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,3 / 2 The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder i L O March 27, 1975 It will be interesting to see which counties and towns receive HUD block grants. It will also be noteworthy to see what programs will be funded. A county-wide emergency services program combining fire-fighting and ambulance service seems worthy of funding. So does a water and sewer improvement project. Or a town sewer line collection system project. But there's 0nly so much money in the federal pie and some communities have to be discouraged from further application at the outset. There is @uspicion that federal grant money will go to larger urban areas where there will be "greater dollar impact" per person. That's been the trend in the past and may very well be the tone of most federally funded economic development projects. But where does that leave rural communities in need? How can the city of Glenville. for example, raise enough money to upgrade their water and sewerage systems? Hope lly, there will be other federal programs that can zero in on rural communities and recognize their elopment needs. But if we have to compete with la gecit/es for grants, the likelihood for funding is slim. Let's hope those units of government that did re- ceive block grants from HUD needed the money for such as those outlined by the g Commission. Most of us will be sorely disappointed indeed if boondoggle projects for large cities receive priority fun jd t because a larger population is served. If coal is going to be relied upon to meet the energy needs of West Virginia and the rest of the U.S., then perhaps it would be best to insure that this state's coal reserves are reserved for our consumptmn and not for use abroad. It was startling to learn that firms from Canada. France. West Germany, Italy and the Netherlands have invested in West Virginia coal reserves. according to the Federal Energy Administration. What isn't known is the amount of coal owned by foreign firms. The FEA listed four Canadian firms with investments in the mountain state. These include Steelco, which owns a new mine called the "Madison Mine;" Koppers Joint Venture, which owns 12.5 per cent of the Beckley Coal Co. and 10 percent of the Olga Coal Co: Defasco, which owns 9 per cent of the Itman Coal Co.: and Algoma Coal whichowns Kanawha Mines, Pocahontas Mine, and Ma ,e Meadow Mine in West Virginia. ' A ronch mining company has loaned money for a in Becldey which is expected to begin production in 1978. and another French firm owns pert :of:,rite Beard's Fork. Blue Boy, Empire and Jacob's Fork Mines. the study shows. It iB expected thaL in future years. M/ddle East oil producing countries are also expected to invest in Mountain State coal firms. The FEA study did not say which mines are owned by WeSt German. Italian and Netherlands firms. It .also: noted that a more comprehensive study of i investment is now being conducted by the ra t Commerce Departments at a cost of $3 million. IIo ............ I I] J J I w LJ ! Pathfinder Plb|talted Every Prlday By GILMER COUNTY PUBLISHING, INC. At 109 E. Main St. Glenville. WV 26351 Se~ond-~ postage paid at Glenville and at additional n'~9 offices. Sub~tion price $5.00 plus 15 cents sale tax in Gllmer County: ot~nm' West Virginia residents $5.50 plus 17 cents tStx. Out 0~ state subscripti(~ns $6.00. Can not accept subscriptions for less than 6 months. JIM JACOBS ................................... EDITOR ~JOAN LAYNE...=. ............ CIRCULATION MANAGER by Jim lacobs West Virginians expect more from their state government than they're currently getting. And it appears, at this writing, that Coy. Arch Moore is playing the perfect ringmaster to the legislature, keeping all of us wondering how in heaven's name any of the people's tax revenues get spent without a major uproar. Like having the State Supreme Court decide each year whether or not the legislature's appropriations are constitutional, at the governor's urging. Moore, between calling Senate President William T. Brotherton Jr. "Senator Bothersome" at press conferences and withholding exact revenue estimates from the legisla- ture, has already vetoed 23 bills passed by the 1975 legislature. This is short of his record 25 vetoes in 1973, but a substantial number of bills remain to be acted on by the governor {the previous high was 14 vetoes by Gee. M.M. Neely in 1943}. It appears likely he will break his record before he is finished. According to political pundit Harry Hoffman, this is the seventh year Gee. Moore has "subjugated legislative authority to executive whims." Trying to cope with the governor's gamesmanship on budgetary matters, the 62nd legislature has had its hands full and is proceeding with due caution. Moore recently announced that state revenues hit a record high of $90.3 million in February and that this indicated the state's surplus might reach $150 million by June 30 instead of the $101 million he had predicted at Little wonder the legislature Finds it difficult in fashioning a budget and in determining the true basis of the state tax structure in the face of Moore's shenanigans and the unsettled national economy. Moore vetoes or approves supplemental appropriation bills seemingly at his own whim, interpreting the Constitution to suit his purpose, even taking opposite actions on bills enacted under the very same circumstances. He vetoes $5.3 million in additional state aid to schools, for example, on the grounds it was a supplemental appropriation passed before Final legislative action on the budget bill and therefore an unconstitutional procedure. But at the same time he approves supplemental appropriation bills for such pet projects as Independence Hall restoration, which started out in 1970 with a modest appropriation of $25,000 and now is into about $2 million taxpayerd money. Moore also requested the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. "If they are unconstitutional, he ought to veto them all, " said Sen. Brotherton. The legislature has had to devise a unique system of appropriafiug state tax revenues just to take care of business without being handtied by Moore. The device is passage of a basic budget bill early enough in the session to allow time for the governor to veto measures, then override them later in the session and fill in the blank spaces thigh supplemental appropriations. the start of the legislative January 8. He used this as a basis for criticizing the legislature for not cutting taxes, but he made no explanation as to why he did not make this information available to the legislature while it was still in the process of working on the budget. House Speaker Lewis McManus, concerned about the lack of financial information the legislature had to work with, wrote a letter to Moore requesting revenue data. The governor failed to reply. In 1974, Moore blocked action on a budget until after the start of the new fiscal year in July, simply by refusing to provide a realistic estimate of revenues as the constitution requires. As it turned out, he was off the mark by nearly $107 million in estimating revenues for the curJ ent fiscal year, and he's using the same tactics in maneuvering for the next fiscal year. success of tactic remains session to probably req e clarification by the State Supreme Court, which Moore will most likely demand. In any case, this is not the way to do the people's business. Instead of playing the manipulation game and then criticizing the state legislature for miscues, perhaps Gee. Moore should realize his massive responsibi- lity to the people of West Virginia and to legislative leaders and cooperate rather than antagonize. It hurts the state to have the State Supreme Court decide how budgets are to be planned, how much authority the executive has in aI ropriating tax money, and whether or not the legislature is to be the strongest voice of the people in spending their money. It also stains .the dignity of his office for Gov. Moore to be engaged in petulant name-calling. IIIIIII To the Editor: My wife and I were pleased to receive a copy of The 111e Dmmmrat today. She is the former Kathlesn D. Gilles, who was born and raised in West Virginia and loves to hear from the people in the Mountain State, and I am a 1964 graduate of GSC and I appreciate receiving the paper as well. Kathy and I have been married for nine years and have two children. Bobby and Roxanna. Bobby is eight-years-old, and Roxanna was born in Tehran on December 25. 1974. Just as usual as we have kept ourselves busy with constructive work. Since leaving Glanville I have received an M.A. in International Relations from The School of International Service, The American University, Washington, D.C. and another M.A. and Ph.D. in Government and Politics from University of Maryland, College Park. In the meantime, I was a Research and Teaching Assistant, 1970-1973, at the Department of Government and Politics, Univ. of Maryland, College Park Campus, and in 1973-74 1 was a Faculty-Member of OU/UC, Adult Education Center, Univ. of Maryland. I have also been an instructor at WSHS, Webster Springs, W.Va., which we think was one of the most tranquil years of our life. Since Au dst, 1974. I have been a Research-Associata at the newly created non-proflh non-government Institute for Ini rnation_.al Political and Ec omic S dtes. Tehran, Iran, My wife is also with us at the Institute, working as a secretary to the research staff. I wouldlike to add that I shall always cherish the good memories of the first years of new new life in U.S.A.-the years I spent at GSC in Glanville. This towm contains some of the finest people I have ever met in the world. Our address in Tehran is: The Institute for International Political and Economic Studies, Mohammad Reza Shah Avenue, 28th StresL No. 2, Teh n, Iren, in case someone wishes to drop us a line. nobert Ghobed lranl mmearch-Asseciate Should the U.S. fatten to add one its beef cattle on grainanimal's weight. that can feed humans? of course, if it High food prices and world fed to cattle hunger are increasingly humans prompting that question,areas of the In the U.S. West a gen- grain, not eration or so ago, beef the primary herds grew to maturity on rein. grass. Then the feedlot-- Two which is supposed to pro- are happening duce jucier, more flavorful of all this. meat--came into the pie-are ture. new, so-called On the lots, steers are breeds; and stuffed with grain before tie may make a slaughter--more than 40 to challenge million tons of it in the unprofitable by U.S. last year alone, plus operating costs. five million tons more of The high-protein feed like soy- with such beans, as Hereford This produces the from "'Prime" and "C h o i c e" continental grades of beef with their names like fatty "marbling" that Chianina, or Americans favor in theirThey grow steaks and roasts, ger-musoled, leaner meat It also produces an tle we enormous amount of wastegenerally been in the fat the butcher re- to. moves and that which re-Whether the mains for the chef, the sumer will be cook, and the diner to trim back to away. The marbled fat. of for his beef, or ( course, is a major source newer breeds, r of the cholesterol doctors be seen. There warn against. versy, as there Money is wasted as well.in such It is estimnted that beef the growers as might be as much as 50 tive merits cents a pound less if itthey can were grass-fed instead of agreerner1~ grain-fed. The U.S. feedDepartn~nt of grain bill in 1973 was $5 over grading. billion---paid for by house- But in the wives at the meat counter, consumer Furthermore, t u r n i n g the various grain into meat is inefli- work interact cient from a nutritiomalthe product point of view. It takes six most to eight pounds of grainmarketplace. 6ilmr CoRty kmd.r' aeain~ Mom~ Harvey, 1 p.m. at Saturday. March 29 - Faster el~ hunt. (~apel, Haselgre~. Dry irma ff Spruce, 2 Sunday, March 30 - Easter ~a Hu~. Cater, 2:$0. Prizes to be awarded. Moedey. March 31 - C~dqm]], 65C by 'MCO of Fint Mmday. bhrch 31 - bJoeting cd Democrat Wem m's Club d Cmmty, Mmulay, Tuesday, April 3-4 -Baler 8mi repair cours GOJ_S Vo-As [April 3] an day [Apr~ 4]. Spo~ by Fanm Bureau. (~l[y Hail. 7:30 p.m. Spmmored by GJ/mer Bureau, IVlonday, April tO - be]]room, noon to e p m Red Cmm Chpt . I WB mm Semebody from the AMA has finally I've known for a ~ time: some accident-prone. Dr. Manuel Rodste n, a New York number of factors can contribute to this exposure to injury, violence and domestic authoritarian parents, lees of parents, childhood bed we~un8 or truancy, tandancy to lie & steal many accidents in childhood. (I did chew on couple of years.) If you happen to be one of these chosen tall? WelL you most likely have a childless family, sexual conflicts, a likelihood of divorce. job changes, and have an adventurous. aggressive personality. You make up your mind stress and buck at authority. You are a parson. All this is bad anough, but can addition of boredom, frustration, fear. excitement, or sexual and Unfortunately, Dr. Rodstein did not uder Chronic Khitzies-only a diqnosts. I figure that i don't work, wear gloves, live by yourself with solitaire deck, and never have anything to of the opposite sex, ~u'li have a figh~u8 I also fi~ure it just ain't worth it!