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2 The~Glenxille~ Democral Pathfinder April 17. 1975 O by lim lacohs By U.S. Senator Place names tell of The recent news that A&P Food Store will close has prompted much lively discussion among local residents. Several stare employees have no idea when they should start looking for new jobs. They have worked hard and loyally for A&P and question whether the large food chain is reciprocating by leaving the closing date uncertain. Many elderly persons who live in Glenville are wondering where they will shop with the closing of A&P. whose wide selection of foods at reasonable prices, not to say convenient location, were cherished. These senior citizens do not have access to transpo on which might allow them to shop outside d6whtown Glenville. as do many younger residents. They need to shop at one place, where they can purchase all their nutrition needs. Where are we to go now. they ask? Many other residents, harking back te simpler times, reminisce of days when local grocery stores provided plenty of good, wholesome food. much of it locally grown. They also remember when a person could have locally raised livestock butchered in local stores and cut for consumption. They wonder what happened to eliminate such local businesses. What new rules were made that did away with self-sufficiency? Why would government regulations make it harder for people to obtain food? Why must some store meats be federally inspected? Why must produce be pre-packaged? Why is it so hard for the small grocer to make a profit? The closing of A&P is prompting people to remark how little control they have over' their own lives. There seems to be some force afoot which, for some inexplicable reason, lessens the choices people have for buying foOd, seeking jobs. keeping cherished traditions. It's just one store closing, but it prompts people to talk about a wide range of subjects. Almost as if they were related, somehow. Many persons criticize government assistance. Pe'rhaps they aren't willing to recognize that many persons are poor not of their own thrace. Especially elderly persons on fixed, low incomes and many small, older farmers who don't want to leave their land, or many tradesmen simply out of work, Recently, we have seen government services come to Gilmer County in the form of a new TRIP bus program to serve elderly and handicapped persons in the country, a nutrition "hot meal" program for persons over 60 which will soon begin, a legal services program for poor residents of the county who need legal assistance but cannot afford high lawyers' fees, and VISTA volunteers who visit and: assist the rural elderly. These services, provided for persons in need by the government, are essential and welcome. There is no reason why elderly farm folks should remain isolated and apart from each other, when a bus service can bring them together at the Senior Citizens Center or elsewhere in town for shopping. or for medical treatment. The hot meal program will provide many elderly persons with much needed nutrition they would otherwise do without, And free or low cost legal services will help many poor persons who may feel lost or helpless in times of trouble. Perhaps we need to recognize that there are many persons who, for one reason or another, are not as fortunate as the rest of us and can not take care of all their own needs. Government assistance for these people is often a blessed e.v,mt The Unbounded energy shown by young people in Gilmer County towards charity must be applauded. Elementary school students collect donations for the area Red Cross Chapter. }ti h School students collect funds for Muscular Dystrophy. And (;S(: students, many of whom live outside th,: county. donate much needed units of bhmd f.r our use. Also. fraternity and sorority members .t (;S{; ,Hlend scores of hours of their l'r,;,: tim,; i. '(Jrk h.,rd l,. cha ritable pu rposes. Over the veers, the sill anti,:s ut v,mng pe..ld,* have been put)li,:iz(:(l. (;,)ldfish s all,) illl4 Telephone booth cramming. Streaking. Annual pilgrimages to Ft. I.;,ltderth,h, (turinc v,t in iinlhrilplllltgv sit lhi'x ililiC Ilt~lh'i uude+rshind the pellllh, lhl,,~, ill.t, t,lt,lt,.:'t,it hi hi,Jp. lit ll;,. l),i>,t, n/nii~, iil.trii:ultilrt; t'\l),'rt+,-, ~,,,lil l(i less th;v(;h)p(;(t i Ollilll'i~,,,, i'll, lilirli~l'.d new ilirl'nilt.~ iiiilt livt,.,,l,ll-k-rliisin~ h;vhnillut:s v. Ii, h hurl ulilive people simph, lli,~ ,iiiSti !li,'~. r,ili iilunler hi local Iil~h,lll.,,. I;ll:-,hlnls v