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The Gienviile Democrat/PaLhfinder T eursday, January 15, 2004 -- Page 3 ] I On improving Glenville and Gilmer County in the New Year With citizen activist Jim James presenting a --- for young adults, teaching them discipline, long laundry list of what's wrong with Gilmer team work, good attitudes, and fitness. County, perhaps some editorial comment The Thirdly,GilmerCounty isgrowing, sothere should address the dismal issue, are a wide range of opportunities to start-up The listing, which was read at a recent Co]coran new businesses on a shoe-string budget and Gilmer County Commission meeting, was Column to succeed. For example, from what I've seen, the old and new restaurants- all of them -- written not by Mr. James, but apparently an "anonymous author." By David H C0rccxan seem to be doing well. In addition, Glenville I might mention that this newspaper doesn't Punisher-Error State College's Technology Department is publish anonymous letters, like this one. un- offering a comprehensive assortment of less someone's life or job may be at-risk. In the evening classes to the general public relative case of Mr. James's intercepted letter, there to the Internet. I even took one of them to was nothing new in it, at least to me. As a support our local restaurants on a regular learn how-to use "e-Bay" to sell some of my result, there was no valid reason why the basis. In that way, they'dbein abetter position junk; I want to do that when I get the time. author should not have identified himself or to comment on the quality of the meals. More- Nevertheless, Mr. Larry Baker, the v-p for herself. I take it that they were just "chicken." over, they might just find out that for a small Technology, wants to offer even more courses Entitled "Why BOP (Bureau of Prisons) county, we have some mighty fine restaura- for the area's people in the future. employees are not locatingin GilmerCounty," teurs who offer a wide variety of dishes -- Fourthly, to follow-up on the last point, it's the litany of lacks lists, in part, the following something for everyone's palate, a great benefit to GilmerCounty to have GSC problem areas: Likewise, I'm not sure what the author located here. So many people I know, both The absence of a hospital; meant about property values. Looking at our younger and older folks, use the college regu- Our"isolation from major commerce cen- local realtors' listings in this newspaper larly to get their higher educations. For in- ters," or larger cities; weekly, I'd judge that a variety of homes do stance, the mother and daughter team, who No discernible environmental protection; exist here at different price levels. In 1995, I own the J & J Discount Store across from Lack of good restaurants; scoured the county for a home, finding the Glenvilte'sPostOffice, got their college edu- No competitive increase of property val- ideal place for me right here in Glenville. At cations at GSC before starting up their own ues; the same time, there were also attractive and business. This is another business, along with Lack of opportunity for a second wage reasonably priced homes throughout the Little Kanawha Gifts next door, that needs earner to find adequate employment;county, community support. Look over their prod- - Flooding: and the Of the prison personnel with whom rye ucts; you'll be surprised at their quality and Lack ofprogress in improving the county's come into contact, the spouse has found a job. prices. In fact, if I had the time; I'd invest my economic climate. ' Now, I'll admit that not a whole lot of jobs are own time and money in establishing a new Addressing these issues currently available here, but with the new business here --- the sky's the limit here. Of course, everyone knows that no commu- businesses, like IRC (the IT company) start- Additionally, I know of a couple of prison nity or county -- anywhere -- is perfect, ing up here, the future looks much more personnel who are working toward their col- Likewise, Gilmer County isn't either, promising, lege degrees at GSC. And, I'm sure that more At the same time, in 19951 moved here, and Finally, one has to be deaf, dumb and blind are doing it, too. The College is just handy for have yet to regret it. I like liqing in a small, not to see that the economic climate in Gilrner all of us, especially those who want to ira- college town in rural Appalachia. The county's County is better today than it was a decade prove their job skills, get a new career or to charms and warm-hearted people have way ago. Much of this, of course, is due to the enrich their lives. GSC is an asset to this out-weighed its limitations -- for me. construction and operation of the $100 rail- communitythatour"anonymousletterwriter" Although I'd prefer to live closer to a hospi- lion federal prison outside of Gienville. At the doesn't realize exists, even though the vener- tal, I'm not old enough to need one on a regular same time, many other new businesses, such able institution of higher learning has been basis, as perhaps the writer of the anonymous as Gilmer Concrete, Dollar General, and here since 1872 letter does. When I get that sickly, I'll move to Babcock Truss Division, among others, have Fifthly, I've never seen a county (and I've Morgantown and write my editorials and col- located here, making for a brighter economic lived in seven different ones in West Vir- umns from up there. (Yes, rm knocking on climate. And, I might add that most of the ginia) that.has such loyal support from its out- wood, asI'vebeenblessedwithgoodhealthso time, thenewbusiness'sfirstcontactpersonis of-county natives. Many distinguished ex- far.) Mr. Jim Fealy, the executive director of the residents come home via maintaining their IfI were married, I'm certain that being too county's active Economic Development As- old family homeplaces, churches and sehools. distant from shopping malls would be a major sociation. As a former state legislator and They, therefore, put a high price on preserv- problem. As it is now, I'm happy and glad that seasoned economic developer, we're fortu- ing the rich heritage that exists here. That's I don't have to put up with the daily traffic nate tohave him representing our small county helpful to all of us newcomers who don't yet generated by such commercial centers. In before heads of large corporations,know the ins-and-outs of our local history. fact, I can buy almost anything I really need in What's right with Gilmer? Finally, although Gilmer County isn't per- Glenville or the adjacent counties, and if I First of all, Gilmer County is located in a feet forentertainment, I still get a bigkickout can't find it here, that's a good sign that I don't beautiful, rural region of the Appalachian of the Folk Festival, Bluegrass Festival and need it. Mountains. Hence, residents can live in rustic other musical events around the town. Irt fact, As to environmental protection, I'm not beauty and enjoy a more isolated way of life. I've neverseen acommunity that has so many surewhatismeanthere.Iknowthateverytime (Some people just don't like congested city musicians who enjoy their avocations. Truty, there's a chemical plant problem orliquid spill living, so Gilmer County offers a contrast to music is in the air here, and once the Vision on the highways, plenty of the state and fed- that.) Plan is implemented, it will be a regular eral environmental people descend upon the Secondly, for a young family, this county weekly fair for all of us to enjoy and appreci- county, provides a good, safe and an almost crime- ate. I really resent the comment that "good res- free place to live Additionally, kids, who goBack to reality taurants" don't exist here. This past Sunday I to our schools, have the opportunity to play In his Letter to the Editor in last week's ate at three excellent local restaurants with my sports, as well as to participate in a wide range newspaper, Mr. Bruce Hathaway, a Gienville son who was visiting for the weekend. He's of club activities. For example, I don't know resident, points out that while some of the even a vegetarian, so is finicky about what he of anyone who has gone out for high school anonymous author's complaintscan'tbe fixed eats; he had no complaints, and even comple- football who didn't make the team. Contrast easily, others can. And, he makes many good mented the chefs at those locations, that to what you find in the big city schools points. Being the "Devil's Advocate," I'd say that where only the cream of the crop make the "Most of the improvements {needed that more Gilmer Countians ought to get out and teams. Moreover, sports are good activities Continued on Page 5 Musings of an oldfimer team driver over one weekend. Mr Cook consid- By Frances Myers Schmet~r, ered no task that needed to be done menial a.nd Glenville Columnist asked one of the clerks to take charge of the The memoirs as written by my father con- team. It was beneath the dignity of the clerk so tain some fascinating tidbits. I figured that I could advance my rank among He was born in Wayne County and gradu- the clerks by volunteering." ated from Marshall College in Huntington. "I had never handled a mule team and knew Because his father had died when he was four little of mule psychology The mules behaved years old, Dad and his four sisters all had to nobly with the wagon, and the delivering went earn their money for college I am quoting smoothly and was an interesting experience. from a chapter, entitled "HARDWARE In taking them to water Sunday morning, I got ?'~"t CLERK," in the book Dad wrote, on one mule bareback with just a halter and .... After school was out I went back home to leading the other mule with a halter. The led Huntington and clerked in the Huntington mule appeared lame and kept holding back. Hardware Store .... Mr. Cook, the proprietor, So I turned him loose on the way back, expect- ".appeared to have almost unlimited knowl- ing him to limp along behind. Instead, he :edge and was a good instructor and boss .... would run by me and kick, then lag behind and :Delivery was by mule team and a death in the run by again and kick with both feet. The mule :family of the driver called for a substitute I was riding began to trot faster and faster and driving broke into a dead run as we turned between two warehouses just enough apart to drive a wagon to the stable. The other mule was galloping behind." "I did not know what to do and So did nothing. As we approached the stable, my mule put on the brakes and I sailed on ahead into a patch of weeds. The mule turned a complete somersault and his hoof missed my head by inches. The weeds had grown up among bent-up hay-bale wire and I was not hurt at all." My dad, Charles Everett Myers, and his four sisters all became teachers. Ivy Lee My- ers retired in 1947 from teaching at Gienville State College. Rachel Flossie Myers retired from Salem College. Emma Frances and Mabel Amanda reiired from teaching at pub- lic schools in Huntington. . R:i :;: i : ........ ...And a peaceful New Year to all Dear Editor, New Year has been greeted by Man who I hope that all of the good people of our survives with good intention, but with vision pleasant Glen have had a year which leaves inevitably blighted by human frailty vitally them with good store of pleasant memories destructive in his nature.Yet, miraculously, andlittle burden of regret. May this New Year hope survives in every age and right-thinking open for all with the promise of blessed peace looks eternally optimistic to the future. So be andcontentment. Let us pray that the world at it, as we remain thoughtful and patient in large will hereafter honor the pursuit of hap- looking forward to what 2004 has in store of piness unselfishly and hedge ~ratification of us. self with conscience. In this Year of 2004 CE and the 228th year Much of the world at large today seems of our Democratic commonwealth, we face awry, but, as history has revealed, so has it once more another election year, and the seemed in every age immemorially. Every perennial spirit of uncertainty and unease is rife in the land. Of immediate concern is the advent of new(?) Presidential leadership. There are many who with reason and judg- ment politic are praying that the incumbent will be returned to his natal neighborhood, and that the our new leader will have the wisdom, intelligence, and sound judgment to reawaken once more the goMen aspirations of our Founding Fathers. Pax Nobiscum. Carl Kerr Glenville More Letters to the Editor on Page 5 --- Additional writers on community Issues are needed Our 'Letters to the Editor' Policy We are in need of more letters to the editor. Feel free to send them in to us. sign the letter via snail mail. Deadlines for letters are Mondays at 10 a.m. for Just remember our policy on the letters, that week's paper. After 10 a.m, they can be accepted for that week as pa/d Local ne~vspapers have long been the sounding boards for political, advertisements. However, it would appear for free in a future edition. personal, and patriotic views and this paper is no exception! Also. for writers who consistently send in Letters week after week, these Relative to writing responses, please keep in mind our Editorial Policy: we messages are constantly evaluated as to content and to purpose, so they may will accept letters on a space available basis only and they will be subject to be considered as an adve.rtisement, especially if they are weekly, lengthy, and the Editor's scrutiny as to content relative to libel, good taste and timeliness, re:"etitious of previous letters. Nevertheless, you will be contacted if the latter A good length is generally one to one-and-a-half standard typing pages, is the case and will be charged only our regular advertising rate. double-spaced. The decision of the Senior Editor will be final. Letters must For more information, contact either Dave Corcoran, St. or Jodi at 304-462- be signed in order to be published - e-mailed letters must include a phone 7309. number where your identity can be verified, but you may still be required to ~ Last Issue Before Election: News, Letters, & Ads ~ . Th~ ~ng-standing p~icy ~f this newspape~ has a~ways b~en that if~ ; tj the issue bef~r~ a~ ~e~i~n' ~n~ ca~didat~ ~ ci~iz~n makes a~egati~ns ab~ut an~t~ candidat~ or issue, that the other party he given the right of rebuttal. Readers of this newspaper know that we editors have had this policy in effect for the past eight years in order to make certain that the journalistic and ethical principles of fairness and equality be assured on these pages relative to both the news and advertising side,;,/ It is not understandable why some victims of the November 19-20, 2003 flooding disaster in Gilmer County would not apply for the federal aid that they deserve and are paying for by way of their annual taxes. But, Mr. Frank Blake, a FEMA spokesperson from Sutton, reports to us editors that someone (or, sadly, more people) is always missed by FEMA during these crises. He, also, emphasizes that this disappointing reality doesn't have to be. In fact, flooding victims throughout this region still have time to meet the federal deadline for filing disaster claims. To apply for this government assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), just do so before next Tues., Jan. 20,2004 -- the official deadline. Typically, almost all victims, principally damaged households and/or businesses qualify for some form of FEMA relief. And, as we understand it, to FEMA no loss is too small to be considered. So, local residents and businesspeople whose properties were damaged by the Novem- ber flooding are urged to complete an application by first calling FEMA's toll-free tele- registration number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Moreover, applicants With hearing or speech impairments may call (T'I"Y) 1-800-462-7585. Phone lines operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon.-Fri. FEMA routinely teams up with other appropriate federal agencies to provide grants to pay for temporary housing, minimal home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. Residents and business owners may also be eligible for low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration to help cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance. FEMA, which is now a part of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, continues its mission to prepare the nation for all hazards and for managing federal response and recovery efforts following any national disaster. As a result, when a Gilmer Countian calls the toll-free 1-800-621-3362 number by the January 20 deadline, he or she gets an experienced recovery person on the other end of the line --someone who can make what had been a dismal situation look much brighter. Hence, Gilmer Countians, don't miss this opportunity that has been extended to us! DHC, Sr., Publisher.Editor Head Start theft is despicable The Head Start students of Gilmer County, who are the youngest and most at-risk learners, deserve all of the help and encouragement that they can get from area civic clubs and the general public. Most of these young people come from families with meager financial means, so they have not had the educational and cultural advantages that are available to more affluent families. As a result, as ils name signifies, this local and national program affords these small children with the ideal chance to get a "head start" on their formal public education. Consequently, their time in the Head Start program offers them enriching and educating opportunities that bolster their learning and knowledge skills in order to be prepared for entering the local school system. As a result, the culprits, who robbed the Head Start School at the Gilmer County Recreational Center's Poor Farm basement on the Jan. 3-4 weekend, are particularly sorry individuals. Moreover, this is the second time the school has been burglarized, the robbers whisking away with mostly computers and many other electronic products. Hence, the students have been robbed of basic educational opportunities that these modern learning tools can offer. The Head Start's teaching staff is understandably outraged, dejected and angry about these two burglaries. In the main, they try very hard to provide the best education to these mostly disadvantaged'children, so when a device that they depend on is stolen, it hurts both teaching and learning. Moreover, because of the tight federal and state budgets, the possibility of replacing this costly equipment quickly is remote. Because of these systematic thefts at the Head Start center, we editors reco0amend a regular, nightly patrol out there by local police authorities. Then, maybe these low life robbers can be caught, prosecuted and the stolen goods, recovered. To these youngsters, that would be a fairy-book happy ending. DHC Glenville's 'Hump' a continuing danger Carla Weaver, a Tanner resident who, on New Year's Eve, was forced off the highway at "The Hump" in Glenville, had a good idea. The lady urges Gilmer Countians, who are of a like mind, to call State Commissioner of Highways Fred VanKirk at 304-558-3505 in Charleston to request that this dangerous road problem be repaired permanently. The Hump is located on SR's 5133/119 (North Lewis Street) near the front entrance of the Gilmer County Senior Center, making an even better reason for fixing it the fight way ASAP. To-date, the Highway Department merely scrapes off the recurring mound to make it level with the city street/state highway and, then, repaves it. Sadly, The Hump always returns, this time forcing Ms. Weaver offthe road and endangering her life. In addition, she tightly observes that the county's school children on their buses are also in jeopardy of life and limb at that highway obstacle. Because the problem apparently needs a permanent fix with steel pilings to hold back the under-shift of dirt from the muddy hillside, that's what we recommend that our Gilmer County Highway Department seek to accomplish. Indeed, like a recurring cancer over the past coupleof years, this malady has proven itself to be a big problem m one that needs major surgery, not just new bandages once a month. We commend the public-spirited Ms. Weaver for speaking out on this important issue and recommend other citizens do likewise. -- to Commissioner Fred VanKirk. DHC Ed SAN'/TY'. b THAN THEY TAKE I"N" "FOUR MORE YEARS, FOUR MORE YEARSI" (from o cow's point of view) MAD COWS, MAD POLITICS & JUST PLAIN MADNESS -- GSC Professor Emeritus George Harper. our newspapers award-winning cartoonist, sees the wodd perhaps in a slightly different way than the general population. It's always good to get his novel point of view, especially dudng an election year. DHC, Sr., Publlaher-Editor