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i~ ! ii: !! iS', 2 The Gienvtl__le Democrat/Pathfinder May 30, 1975 d a a The implementation of funding to improve Cedar Creek State Park is an issue of crucial importance to residents of Gilmer County. For this reason, we publish a letter received by the Democrat/Pathfinder from Del. Billy B. Burke in our editorial column. His letter is a direct response to a past editorial and letters to the editor which questioned the progress of the park's development. "So that the readers of last week's paper might understand exactly why improvements are not being made at Cedar Creek Park I will again give straightforward answers to these questions-You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. "The legislature apporpriates money for a given project, but the actual administration and coustrucflon of these projects must be done by the executive branch of government. The legislature should not have to slap the hands of the governor and department heads to get them to implement programs, which have been requested and funded. Although this year the legislature passed a resolution implementing an interim committee, which will be traveling throughout the state {I will be traveling with them) in an effort to accelerate the many programs in various state parks which are definitely far, far behind schedule. "I have encouraged officials of the Department of Natural Resources time and time again to" speed up the delayed projects at Cedar Creek. We are confident that more action will be seen in the near future. It would make needed jobs for our unemployed, satisify our taxpayers who use these fine facilities and broaden the recreational areas of our state. "I have worked diligently to get approval and funding for over a quarter of a million dollars worth of projects, which have not been done at Cedar Creek. These funds will not be lost as long as we can keep reappropiation language in the budget. "Federal funds are available to our park as well as most others. After the state money is spent on approved Capital Improvement Projects, many of them are reimbursed 50 per cent from the federal account of the Board of Outdoor Recreation. We are told West Virginia is losing hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal funds because of the slow pace of the construction program. "Most of our projects at Cedar Creek which have been funded and not implemented do not necessarily hinge on the purchase of land. "I have answered these questions and others to past editors of this paper and thought that all the points had been made clear. I hope this does explain what is being done by your representative to improve the park. I believe that during the last three years the special project money which the legislature has appropriated is a far greater amount than the Cedar Creek initial appropriation to establish the park. "I want you and readers to know that I am not satisfied with the progress at many of the parks. Cedar Creek being one. The legislature will continue their effort to encourage the Department of Natural Resources to implement programs which they have funded." a a 9 f Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va. recently made the following comment on crime and prison: "I have always felt that the best way to halt crime in the U.S. is to lock up criminals.., a mandatory prison sentence would act as a deterrent." The senator's sentiment probably reflects the gut feelings of a great many people. Last year's 17 per cent increase in serious crime was the largest annual rise since the FBI began keeping statistics 45 years ago. There is no question that America's toughest problem is a rising crime rate. It is one of our most emotional issues, too. And easy answers, like the senator's, simply do not suffice. Consider this: the deterrence theory of prisons is that if you lock up all the criminals, those on the "outside" who might be considering committing crimes will have second thoughts and walk the straight and narrow path. And we spend millions of dollars keeping a portion of our criminals in aging, huge, monk-for- tresses. But the record number of men and women imprisoned and the record crime rate are proof alone that the prison system has not deterred very well. The statistics on repeaters are even more damning. Prisons teach crime, instill it, inure men to it, trap men in it as a way of life. How could they do otherwise? The criminal is sequestered with other criminals, in conditions which heighten the lowest drives of lonely, stranded men. Smuggling. bullying, theft, drug traffic, homosexual menace are ways of life. The notion that prison "repairs" criminals as well as punishes crime is comic, were it not so tragic. Of course, the major problem with the attempt to cram our prisons with the whole criminal population is that the "wrong" people crowd the courts and jails, letting the "right" people go free in too many cases. It is easier to catch, say a pot smoker, a gambler, a prostitute, than it is to Fad and convict a murderer or rapist. We have just heard bright and prominent people telling us that mere loss of office was punishment enough for the "high" social types of Watergate. There is , in this argument, an admission that prisons are not maintained to deter the detterable but to sequester the undesirables, poor whites, blacks, by Jim Jacobs and ottmr ghetto citizens, who must daily endure life in a kind of prison anyway. This is, in no small way, one of the keys to our rising crime rate. Imprisonment. in the last analysis. should not be considered in a general, unqualified manner. It is certain that there are a minimum number of people who present a constant danger to society. And they should be imprisoned. permanently, without any attempt at "re-shaping" or any. other form of social experimentation. The "victimless" crimes should be decriminalized. A good deal of our "law enforcement" efforts go to imposing moral preferences, not to insuring public safety. Prostitution, drunkenness, homo- sexuality, gambling, drug use are acts which do not violently harm society. If any of these acts lead to violent assault, that violence can be prosecuted. But as it presently stands, we are crowding our courts and prisons with persons who do not meet society's moral standard, while the real criminals-those who inflict pain and injury upon society- remain a lesser priority: executive swindlers, murderers, rapists and other irredeemable sociopaths. Those with any hope of rehabilitation should be obliged to some practical form of payment for their crime, either in community work {hospitals, military, disabled assis- tance) or in work that will repair the loss or damage resulting from their crime, instead of imposing revenge. The best deterence would result when police are redirected to citizen protection and away from imposing m al preferences. The money wasted ox maintaining too many persons in too many prisons {it costs New York State roughly $12,000 per man at Attica) could better pay for more. better trained police who patrol the streets to guard against muggers. thieves and other violence. imprisonment should be reserved for the hard exception, rather than for the entire mass of wrongdoers. The current system not only imprisons too soon and indiscriminately: it also releases on insufficient grounds, sometimes too early. The difference is that we fail the wrong people by the thousands, and release the wrong ones by the dozens. The whole thing seems crazy. But one must never under-estimate man's capacity for craziness. Barbara Williams It's camping season again for us Actually, I've gone about four times who's counting?) I think that someday I'll American Autobiography. although I can problems: getting famous enough so that book (which, you must admit, is for my work of art. Since I am a home econondst (loosely majors in that field of study). I figure that my ] be incorporated into whatever title I unexpected brainstorms, rye narrowed Fear of Frying {not to be interpreted as eternal situation of the author's mortal Cones, Polyester, a Poinsettias ( a book every indoor nature-lover who sews and plants): or The Sappy Cooker {the struggle who tries to make grits acceptable in a county). Fred Rose likes the last one best. Clark Wolfe's been having all kinds of claims that all that equipment dig for groundhogs. Somebody said that he to whistle in unison so they can provide Marching b Drinking Society's performance in Parade. but, then. I've learned not to As if that weren't enough hassle, the man has been haunted by a ghost, rattling a chain in I that this caused quite a problem for awhile unfild Postmaster took the chain away. I guess when he's met his match! Gi/mer Com0ty Gwkgdg" Second Monday each mouth - G(]gj Boosters meeting. 7:30 p.m. at high Third Mondays each month meeting, 7:30 p.m. at high band GSC pool use fer p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. Thursday. May 29 - County High School 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29- Rotary LadJ~ International Program. 5 p.m. Conrad Friday, May 30 - CAlmer County City Hall. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31 - OM-fashkmed sins. Trace Fork Church, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. May 31 - Gospel SinS, Church. River Street. 7 p.m. Sunday~ June I - l-iomecomtna, Mr. Liberty Community Church, an-day. Monday. June 2 - County Wool Pod,1 Center. 7:30 - 10.30 ~ ..... Monday, June 2 6:30 p.m. Conrad Restaurant. Tuesday, June 3 - Glenvi]]e LO.O.F. Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. June 3 - Food Health Center, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, June 3-5 - Free CAlmer Co. Health Center, Mineral and 1:30 - 3:30 [June 3]: 2-4:30 p.m. and 9-11:30 a.m. [June S]. Jimmie & Fttzwater Hair Styling SHair Cuttin8 t,lesed un Mondays 4S2-W4Z We are aware that Del. Billy B. Burke has helped secure appropriations for improvements at Cedar Creek State Park. But the fact remains: the improvements outlined here last week have not been accomplished and our attempts to find out why have been unsuccessful. We have and continue to applaud Del. Burke's appropriations efforts, but would still like to hear from the governor or the Department of Natural Resources why the work has not been done. rhe GJenviJle Pathfinde Publlshe4 Beery Friday By GILMER COUNTY PUBLISHING, INC. At 100E. Main St. Glenville, WV 28361 Plmm 482-730S Secxmd-Claes postage peid at Glenville and at additional mailing offices. Subscription price $5.00 plus 15 cents sale tax in GJlmer County: other West Virginia residents $550 plus 17 cents tax. Out of state subscriptions $6.00. Can not accept subscriptions for Jess than 6 months, JIM JACOBS ................................... EDITOP JOAN L~YNE ................. CIRCULATION MANAGER To the Editor: On behalf of millions of children who suffer from lung-damaging diseases. I want to say "'thank you" to the people in Glenville who contributed so generously to the Breath of Spring Campaign, and to the Delta Zeta Sorority who gave their valuable time and untiring efforts in all the campaign activities. We also heartily thank the newspapers in Glenville for their interest and excellence in reporting the plight of these children and our campaign to help them. All of these people have shown they really care about lung-damaged children. They have helped raise a total of $168.54 in the Glenville area. wlucn will support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation programs for diagnosis, treatment. research and public education. Research is accelerating to find a control or cure for cystic fibrosis, one of the most serious genetic diseases. Recent advances have also brought us closer than ever to developing a practical test to identify the carriers of this inherited disease. About one in twenty people is believed to carry the recessive gone for C/F. The medical care now provided in ever 117 Cystic Fibrosis Canters is lengthening the lives of our C/F children and in many cases, relieving or curing the condition of children suffering severe asthma, chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis and a condition sometimes called "childhood emphysema." We are encouraged by the progress, and we thank our friends here in Glenville. At the same time we ask everyone to renew their dedication to the continuation of this fight against lung-damaging diseases-in our children. YVONNE it. GiIJ,ESPIE Chairman far Glenville Greater West Virainia Chapter Cystic Fibrosis Foundation SATURDAY, MAY 31, 1975 Beginning at 11 A M. At Norrnantown *" FOR SALE: Furniture, Dishes, Clothing, Nick-knacks) Antique, Blue Canning Jars, 20" OTHER ITEMS TOO NUMEROUS TO I FOOD WILL BE SOLD BY" @ SATURDAY, JUNE 7-- At the Farm of Mr. & Beggs, W. Va. Near Cowea in ANTIQUES and CHINA BOWLS & P~; ALADDIN & ASSWAI MARBLE TOP WASH STAND, ROUND wrrH CHAIRS, TELEPHONES. GLASS DOOJ DINNER AND SCHOOL BELLS AND ALSO A LOT OF GOOD MISCELLANEOUS. NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCIDENTS ~S: CASH OWNEIIS:. AucnoNvm: =onFzr I. mrrcml mo '