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2 The GlenvUle Democrat/Pathfinder ~, W~nms7 13, lira We are not really certain just what counties Del. Billy B. Burke purports to represent in the West Virginia Legislature after reading Fanny Seiler's column in this Sunday's Charleston Gazette. The story reported by Fanny, a frequent mentioner of Burke's name in her column, relates to an exchange of remarks between Billy and State Treasurer Ronald Pearson in a House Finance Committee hearing on budget requests for the Treasurer's office. According to Seiler's account, Burke, in a response to an assertion by Pearson that state funds are evenly distributed among banks in the state, said that he had information that there was no state money in banks in three "of the four counties in his district. When Pearson retorted that this just was not true, Burke, or so Sefler says, laughed and said three counties he represented didn't have banks. This will come as quite a surprise to John E. Arbuckle of the Kanawha Union Bank in Glenville; Murray Smith of the Clay County Bank; F.F. McCoy of the Calhoun County Bank; Nolan Hamric of the Bank of Gassaway and A.L. Rose of the Home National Bank in Sutton, and to the thousands of depositors who have placed in excess of $89,000,000 of their money in these five banks in the 23rd District. We would be especially interested in knowing just which county in this area has a "bank" as defined by Burke, Pearson and Seller,* We don't know how others may feet about it, but we are darn proud of our banks and our bankers in this area (even though we find their loan-to-deposit ratio a bit low at times} and more than just a little tired of continual implications that this area is hopelessly backward, economically dead and, consequently, of no political importance. The Gazette, Ms. Seller and Del. Burke, if he was in fact a party to this gross mispresentation, owe the hanks and the people of this District an apology. Dear Editor'. ! was especially interested in reading the feature story in your paper about bngelo Eason. As long as the Eagons lived in Glenville, I was closely associated with the family so I saw Angelo grow up from infancy to a fine young man. He was a born musician and began early taking piano lessons from his cousin, Mildred Arbuclde. I remember her so welL and how nicely he would play at the recitals when he was a little more than a child. I recall too how wonderful I thought he played the piano before he left GlenviUe. After he left Glenvflle, I only saw him on the occasional visits he made home: but I often heard news (no details) of the various and interesting projects he was engaged in. So it was a real pleasure to read Mrs. Yeager's very interesting and authentic account of his work and accomplishments. Angelo is indeed a gifted person and it is good to know he has used his talents, and is still Using them for benefit as well as the pleasure of many people. Sincerely, Alice C. Arbuckle Mr ~litor, I was pleased with Mrs. Yeager's article about Angelo Eagon. I used to know him many years ago. I should think your subscribers might enjoy such stories about other interesting persons. Irma L. West Dear Editor, It seems that the Gilmer County DOH has been in a deep rut for the past two ~rs. Also, it seems as ff there is only one part of the county that needs anything ~one and that is Center District where Mr. Stoneking lives. Under his pervision, he has had two assistants and is now looking for a third. Evidently, Mr. Stoneking can't handle his position because Bob Wilson was sent out from Weston District to try to straighten out our county. Surely, there is a Gilmer man handle Mr. Stoneking's position. Sunday night I was stuck in the snow and called Mr. Stonekin8 to see if DOH Was working. The answer I got was not a pleasant one. Later, I called the night watchman at the tool house who said that Mr. Stoneking told him to put out two cks to cover Gilmer. This is not enough trucks to clear the roads for school es. Mr. Stoneking has also put out other employees !o take charge of the snow at nights, other than his apistants. Of all the snow we ve had so far, our so-called ~pervisor is unable to make it out after his bedtime. Other cotmfles have their roads clear while Gflmer's aren't. I think it is time |or Gov. Moore to wake up and get a man in Gilmer who can handle the job and Uve Wilson the long drive each day. Maybe we could use the money that Wilson burns up in gasoline to get some little kid out of the mud going to school. After all, is an election year! NAME WITHEI.D BY REQUEST by Tom Dalesio "Imagine. if you can what your life would be like if you could not read, or if your reading skills were so meager as to limit you to the simplest of writings, and if for you the door to the whole world of knowledge and inspiration available through the printed word had never opened." The above is a statement made by lames E. Allen, Ir., the Assistant Secretary for Education and U.S. Commissioner of Education, in a report published by the government on the Right-to-Read-Target of the 70'S. Recently, that same Reading Program was instituted in the Sand Fork Elementary School. What prompted the program was findings by the Federal Government that many U.S. Citizens were illiterate because of reading problems. James Allen, Jr. stated that "more than a quarter of our population cannot read," thus causing the illiteracy. Education, for them, "has been a failure, and they stand as a reproach to all of us who hold in our hands the shaping of the opportunity for education." Reading inadequacies limits education and knowledge, and education is neces- sary in a democratic society. The ability to read is a basic right in the educational process. This inability to read effectively "is only one of the many vexing problems facing Ameri- can education." explains Alien. A couple months ago the West Virginia State Board of Education also recognized the reading problems and made the right to read a priority in our state educational systems. Reading effectively "is one challenge deserving our concentrated efforts." says Allen, "As we learn how to attack this deficiency cooperatively we will not only be getting at this foundation of learning, but will be gaining the strength and the skills to meet together many other educational problems." 0 Allen names these facts about reading deficiencies: One out of every four students nationwide has significant reading deficiencies, In large city school systems up to half of the students read below expectation. There are more than three million illiterates in our adult population and about half of the unemployed youth, ages 16-21, are functionally illiterate. Allen said he has "national responsibilities" and his view of "the educational scene from this level convinces me that there is no higher nationwide priority in the field of education than the provision of the right-to-read for alL and that the Office of-Education and the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare can do no greater service for the cause of education than to spearhead a nationwide attack to eliminate this failure of our education efforts." His goal is that by the end of the 1970's the right to read shah be a reality for everyone and "that no one shall be leaving our schools without the side and the desire necessary to read to the full limits of his capability." Allen claims that this is a time when we have accumulated an enormous amount of research and expertise in the field of reading. "Few other areas of learning have been so thoroughly and widely studied." Also, he said that this is a time when science and technology have given us a whole new array of resources to the solution of the reading problem. Allen explained, "This is a time when there is a great latent readiness to support a program that holds promise for the improvement of reading." The Right-to-Read-a basic obli- gation of society. It is hard to believe that in such an industrial technolo- gical, progressive society as ours, there is such widespread deficiencies in reading and education. The doors that reading opens for us are so vast Friday - Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Meeting of Gtlme C4mnty Trltlriders. SENIOR CITIZENS: Feb. 13 Ham Dinner from 4-6 p.m., Feb, 26 Election of officers and covered dish dinner at S p.m. Friday, Feb. 13 from 4-8 p.m. Bicentennial Birthdsy Dinner at Center in Gienvflle. Saturday - Feb. 14" at 7:30 p.m. Tim CAlmer County Gupel Sinsers Assoctathm will spmsor their rqular moathly ring at the Giimer County Recroatielal Crosier. Featured wm be the Mountaineer Gospel Stnsem from Lewis County and the Waiters Family Stnlpms Iac]lmoa Cmm j. inTlted. Saturday - Feb. 14 at 7 p.m, Goepel Sin8 at the Open Chapel, Haselsreen, WV, Ritchie County. Featured Iproup is Sojourners of Puldic invitecL Stmday - Feb. lS from 11-4:30 p.m. The Giimer C, mmt Crater for the Performing Arts, Open House and RqistratioL Entertainment provided by the teachers. Free refreshmmzts. PubUc bzv[ted. Sunday - Feb. 15, tim Glkmvlll~ jayce~ will be ~ far the March of Dimes fxom 2-5 p.m. in tim CAmvllle area. Monday - Feb. 16, the Gilmmr Ceunty Shrlurs will have c[inner at the Conrad Restaurant at 6 p.m. Tuesdsy - Feb. 17, 1 p.m. Coal VoUey Homemakers (2ub wgl meet at the home of Charlene Fmidw, Call Charlmm for information at 482-5134 or 482-8413. Bookmobile ScJmdule: Main Stroet, Glenvlile on Wedu lay. Feb. 21 from 4-7 p.m. and Thurt y, Feb. 19 from 1-3 p.m. Normantown Grade Sclmok Feb. l& Wedneeday from 1-3 p.m. Saturday - March 8, from 9 p.m. to 12 a,m. School Dance. "Duuer" the Disc /ockey bun WXlL, will be there. Wednesday - February 18 - at 7 p.m, at Town Hall - Camden Flats and GlenviUe ., ootlng Stars 4-H moetinb Presto by Gary Bourne, Conservation Officer. , mond-Cla pomm Imid m GIm itle and at addttio l nmiling offices Subscription price t6.150 tax included in Giimer CotmW; West Virginia resider 45.00 tax included. Out of subsc dons $7.00. Cannot accept subscriptions for thln 8 months. (ALL PRICES EFFECTIVE FEB. l t, 1978.) TOM DALESIO JOAN LAYNE EDITOR CIRCULATION MANAGER / and unending. A of feeling, thought knowledge. Whether learn, as we do in to become aware, as media; reading is the source of Sand Fork the program and reading deficiencies The priority of the develop solid improve the ability comprehend what you The teachers have selves to their goal. Aft# were assessed to correct program for teachers were ready programs for staff teachers and trained and strata veloped. Immediate anticipated. The been going on for feel that the children that learning to read the correct skills for fun as well as being taught to "want" are not being "forced" observed some of the being taught at immediately saw that what they were doing. didn't seem to be as children, i As I understand it, certain ski in classes so that and improvement can plished. Ages in the second, third, and together learning the done in the half hour the classroom. We should support and schools when it improvement ment should be surely the children.. .... ouryears for our educational . educational right also improved upon. But as Allen says, comprehension. We understand the in the book, or magazine. You must successful program. of education and knowledge; and for survival in our By The Dangers oJ Police Law enforcement has from never been a safe occupa- sons, a tion; but, according to re- picture ,. cently released statistics deveiopeo- from the F'BI, there are For more dangers involved in 1,330 police work now than ever. cent before, viously 50~' --and 5 In 1974--the~ last year for which complete figures total had are available--132 local, on county, state, and federal one law enforcement officers persons were killed in the United for crimes States. That was the sec- percent end highest annual total tions; for the decade 1965-1974, cotics during which 947 officers were slain, cent The FBL in an effort to law curb the trend of ever- Police increasing police killings, being U.d an exhaustive examina- by tion of the decade. One same finding was that "more of- crimin,~ ricers were killed in at- to the tempting arrests than in And the any other police activity," the and the F]BI followed that ings, discovery with a warning spect to otftcers that "'no arrest olficers. should be considered rou- solution tint." crime In addition to examining makC how and why police officcrs oncc wcre slain during the 10- jail. year ix'rind, the FBI also hx)k a long. hard look at rcpcat the I~t~on.~ rcsponsible for To the killings. A total of 1,,'~30 persons wore identi- fred and t.hargcd in the nnd killings, which clcared .05 Ix, trent of tl~ cascs: and. i~dice ' in 1~ !i