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n.. a ..,ik i!ii :ii= Thursday, May 6, 2004 -- Page 3 ! 0 Part 2: Democratic & BOE candidates speak out on the issues In my retirement planning over the years (if I ever get to the point where slowing down is possible), I had always thought that the best thing I could ever do for society's betterment is to write a great novel. But, after living in six different West Vir- giniacounties and observing the political scene in each, I've changed my thinking, in that "the very best thing I could do for humankind" is to run for sheriff. On a more serious note, I have recently attended two "Meet the Candidates" forums, at which times many of the candidates spoke their minds on the issues. The first session was at the Oilmer County Senior Center on Sun., Apr. 25, an event jointly sponsored by the county's Democratic Executive Committee, the Democratic Woman's Club and the Gilmer County High School's Young Democrats. The second session transpired at the Community Showcase Building in downtown Glenville on this past Thurs. evening, Apr. 29, and was moderated by Cedarville's Jim Bailey. All of the sponsoring organizations and individuals are to he commended for going all-out to invite the candidates to speak and to help inform the general public about the is- sues. It takes a lot of planning, effort and execution to provide a flee, open and conve- nient forum where candidates feel comfort- able in expressing/.heir views. The sponsors of the two above-noted public assemblies accomplished these high-minded and public- spirited goals. And, the following informa- tion is pieced together from these two meet- ings. Statewide candidates Although State Supreme Court Justice Warren McGraw has visited Gilmer County several times during this campaign season, he couldn't be at the above-mentioned "Meet the The Corcoran ] III]1 Column | III]i Candidates" forums. At the former one, how- ever, Glenville attorney, R. Terry Butcher, spoke on his behalf. "Justice McGraw is su- perbly qualified to be re-elected to the Su- preme Court because his emphasis is on the people's welfare," he says, adding that liti- gants and attorneys have been treated well when appearing before Justice McGraw on the Supreme Court. Greenbrier County Circuit Judge Jim Rowe -- Justice McGraw's primary opponent -- also had a stand-in spokesperson whose name I didn't catch. He relates that Judge Rowe is outraged with the decisions of the current Supreme Court which make "living in West Virginia impossible." For example, "since McGraw has been on the Supreme Court, the state has lost many doctors, so this is the most important race on the ballot," he added. (As stated in last week's endorsement, our editorial choice in this race is clearly to re-elect Justice Warren McGraw who isn't afraid to stand up to large, out-of-state corporations or to rich, in-state public in- terest groups whose primary goals may not be in the best interests of the general pub- lic.) For State .Senator of the 12th Senatorial District, State Senator Bill Sharpe, the in- cumbent, appeared at the Senior Center to encourage all Democrats to get out and vote to defeat George Bush and the Republicans in the fall. He mentions that although his age and 40 years of public service have been ques- tioned in this primary, he's still young when it comes to representing his constituents and this district in Charleston. His legislative know-how and prestige have helped to garner many state government dollars for this region's benefit. His primary opponent, Bill Adler, also a Weston (Lewis County) Democrat, neither appeared at either of the public forums nor did he have a stand-in. In a separate statement, though, he did apologize for not being able to spend more time in Gilmer County. As a former GSC student, he believes that he's needed in the State Senate to offer a more vigorous defense of the College at the Statehouse. "There's a real danger that we might lose the College in Central West Vir- ginia, if we don't have more aggressive sup- port of it in the Legislature," he predicts, noting that he'd give that support. For the 34th Delegate District's seat, State Delegate Breut Boggs, who is seeking re- election, was represented by Bob Radabaugh of Sand Fork. Mr. Radabaugh relates that Delegate Boggs will continue to fight for Glenville State College, the Little Kanawha Parkway and Gilmer County's general public. He is running unopposed in this primary, but anticipates opposition in the General Elec- tion. In the 33rd Delegate District, William F. "Bill" Stemple, an Arnoldsburg Democrat; is seeking re-election as the district's State Delegate. He's the Asst. Majority Whip and chair of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee. He's running unopposed in the Continued on page 5A Don't Gel Me Started! Voting is a t as a t By Kristal Sheets, : City Editor & Columnist OnMay l l , a week from the day l write this, :there will be a primary election held in Gilmer :County. The result of this election, at the local :level, will reinstate some current government :figures, and in some cases, it might incite a :changing of guard. It will give our state its choices between Republican and Democratic +candidates for key governmental positions, including but not limited to Governor, Secre- politicians are beholden to the people we elect on the state and national level. Few decisions are made by local political leaders which don't reflect the decisions or changes made by our representatives in Washington, D.C., be they Senators, Congressmen, or the President. Still, the upcoming primary election is one in which I will take part, and in which I urge everyone who has the right to vote to take part. We're blessed and lucky to be able to cast votes, and whether we do this matters a great deal as regards every level of government. bauchery that seems to coat so many aspects of our state's politics. On May 11, I hope we elect state senators and delegates who will continue going to bat for our district. And, yes, I want county officials to govern judiciously and to use our local tax money for the greater good, as well as law enforcement that will keep us all safe while observing our civil liberties. I know that the first step in asking for these things is to go to the courthouse and vote. The follow-up to this action is to stay informed :tary of State, U.S. Senators, U,S. Representa- This election year, in particular, is filling between, all elections. ;tires and the United States President. me with equal amounts of hope and dread I don t see this as a mere right, but a duty; To say that I am more interested in national regarding the final outcome of the general taking part in the democratic process places pohtics than local politics might be true up to elections on November 2. the responsibility on everyone's shoulders to " ~a.certain point. I don't write about local po!l:+ Anygne who hasread this column knows choose representation ~ serves not only ,ucs m this column fora numberofreasons, not that I strongly believe that any person elected ourselves, but our family, friends and neigh- !le.ast of which is because I'm not dissatisfied :with our county and city officials. It might he naive, but for the most part, I consider all of , them my neighbors, thus believing that they're doing what they can to benefit the greatest number of citizens possible. _ i ~n thing, though, is that our local + : ..... President ofourcountry will be better than the bors. It allows us to have a choice in the sort one in office right now. of space we want to occupy by affording the But I also want Senate and Congressional ability to act on our judgment of who might representatives elected who will do their best cast that space into darkness, and who will to serve the interests of our state as one of 50. fill it with light. I want a governor who can lead West Virginia's So. No endorsements, except for the act of lawmakers out of the, moral and fiscal de- voting itself. | Musings of an oldtimer -- The 'spirit of adventure' and being one of three maids By Frances Myers Schmetzer, Glenville Columnist School is almost out, and I am thinking iback to the summer of 1972. -. I had been teaching in Ashland, Virginia, +:tncluding summer school the year before. I -was ready for a break and in no mood to teach :-a multi-grade class of students who needed TTemedial work. . :LIn a spirit of adventure, I answered an ad ~at said, "Wanted: Three maids for a sum- ",~,ner home in upstate New York. At the ~terview, I had to talk my way past the color artier. Over many years, I had been active ~n COmmunity theatre, so I told the lady of the )hOUse that once I was in uniform, she would ~'orget that my face wasn't black! : She next hired my 17-year-old daughter as + o a third-story maid. Then she found a white cook, a butler, and a laundress -- an indoor staff of five, all of us white. When people at church remarked to the owner that she had relatives they hadn't met before, she never told them we were her servants, not kin! That is how I discovered Pawling, New York. I returned in 1973 and decided to move there and be a substitute teacher. On my third summer, my boss agreed to host a silver tea as a fund-raiser for Histori- cal Society. She asked ifI wished to attend as a member of the society or to work. I had never hidden my summer status as a maid and said I would work. Our usual uniforms for the mornings were made of checked material -- to hide spots and dirt, I suppose. Each day we had about three hours off after lunch and then wore solid colors when serv- ing dinner. For that silver tea, I was given a new uniform that was pink with lace on the white collar and cuffs. She assigned me to work in the dining room. I knew almost everyone who attended and found it fun. At social functions, it was customary for the men to greet ladies with a kiss. A doctor, who was on a church committee with me, grabbed my hands, leaned over for the usual peck, no- ticed the uniform and stepped back in confu- sion! I still laugh when it comes to mind. I worked there two more summers,"but without moving in, and remained in Pawling for 18 years. Without the summer work in that 43-room mansion, i would have never known how 'the other half lives.' Being blessed with a spirit of adventure brings undreamed of rewards. ) i must nominate our very 6 Dear Editor, m The problems of education, health, tort Governor, Jim Rowe for Attorney General As a nattve son of West Vtr mta I feel r nvol wsutts w r scorn ; ' . . " g" " , eform, f" ousla " , o ker pen- andSenatorMichaelOliverioforSecretaryof t:ompe|led to to brmgbetter government to satt xes n for tnfrast ture co .W " try "on, ta , a d p " ruc n- State. We must nominate our very best. Time , est Virginia and the Nation. My training as tinue to plague our state, is running out! We must use our vote to tree of the first Certified Industrial Develop- We now have an opportunity on May 1 i to correct the problems of the past-not to con- ers in West Vir,~inia required that l determine helpcorrectthe roblemsifwecanriseabove tinue them. Trusting in the wisdom of your . v . . . p those tm merits to locatm and expanding the old td ow Do ' httcs . pedi g _ . eology of "Yell g' po " " vote, I am, !ndustry in our state. Now, twenty-ttve years and nominate the most qualified candidates Burke Ldlly later I am amazed to find that our state is faced in each political party. , Morgantawn wtth the same problems; very little has ira- As a life long Democrat familiar with the proved. We still rank at or near the bottom of Democratic Candidates, our state would be .... all states in the US. better served if we select Lloyd Jackson for More Letters to the Editor' on Page 5A Attention Political Candidates: Our 'Letters to the Editor' Policy + We are in need of more letters to the editor. Feel free to send them in to us. sign the letter via snail mail. Deadlines for letters are Mondays at ! 0 a.m. for lust remember our policy on the letters, that week's paper. After 10 a.m., they can be accepted for that week as paid Local newspapers have long been the sounding boards for political, advertisements. However, it would appear for free in a future edition. personal, and patriotic views and this paper is no exception! Also, for writers who consistently send in Letters week after week, these Relative to writing responses, please keep in mind our Editorial Policy: we messages are constantly evaluated as to content and to purpose, so they may will accept lettemtn a space available basis only and they will be subject to be considered as an advertisement, especially if they are weekly, lengthy, and the Editor's scrutiny as to content relative to libel, good taste and timeliness, repetitious of previous letters. Nevertheless, you will be contacted if the latter IA good length is generallv.~one to one-and-a-half. . .standardn typing pages, is the case and. will be. charged only our regular advertising rate. [double-spaced. The decision~bf the Semor Edttor wdl be fi al. Letters must For more reformation, contact either Dave Corcoran, St. or Jodi at 304-462- [be signed in order to be published - e-mailed letters must include a phone 7309 [number where your identity can be verified, but you may still be required to I Last Issue Before Elation. News, Letters, & Ads | The long-standing policy of this newspaper has always been that if. in the issue be fore an election, one candidate or citizen makes allegations about another candidate | or issue, that the other party be given the fight of rebuttal. Readers of this newspaper know lhat we editors have had this policy in effect for the past eight years in ~.~der to make certain that the journalistic and ethical principles of fairness and equality be assured on these pages relative to both the news and advertising side~ m With Mother's Day coming up on this Sunday (May 9), we editors want to wish all of our area's mothers a most happy day! Motherhood is an undying and great institution because the feelings of joy, pride, love and accomplishment that go with it are ageless. Moreover, our state of West Virginia has an extra-special place in Mother's Day history, having given birth to the annual national celebration early in the 20th century. After being started to honor a deceased Taylor County mother, Anna Jarvis, Mother's Day has become one of America's most popular holidays. In fact, the Mother's Day Shrine and Park in downtown Gt'afton is Taylor County's most famous and defining landmark. We editors recommend that if you haven't visited it yet, do so, because it's not that far away from Gilmer County and a pleasant experience. In addition, we want to commend those many fine ladies, who, while they haven't given birth to children themselves, have nurtured, assisted and encouraged the young people around them to keep striving to attain their full potential as individuals and to reach their dreams in life. (My Aunt Elizabeth Corcoran was one of these women, who, throughout her life, was always a help and inspiration to younger people. She was a mother in every sense of the word, except for having given birth to a child herself. Moreover, it was through her selfless caring for her own mother in the years before the latter's death that she learned the joy of giving is much more fulfilling than that of receiving. Aunt Elizabeth was a happy person and that is how I remember her.) For those of you whose mothers are here, celebrate Mother's Day with them with gusto. For those whose mothers are deceased, remember them with a prayer -.-just like they did many times for you. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor to vote next Any democracy, especially America's, depends on a vigorous and informed citizenry that gets out on Election Day to vote. This next Tues., May 11 is the long-awaited Primary Election Day throughout West Virginia. And, each voter will find on his or her ballots many meritorious candidates standing up for elective offices. Unfortunately, our voting record in Gilmer County, like elsewhere in the United States shows a lot of voter apathy, For example, in the past several elections, fewer than 50 percent of our county's registered voters have actually exercised their constitutional right to vote. As a result, many viable candidates and laudable causes have failed to get their proper recognition or to get elected. Hence, ifGilmer County is to progress, we local voters have to make it do so by becoming more active in creating good government, of which the first step is to cast our ballots for the best candidates. As a result, we editors sincerely encourage all of our residents to be "good citizens" and to exercise their right to vote on next Tues., May 11. The Democratic Party, in particular, can't complain about the lack of good candidates from the Statehouse in Charleston all the way down to our Gilmer County Courthouse. In addition, several important Board of Education positions are up to the voters on May 11. Finally, our county's Republicans have several key choices to make on the G.O.P.'s Primary ballot. Here, at The Democrat~Pathfinder, we editors pride ourselves on putting out as much local news and advertising as possible. Indeed, our public service responsibility is a most serious matter, realizing that you, the people, "need to know" what's going on in State Government, at the Gilmer County Courthouse and at the Board of Education. Like the individual hopefuls who are campaigning to be elected, it takes many hours, much elbow grease and many dollars to put out a weekly newspaper. Likewise, good citizenship requires time: to read up on the candidates, to study the major issues, to check out their facts, to make your decisions on whom to vote for and, finally, to actually go to your polling place. Remember to note down next Tues., May 11 to go to the polls and to cast your ballot, if you don't vote by absentee ballot in the County Clerk's Office beforehand! DHC, Sr. J of the___...__ 'B/r. SIR ..III II II HIDDEN DANGERS --- Since the official end of the War for Iraqi Freedom one year ago, more of our nation's military personnel have been killed than during the actual shooting war itself. Hence, there s a high tha! we, Americans and the good Iraqis themselves, have to pay for peace. T.hars a shame, in that peace with governmental stability should be laudable goals for that nation in Asia Minor that has suffered so much at the hands of a tyrant for so long. Nevertheless, like with the British trying to cite a violent India and Pakistan and their wardng ethnic factions in the eady 201h century, our Ame. .can Armed Forces and civilian support teams have a long-term and dangerous joo rebuilding a war-tom nation, re- formulating a viable government and m-establishing a lasting peace. As our award-winning cartoonist, George Harper, sketches in this week s cartoon, although calmer waters appear to be on the horizon, hidden, larger dangers still lurk underneath ttiat beautiful sea. DHC, Sr. Publisher-Editor Glenvil Democrat~Pathfinder ........ + + Corcoran. st:, Publisher.Editor P O. | 108 N, St., GJenvJlJe : WV 26351 PHONE '462-7309 ..... ii" FAX 304-462-7300 E.t//AIL-- VISA & Mastercard are now accepted +