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The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder January 30, I~/B There are a 10t of things in today's marketplace that $4,000 won't buy. It won't, for example, buy much transportation, given our present inflated economy and soaring gasoline prices. It goes a precious little way when a family is faced with crushing medical expenses stemming from the care and treatment of long-term illnesses or accidents. It won't go far toward the construction of any modern day building. It goes hardly anywhere at all toward providing a quality four-year college education for your youngster. In short, it just won't do much in the way of providing tangible goods and services. Its currency in the marketplace of intangibles may be an entirely different story, however. For example, it will most assuredly purchase a renewed, and probably permanent, divisiveness among Gilmer County citizens on issues centering on their school system. It will undoubtedly buy an immediate curtailment of much, if not all, of the recent spirit of cooperativeness and sense of direction aimed at providing better school plants throughout the county so thoughtfully and patiently engineered and nurtured by a county-wide committee of citizens and school administrators. It will pay the last installment on a sure-fire guarantee that Gilmer County will be known in educational circles as the county in the state of West Virginia that, seemingly, absolutely refuses to help itself in any way to improve educational opportunities for its children. It will also buy a completely split school board and administrative staff with its inevitable disruption'to the total school system and to the learning process itself. It will buy ample warnings to prospective businesses and employers who might consider locating in Gilmer County to tread easy, since good school systems are basic to many such decisions. It will also buy for the Board a richly deserved reputation for non-recognition of competent talent and an apparent satisfaction with mediocrity, a reputation exceeded only by its exposure to the public of its ignorance of the marketplace for good executive talent and of the cost-effectiveness of paying a premium for such executive skills. The sum of $4,000 will buy all of this and more. Only time will ell how much more. Tuesday - January 27, Senior Citizen's bus will run to Stumptown to pick up residents for Nutrition Program at Senior Citizen Center in Glenville. Call - 462-5194 ff you wish to ride the bus. Wednesday - January 28, 7:30 p.m. Folk Festival meeting in City Hall. Public invited. Wednesday - January 2fi, 7 p.m. GlenvLlle Branch of the American Association of University Women at the Wesley Buildtng...Pro ram scheduled: "Yes I Can." Saturday - January 31 at 7:30 p.m. The Glenville pentecostal Church, River View, will have a Sing at the church. Everyone welcomed. Tuesday - Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. Weight reduction class, exercise session. Medical Center basement. Friday - Feb. 6, 7 p.m. WVFI)W meeting at Town Hail, Glenville. Bookmobile Schedule: Main Street, Glenville: Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 4-7 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 19 from 11-3 p.m. Normantown Grade School: Feb. 18, Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. Friday - February 13, 4-8 p.m. Bicentennial Birthday Dinner, Gilmer County Senior Citizens Center in Glenville. It was reported by West Virginia law enforcement analysts that our state has the lowest crime rate in the nation. The analysts are "happily mystified as to why the Mountain State continues" to have such a low rate. In an article published in Review, a monthly report by the Governor's Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction, the annual FBI Uniform Crime Reports released last Monday for 1974 showed West Virginia to be "noticeably superior to other states in the seven categories of severe crime tabulated by the FBI." The seven categories of severe crimes are: murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, larceny-theft, burglary and car theft. The national rate in 1974 was 4,821.4 crimes per 100,000 population and West Virginia had only 1,769.3. It was reported that no other state was even close. North Dakota was second with 2,160.1 crimes per 100,000, Mississippi was third with 2,249.2 and South Dakota fourth with 2,670.8. Arizona had "the worst crime rate" with 8,221.7, then Nevada with 7,827.1, next Florida with 7,387.3 and Californiawith 6,846.8. I always thought that New York would be in the top five of states with high crime rates, but not so. New York and New Jersey were both about on the national average. In 1973, West Virginia was again the most crime-free state. For that year, the national rate was 4,129.7 and West Virginia's was 1,471.5. In 1972, North Dakota edged our state for the best-in-the-nation with 1,O23.9 while West Virginia was second with 1,056.8. The Deputy Directory of the Governor's Committee on Crime and Delinquency, Michael Minsker, said that his agency "can't e in West Virginia's low rate." He said it is "harder to figure out what makes it low than what makes it high." Even after looking at socioeconomic data and demographic data, no answer could be found. They found, however, that because of the state's sparce population, crime is naturally low since crime generally is higher in densely populated areas. But that answer was not very complete since "some cities of the same size have greatly different crime rates." said Minsker. By US. Senator Robert Byrt West Virginia a Leader in Natur Gas The natural gas industry in West Virginia is one with which most citizens, are unfamiliar; yet it com- bines with the coal and oil industries to make West Virginia one of the leading energy states in the nation. For instance, our state currently has more than 21,000 natural gas-produc- ing welis---only Texas has more. And West Virginia ranks fifth among all the states in the ultimate ca- pacity of existing under- ground storage reservoirs, with a 452.5 billion cubic feet potential. Overall, the natural gas industry in West Virginia brings the state more than $115 million annually in revenue, which is a sizable sum considering how com- paratively young the in- dustry is. True, there is evidence that the Chinese were utilizing natural gas as early as 940 B.C.; but it was not until 1807 that maufactured natural gas was introduced for light- ing in London. Nine years later, beginning in Balti- more, natural gas-powered lamps were introduced in the United States. The 1855 invention of the Bunsen Burner enabled natural gas to be used ef- ficiently for all fuel pur- poses, and the industry be- ~an to boom. West Vir- ginia was part of that boom. In 1879, a 15-mile pipeline was built, ex"ter~l- ing from a volcano field to a Parkerslmrg refinery, and the first natural gas com- pany in the state was formed in 1898--less than a decade after the discov- ery of the Mannington- Dolls Run Pool reserves. West Virginia, besides possessing the natural gas reserves, had another ad- vantage that helped it he- come an industry leader almost from the beginning. The first hard rock drilling tools were designed and put to use in the Kanaw- ha Valley as early " as 1859, and those West Vir- ginia drillers disseminated their knowledge of tools. Thus, West Virginia had the skilled craftsmen so necessary to the advance- ment of the industry. And the industry did ad- vance in our state. West V i r g i n i a -- specifically, Hastings, W.Va., in Wetzel County--was the home of the first commercial oil ab- sorption plant in the Unit- ed States, which was built in 1913 to extract gasoline from natural gas; and it was the home of a 1940 experimental natural gas liquefaction plant which laid the groundwork for t o d a y' s intercontinental transactions. The natural gas industry in West Virginia, like our state's oil and coal indus- tries, continues to be a pae~tter--and continues to play a vital role in keeping West Virginia in its position as the nation's powerhouse. by Tom Dalesie Lt. O. Scott Neely, head of state police Criminal Id Bureau which compiles West crime data, pointed out that and Nevada "also are populated states-yet they have highest crime rate in the U.S." He our police departments have a clearance rate, meaning that reported crimes are solved, and courts aren't as backlogged as in other states." As for the idea West Virginia crime statistics reach the FBI for inclusion in yearly tabulation, Lt. Neely said have one of the best reporting in the nation. We were the third to become computerized and into the national data network." explained that every police West Virginia. except for a one-man, part-time, units. "regular reports to the Identification Bureau in Charleston." Crime statistics for the first of 1975 have already been and Lt. Neely stated that Virginia's crime rate is climbing, in keeping with the pattern of increased crime." rate for the seven offenses corn by the FBI stood at 991.5 per population for the first six the year. It is estimated that ff same level continues, the state rate will be 1,983.0 - which is than any other state's rate in The 1970 census showed 39 percent of West Virginia's live in cities of 2,500 or more. it the most rural state Vermont. But Vermont's crime 2,874.7, considerably higher West Virginia's. After reading various Crime in West Virginia national crime trends, one major reasons for due to unemployment in the Many of the Democratic hopefuls claim that will be a major concern and hoping that something will be! and that their statements are hot air. I had a taste of after graduating from WVU. I lucky, however, I couldn't unemployment benefits but I at was able to be supported bY parents for six months. OtherS unemployment a time of and may very well resort to cringe way out. It is harder to make meet with today's econom even if you are working, with people out of work, there is a temptation to commit crimes. Philosophies such as "Get jobs and off the streets" are easily accomplished. I get remarks like that because too talking and not enough action result. Gov. Moore's Program has helped many Virginians find jobs. Many recent, unemployed friends school have found" security Program. But more action is on the national scene as well local. We are lucky here in Virginia. Not only is the State a beautiful place to live, a safe place. But to keep it safe, jobs are needed to keep the low. We will always have cri e' reduction of the serious always be considered a major After all, West Virginia, to ne, best place to live, work recreation. . COON. pd. ,S" At 109 E. Maln St GienVam WV 2S3S1 Phone 2-n0 S on Clm poem paid andat, ~ption price t6~0 tax induded in Virginia midems G.O0 tax Cannot S montha. (ALL PRICESEFFECTIVE TOM DALESIO JOAN LAYNE