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:tQ lily GilmerCounty High School certainly gradu- ated an outstanding group of seniors on this past May 29! Numbered among the 71 graduates were a record 18 PROMISE Scholars, not to down- play the importance of the many other schol- arships that were also given out to attend Glenville State College as well as several other colleges and universities. Altogether, 39 students earned "honors" status with their diplomas, signifying that their academic attainments, which are not publicized very effectively during the school year, equalled their more highly visible ath- letic achievements. Of course, for a small high school and graduating class, their state cham- ~onships in golf and girls' volleyball are cogent testimonials to the athletes and coaches' talent, hard work and dedication, along with the student body's overall school spirit that exists in our county's high school. ' Gilmer Countians can be justly proud of the Class of 21304. Most importantly, Principal JOhn Bennett and the teaching staff seem to continue, year after year, to make good things happen at the high school. Hence, although Gilmer County is only a small and rural high school, the students, who are fortunate enough to attend it, are benefited by small classes, dedicated teachers, a safe environment, an effec!ive teaching-learning curriculum and a winning, can-do tradition. Most metro schools ~rive, without success, to rkach those laud- ble goals. Keep up the good wo[k, GCHS administra- tors, teachers and staff. Gilmer County's 'Cotta~,-' Gi Tal~ng about our county's--youth, the ~mer t-ounty Senior Center is lending a big tIelping hand to a major local CEOS initiative to bolster our 4-H and other youth programs in on in The Corcoran Column By David H. Corcoran Publisher-Edtor this county, region and state. In fact, the CEOS, which stands for "Com- munity Education Outreach Service," wants to raise approximately $100,000 to renovate and update the "Gilmer County Cottage" at Jackson's Mill State 4-H Camp near Weston. Moreover, the major goals of the CEOS members and our senior citizen organization are not that different from those of our county's youth. Mary Oldaker, executive director of Gilmer's Senior Center, explains, "I'm amazed by all of the history on display for everyone at Jackson's Mill." In addition, this editor suspects that many of our seniors have very fond memories from their youth ofpanicipat- ing in agricultural, leadership and self-im- provement programs at Jackson's Mill. Mary's comments were prompted after an overview explanation of the entire restora- tion project was given by Helen Hardman, Jackson's Milrs long-time executive secre- tary and administrative assistant. Pointing out that all of the county cottages were built in 1929, she laments that the lighting, wiring and plumbing need to be replaced, not to forget that all 16 county cottages must be made handicap accessible. These camp-type structures, which provide sleeping and living quarters, serve the local and statewide 4-H and other youth and civic groups which uti- Thursday, June 10, 2004 -- Page 3 lize historic Jackson's Mill for their confer- ences, conventions, meetings and educational seminars. For further information about this notewor- thy project, contact Mary Oldaker at 462- 5761. B ut, to contribute, mail your checks (no amount is too small) to Eleanor Shock, CEOS Treasurer, P.O. Box 113, Normantown, 25267. Gilmer's Senior Center Also, mentioning the Senior Center, its Annual Volunteer Recognition Program on April 28 was very well attended. Executive Director Oldaker affirmed, "Our volunteers put in a lot of hours this past year, so this is why we recognize them at this dinner. We couldn't have an active Senior Center without your volunteer help." rye, personally, attended this gala event for the past two years, and I commend all of the seniors who have been unselfish in volunteer- ing their time and talents to make our Senior Center one of the finest ones around. Keep up the good work, all of you volun- teers! Your efforts are truly appreciated. River Watershed News Gilmer County is fortunate to already have an active Watershed Coalition. Many other counties, so I've seen in regional newspapers from across the state, are trying to establish these groups which do a lot of research, com- munity development, and education that is needed to mitigate flood damages. Recently, it was announced that Gilmer Countians and this region's residents in the Little Kanawha River's watershed have the opportunity to attend several upcoming com- munity meetings and to review the initial maps from the flood-related mapping project. The Canaan Valley Institute's local project, which was funded by U. S. Congressman Continued on page 5 . e ' pf and gas) in er Bx .Kristal Sheets,this seem to include everything from high the invisible hand of the free market should Gity ~itor & Columnist grain costs (because we re exporting more guide more Indian commodities to us-at no iWe vealifeltasharp, bruising pinch at gas soybeans to China) to a decrease in the num- charge. I use more milk than incense, though, ,I,~Unps for quite a while now. Fuel prices have berofcows available for milk production, and so I think for every Indian worker em- become even worse to think about since I re- cendy read that gaso- line in Iraq is a nickel a gallon, made possible by U.S. subsidies being paid for by our tax dol- lars. This got me thinking: :. if we're paying for low- priced gas in Iraq by forking over t,axes to the rCaeral government, why shouldn t we get a free gallon or two with every fill-up? , When I pondered this, I began thinking of tither ways we could allay the high costs of goods and services that, while definitely off the , beaten path, reflect other global situa- tions. It hasn't been all that difficult to notice the sparing costs of milk lately. The reasons for Meanwhile, South America is projecting a record-breaking soybean crop for the next year, and the cow-infested nation of India is probably making no plans to cease and desist supplying low-paid workers for the outsourcing trend so popular with American corporations, now. In response to the milk crisis, we should say to South America: "Less coke, more soybeans." Or, if we wanted to practice more of a bartering-style of trade, perhaps we should arrange for drug dealers to receive complimentary bushels of soybeans with every pound of cocaine imported into this country from South America, thus enabling a less expensive sale of soybeans to our dai/'y fal'/ners. As for India: they've been riding on our economic coattails long enough. If they want our call center and tech sector jobs, I believe ployed by an American corporation (or Re- publican fund-raising entity), the U.S. should receive not less than ten cows, postage paid, from the Indian government. That solved, we would need to move on the insane price of eggs these days. They're high in China, yes, due to problems with viral birds. But in this country, it's agreed that we're paying more for eggs because of those silly diets which cut carbohydrate consumption and increase protein intake. Coupled with these diets' touting chees~consumption, it's amazing that omelets don't cost more than New York Strip steaks. This situation could be easily addressed if we went ahead with my plan for free South American soybeans with each big cocaine haul: if more protein-rich soybeans were also available for human consumption, the price of protein-laden eggs would have no choice but Continued on 5 gs of an oldtimer--- : Childhood summers on the Virginia farm winters in Glenville gave me the best of both worlds. The only thing I hated in Vir- ginia was picking yellow bugs off beans and dlropping them into kerosene. Yuch! When I was checking facts with my older sister, Ol- i{,e, she mentioned that. i We had household help, and I talked with ICr at every oppoiaunity. Olive told me that Alice's mother worked there fLrSt (I was in Glenville and didn't know that). I speculated the purpose was to train Alice, but now I rt,-~ t link, it may have been that she was still ursmg the youngest of her three daughters. i 'Alice,' y ~,Fra.nces Myers Schmetzer, (The training is a tale for another week.) ,~envill Columnist The Depression was very real, and the go- ing rate for help in the house was 25 cents a day. Mother was embarrassed every Saturday that she was paying Alice only $2.50 for six days of work, so she sent her home with all the clothes or food she could carry. Alice walked the mile to and from her home at Studley. The "town" of Studley had a country store with a post office counter in one comer. Two houses and our church completed the visible "town." The house where Alice and her fam- ily lived could not be seen, in woods, on a little hill close to the church. On numerous Sun- days, we would go early so I could go up with something too heavy for her to carry far. I loved seeing the children and her mother. Sometimes men were around, but I am not sure if one was a brother. Alice's husband was usually gone to wherever he could get work, and at least one period he was in jail. (Dad would go to court with anyone who asked him, guilty or innocent. He was convinced that a "colored man" would be punished worse than he deserved unless a white man stood up for him.) When Mother was not around, Alice sang as she worked. Now, whenever I hear "Bridge Over Troubled Waters," I think of her. Over time, Mother's parents and an aunt moved in, and gradually all of us went our separate ways. Mother said she didn't need Alice any more and "let her go." Solution needed for asbestos problem Dear F, ditor, It is imperative that both sides work to fix The ongoing asbestos litigation reform is- this severely broken tort system. The number sue in the U.S. Senate has once again hit a of deaths from asbestos exposure is increas- brick wall after meetings led by Judge Beckcr ing, and under the current system, sick victims f led to yield a consensus, will spc'nd years trapped in tic court system, . Despite the election year partisan politics, delaying their access to much-needed com- the one issue where both parties can find cDmmon ground is creating meaningful as- bestos litigation reforms. Senate Majority Leader Frist and Minority Leader Daschle have agreed to keep working together on this .critical subject. Even though there are still SOme gaps, there is broad agreement between lioth parties that the current system only fails asbestos victims and their families. pensation. Senators should take advantage of this bi- partisan consensus and develop a solution that works for everyone. Appropriate asbestos re- form would eliminate the delays and uncer- tainties that victims and their families face by providing compensation quickly, fairly, and efficiently. If a solution is not found, more asbestos r victims will continue to suffer. We have al- ready waited for too long; it is time for our elected representatives to put partisan politics aside and do what is right for the citizens they represent. I urge Senators Robert C. Byrd and Jay Rockefeller to support the negotiating pro- cess, and to vote yes on S.2290. Sincerely, Nicholas "Corky" DeMarco Executive Director West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association More 'Letters to the Editor' or news on Page $ I Attention Political Candidates: Our 'Letters to the Editor' Policy We are in need of more letters to the editor. Feel freeto send them in to us. sign the letter via snail mail. Deadlines for letters are Mondays at 10 a.m. for Just remember our policy on the letters. , that week's paper. After 10 ~n~, they can be accepted for that week as pa/d Local newspapers have long been the sounding boards foe pofitical, 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 An American President passes on; Ronald Reagan, R.LP. Any nation is saddened when one of its popular political leaders die. As a result, this week's mourning for the late Ronald Reagan, our country's fortieth president, has flashbacked our national thoughts to the life and times of this standout leader and orator. A Democrat-turned conservative Republican, Mr. Reagan used his acting skills in the movies and commercial presence on television to create a strong national following over a four decade period. Ultimately, he'd use this popularity to win the governorship of California and, later, the presidency of the United States. As a furious foe of Communism, Mr. Reagan became a chief spokesperson that this foreign, godless political ideology was a real threat to democracy. Hence, the crowning moment of his 1981-1989 administration was the decline and the beginning of the fall of European and Soviet Union Communism. At the same time, his administration suffered from the Iran-Contra Scandal -- a problem of the military-intelligence complex usurping the executive office's power and making national policies of promoting warfare in lran and Nicaragua without Congressional knowledge or approval. Although the Reagan Administration is being fondly admired now, it was harsh to West Virginia and other parts of America in the mid-1980s. The Reagan Recession, as it was called, saw the shutdown of many steel and glass factories and coal mines here and created a Rust Belt particularly in the once industrial vibrant Mid-West. In the end, the state and nation's unemployment jumped up to proportions not experienced since the Great Depres- sion. For example, in McDowell County where this editor lived at the time, the number of coal mining jobs plummeted from 10,000 to 1,500 during the Reagan presidency -- a loss of millions of dollars of personal income to that still beleaguered and depressed southern coalfield area. And, to make matters worse for the common people, Mr. Reagan cut deep into the country's welfare and other domestic programs, further hurting the jobless here in this state and elsewhere. All in all, Mr. Reagan had the oratorical voice to convince the nation to give him the chance to set government and the economy on the fight course, but he didn't have the heart to temper his reform programs to give relief to those who suffered the most from his policies. As a result, his presidency will always get mixed reviews-- both hot and cold ones -- from future historians. In the main, however, Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) will most be remembered as an outstanding orator, an advocate against Communism, a foe of big government and as "The Gipper" in the Knute Rockne of Notre Dame movie, not to mention his other starring roles. For the pleasure and hope that he brought to so many Americans, our editorial condolences go out to his devoted family and enthusiastic fans. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor SunBridge of Glenville does we~i! On Thurs., May 13, the administrators, nurses and staff of SunBridge of Glenville dressed up in colorful costumes, got an equally enthusiastic response from the residents, and everyone paraded over to McDonald's of Glenville for a sundae to cool off on that hot summer's day. The special occasion and parade were pan of SunBridge's celebration of National Nursing Home Week. Both the staff and residents seemed to enjoy this out-of-the-ordinary social activity. Most importantly, it provided an opportunity for family members to visit their relatives, most of these reunions being very well-appreciated by the SunBridge residents. We editors therefore commend Administrator Diana Crickard and her able staff for this noteworthy and festive activity. We also say, "Keep up the good work!" Finally, Glenville is fortunate to be big enough to have a good skilled nursing facility, like SunBridge. Most West Virginia communities don't have this close-to-home option for the care of loved ones who need the convalescent care. DHC, Sr. West Virginia's 'star' of pride ... ,of the by George Harper "SAY, NUMBER THE NOT T.S FLA6 bAY THT.S MONTH; MY B:IRTHDAY'S ON THE 20TH." FLAG DAY J U N E 14 AND WV DAY JUNE 20 CELEBRATE AMERICA AND YOUR STATE'S - FLY YOUR FLAG! O BIRTHDAY FLAG DAY IN STATE: A SPECIAL EVENT -- As a teenager when attending "Operation Youth" at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Ohio, many engaging speakers and standout leaders of that era tried to motivate us 150-to-200 youths who were privileged enough to participate in the Boy's State-type summer program. I remember many of the professional people who addressed us, notably one from the Freedoms Foundation of Valle j Forge, PA. His topic was the "American Flag," and the address was delivered on either Flag Day or the 4th of July. What stuck ifi my mind was his comment, "What's wrong with Americans and why don't we value our freedoms more as symbolized by the Stars and Stripes?" He jarred the audience by saying that in his 400-mile trip from Valley Forge to Cincinnati on that patriotic day, only four households took the time to proudly fly their American Flags. Ever since then, I have put out Old Glory every holiday. Moreover, during this time of foreign conflict, we, at this newspaper office, display it every day we can. In capturing a different aspect of this upcoming Flag Day and 4th of July holiday season, GSC Art Professor Emeritus George Harper penned this "Cow-toon" that unveils a surprisingly new and novel idea about one particular star in our American Flag. We're gratified and impressed with his creativity and artistic skill on this point. Thanks, George and Sharon, and have a Happy Holiday Season! DHC, Sr. will accept letters on a space ava//ab/e bas/s oMy 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, repeats of previous letters. Nevertheless, you will be contacted if the latter is IA good length is generally one to one-and-a-half standard typing pages, the case and will be charged only our regular advertising rate. :. , double-spaced. The decision of the Senior Editor will be final. Leuen must For more information, contact either Dave Corcoran, Sr. or Jedi at 304-462- il .................... 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 ] Last Issue Before Election. News, Letters, & Ads .... @Ptol. let I Tbe long-standing policy of this newspaper has always been that if, in the issue before an election, one candidate or citizen makes allegations ahout anothex candidate [or issue, that the other party be given the right of rebetlaL lt~tden of this newapap~ know that we editors have had this policy in effect for the past eight years ila ~der to make certain that the journalistic and ethical ~ of fairnen and equality be assured on these pages relative to both the news and advertising side. |1 i| | 11 J i'ill 2