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June 13, 1975

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i i' 2 The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder June 13, 1975 I III I I iii IIII I e Congratulations to Mayor-elect Delbert M. Davidson and the new Glenville City Council. Glenville is one of many rural communities that faces an uncertain future due to a shortage of federal and state aid funds. It is imperative, therefore, that elected representatives provide the city with the leadership necessary to secure the material and spiritual needs necessary to continued progress. Now that the Campaign is over, it is important that the community look ahead to the challenges of self-reliance. There may be a few disappointed candidates in the election's aftermath, but the city has always needed the help of all her residents. Let this serve as an invitation to all residents in the city to unit behind the newly elected leadership and strive towards keeping Glenville a fine place to live and work. We can be thankful that Central West Virginia counties including Gilmer, recently passed clean air standards in all categories required in the Clean Air Adt of 1970. Gilmer Couh received high marks from the federal government's Environmental Protection Agency. But many regions of West Virginia, especially those near major highways, interstates and polluting industries, did not fare as well. The Cumberland-Keyser region is in excess status for carbon monoxide as Mineral, Grant and Tucker counties share an interstate with Maryland. Northern Panhandle cities like Wierton and WheeLing are also in EPA's doghouse for having excessive particular matter in their environment. Parkersburg is also a source of air pollution and has been cited by EPA for excessive particular matter. Many areas where interstate highways are located"dtt fer from an over-abundance of noxious carbon monoxide especially Huntington, which registered high levels of pollution in almost every category of pollution (nitrogen smoke, soot, dust, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxides and oxidants). State-wide, only four of ten regions are in compLiance with anti-pollution standards. We should bear these statistics in mind when considering the direction we choose to move if industrial development in Gilmer County ever becomes a reality. Russell Train, director of EPA, said that "significant progress" has been made in the past few years in cleaning up the country's air. But he cautioned that "enforcement problems" with certain high-polluting industries could keep the program from being fully realized. Train listed steel and electric utility industries as leading the list of polluters, describing them as "tough customers when it comes to compliance." Both industries burn large amounts of coal and its byproducts. And in an era when energy costs are going to run very high, it is unlikely that government agencies 1Lke EPA will press the large industries for compliance. These firms will say they simply can't afford not to pollute. Those are in the firms which, should they decide to expand and locate branches in low-wage areas like Central West Virginia, should be discouraged from settling in Gilmer County. We need jobs and a broader tax base in Gilmer County, but not to the sacrifice of the sweet air we breathe. No sooner has the dust settled on the old A&P Store floor, vacated last month due to a company modernization policy, than new owners of the Pioneer's Grocery re-stocked the shelves. We welcome Jim Oppe and Bob Wyatt and their famiLies to Glenville and wish them luck in their new endeavor. They have filled an important gap in the community. When A&P notified their customers-many of them elderly and dependent on a local retail food outlet they were" closing, many area residents felt a gnawing anxiety. Without means of transportation, where were they going to obtain food? Many persons have relied on buying foodstuffs out of town at large markets as far away as Weston. Now, with the recent addition of Pioneer's Grocery, many of our senior citizens can relax. They and others dependent on a large city grocery store can regain the confidence that their next meal is only away. I suppose it's too much to ask national legilators to cut defense spending or even level it off after the U.S. suffered their most devastating defeat in history at the hands of a "little half-assed nation," in the petulant words of Sen. Barry Goldwater. The Vietnam war proved a terrible experience for this nation, in more ways than one. But if we should have learned any one thing, it is that armed conflict is a poor way to win friends and influence people. Even deposed President Nixon was willing to recognize that fact, philosophically at least, when he authorized the policy of detente with the Soviet Union and China. Of course, Nixon's business-mind- ed administration managed to add some seventy five billions of dollars to our national debt in the quest for peace through armed might, accord- ing to historian Henry Steel Cam_manger. And, at a time when President Ford was asking the nation's poor and elderly to pay up to 30 percent for their food stamps and more for -Medicare, the administration sought $8 billion in additional military aid to Vietnam. Just last week, the Senate backed a new plea from Ford not to cut the defense budget and support construc- tion of a new supersonic B1 bomber. Construction of a B1 prototype will cost taxpayers $726 million, called by Sen. George McGovern the "most expensive system ever proposed which would add nothing to the nuclear deterrence of the U.S." Sen. Goldwater, the vigilant brigadier, defended the Bt in debate saying in the wake of Vietnam a major cutback "might give the impression that the U.S. is on the run and turning isolationist." Three B1 prototypes have already been built at a huge cost. Sometimes I get the feeling that Goldwater is a hot redder at heart, with dreams of newer chassis and horsepower fueling his military ego. In all, the Senate, is working towards approving a $30.3 billion weapons procurement authorization. by Iim lacobs I hate to bring up old news, but in a December survey, conducted by Louis Harris and Associates, a majority of the American public gave the highest priority to education, health insurance and housing, and the lowest to military aid, overseas intelligence operations and defense spending. I, for one, resent the fact as reported by Mr. Commanger, that the Pentagon spends some four billion dollars a year on news, propaganda and public relations. In addition, the Brooking Institu- tion found that large military pay increases of the last decade cost U.S. taxpayers $37 billion annually, accounting for about one-third of the defense budget. The study was written by Martin Binkin, a senior fellow at the institution and a retired Air Force colonel who is re arded as a leading authority on military manpower issues. He not only chastised the government for increasing military pay and allowances for maintaining a 2.2 million-man military establish- ment, but also for fringe benefits such as servants for high-ranking officers, cheap medical care and other emoluments. He said the military pay system is in need of overhaul, saying the cost of military manpower "will continue to pose an insupportable burden on the defense budget." This is not to say that the U.S. should dismantle its defense budget or endanger its national security. But our government, in its more-urgent-than-ever quest to pro- tect the kind of world in which we have lived in since 1945, is helping to transform the entire world int0 a military garrison, making armaments the biggest industry of all. We have gotten to the point where .the definition of what constitutes a strong country is in dispute. During the last decade there has been a profound change in the human mind. Power and force do not reign supreme anymore. There are higher values. There is a strong yearning for decency, goodwill, honesty and compassion, and mankind is edging towards the time when they will By U.S. Senator Let Communists Underwr' The new communist gay- nist agg~Jl a ernments in Cambodia and For the~.~ South Vietnam have pub- move no~,~ italy thanked the Soviet communi~Mt Union and The People's Indochi~t~ Republic of China for their folly, in r@.~ j~ military aid during the war Rus~. _~ in Indochina. Yet. at thethusiasti~ same time, officials in war Phnom Penh and Saigon nists in have said they will accept joined iv economic aid from any and Phnom all countries wishing to eventually give it. I am _..~1 The United States should the ~mn~ not offer any economic aid ~V:tna~, r~ to South Vietnam and Cambodia, and I would op- take over pose any legislation that problemS d~ would send more Ameri- tries. If othe~ can taxpayers' dollars to _~ those countries. pecially The fall of Cambodia and stood sile~ South Vietnam was the di-United St~ rect result of two things-- proportion= internal weaknesses with-burden of in their governments, andhelp rebuild l the massive military aid them. Unc~ supplied by Russia and a softie too about time taxpayer The turn its of its dornestic~ cial ing up way that our own China. The United States, meanwhile, sacrificed 56,000 lives, over 300,000 casual- ties, and more than $150 billion--not to conquer or colonize, but to give the Cambodians and South Vi- etnamese an opportunity for self-determination in their fight against commu- 6ilmer County GSC pool use ~r communit~ - Tuesdays. Thurm~gyg. 7-8 p.m. Friday. June 13 - G]envflle Rebekah Lo~ Friday, June 13 - Disabled American Putnam's Restaurant, 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 13 - Gilmer County 7:30 p.m. erkhy. June - Caln County Saturday, Sunday, June 14-15 - Aunt Minnie's Farm, Frametown Road, to Corm An~ Home, St. Mary=. blanday, June 16 - All teacher ud Vacatkm C = ch =w.lme meet at |,,,,e 3-laly Z - Commmdt V=ucstloa = 8erbera wimams If you have suddenly developed a blame it on the water buffalo. No water buffalo hides are pla ug havoc season, apparently as a result of some stufft process. Over 90 percent of the sandals sold buffalo ones. anyway, are imported fro= 7~ are fiat, thong-type things, with two lea foot. although not all sandals of this style To my mind, at a time when the acknowledge as its leader the best, were water buffalo. If you have had this problem, take U.S. is still negotiating with the not the strongest. Product Safety Commission says that soa~sT-~ Soviets towards controlling arma- In the last analysis, with all of the in hot water before wearing them may red~!ll~ ments, such expenditures can only age-old problems we have to deal icky feet. " ~ with-energy, food, housing, educa- By the way-the CPSC asks you to wti~q give impetus to the arms race. An tion-miLitary might is an old hat experienced this problem, at this addresS: " l~lk increasing armaments budget ap- pears to run counter to our national priority. D.C. 20207. ..~[l~ To complete your summer wardrobe, ~;~ security because they put a hair We could do the best to preserve a , stocking up on T-shirts, and I certa' Wfr trigger in our weapons arsenal, way of life by peaceful means, as opportunity pass for my lecture on T-s.hJ~"~,] T-shirts are not only comfortable, and ~':~1~ increasing the risk that we will give urged by most of the people in this variety of styles and colors, but theYo the Soviets incentive to strike first in a nation, than by stockpiling bigger and practical. The all-cotton shirts are the m crisis period, better hatreds of death, but the blends of polyester and cotton are OPEN LEFrl Thank you friends and customers of Pioneer's Grocery for the warm welcome and patronage of our business. We can never express our sincere appreciation for the kindness and consideration that has been extended to us by the people of Glenville and surrounding communities. We hope to continue to give you the best service possible in the future. less. Before buying one, check, the shirt "Sanforized'" or "Pak-nit." These are and indicate that tl~e shirt will maintain its~ washings. Be sure to check the neck band. to stretch out of shape easily, as well as the that they are either overcast, stitched have tape sewn around the edges. As in all garment purchases, you should a while, to be sure you have washing inst._ ~P~ Which brings to mind the time I accident B . ' t underwear pink with my maroon sweatS shit gym class never let him forget it! 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