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i I 2 The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder April 11, 1975 III by |im |acobs 0 By Senator !141i ii~ i a Cultural programs are hard to come by outside the big city. And unless one is able to hook his television set up to the 'cable, the only other media offering quality broadcasting is the public radio station WVWC-FM at West Virginia Wesleyan College. But college administrators have decided, in a study of priorities, that they will have to withdraw their support. WVWC FM has been advised they will not be funded after their license expires September 30. The station presently receives nearly 70 per cent of its financ|al support from the college, according to Station Manager Richard Madden. This represents an annual expenditure of $60,000. The remainder comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public contributions. WVWC-FM recently concluded a fund drive and received about $10,000. Madden estimates that the station serves 32,000 listeners in North Central West Virginia. Needless to say, there are many listeners in Gilmer County and they are sorry the college has withdrawn their support. Many say the college," one of the few with increasing enrollment, should have been able tocome up with funds sufficient to support such an important and distinguished project WVWC-FM. EspeciaRy: in light of the fact that the station serves as a training ground for student broadcasters. We think people who use the services and who wish to see;public radio continued should express themselves !by writing to the President of West Virginia Wesleyan, John D. Rockefeller III, or to any member of the Board of Trustees. As the West Virginia State Folk Festival draws ,near, area residentsneed to be reminded, again of how important the weekend affair is to many persons. Tom Smith of Pittsburgh writes in a letter to Mrs. Fern Rollyson, Festival President: "I've enjoyed the festival so much in the past that I intend to visit Glenville again this year on my vacation. "I first heard about the festival from my cousins in Hurricane I was unable to attend. But in 1973 I found out what I'd been missing. I was pleasantly surprised that the entire town of Glenville was somehow involved in the festival. I really felt welcome, at home "I enjoyed the music, dancing, crafts, workshops, demonstrations, programs and just the simple peace of the people of all ages enjoying themselves. Thank you for organizing this fine gathering of talent and joy. I am looking forward to visiting your pleasant town this June." How's that for a pat on the back. To the Editor: For several years my husband had planned a reunion of the Upper and Lower Spruce Run schools. So I thought while he was recuperating from a serious heart condition, it would help him pass the time to plan it. But. once I put the letter in the paper, I began to get phone calls and letters, saying I was not qualified to help plan it, since I had not attended either of the schools. Since a reunion is suppose to be a time of happiness, not one of contention and squabbling I" couldn't care less who plans it. This way we will be free of any of the work connected with it. Butuntil our plans were printed no one had even considered such a reunion. Mrs. Roduey Reed 306 Savannah Rd. Baltimore, Md. 21221 , ii i i t I tl The Glenville Pathfinder Plbl|sked Ever7 Frlds7 By GILMER COUNTY PUBLISHING. INC At 109 E. Main St. Glenville, WV 26351 Second-Class postage paid at Glenville and at additional mailing offices. Subscription price ~5.00 plus 15 cents sale tax in Gilmer County; other Wast Virginia residents $5.50 plus 17 cents tax. Out of state subscriptions $6.00. Can not accept subscriptions for less than 6 months, JIM JACOBS ................................... EDITOR " JOAN LAYNE ................. CIRCULATION MANAGER National leaders are looking forward to the day when the U.S. becomes self-sufficient in energy resources. State legislators William T. Brotherton Jr., D-Kanawha and Lewis McManus, D-Raleigh told a Federal Energy Administration workshop recently that expansion of the coal industry in Appalachia "'could eliminate the need for foreign oil and gas, and eliminate the need for an expensive crash program to Dut nuclear power plants on line before the public feels they are really safe for operation. .The legislators also said local coal mining would eliminate the need for "massive mining of western plains lands which could disturb the water tables needed for agriculture." In that light, then, it is with interest that I follow the proposed sale of the nation's largest coal producing company. Peabody Coal Company owned by Kennecott Copper Corp is reportedly up for grabs for an estimated $1 billion. And one of the prime bidders, according to the New York Times, is The Carbomin International Corpora- tion, a privately-held New York-based company that is engaged in the coal brokerage business. It is ra large exporter, primarily to steel producers in Japan, Belgium, Spain, Great Britain and Brazil. A company spokesman acknow- ledged that much of the money to back Carbomin's bid for Peabody's 9 billion tons of coal scattered throughout 17 states will come from foreign sources. The spokesman said he realized that most of the Peabody's coal is low in heat content and high in sulphur, but said "we're going to match it with our foreign patents and make it marketable." It should be noted that the U.S. government is not only aware of the impending sale, but it ordered Kennecott to sell and may have the last word in approving the sale. The Federal Trade Commission, ordering Kennecott to divest, charged {in 1968) that Kennecott sought to restrict competition in the coal business, a charge upheld last year by the Supreme Court. Needless to say, the sale of Peabody will have a tremendous impact upon the nation's energy policies, its coal production and prices, and the coal export market. For these who are concerned that U.S. energy resources remain in this country, the sale is indeed intriguing. And there will be a score of other issues to watch develop-the fate of Peabody's western strip mines, the future prices of other fuels which may serve to enhance or inhibit an accelerated program of coal explora- tion, and other questions of public inter'est. Two other prominent bidders for Peabody's coal are The Cities Service Company, a publicly-held company that is the nation's 15th largest oil producer, and The Tennessee Valley Authority, a government-owned re- regional development agency that is also one of the nation's largest electric utilities and Peabody's largest single customer. Whatever the outcome, Kenne- cott's prime concern, naturally, "is what's in the best interest of the shareholders," according to Gilbert Dwyer, Kennecott's vice president for administration. "Our interest goes to the point of finding out where a buyer can pay the price," he said. "Questions of public policy for future production are not for our consideration." That is the, key. Whoever gets Peabody will l ave to pay a high price, and, despite these trying economic times, there are some people around who are able to be bold and bid a billion. Whatever the outcome, the effects of this sale will be felt far and wide, including right here in the hills and hollows of West Virginia. To the Editor: Since i appeared twice to speak before the West Fork Watershed Association in opposition to the Stonewall Jackson Dam, I really appreciated the article written by you in regard to the Corps of Engineers damming up all of the "free-flowing" rivers of our state. As president of the Elk River Basin Improvement League, I've ha/t problems with the Corps of Engineers operating Sutton dam on Elk River. 101 miles above Charleston. I am fully aware of what the Corps is trying to do to the beautiful rivers of West Virginia. In this respect. I started to have drafted a drastic law relating to the impoundment of "free-flowing" rivers throughout the state but due to the lack of drafting time, I decided to lay it over to 1976 at the 63rd session of the legislature. This law would be known as the "West Virginia rivers protection law." It would forbid the construction of any impoundments or dams on any branches or streams from 6 feet wide to 2500 feet wide, without authority from the legislature. This is the only way the rivers of West Virginia can be protected. I intend to get the cooperation of all fishing and hunting clubs which at the present time. are not satisffied with the "Wild and Scenic Rivers Preservation Act." Since our organization was formed in 1970 we have succeeded in having a Resolution passed by the 62nd Legislature which relates to the problems of the Sutton dam on Elk River. The annual Spring meeting of our League will be "held Sunday, April 13th, at the Herbert Hoover High School, and if you are not too busy, come over and you can hear about what happens when you have a dam constructed on your river. When the Little Kanawha gets the Burnsville dam, I feel sorry for fishermen who use the river! They will be having the same trouble we have had since 1961. Herbert Hoover High School is located on state route 119, about 3 miles below Clendenin. Carl E. Murrey President Elk River Basin Improvement League / To The Editor: I would like to hear from those among your readers who were raised as an "only child"; especially those raised in the hills and hollows of West Virginia. Was it a good experience to be "an only"? Why would you or would you not recommend it? Thank you for the time and space. Mother of One... 7' M.E.A. Chapmen Route I, Box 29 Auburn, West Virginia 29325 a Problems associated with preservation and restora- tion of the environment have raised the old ques- tion of the desirability of strong economic growth versus little growth or no growth.. The adverse effects of the current recession, I believe, should provide the answer to that queation beyond any reasonable doubt. Growth--not wild, uncontrolled b o o m-a n d- bust activity---but sound, continued growth is essen- tial to provide both jobs and the necessary govern- ment revenues to carry on worthwhile public services. Looking at contaminated lakes and streams and pol- luted air, many have argued persuasively that destruction of the environ- ment is too high a price to pay for industrial progress and economic growth. Un- til the unemployment curve started upward, there were few to question the wisdom of such arguments. But now, with a falling gross national product, not only are the ranks of the jobless increasing; the pub- lic and private resources needed for environmental cleanup are also shrink- ing. A hundred and fifty years ago. Malthus. the British political economist, feared t h a t population grow~ would outrun the capacity to produce enough food from the available land. Recurring famines in Africa and India have re- vived such fears only re- cently; and spreading pol- lution in urban areas has underscored standable the quality tion of life ingly But there able that. with izers and rices, people And there numerous show that overcom~ over~rl~. in both namic creasing ductivi! to do the A year or GNP--the all goods passed the mark, and being made The world ing like it year, we in was fronts. The ments, in have lost might once Neither jobs nor tenance of living that so much many mined vigor. A bucolic cottage mill wheels nostalgic imagination. day reality continued, al, nomie growtlt Oilmer Coa saturaay AprU 12 - romp Community ihulidla|, p.m. "All Saturday, Airil 12 - Slag, C, C, Slaasrm Aemehdtm. 7:30 p.m. Featuring The Glad Hem-ts. Monday, April 14 - Women's Hall, 7:30 p.m. ibcent Books Every KnOW, Tuesday, April ts - coal 10 a.m. at home of Mrs. Mary Susan Pillow TaIL ThurlKiay, April 17 - Film shown ud di mmed, 10 Department, Mineral bad. o" am, 2 Saturday, April 19 - OL'I~FO fire bomm, Rt. S "all day. Monday, April 21-22 -- Admtahttratlaa beae~m s~! at Court St. 8 s.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 - AAUW business meotlas, 7 p.m. Pro rm at in Ited. Wesley Foundation B,dldla|. Thursday, April 24 - Food Health Department, kt6nmral I L, 7:SO Berbers WMJems ..... Did you know that April 6-12 is "honor of the occasion, I had decided to however, circumstances will not permit. mind, as you drive-and, for heaven's anything bigger than a fire hydrant! Speaking of motorized vehicles the best tire buy for your moue too!). If several different manufacturer t (check size, the guarantee, service, Federal Excise Tax on each. Why? Well. do with the sale price, but is based on the the tire. Hence, the higher the Federal cushion in your car's "hoof|as." as And, so as not to be discriminatorf, want to know that your pretty stainless a lot better off if NOT left for long vinegar, milk and~or fruits in them. the oxide protective Fdm and cause pittinlb ! pin-holes on the inside of your pens. hole-y but not righteous as the saying righteous indignation on your Dart. But if you let it happen now that wholly v,mr feultt