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a - Thursday, May 6, 2004 -- The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder --- Page 5A .. Corcoran Column continued 2. Comi.Bcdfrompage3 ) p "mary. but didn't speak. He is an officer with one, from the Dekalb-Troy District; Lan ~ political races lengthy law enforcement experience or two, from the Glenville District. ,~e e ~mith, the current Demo- and a devoted group of local fans. Philip Hale Cunningham (Glen- ; craticCircuitClerk, isrunning unop- Jimmy Charles Gregory, a Ce- ville-City District) was the first to tor~. posed in the primary also. "Being one darville Democrat, did speak, but it speak at the Senior Center. Asa 1972 le flit oftheoldestcandidatesonthecounty's was hard to hear him, owing to the GSC graduate, he h~ come to stand , Democratic Ticket I want to a~ure temperamental PA system at Senior firm on the issue of' ch!ldren coming ~ta~ you that I'll work h~d for you tO the Center. He was asked to speak up first" in Gilmer County s educational best of my abilities after the elec- once, but I still couldn't hear what he system. "I won't lie to you; I've had )wal0 tion." (In the fall, we understand that said which was a great shame. He enough of these school consolida- the county's Republican spokesper- wantstobring much energy and many tions; I want ~e kids to have names, 1~ sn, David Craft, will oppose Smith. new ideas to the Sheriffs Office. not numbers, ' he describes. [ i. . i ] Larry Chapman, the incumbent, I could understand Dave Hess, the Although his wife, Teresa, spoke ~ftltt was the first candidate for the Gilmer current County Commissioner who is for him at the Senior Center, Paul County Commission to speak at the seeking to win back his farmer job as Hartmann(Glenville-Glenville Dis- Center. He als attended the sheriff. He started his professional trict)spoke for himself at the Show- [ start County Will office of the Commission Senior Community Showcase Forum. He career asadeputysheriffin 1983 and case. He relates, "Education is the [ jokes that while he ran as a Republi- waselectedsheriffin1993.'Tvepre- most important thing we can do for ! with regular office hours to hear your can for his first three terms and won. pared a budget every year, l'll work the children. I've been in business 20 I ~i he finally "saw the light" and regis' every day and we should be able to years here and this will bring special Icncerns between meetings. tered as a Democrat. "Being a Demo- provide 24-hour service," he states, qualities to the BOE." crat means working for progress " he Miekey aoo er.o , ]. Will try to secure Homeland Security Funds says. At the Showcase he further date and political newcomer, enumer- TroyDistrict),thelong-timemanager explains, "I love the job and seeing ated a lengthy, list of improvements to of the Common Place Restaurant and people reach their goals. We'vebeen the Sherift's Office that he'd institute a Sand Fork PTO leader, stresses, {along with Emergency Operations money to really successful at the County Cam- if elected These include aggressively "The general public needs to be more mission" He enumerates improve- seeking grant funds establishing informed andbecomemorefamiliar {complete the Fire Station and possibly return ments in progress at the Senior Cen- emergencyresponsean~lrescueteams, with the Board of Education's prob- er, Recreation Center. Economic re-instituting the DARE program in lems and decisions." She's the mother | Development Association Fire De- the schools forging better relations of current school-age children who ! 9 1 1 Center to Gilmer County. partment and the county's'anti-litter with the Stale Police and neighboring says she wants to improve the school efforts as examples of the countytawenforcementagenciesand system. Cmmission's successful leadership, responding more rapidly to rural area AltonSkinnerlI(SandFork-Glen- [ Experienced in writing and managing [ al He'sservedasthecommission'spresi_ calls Finally, he points to his bust- villeDistrict) apologized :or not be- i budgets in excess of $7.5 million, along with l{ dent during the past year. hess experience as an asset in getting ing able tocampaign more. "I'm work- aom Ratliff another Glenville the financial side of the sherift's job ing, but I do thinkthat consolidations | .Democrat and businessman, ischal, done. will beamajorconcernofthisnext I writing and managing grants in excess of Jenging Chapman for the seat in this John William Moss. Jr.. the final board of education." he predicts. year's Primary Election' rve seen a candidate to speak, stresses that he's Phyllis M. Starker (Glenville-City 15250,000. lot of neighbors and friends who say currently the Chief of Police in Glen- District) was also recognized by be- ~tl~evwantamoreooen and workin~z villeatdhas 15vearsoflawenforce- in~ asked to stand up at the Senior I- _ ~ounty Commission" he states I A candidate who beheves Franklin Delano add-mentex rience His oals as sheriff Center. She's a former teacher, coach [ in m - , , , pe . g. ti~ rag, Iflmelected, we'll set aside a would be to set up a n|ght patrol, to andmayorofGlenvillewhowantsto.[Roosevelt,s quote,"The test of our progress is US8, uay a week to be available to the cover the entire county "to keep it use her talents to better the educa- general public to hear them out at the safe" and to use the K-9 Unit to make tional system in the county. t~91rs" Courthouse instead of only holding drug searches at the high school to Dorothy H. Rhoades (Glenville- I let/., ~.meetingsamonth."Inaddition, createadrugfreezone. Inconclusion, Glenville District)emphasizes that I not whether we add more to the abundance oflI ligtl, wants tobringthe911Centerbackhe affirms "During my 15years of she's beenaneducatorallofherlife. 1[ et0 ! Gl.lmer County, which will work law enforcement, I've had several ' I retired after 31 years in education, Ithose who have much; iris whetherweprovi any ~etl m tandem with the new Fire bosses. As the sheriff of Gilmer but during each one of those years, ii epartment Building. Finally the County, I will have no boss, except my major concern was the education 1[ 'truer BOEpresident says that his God Ifelect w and welfare of our county's school _enough for i those who have S too little." 1 "ou"- - - for . ed, I fll bnng God ] Wh [ ~: m and experience has prepared into the Sheriffs office. I'd appreciate children, she says. The Blue Ribbon mm well for the County Commission yourvote." School principal at,Troy en you cast a vote for seat. "The Democratic Party wants to Magistrate candidate forget about her life s career after re- Prvide for those who have too little For re-election as Gilmer County tirement, either, beingaregularat-~,.,~ TO tliff, It and that isjust what l believe, too,,,he Magistrate Carol Reed Wolfe, atendeeatthemon~lyBOEmeetings, m Ra Says in conclusion Glenville Democrat who is running Her platform: 1.) 'We need commu- Current County Clerk Beverly unopposed voiced encouragement to nity schools where the kids get indi- I" ~] y0 g fo [ Marks, the incumbent, whoisrun_ the Young'Democrats for being co- vidualizedinstruction.'2.,"Whatcon- U will be votin r an honest, nmg. Unopposed, stood up to be rec- sponsors of the Senior Center forum cerns me (about thecurrent BOEpro- /q II ....Noted for working long 'It'smcetoseesomanyYoungDemo- cedure) is that everyone gets a RIF ualified and dedicated Demc at, ' rs.at the Courthouse, she told the crats working here today," she ob- (Reduction in Force notice), but, then, ~ that she didn't wish to give a serves. "I encourage you to stay ac- an equal number of job postings are ,2- - h because that would take away tive andabreastoftheissuesasyou approved later on. This is hard to / for all of Gilmer County II lr0m other candidates' time "I didn't move through life. In the 26 years I've understand, even for an experienced -1, want this long session to run even served the public this upcoming elec- educator." tar ~r,.__~nger," she told_ this newsna~redi-,_ ,-_ tion will be one of our hardest fights Martin Dale, Hess (,Sand ;ark- I ,,Your Vote and ,Suplm il , " !" ]l ",~war(ls. to put a Demo,~raticpresident into the Glenville Distric'i), a loea| business- . Sheriff candidates White House. ,, man and firefighter, is also a candi- Alifiveofthec r R W Bob Mini h also an m } C- andidatesforGilme . . " "g , " - date for the BOE, but did not attend Paid or by the candidate. .aUnty sheriff showed up at the Se- cumbent magistrate from Glenville, either candidates' meeting. L ......... ~ 11 Center, withonlyCharles"Dave" is seeking re-election, too. Postscript S~._e-~ and Mickey Metz coming to the Board of Education race Place next Tues., May 11 on your " ~_ --" ~-- '~Ba~l- In the board of education race, you calendar in order to go to the polls and De uei (Sam) Cutlip, a Glenviile can vote for three candidates, but only to vote for your candidates of choice. mOcrat and ent one can el cted from the Center ' " 5- Police Departm be e ' You 11 be glad you did, because some eutenant, stood up to be recognized, District; two, from the City District; of the above races will be close ones. ..... USa "3 Continued from page 3.) lower test scores l)eetr Edilor R Flooray for music professors Philip Ossano and Harry Rich! They pow- erfully and bravely addressed in last s~:l' s paper the deficiencies of block uling. Like them, I want to hear the position of the board candidates on this issue. R Years ago I did the same math ossano and Rich did on the detri- ~t~e. ntal effects of block scheduling. I uaSCOvered then just as they stated: "S I- n .Our kids on block scheduling are los- mg more than three weeks of classes for every subject they take. What I also understood "way back when" Vtas that with block scheduling, ffyou 'ant to do any serious educating of Your students, you better have your class in first semester. Because the semester from late January till June first is riddled with absences due to Exam standardizedtestingworldwide snow days, cold days, flood and early also reflects badly on block schedul- dismissals, cutting of classes for ing. Last year of the 126,625students sports, awards, victory celebrations, taking that test, only 7977 were on senior cuts and that horrible educa- block scheduling. The other 118,648 tional month of May when spring wereon50-minuteperiodclassesyear fever and school exhaustion come long, and many of them were in into play. schools that dropped block schedul- Like music, languages suffer mis- ing for just the reasons Rossano and erably with block scheduling. It takes Rich stated. The exam results are very time and sweat to do well in lan- telling: of the nine levels of Latin guages, and the hurried pace of block tested (Introduction thru Level 6), in scheduling undercuts that need. The seven levels non-block students out- Latin standardized testing done annu- scored block students, with mean ally in March puts block scheduling scores as much as three points higher. students at a disadvantage. Those who I also believe block scheduling is bad opt for Latin II second semester of for our students' education. I also their Latin I year have seven weeks to believe it should be dropped. do the work that non-block schedul- ing students do in 6 1/2 months. Father Edwin Daschbach, SVD The results of that National Latin Latin teacher, GCHS rl Consider our 'Plastic Society' t r Dear Editor, We are living in a plastic world. Plastics are very important to our way of life and comfortable living. So you Can better understand, here is a partial list of some things made from plastic: telephones, tires, parachutes, car bed- ms, crayons, bubble gum, heart valves, Sneakers, ink, cosmetics, batteries, house paint, tape, ammonia, antisep- tics, eye glasses, purses, life jackets, deodorants, fertilizers, oanty hose, movie film, shoe, (loud speakers, vol- ley balls, combs, as well as waxes, lubricants (such as mineral oil and vaseline,) coke, asphalt, kerosene, and jet fuel. All of these we would prob- ably not be able to derive from alter- nate fuels. There is a difference between heat- ing oils for horn~ and the heavy oils used in industry), marine transporta- tion, and for electric power genera- tors. So if we are not to be at the mercy of the prejudices and religious beliefs of foreign countries for sup- porting our very own great shortages, we will have to find local supplies somewhere, somehow. The need is now, not a hundred years down the road. The technical world has advanced very greatly in the last fifty years and is changing more and more rapidly each year. It will be a very different world fifty years from now. We don't know what we will be needing then. We are only given one day at a time. This brings us to the contemplation of our millions and millions of acres of forest reserves with a vast oil sup- ply. It is all just sitting outside of public view until we are inclined to forget we have them. It is like a very rich man who bought himself two famous paintings, a Monet, and a Rembrandt. He decided that he would put them carefully away in a dark locked cabinet to keep them safe. He gloated for years over having them. Finally, he decided to look at them to see if he remembered how beautiful they were. When he opened the cabi- net, he discovered that the moths had gotten in and destroyed them. He wept bitterly, saying, "Oh, if I hadn't been so selfish and afraid, and had shared them with others, they would still be beautiful." This describes our attitude toward our forests and reserves. Our forests are to act as anti-pollut- ants, but they could just do it as well if they were properly husbanded with an occasional tree harvested to pay for this service. It will grow back and others will grow faster when they have more room. The firefighters who would expect to have only temporary employment fighting wildfires in re- mote dangerous areas could find permanent employment as forest ran gers and fire wardens. With proper roads and trails established, with even occasional telephone lines, hikers could take their cell phones and they would have no need for fire. We could escape most of the dangers of fores~ fires which cause more air pol- lution than the whole forest could take care of, and it won't be there to do it. The animals and their habitat would be destroyed, not slightly disturbed. Cigarette smoking and campfires should be absolutely banned! If people should start to squawk civil rights, here is the answer: Civil rights only belong to civil people who live in a civilized civilization. Civil laws are to protect these civil people against injury by the actions of uncivilized persons. These persons have no rights. R. L Pr/tt, Glenville ii ~ i ~ii~ i ..... Honor a GSC Graduate for $20.04 The 2004 graduate's name will be placed in the commencement program and special recognition will be given in the next issue of Today's Pioneer. We invite you to make them part of The ;enior Gift with a small donation that will make the Class of 2004 part of this campus forezer. Donations made to this fund will be used to enhance the revitalization of the Heflm Student Union. Honoring (graduate's name): From (donor's name): check payable to GSC Foundation and mail it to 200 High Street, Gleawille, WV 2635~. For credit card orders, call 304-462-4125.