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A-2 The Glenvllle Democrat/Pathfinder Friday May 7, 1976 We have never endorsed local candidates for office for what we felt were valid reasons. Generally, there are few if any issues involved {a situation we would like to see changed) and since most of those running have been friends and neighbors for years, we have never felt strong enough about the political situation to back a particular candidate, being content to cast our vote and let the race take its course. This year we are going to break that tradition and encourage your support for our choice as Delegate to the Democratic National Convention - Mary Ann Barrows. : Mary Ann has long been associated with the newspaper business and for the past several years has been a member of the staff of Gilmer Graphics, serving as editor of the Calhoun Chronicle in GrantsviUe. She is a staunch Democrat, a supporter of Robert Byrd and we feel a fine choice to send to New York to help select the Democratic nominee for President. - RDA -k'k**'/ Speaking of issues and the lack therof in most local races and in West Virginia politics in general, we are keenly disappointed that James Sprouse and Jay Rockefeller declined to appear on television and debate and discuss issues with other candidates in the governors race. Both are on television, sure enough, with slick PR presentations that are strongly personality-oriented and patently evasive as to concrete answers and proposals for the correction or alleviation of our state's ills and problems. Since neither have had any real executive experience, frankly we would like to hear HOW they would implement some of the things they talk about. We have been favorably impressed with programs presented by Mayor John Hutchinson of Charleston and have long admired the work put in by Ken Hechler. Chances are strong, however, that West Virginians are going to buy another packaged deal in this election. Lots of wrapping and little substance. It's too bad, when there is so much = obvious talent and experience on the market. "k***'k = Discussing election possibilities, we were intrigued / by what might happen in multi-county, senatorial and :, delegate districts if the people chose party nominees from :" a single county when, by law. they would be prohibited from taking office if elected in the general election. The hituation could happen in the 23rd Delegate District. John" oran and Harold V. Long are Democratic candidates for the House of Delegates. Both reside in Braxton Count. If nominated in the primary and elected to tlie'Hnu'n" the general election only one could serve. = =_ Does this mean that the nominee of the opposition party would be seated as delegate, assuming no others in  the race? Does it mean that one of the nominees could not run in the general election and must forfeit his opportunity to run to another person in his party residing outside the county? If you are really interested in (knowing, don't call the Secretary of State's office. The election laws of the state and their interpretation and enforcement are supposedly the responsibility of the Elections Division of that office. In response to questions posed, their position was that they didn't know what would happen. Their opinion was that the Secretary could not take any name off the ballot {skipping the obvious first step of how is it decided whose name goes ON the ballot}. The office also responded that "the people decide who is nominated," which is a splendid sentiment but the people may be "lowed" out of that noble design by the present Code of West Virginia. It isn't likely to happen here, but in multi-county senatorial and delegate races throughout the state the "peoples choice" could end up not being allowed to serve. J If you have ever had a typing course, I'm sure you remember the familiar phrase that you had to type over and over, "Now is the time for all good men to come to the id of their country." Typing courses aside, the phrase holds a lot of meaning now with the primary election almost upon us. Other than the military service and being elected to political office, the majority of us have only one way of aiding our country...the vote! Of course we pay taxes and all, but it is our vote that puts the people in power and gives them the right to tax. Wtihout going into a lengthy commentary, just remember this..."Inform yourself and Vote." The election is next Tuesday, lets see all of Gilmer county's 4,899 registered voters at the polls come May II. Bits and Pieces by Chuck CavaHo On the lighter side of things, how many observed the apprehension of the two renegade chickens, holed up in the shrubbery of the Kanawha Union Bank recently? Apparently, a rooster and a hen decided to put down stakes in Glenville while the truck they were riding passed through. Sources say the two nested in the shrubbery for about a week before capture. *'k'k t* I understand that work is due to begin on Route 5 this week. As we reported earlier, the construction will involve the paving and widening of the roadway from Truebada to Stouts Mill. The bridge at Sand Fork has already been painted and the rest of the project is in July. The Kenton Company of Gassaway Maybe, after project, people driving won't be afraid to get Glenville. On the subject of is still awaiting its due to begin back on sources say, the good enough to begin recently went out there but it seems the more more that arise. much needed project is Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in our Letters to the Editor column are solely the opinions of the writer and not those of the Glenvillo Democrat. Names are withheld on request, but letters must be signed. Editor: As a concerned citizen of West virginia. I take this opportunity to share some g0pd news with my friends in Gilmer County. At long last, there is one candidate for Governor in whom the people of West Virginia can safely place their confidence. That man is Congressman Ken Hechler. Ken, Hechler is not a plastic product of Madison Avenue advertising firms; neither is he a mouthpiece for the giant corporations, labor union bosses, and corrupt, political machines which have ruled our state for too long. Ken Hechler is a dedicated public servant with outstanding credentials and an unblemished eighteen-year record of solid achievement who will open wide the doors of the Governor's Mansion to the taxpaying citizens of this state, both metaphorically end actually, just as Andrew Jackson opened the White House to the common people of his day, He used to work for President Harry S. Truman; if you liked President Truman. you'll like Governor Hechler. I urge all Gflrner countians to join those of us in other areas of the state who are struggling to restore a full measure of honesty and democracy to our state government during ms lc ntennial year. Please consult your consciences and vet. r c 00ernor! Pare Gaither Out of touchl 'Editor: The seventh grade girls of Troy Elementary School have completed their class project of collecting items to be sent to CARE. The girls spent one month collecting old clothing, discarded toys, books, and games from their families, friends, and neighbors. The four boxes were sent to CARE at the Pittsburgh office for them to distribute as they see fit. The girls and their homeroom teacher. Miss Norma Zatko. would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who contributed to the project. They would also like to thank Troy Elementary School and James O. Phares. Principal. for financing the postal charges and also to Mr. Robert Flesher, Troy Postmaster, for assisting and helping them in packing the items. Through this project, the girls have learned that success, in anything, requires cooperation which they have had this spring. Sincerely, Norma Zatko Teacher Board of Education {Continued from Page 1} CALENDAR OF Friday, May 7 - Retired School Employees Annual p.m. at the Recreation Center. Monday, May 10 - Annual May Dinner of the Gienvt]lo at 5:30 p.m. at the Recreation Center. Saturday, May 8- Gilmer County Gospel Singers gospel sing beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the The Gilmer County Health Department will be Clinics are conceded for that week. Saturday, May 8 - There will be a Sl p,m. in the Town Hall, Court Street in Glenvtlle, L.K.V.C.B. Public invited. Tuesday, May 11 - West Virginia 6:30 a.m. McCartney urges voters to turn out Secretary of State James R. McCrtney, speaking before Randolph County poll workers and candidates, again urged the State's registered : voters to cast their ballot sin the May 1 primary. The Secretary noted that less than 50% of the State's eligible voters voted in the 1974 elections and said: the apathy and indifference for the electoral process must change. "'In this Bicentennial year. we should be all the more aware of the price that has been paid to preserve our right of self-government. We have a duty to ourselves and our posterity to votei,' he said. McCartney also observed that registered voters' have until Saturday May 8, 1976, to vote by absentee. McCartney said voters may vote their absentee ballot either by mail or in person in the circuit clerk's :office of the County in which they are registered. Secretary McCartney also said the first day for the filing of Before the Primary Statements of Receipts and" Expenditures was Monday, April 26. M McCartney said many candidates have alreay filed, but those that have nut may do so until May 4. Returning to the topic of voter participation, McCartney closed by saying that preliminary reports indicate there has been an increase in the number of registered voters since the 1974 general election. Pubiishsd Every Tlmrsday By GILMER COUNTY PUBLISHING, INC. At 10 E. Main St. Glenville, WV 26381 Phone 462-7309 Second-Cless postage paid at Glenville and at additional mailing offices I Subscription price $5.50 tax included in Gitmer County; other I West Virginia residents 6.00 tax included. Out of state subscriptions $7.00. Cannot accept subscriptions for less than 6 months, (ALL PRICES EFFECTIVE FEB. 1st, 1976.) ROBERT D. ARNOLD PRESIDENT/PUBLIsHER UCK CAVALLO EDITOR iE OFFICE MANAGER one-half week experience for a number of our students at the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center. We do not know the status of this program other than it has made it past a second review." "My last letter stated that we had applied for money for a Mobile Career Exploration Laboratory. Well, we received the grant and the Laboratory should be here ready to implement into the seventh and eighth grades next year. The laborator contains all of the necessary A-V equipment and litera- ture to explore thirty major careers. It will be scheduled for a period of time at each elementary school and the ninth grade at the High School." "Our 'Free Reading Period' at the High School was, in most instances, very successful. The teachers, as well as the students, have been very complimentary and have indicated that it should be continued. By the way. we applied for and received a $I,000 grant "f,m the State to help Finance the instruction and materials for this project." "We have submitted a new proposal to the Federal Government concerning a program for our 'gifted.' It is a comprehensive plan including identification and implementation of programs for children in grades one through twelve. The request calls for a grant.0f approximately $250.000 over a three year period." "While on the topic of Special Education. we are presently planning the implementation of a Learnins Disabilities Class in the county. It will most likely have to be a pilot program the first year with provisions for ! expansion in future years to include all identified Learning Disability candi'- dates. Last Week we received a grant for $800 to help defray the expense of this testing and evaluating Special ducation students." "Our local Jaycee organization contributed $200 to help pay the expenses incurred with respect to our Bi-County Special Olympics to be onducted in Grantsville this year. Our county will have approximately sixty participants." "We applied for and recently received $1,500 for the purchase of classroom calculators for one math class. The project will most likely be conducted at Troy Elementa'ry School. The intent of this program will be to determine whether or not the availability of calculators can enhance the learning process over a period of time." "In addition to the above mentioned progress, I am happy to report that our Energy Conservation Program was a real success. As a result of the school staffs and students efforts, we were able to give the schools approximately $5,000 for projects of their choosing. As you may know, this money would have gone to the utility companies if it hadn't been for our Conservation Program. "We still haven't heard whether we will receivd a National Award for his project, but we have been informed by State officials that we are being seriously considered," he concluded. NON-PARTISAN BALLOT FOR ELECTION OF MEMBERS OF THE GILMER COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION Primary Election May 11, 1978 To Vote for a Candidate Mark an (X) in the Square opposite to and at the left of the name. I,-= O [-7 uJ _.J OFFICE ( (vOTE FOR ONE) I, Court accordance C. M. BAILEY Section 10 do Cox's Mills, West Virginia true for Democrat. DONALD CORNELL Troy, West Virginia LEON ELLYSON Cox's Mills, West Virginia ROBERT E. FOX Glenville, West Virginia SAMMY REESE Troy, West Virginia candidacy of State County. IN hereunto the Glenville,