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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

What's Up With This?

Are all those new jobs in Wise County in jeopardy? Seems so:
Southwest Virginia legislators vow to fight SCC ruling on power plant
By Stephen Igo, Kingsport Times-News

WISE - A 540-megawatt-powered Southwest Virginia legislative delegation is preparing to sock it to the State Corporation Commission as a result of a SCC hearing examiner's decision Friday not to allow a utility consortium to recoup its initial investments in a new coal-fired power plant proposed to be built in St. Paul.

State Sens. William Wampler Jr., R-Bristol, and Phillip Puckett, D-Lebanon, and Delegate Terry Kilgore, R-Gate City, hosted a hastily arranged press conference Monday following a meeting of Gov. Tim Kaine and his Cabinet at the University of Virginia's College at Wise.

[Virginia Dominion Power] petitioned the SCC to recover initial costs associated with the power plant, an amount expected to be between $10 million and $20 million, Wampler said, mostly for various studies such as environmental impact statements and the like. Wampler said the hearing examiner's decision to disallow those costs from recovery in future electricity rates places the power plant "in jeopardy" and violates a legislative mandate to the SCC. (

Good grief.

Amen To That

From a Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial this morning:
It's time for this year's Senate contest to focus on issues that matter to Virginians. From a made-up word that might be a slur, to anti-Semitic campaign fliers, to the misuse of a revered conservative icon, this year's race has concerned mostly superficialities of little import to the Commonwealth and the country. Let that phase of the election fall into the ash heap of Virginia political history.

Instead, Virginians need to know such things as: (1) How do the candidates propose to conduct the War on Terror? (2) How much power do they feel a president needs to conduct this war properly? (3) How do they plan to handle Congress' propensity to overspend (and the accompanying deficit that has exploded)? And (4) how do the candidates plan to vote on the president's judicial nominees?

The political silly season must end. It is time for a substantive political dialogue as Virginians weigh a consequential choice. (
It almost seems that the kiddies in the blogosphere have been setting the agenda thus far and the debate, because of their juvenile rantings, has rapidly plunged into the cesspit.

The adults need to take control and get this contest back on track.

Struggling For Survival

Another local manufacturer is on the ropes:
Rowe files for Chap. 11 in court
The furniture firm plans to keep plants in Elliston and Salem open and hire more workers.
By Ray Reed , The Roanoke Times

The Rowe Cos., which have furniture manufacturing plants in Elliston and Salem, have filed for bankruptcy reorganization.

Rowe continues to operate, although it will sell its retail division.

Rowe said it will move some manufacturing operations to Elliston and Salem, where it plans to hire about 250 more workers locally after it closes a plant in Poplar Bluff, Mo. (

It's not often that you read a story about a company filing chapter 11 and adding jobs but that seems to be the case. Missouri's loss is our gain.

Let's hope this reorganization pays dividends, to coin a phrase.

When There's No News ...

The Associated Press is reporting this morning that farmers in Kansas are going to be farming.

You read that right:

Kan. Farmers to Plant Winter Wheat Crops
By The Associated Press

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- From inside his combine, Beloit farmer Michael Jordan worked methodically to cut his drought-stressed field of sunflowers.

He's been harvesting his sunflowers for 10 days now, and was anxious to get this season's crops cut, so he could begin planting his 2007 winter wheat -- something he figures he will do in the first part of October.

Other Kansas farmers will also be sowing more acres of winter wheat this planting season. (

It's comforting, I guess, to know that life is normal.