife wrestled with the choices they had, because the opportunities in the north were very attractive. They could have escaped segregation. In finally making the decision to accept the pastorate in Montgomery, King says: "We came to the conclusion that we had something of a moral obligation to return [to the

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South]—at least for a few years. The South, after all, was our home. Despite its shortcomings, we had a real desire to do something about the problems that we had felt so keenly as youngsters. We never wanted to be considered detached spectators. Since racial discrimination was most intense in the South, we felt that some .. .who had received a portion of their training in other sections of the country should return to share their broader contacts and educational experience. Moreover ... we had the feeling that something remarkable was unfolding in the South, and we wanted to be on hand to witness it" (The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., pp. 44-45). King was invited to enter into the vulnerability that black Americans in the South experienced, and work to change their suffering. The results of that work are well documented. So as you look at your day planner and to-do lists and the people, needs, and opportunities around you, I leave you with a simple question: do you need one more thing to do? Consider your answer carefully! Tim Harvey is the senior pastor at Central Church of the Brethren in Roanoke. Visit them online at


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randchildren are like dumplings. . dessert. They are All grandmothers tend to treats – not a regular share pictures and anecdotes, diet. When the baby won’t stop cute sayings and actions, with crying, you may give her back to friends. Such as the time our her parents. You have the plea- two-year-old granddaughter sure of her company, but not the arrived with her parents after ultimate responsibility for her dark, looked up at the sky and care. exclaimed, “We have a moon Harry and I relish our posi- just like that in Maryland!” Or tion in the family hierarchy as the time when she was three grandparents of seven, and tried to con her ages thirteen to twenmother into buying a ty-six. He is called Mickey Mouse doll. “Granddaddy” by all When her request reseven, but I have to sulted in “No; please remember who I am put Mickey back on when I sign letters or the shelf,” she obeyed write my name on gift without protest. Then, cards – I’m “Nana” as they walked toward to two and “Grandthe exit, a shrill little Mary Jo Shannon mother” to all of the voice called out, others. “Erin, Erin! Please We have been privileged to don’t leave me here – take me care for all seven of our grand- home with you!” (It didn’t children at various times – usu- work.) ally in our home but occasionOne frustration for grandally in their homes – while their parents involves the necesparents pursue other activities. sity for “hands off ” concerning These times have enriched our principles of child care. All that lives, and hopefully theirs also. wisdom you accumulated durAt this stage in our lives we ing the years from mistakes you have more time to share with made rearing your own chilour grandchildren than when dren, cannot be shared. You are we were raising our own chil- not the parent, so you must stay dren. Stories of our past help on the sidelines and keep your bridge the gap between the mouth shut. So you sit back and generations and our particular watch helplessly as your chilinterests and talents spark in- dren repeat many of the misterests in activities that enrich a takes you made. child’s life. Cooking and crafting The availability of modern have provided bonding experi- transportation and communicaences for this grandmother and tion enables closer ties between several granddaughters – be- grandchildren and grandparginning with Christmas cookies ents today. Although some of and later involving more com- our grandchildren have lived plicated recipes, such as mak- as far away as Germany, e-mails ing strawberry preserves, Italian have brought instant messages bread, pie crust or chicken and and airplanes shortened travel

time. The longer life span of adults has also affected the grandparent/grandchild relationship. When our first grandchild was born 26 years ago, she had four living grandparents and four living great-grandparents. Our children knew both sets of their grandparents and were able to see them regularly, since Harry’s folks lived in Roanoke and mine in Augusta County. But I knew only my father’s mother, who lived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with her daughter’s family. “Mama Jo” – the name she preferred to “Grandmother” -- visited us for two weeks each summer, arriving by train in Waynesboro. What a thrill it was to see her step down from the passenger car, a bright smile lighting up her face. The scent of lilacs, her favorite perfume, surrounded her as she hugged each of us. Settled up front in the pick-up with Daddy, she chatted with him while we rode in the bed of the truck with her luggage. For two weeks we listened to her stories, how she loved to fish when they vacationed in the Poconos, and how she fed a tame fawn that visited the cabin daily. Too soon her visit ended, and life returned to the usual routine, with only letters to and from this special person. When she died the year I graduated from college, I no longer had a living link to the past. But I am thankful that now that I am at her stage in life, I have seven strong links to the future! Contact Mary Jo at

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y son came home with a journal last week that he had bought at the school store. He told me he was going to write in it every day. We discussed that not so long ago, before the invention of the camera, the use of words, in journals, was the most common way in which people described and explained the world they lived in and the places they saw. I asked Anthony this question … “In your mind, what describes a place better - words from the heart or a photograph from a camera?” He said, “words.” Then he said, “maybe my children will read the words I write in my journal” and I said, “YES, maybe they will.” My father gave me a recipe book that was my grandmothers and my mother had added to it. It was full of hand written recipes as well as some done on a typewriter. There are recipes from friends and family, recipes cut out from newspapers and magazines - some dating back to the early 50s. It is a rich journal of a family culinary his-

tory written on note cards, stationary, grocery lists, the backs of bridge score cards, you name it - even a recipe written on the back of a deposit slip. This family recipe book may not go up for much at an auction but It is priceless to me. As I write these words now, they too are put down in history. They may not matter to many but they are certainly recorded and someone who needs to know me or Anthony years from now may read these words and have a sense of who we are, just as I read my grandmother and mother’s words in the recipe book and feel their presence on the pages. It is truly one of the great blessings of taking the time to write in one context or another. (Even our email - so make sure you back them up from time to time!) This book was full of cake recipes, which is an indication of something that I was already aware of - these women were far greater than I - spending all that time to bake cakes for their family. Oh well, I have been known to bake a cake for

a birthday or two and I do buy and bake refrigerated cookie dough cookies a lot! Enjoy! Sift - 2 cups of flour 2 cups of sugar Heat to boiling 2 sticks of margarine 4 tbs. cocoa 1 cup of water Pour liquid over dry ingredients and beat Add – ½ cups buttermilk 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. vanilla 2 eggs Beat well. Pour into cake pan Bake at 350 for 20 minutes For Glaze: Heat 1 stick of butter 4 tbs. cocoa 5-6 tbs. milk 1 tsp. vanilla Pour a box of powdered sugar (not sure what size, just copying my grandmother’s words, might want to do this part to taste) into mixture and beat well. Spread over cake while hot.


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was sitting in church a few anything and everything in come to realize these types of weeks ago and I heard a the world. Cell phones, tex- things are happening to your cell phone start beeping. ting, Facebook, etc. have built kids? Based on the population The thought in my head was, highways of intrusion into our that I treat, it is an epidemic. “Man, is there no place that homes. Most folks don’t even When all of this is going on, is sacred.” Then the very next think about whether or not parents have minimal influmoment, the person began tex- these things are healthy. “I ence in the lives of their chilting ….. in church. Come on, mean, if it is technology and it dren. Our children today are have we lost some perspective makes life easier, of course it is consumed by being tuned into here? While I know most folks good ……. right”? the world, not the family. It is Our culture has not only time that we begin taking back would agree with my disdain for cell phone use in church, it bought into, but has even en- our families. Although I would couraged this false love parents to boycott things is interesting to me that logic that just because like Facebook (been trying but we have, without a hint something is con- still have not found any advanof a fight, allowed this venient, it must be tage to it that outweighs the untype of intrusion, and healthy. Here are just healthiness of it), we just need even worse, into our a few examples. How to begin at home. Make your homes. Our parents healthy is it for a teen- house and home a sanctuary would never have put age girl to deal with for your kids. Have it be a place up with the sort of ex“drama” at school only that tunes out the influences of ternal invasion that we to come home and be the outside world. How about allow so readily today. Keith McCurdy tormented by posts not answering the phone durThink back to your that have been made ing dinner; not maintaining childhood. Once most of us were home, we were home. on her Facebook account by constant patrol of the cell phone The outside world was shut out. her “not so friendly” friends. when at home; simple limits on We were no longer in constant How healthy is it for a young texting and internet usage; how contact with our peers. Our boy to be so worried about about no Facebook? Build a total stimulation was what was who may text or call him that wall between your family and occurring in our house. We he is literally “joined at the hip” outside influences, at least part had no choice but to deal with to his phone all evening after of the time. This allows you the our siblings and parents. Yes school? How healthy is it for time and attention to be parwe often played with friends in a young girl to be taunted and ents to your children and, trust the neighborhood after school, called names via text? And to me, they need the break. but home was central to our make matters worse, because world even then. Dinner was of the nature of these types of more traditional and signaled communication, most of this is Contact Keith at the ending of the day in the in private and when these world and the beginning of the dren are most vulnerable and evening at home. We still had alone. How many of you have some connection to our friends once at home, but it was more THAN A limited and I would say a whole Monday through Sat 10AM-8PM N a i l , H a i r & B a r b e r lot healthier. 540-857-0044 • 3227 M e lrose Ave, R oa noke VA , 24017 I remember in our house, we had one phone for use by the kids. It was in the kitchen and had about a ten foot cord. This would allow you to actually lay down behind the counter when you needed privacy. How much privacy did we really Jeanett D. Wade Gina Smith Tonny Holland need? Our parents never had Nail Care Barber Care Beauty Salon to discuss with us the idea of Gel Nail All women need hair done. not being rude on the phone or Cut All Pedicare & Manicure Curly Perm using profanity when talking to Men and Kids Acrylic Nail Relaxer,Tint our friends. If we did, it would Nail Design 3D 11th Press and Curl,Hair cuts be obvious and overheard. Much More Haircut Free Conditioners,Frostings The notion that children need 11th Filling Free so much “privacy” today has 540-206-8977 540-793-6103 540-366-9534 allowed many unhealthy behaviors to fester and grow unnoticed until later in life. All By: Roanoker Magazine in all, the major influence on our life was our parents. With (540)-776-1117 the world shut out on a regular basis, their role in our lives was Brazilian International Cuisine clear and powerful. That is not Dinner or Lunch! the case with most of us today. Make Think about what you observe today. We have constant Every contact through the internet, Day every minute of the day to



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Katherine Elizabeth Helvey is a Senior at Salem High School. Art Therapy that would prepare her for a life that combines her love for art with her desire to help people. She also hopes to become a Youth Minister or an Assistant Youth Minister because "she loves children and God." Helvey was sponsored by the Fort Lewis Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. By Gail Lambert

Humanitarian Award Winner Named

Irene Jones of Roanoke has been awarded the Frist Humanitarian Award for "outstanding commitment to the humanitarian values that are the foundation of HCA and LewisGale Medical Center." The prestigious award was created in 1971 in honor of Dr. Thomas F. Frist Sr. (1910-1998) and recognizes individuals "whose dedication epitomizes the highest standards of quality and personal commitment." The award ceremony was held at the LewisGale Medical Center, where Jones, attending as a nominee, was not only surprised at the announcement that she was the award winner, but also delighted that family members (who had been invited unbeknownst to her) were there to share in the cel-

ebration. Jones is a volunteer who is described by patients and staff alike as "the kindest woman you will ever meet!" She volunteers twice weekly in the Preadmission testing department and Radiology where her clerical help and assistance with patients make the days run smoothly. Her spirit of friendliness and care has an amazing effect on anxious patients and their gratitude brightens the day for everyone with the good fortune to be in Jones' department that day. She's also an active volunteer for the Athenian Society for the Arts and Sciences, giving her time to Center in the Square three times a month. She can be seen in a picture in the History Museum of Western Virginia

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LewisGale Medical Center Volunteer Irene Jones. Newsletter March/April 2011 issue helping at the Edward Beyer's Virginia exhibit reception. She's a smiling presence at the Colonel William Preston Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, where she greets everyone with a smile and a hug or a pat on the shoulder. She loves our country and takes part in projects that preserve our history and help hospitalized veterans.

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Hidden Valley scored a run in the bottom of the first and Titan hurler Andy Richards made it stand up for the shutout win Saturday afternoon. Richards struck out eight in going the distance for the twohit gem. Hidden Valley improved to 4-0 on the season. Byrd starter Dallas Chocklette was impressive on the mound, only allowing three hits. (Below) William Byrd batter #14 Alex Brown looks for his pitch.

(Above) Hidden Valley pitcher #22 Andy Richards went the distance for the twohit complete-game shutout. By Bill Turner

William Byrd Takes Down Hidden Valley With 12-3 Softball Win William Byrd scored two runs in the top of the first and never looked back as the terriers picked up the 12-3 victory Saturday afternoon.

Byrd pitcher Jessica Mahoney struck out nine to pick up the win. Danielle Powell and Rachel Guilliams paced Byrd with three hits each. Amanda

Radford and Maleigh Lombard both had two hits for Hidden Valley. By Bill Turner

(Left) Jessica Mahoney (#13) delivers a strike in the Byrd win against Hidden Valley.

(Above) Byrd hitter #12 Jordan Meador bounces a ball off the plate.

(Left) Hidden Valley pitcher #5 Liz Klussman throws to third to get the out on a Byrd base runner.

Well, readers, I surmise you’ve picked up on the new name for the column as chosen by the publisher and agreed upon by yours truly. Now I don’t have to jockey around with a different name every time a sports season ends. And, with roundup in the new name, I can keep you readily informed, without confusion, of any developing news from the rodeo world. Since today is April 1st, I seriously considered doing an April Fools column where I was going to tell you Va. Tech had come to terms with playing Roanoke College in football. But, as Geoffrey Chaucer once said, “Many a truth is told in jest.” This week, as a Maroon alumni, I was informed that the possibility of reinstating football is being studied by the Roanoke brass. I’m totally on board and I’ll go on record as requesting the first season tickets. Hopefully, since I got this stirred up several months ago, I’ll be asked to be on some committee that chooses tailgating events, radio announcers, or even the cheerleaders. High school spring sports have moved into high gear with the usual non-district preliminary matchups. In baseball, three teams have set the bar in early play. Hidden Valley has opened 4-0 with strength evident in both hitting and on the mound. Salem (5-1) and Patrick Henry (3-1) round out the early “Wild Bill Top-3.” In local softball, defending state champion Northside is off to a 4-0 start with William Byrd right in the mix at 6-1. The head-to-head games between these two in the Blue Ridge District should be classics. We’ve reached college basketball’s Final-Four and the amazing Rams of VCU continue to defy all odds. VCU has become the story of March Madness, much like George Mason was five years ago. The run has opened everyone’s eyes to the Colonial Athletic Conference and some interesting comments from within their ranks. Last year, outspoken Old Dominion head coach Blaine Taylor said that if you listed the top-three college basketball


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North Cross Defeats Miller School 4-0 In Girls Soccer

North Cross used a relentless offensive attack on their way to a 2-0 halftime lead and cruised The high school track and field season got off to a stellar, albeit chilly and damp, start with the fourth annual Knight Classic Invitational Saturday at Roanoke College. Christiansburg and Cave to the shutout victory Tuesday afternoon on Thomas Field. Miller School rarely got the ball past Spring won the boys and girls team titles respectively in the all-day event which also included midfield in the opening half as the Raiders gained control of the game early. North Cross improved to 4-0 on the season and have only given up one goal. middle school competitions. Cave Spring pole vaulter Hunter Western clears the bar during Saturday's competition.

Raider senior #4 Emma Caveness takes the ball away from a Miller School defender in the Raider offensive zone.

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By Bill Turner North Cross senior #5 Hallie Martin (in white) races past a Miller School defender for a shot on goal.

Hampden-Sydney Wins FLW College Tournament On Smith Mountain Lake

Patrick Henry's Alicia Terry takes second place in the girls long jump Saturday with a jump of 15-7. Terry also took first in both the 300 hurdles and triple jump.

William Fleming runner Malik Bonds (front)takes the baton handoff from teammate Dah-Quan Edrington in the 400- meter relay. Cave Spring's Cody Seymour puts on the push in the final lap of the 1600-meter.

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The Hampden-Sydney team of Dylan Bishop and Allen Luck won the National Guard FLW College Fishing Northern Division event on Smith Mountain Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 16 pounds. The victory earned the team $10,000 to be split between the university and the university s bass fishing club - $7,500 for the bass club and $2,500 for their school. The win also helped them advance to the Northern Division Regional Championship. "It was rough out there today, cold, rainy, windy, but we stayed with it and fished tough all day and things worked out for us,"

said Bishop, a sophomore philosophy major. "All our fish came off rocky banks in 10 feet of water or less. We were using various colors of Rapala Shad Raps and were lucky enough to find a pattern early that worked for us and just stayed persistent all day long." "Allen and I grew-up together, but this was the first tournament that I have ever fished with him and the first time I have ever been on this lake,” added Bishop. Rounding out the top five teams and also advancing to the Northern Regional Championship are:

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Commentary -Working to Eliminate Government Waste

Commentary - Roanoke Spends $1,745,000 and Has Nothing to Show for It

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck! - or, is it a "study"? Maybe it's a study duck. Enough, yet already! (If It's Not a Study and It's Not an Amphitheater It Must Be A 'Civic Plan'", March 11, 2011). Can you believe it? Ten years after tearing down Victory Stadium, which was a substantial public structure that was paid for and could have been successfully remodeled and refurbished; and the never ending studying of multiple amphitheater sites to be located on either Reserve Avenue or in Elmwood Park, we are told city council will yet again authorize another study, to cost $300,000. This makes a grand total of$1,745,000, yes just under $2,000,000, spent on studies and plans alone, and no building structure is even in sight much less open and operating. What an embarrassment! I thought we had seen it all with the fumbling around at Countryside, at Explore Park and the grossly unnecessary expense for two par-

cel condemnations in the Reserve Avenue area, but this takes the cake. Whatever happened to all the pious, disingenuous statements from "For the City" council candidates? Do we now hear citizens saying, "I told you so"? Had Victory Stadium been renovated for $8 to $11 million as a clear majority wanted, Roanoke would now have in operation a beautiful, modem multi-purpose use structure, including an Olympic track, a recommended Sports Medicine Complex, 16,000 comfortable seats, and ample on site parking - no busing to and from would be necessary. But regrettably, it is what it is. The rest of Virginia's metro areas invest carefully in worthwhile and successful projects and move on while our elected council advised and supported by business leaders are still wandering around with studies, studies, and more studies.

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Commentary - Defense of Marriage Act Dear Messrs. Reid, McConnell, Boehner, and Ms. Pelosi: It has been widely reported that the President has directed the Department of Justice to cease defending in court the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was passed by overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress and signed by President Clinton. The announcement disturbs The American Legion for at least two reasons: 1. The American Legion supports by resolution the proposition that marriage is inscribed in human nature and centered on the voluntary union of a man and a woman in a lifelong covenant and we oppose all efforts to undermine, alter, or other-

wise corrupt the institution of marriage. 2. Also, The American Legion believes in the separation of powers prescribed by our Constitution. Hence, the President should not have the constitutional power to declare a law unconstitutional and then proceed to ignore it. We understand that it is not without precedent for a President to be disinclined to enforce or defend laws he finds unpalatable, and the courts have found that he can do just that under the rational basis standard. However, such action clearly contradicts the intent of Congress, which passed DOMA by overwhelming majorities, and it is inconsistent with the powers granted to him

by the U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 3, which states: [The President] shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed. Therefore, on behalf of the 2.4 million wartime veterans comprising The American Legion, I respectfully request that the Congress, as a whole and individually, use all means at its disposal to ensure both enforcement and defense of the Defense of Marriage Act, up to and including appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court for a ruling on its constitutionality in whole and in part. JIMMIE L. FOSTER National Commander - American Legion

Commentary - Air Controller Gives New Meaning to Falling Asleep on the Job Who, by now hasn't heard of the controller manning the Tower at Washington's National Airport having fallen asleep on the job? Over the years we've heard countless stories of Pilot's falling asleep at the yoke (wheel). Anyone else amused besides me that this took place at our Nation's Capitol Airport? After all, we have long been accustomed to our bureaucrats being asleep on the job and failing to get things done, but at least no one's life depended on it at that particular moment. I don't know what's worse, your pilot being asleep or the guy in charge of getting you back to earth? In all my years of flying, personally, I'd rather have them both awake. Pilots fall asleep out of shear boredom because today's modern jetliners are so automated they can fly themselves. During the first generations of jetliners National had a curfew and no jets were allowed to land after 11 P.M. Now due to more modern and quieter engines (if you can consider any jet engine quiet) and lower noise levels those jets meeting that level are now allowed to land later. But one controller at anytime at this

airport is certainly unacceptable and I doubt it will ever happen again. Speaking of controllers reminds me of a great story. I grew up next to National Airport, where my Father worked for Capital Airlines there for almost 30 years. (It became United in 1961) Many an hour was spent out at the park at the end of the runway with an air scanner radio listening to the pilots and control tower. One of the more humorous transition heard over the years was when the world-renown Ray Charles's aircraft was cleared to land. The controller inquired, "Is Ray Charles aboard today?" The reply came, "He's not only aboard, he's flying it." With that I could hear the roar of laughter in the control tower. His plane was the beautiful British built Vick-

Working to reduce government waste is a significant undertaking and one to which I remain firmly dedicated. It is critical to ensure that the Congress responsibly manages federal spending, especially our tax dollars, to fund our nation’s priorities through greater transparency and accountability. That is why I have worked to rein in wasteful and unnecessary spending by voting for the tightest budgets offered and supporting reductions in overall government spending. Responsible spending benefits everyone and I strongly believe that all federal programs should undergo scrutiny in order to ensure that they are working effectively to meet the needs of our citizens. Those that are not should be reformed or repealed. Recently, the nonpartisan General Accounting Office, known as the GAO, released its first annual report identifying duplicative and wasteful government programs, agencies and offices. The report details billions of dollars spent on redundant federal programs at a time when the government is already spending money that it does not have. This is simply unacceptable. Specifically, the GAO found that there are 100 federal programs dealing with surface transportation issues totaling $58 billion annually, 80 federal programs for economic development totaling $6.5 billion, and 17 different federal grant programs for disaster preparedness totaling $34 billion. The report found that there are 82 federal programs monitoring teacher quality totaling $4 bil-

lion. This includes nine separate programs for science and technology which are administered by five different agencies. The report also found that at least 5 departments, 8 agencies and more than 24 presidential appointees oversee programs related to bioterrorism totaling $6.48 billion. A thorough and careful review of all our federal agencies and programs must be done to root out any waste, fraud and abuse. We made a good start on that process with House passage of H.R. 1, which cut $61 billion from the federal budget, but as this GAO report shows there is much more work to be done. In fact, the Leadership in the Congress has announced that the House and Senate will work together in a bipartisan way to take the necessary steps to address this alarming report. All House Committee Chairmen have been directed to use this report to help identify appropri-

ate cuts and terminations within their jurisdiction. The recent GAO report on the billions of dollars that are being wasted by the federal government should serve as a road map to curtailing wasteful spending, increasing Congressional accountability, and reducing overall government spending. I believe it is our duty as Members of Congress to exercise great care and responsibility in managing our spending priorities and I will continue working to make sure the hardearned dollars of my constituents are handled responsibly in Congress and that wasteful government spending is stopped. -Congressman Bob Goodlatte To contact me about this or any other matter, please visit my website at gov.

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First Amendment – Freedom Of Speech By Patrick Kelley, Law Firm Of Glenn, Feldmann, Darby & Goodlatte

As we watch protesters in several countries throughout North Africa and the Arab Peninsula being met with arrests and violent interventions, we are reminded that one of our most fundamental Constitutional guarantees -- the First Amendment freedom of speech – plays a critical role in shaping American society. Along with protecting speech, the First Amendment protects against the entanglement of government and religion, provides for freedom of religion, ensures a right of free assembly and association, and guarantees citizens the right to directly petition their government -- collectively referred to as the freedom of expression. Significantly, each of these rights is lacking (in varying degrees) in the nations where protests have been raging. First Amendment freedoms are among the most highly protected legal rights. Even the most loathsome viewpoints may not be silenced by governmental action. For example, it is the First Amendment that recently protected members of the Westboro Baptist Church as they protested soldier funerals. See Snyder v. Phelps, Action No. 09–751 (U.S. March 2, 2011) (holding that the West-

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legally define. The US Supreme Court has noted that any sexual expression that lacks literary, artistic, political, or scientific value and is intended to serve prurient interest is obscene. What is considered obscene in one community may not be considered obscene in another. Therefore, the easiest way to describe obscenity is to say that you know it when you see it. In the middle of this spectrum is commercial speech, or speech that is economically motivated in support of a proposed commercial interaction. This type of speech, while protected, can be limited and regulated. Furthermore, one must recall that the First Amendment limits only governmental action. Therefore, there is no First Amendment right to bad mouth your employer in a public setting. In fact, a private employer is not legally constrained from firing an employee for any of his or her political views. Theoretically, a private employer could fire an employee simply because the employer didn’t like the employee’s bumper stickers. Additionally, a speaker engaging in otherwise permitted speech may lose his or her protection if the manner and method of expression is improper. Therefore, a speaker can be arrested for trespassing if he or she pickets or hands out leaflets on private property. Similarly, a political discussion can give rise to criminal charges if it becomes overly heated or threatening. As has been often said, you don’t have to agree with someone’s views in order to agree with their ability to express them. Robust and public discussion of competing political views is a fundamental part of democracy. It allows our society and citizens to participate in the marketplace of ideas, in order to formulate better solutions to shared problems. As we look around the world, we see people suffering brutal repression for expressing themselves in ways that we take for granted. At times like this, we should remember and be thankful that one of the central pillars of our interactive and responsive political society is our freedom of speech.


For decades, many corporate leaders have subscribed to Milton Friedman's dictum that the one social responsibility of a business is to increase its profits. But for today's businesses, it appears that the reverse is true -- increasing profits is impossible without adopting a strong dose of social responsibility. A recent Edelman survey of nearly 5,000 members of the "informed public" -- which the research firm defined as college-educated folks with incomes in the top quartile for their age -- found as much. No longer are corporate social responsibility and corporate profits mutually exclusive. Instead, doing good can help companies do well. When asked what was most important for a company's reputation, nearly two-thirds of those Edelman interviewed cited "transparent and honest business practices." Half said that a highly regarded company needed to be a "good corporate citizen." Meanwhile, only 39 percent mentioned financial returns to investors as important to a firm's reputation. Improving society is not just the lot of the dedicated humanitarian -- it's also the charge of the wise CEO. "Business must align profit and purpose for social benefit," the Edelman report concluded. But corporate social responsibility doesn't just generate public goodwill. CSR can also shore up the bottom line. A 2010 study published in Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's SAM Advanced Management Journal found a "statistically significant positive relationship" between companies that do good and those that do well. Three economists examined 120 U.S. corporations which were members of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) between 1999 and 2007. To constitute the Index Dow Jones assesses the opportunities and risks companies face in the economic, environmental, and social realms. The authors compared the firms' financial performances with those of 120 companies that were not members of the DJSI. They found that firms that had embraced corporate social responsibility had higher gross profit margins and higher return on assets than those that didn't. To explain the socially conscious businesses' economic success, the economists cited elevated levels of loyalty and trust among their customer bases, especially those deemed "morally conscious." Companies are increasingly reaching out to these influential consumers, who reward


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Botetourt Historical Society Oriana Singers to Perform with UVA \ Tech Choirs Presents Mix of History and Music

The Oriana Singers of Roanoke College and the University of Virginia Glee Club will present Mozart's Requiem conducted by Jeffrey Sandborg on April 9th at 7:30 PM at Saint Andrew's Catholic Church in Roanoke.

In addition, the Oriana Singers will perform in concert with "Naturally Sharp," the Men's a cappella ensemble from Virginia Tech on April 17th at 4:00 PM at Saint Andrews. Both performances are open and free to

Waltye Rasulala will present a program April 8 at the Geraldine Lawson Performing Arts Center, Attic Theater’s home on Rt 220, just outside of Fincastle. You can hear this talented lady sing and read her grandmother’s poetry, and get to know her better. Rasulala first name, Waltye, come from the feminine form of Walter, after her father, Dr. Walter Winston Johnson, Jr., who practiced medicine in Covington for 50 years. It’s pronounced “wall-tea.” Despite her life as a Covington native, Rasulala was actually born in Washington, DC. Her mother went there so she could be cared for by the physician her father had studied under at Howard University. the public. Above: The Oriana After two degrees from Singers and Virginia Glee Club Westminster Choir College, in perform Mozart's Requiem at Princeton NJ, in voice and conOld Cabell hall in Charlottesville last weekend as part of the Glee Club's 140th anniversary celebration.

Waltye Rasulala ducting, she went on to a varied career of TV and church music. Today, she works as music director of the Church of the Nativity in Raleigh, and teaches in a program for students whose parents cannot afford private lessons. But for the bulk of her career

she worked as a producer and on-air talent for live children’s television programs. For the Washington DC show, “We’d finish at 9 AM and start writing the next day’s show.” After three years of this, then came an invitation to do her show at WRAL in Raleigh, which she did for 19 years. Also, she toured with a Broadway show, “Dolly,” presented concerts, did more theater, and worked with a charity that provided arts education for children. She met her late husband during the “Dolly” tour. The concert at 7:30 PM on April 8 has no admission charge, but the Botetourt Historical Society will accept donations toward its work. By Priscilla Richardson, MA, JD

Goodlatte Announces Congressional Blue Ridge PBS Presents Re-Mastered Art Competition for Area High Schools Ken Burns Civil War Series

Blue Ridge PBS will broadcast the entire series of Ken Burns’ documentary “The Civil War” over five consecutive nights, beginning at 7 p.m. on Sunday April 3, and continuing through April 7. The re-mastered presentation of this awardwinning 1990 landmark series coincides with the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. “This documentary and the 150th anniversary will be of special interest to our viewers, who have demonstrated a deep interest in Civil War programming for many years,” said James Baum, station president and CEO. “Virginia was a pivotal state in the four-year Civil War, with 60 percent of the battles fought here in the Old Dominion.” The Emmy Award-winning Blue Ridge PBS production team has spent nearly 15 years documenting Virginia’s Civil War legacy, creating more than 11 different Civil War documentaries since Burns’ masterwork first aired. These local productions include “Virginia in the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial Remembrance,” which won a 2010 National Educational Telecommunications Association Award. “As the region’s storyteller, Blue Ridge PBS is committed to addressing the history of our region and the state,” added Baum. “I’m sure all our viewers, including the Civil War buffs in the region, will find Ken Burns’ ‘The Civil War’ is as relevant and compelling as it was 21 years ago.” The Civil War” was a milestone in the history of documentary film and television and it remains the highest-rated series in the history of American public television. Ken Burns brings to life America’s most destructive and defining conflict. “The Civil War” is a saga of celebrated generals and ordinary soldiers, a heroic and transcendent president, and a country that had to divide itself in two in order to become one. The storytelling and use of music, experts and personal narratives, along with a stunning collection of period photographs, are just as poignant today as when the documentary premiered. Voices for the series include Sam Waterston, Jason Robards, Julie Harris, Jeremy Irons, Morgan Freeman, Paul Roebling, Garrison Keillor, Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur Miller and Studs Terkel. Historian David McCullough narrates.

While The Civil War was not Ken Burns first award-winning film, he credits the documentary with raising him and his colleagues out of relative anonymity. Critics have lavished praise on Burns’ epic documentary. The New York Times called it a masterpiece and said that Burns “takes his place as the most accomplished documentary filmmaker of his generation.” Tom Shales of The Washington Post said, “This is not just good television, nor even just great television. This is heroic television.” The columnist George Will added, “If better use has ever been made of television, I have not seen it and do not expect to see better until Ken Burns turns his prodigious talents to his next project.” The series has been honored with more than 40 major film and television awards, including two Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, Producer of the Year Award from the Producers Guild, People’s Choice Award, Peabody Award, DuPontColumbia Award, D.W. Griffith Award and the Lincoln Prize, among dozens of others. Educators wanting additional instructional resources can find a web link included with information about the “The Civil War” posted at This web site also has more detail about the series and broadcast times.

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