Carbon dividend is a way forward

I’m sure that many of us join Bryan Morris (The Forum, June 9, “There has to be a middle ground on climate”) in hoping for a robust discussion of national climate policy.

The time for that discussion is now and since it affects every one of us, it should not be regarded as a partisan issue.

I am excited about the bill now being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act! This is a bipartisan solution that would reduce carbon pollution by 40 percent in the first 12 years, putting a price on carbon fuels at their source, using market forces to discourage the use of fossil fuels and remitting all proceeds to households.

It would create jobs while shielding consumers from gradually increasing fossil fuel prices. Nor would it grow the size of government because the government would not keep the proceeds. This fee and dividend approach has been endorsed by many Nobel laureate economists, former chairs of the Federal Reserve, chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers and, so far, 41 co-sponsors in the House.

This very week a delegation of citizens from the Sixth Congressional district, members of Citizens Climate Lobby, will be meeting with Rep. Ben Cline in D.C. to discuss this important legislation. I hope you will join me in urging Cline to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 763, the best first step to drive down America’s carbon pollution and bring climate change under control while unleashing American technology innovation and ingenuity.



Ms. American Pie and history

Both news and history, Woodruffs Store and Pie Shop of Monroe is featured in The Wall Street Journal’s Weekend Edition of June 1/2.

The full-page article, titled “Ms. American Pie,” is about the matriarch Mary Fannie Woodruff, about history, integration, pride, tourists and homemade pies. There are large color photos of Woodruff, a centenarian at 102, the café and, of course, homemade pies. Typically, Woodruffs sells 25 pies on a weekday and 50 pies on Saturday.

Built by her late husband 67 years ago, Woodruff, the mother of five children , ran Woodruffs Store as a post office and general store with filling station for three decades.

Noteworthy, the paternal great-grandfather, Wyatt Woodruff, was the county’s first black business owner. With his Civil War pension, Wyatt Woodruff bought a plot of land and opened a blacksmith shop. The old blacksmith shop was cross the street from Woodruffs on Virginia 130.

This extraordinary article is uplifting and recommendable. The article is on display at the Madison Heights Branch Library.


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The E.C. Glass Wall of Excellence

In 2009, the Wall of Excellence at E.C.Glass High School became a reality. Created by the Class of 1964, members from the class of 1963 and other alumni donations, the Wall of Excellence offers an opportunity to honor or memorialize someone special to your life.

Whether you choose to honor a favorite teacher, classmate, alumni, organization, family member or special pet, your brick provides a lasting, visible tribute. Your brick also supports the Athletic Boosters club and provides funds for championship banners in the E.C. Glass gymnasium.

Leading the efforts to continue the success of the Wall of Excellence are J.P. and Kay Smith Vaughan who volunteer countless hours every year. Why not offer to join these loyal volunteers at school functions or call about additional volunteer roles?

The Wall of Excellence brick information and application is found on the E.C. Glass wall of excellence website (

Thank you for your support. Together we can make a difference.



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