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January 2, 1976

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~J i' 4 The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder ~EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was * taken from the December 1. 1975 issue of the Washington Post. That a small state like West Virginia is large enough to support two such dissimilar politicians as Hechler and Byrd is one of Appalachia's ongoing mysteries. The deepest puzzle is Hechler. Unlike most mountain politicians, he is an apostate who has never taken a vow of obedience to the coal and energy companies. His own district in the southern border of the state contains more coal than any area in the country. Coal may be king, but for Hechler the powers behind the throne can be wily and dangerous, with a record that he occasionally calls "diabolical." January 1, 1976 The devil Ls a metaphor the mountain people understand be(:ause notions like evil, sin, and damnation have not been brushed aside as casually as they have been in the cities. If Hechler's district is a classroom and lessons can be applied to other parts of the country, one truth is clear: it is possible to run against unacc, ountable corporations and not only win but thrive. Hechler's record suggests that the voters may be far ahead of the politicians and will gratefully embrace anyone halfway daring enough to expose corporate manipulators with their slush funds, cash envelopes and hunting lodges, Hechler first ran for office in 1958. shortly after coming to West Virginia from Washington. He worked in the 1956 Stevenson campaign but came to the mountains to clear his head of abstractions. He was born on Long Island, took a Ph,D. at Columbia and should have been the kind of person - the egghead outlander - who West O O ,J o , ~ o o 3.94 each IN CONGRESS 403 MARKET ST. SPENCER, W.V. P h(me 927~1672 9:310~ M-F 9:3~12 Sat. liavo yHP favorlto old Your precioue old family pictures can n~ver be re- placed once lost or faded. Let us make faithful copies of them now to share with loved ones. If your picture is timeworn, additional charges for restoration are eale priced. Your original picture is returned to you unharmed. $X7 black white copy YOU rJLN ft. Virginians endeared however, not by having it students ~t was teaching the youngsters involved, when telling me to Congress as a The students campaign, It combination of enthusiasm that Either way, political citizens as In time, he organize the coal l that demanded 1969 Coal He stand with latter's doomed Boyle mob. He Gong ban on strip After a few insolence, the b~ and the 1972. Hechler was convenient stak8 heretic. His James Kee, a strip considered Kee and won decisively that no opponent at enjoyed by and other Hechler says in 1974 made debate the time, no one mining or the they figured it remind the be decided." Hechler is physically fit andl manner that and wrath with~ perverseness shows in around his roughing it Hechler says. above a Hechler's campaign issue. : jeep demeaned Virginians deserved a limousine, of the people. The round West hints of "the hasn't John prove that issue. dramatic as but what it politically bility is now a voters. Too governmental have been their o~-n about victi_mizi~ not yet totally interests the Virginia are towns. But if any national office style of responding to vested-interest to hitch a If you figure one leaky hot faucet in each home in this area, cubic feet of gas can be wasted in time. The natural That's save could he enough gas somebody's to run a glass factory employing about straight through the year. So turn all the way off and replace That could help minimize industry. And that can save jobs Helping your neighbor has been part of America, and a lot are counting on you to help save year. In the process, you help Wasted gas and water cost you You can help in a lot of other Lower your thermostat four Change your furnace filters Weather-strip your doors. CaO windows. Insulate your attic the gas company brochure or, natural gas and money. Write RO. Box 2450, Clarksburg, HOPE NATURAL WESTON SUTTON SPENCER ........