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2 The Gienville Democrat/Pathfinder July 4k 1975 d The bold rebels who signed the Declaration of = Independence affixed their signatures to their own warrants. Each inscrivtion convicted its perpetrator automatically of high treason against the Crown. Yet such was the overwhelming strength of their : dedication to freedom that they mutually pledged ?to each other our lives, our Fortunes. and our Sacred Honor." And in battle, blood, hardship and often despair. independence was achieved. We have come a long way since that bitterly fought Revolution-two centuries of expansion, spiraling growth, minor upheavals, major = corruptions, a bloody and terrible civil war and other devastating conflicts. Today we are still a nation bound by the principle set forth in the Declaration of Independence - that docmnent that marks our national rite of passage. The most memorable paragraph in the Declaration if Independence reads: "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all are created equal, that they are endowed by - Ttheir creator with certain unalienable rights, that ! among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness..." We live in trying times. Many of our original ideals have been assaulted by those who would put personal gain ahead of principled behavior. Many critics of the American scene say that ;: those ideals have been irreparably shattered. A recent poll of 2,300 federal employees in 12 federal agencies revealed that 68 percent refused to sign the above-stated portion of the Declaration of Independence, saying it was "too radical." Other surveys have been taken which asked people to vote on paraphrased articles in the Bill of Everybody who uses electricity is bellowing about the increase in power bills. Electric utility companies have been boosting their rates here as well as throughout the country, claiming the skyrocketing cost of fuel as the culprit. Companies like Appalachian and Monongahela burn coal to produce electricity. They say they have been forced to pay astronomical prices for coal. They're right. The average price of coal in West Virginia-all grades of coal sold under all types of contracts-went from $11.61 in 1973 to $21.10 in 1974, according to the West Virginia Coal Assn. A more amazing statistic is one listed by the New York Times. They said in a recent editorial that Consolidation Coal Company's profits increased 7,850 per cent last year; Island Creak's 3,600 per cent and Westmoreland's 1,242 per cont. Yet, despite profits like these, the National Coal Assn. and many coal companies (many of whom are owned by marl off companies} claim they can't increase production for a lack of development capital. And the Wall Street Journal notes that the price of coal sold under contract {65 per cent of coal production} continues to rise. Yet, coal producers are saying that problems such as conflicting state and federal regulations, an uncertain energy policy, new and costly mine safety standards, stiff sulphur emission standards and increased union work rules are stifling production. by Jim lacobs Present projections on new coal mines fall considerably short of the president's goal. A Keystone News Bulletin survey sees a total of 127 new mines by 1983 with a production capacity of only 236.6 million tons. That amount of tonnage fails to double the present annual production of about 600 million tons of coal. Some critics of the coal and oil industries claim that both should be carefully studied by Justice Depart- ment task forces. There does appear to be a relationship between the two industrieis as four of the top 15 coal companies are owned by oil companies. What this moans is that advances in coal production are often contre]] by firms whose principal product competes with coal u an onorsy Stated another way, the greater the level of concentrated ownership, the more likely one is to find attempts to coordinate prices and output policy to achieve monopoly profits. Companies like Exxon now control billions of tons of coal reserves through subsidiary companies. With rapid profit increases, one would expect coal output to expand. When this doesn't happen, one begins to iwonder why. Many oil companies were accused of exploiting formerly low-cost foreign oil reserves, decreasing domestic exploration and production. Such a practice has not put us as a nation in the hole, with dependency upon foreign sources still a major energy issue. It would be a similar shame if domestic coal producers sat back and Rights and many s ed an overwhel nS , Tim profit p., reseems to speak failed to utilize exis ng I rejecfi L ,0f except tha4 /w the other Way, however. Huge , keeping the prices high d orcing, guarantees the right to bear arms. Freedom of wmdfa profits those described electric utilites to charge consumers speech appeared to take a beating in several polls by the New York Times seem to implyhigher rates. along with other freedoms which have somehow that the coal industry possesses the There's nothing with been made to seem subversive, means to increase improvements in reaping large profits, as wrong coal and oil technology to boost production, firms have done in the recent past. Perhaps we all need to take a close, hard look at our founding documents and ponder the modern day meaning of the those ringing words of our forefathers who conspired to overthrow King George's government by force and violence. The Bicentennial year will be a proper time for some examination of the sacrifices made to insure for this generation a collection of freedoms which were, indeed, radical measures for a group of brave : patriots. And if production does not increase here, the difference will be made up by coal imports from countries like South Africa. Importing a single ton of coal is contrary to President Ford's Project Independence, which could mean an additional 200,000 mining jobs in the U.S. to reach the 1975 goal of 1.2 billion tons of coal. But the onar y industries also have responsibilities to match their freedom to make money. That responsibility, as stated in so.called classical economic theory, is to increase production and help keep other sectors of the economy smoothly. That's part and parcel of what a national energy policy sho-l__d be all about. o: :: I would like to thank publicly those townspeople who ,helped me so very much in putting together my area of the Folk ~i Festival - the Crafts and Demonstrations: First of all, Kanawha Union Bank for so kindly letting us use :, their buildings and facilities. The City of Glanvflle for permitting us to use Town Hall and = the garage for displays and exhibits, and the kitchen and restroom areas. Rev. D. Edward Bayer, Fr. David Glocknor and Mr. William Piercy for allowing us to borrow their tables. My committee, Clarissa Williams. Vir~nia Taylor, Paul Wilson. Misty and June Farnsworth, with some h01p from Ivan Blake and others who put in many hot and tiresome hours. - And last. but not least, Fern. - That you all so much. K tlmriae L Beall Secoml-Class postage paid at Ohmviile m~d m ~kJtion~ nmtiing offkmL s peon w 00 rants ua ,n 0itmer Cmm~, otho~ West VJrgtrda mgJdmt8 e6~0 j~8 17 omm unc Out of sums eubea4ptJom 4~00. Cgn not som~ for hm thsn 6 months. JIM JACOB8 ................................... EDITOR JOAN LAYNE ................. CIRCULATION ~R GREG NICHOU$ON ................... ~ MA~. GER II II Gihner County Ce/eJ r- GSC pool open to cammunity - Monday to Thmmity, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.; Tuesdgy and Thursday nights. 7-8 Fee is 25 cents. july s- Hor by Co. .n trophy c~ttegts. Roberts Riding Stables. Boghm at 1.~0 p.m. July 2o- All trophy Horse Show. LL ~ Farm, RL 119/33 E., Glenvi]le. 1:00 p.m. By 8enstor First Settlers Found America, as we all kn~w, ful is a nation that was cawedbranches out of the wilderness by feet the blood, sweat, and toilpilgrim of its early settlers. Butest~ of the earliest settlers--forparkas example, the pilgrims who arrived in 1620 at Plymouth Rock--did not do as much of the carving as did later ones. ever, that endured trip to a heaVY In fact, the America the gnrns pilgrims found was, in in the many ways, much more tame than the England exacting they lefL Devon, in the they west of England~ had not proved been colonized; nor had The Lancashire, Cumberland, or later Yorkshire in the north, aries of And rnKrshlands, forests, ing and heavily-wooded areas mental wayto were abundant throughout England--and all of them But were inhabited by wolves the and wild boar, came Worm The env/ronmental ob- example stacles the pilgrims faced chance in America were often less liberty severe than those they that would have faced had they Europe chosen to "colonize" many As of the unexplored parts of Kamme~ their native country, pilgrims In what is now New Eng- who land, the indigenous Indian most tribes had a semi-annual of pcactice of burning out the ture of underbrush and younker serve the trees in the forests. The country result was to make the cans New World forests less sense of hazardous than many in United the Old World, with grace- its 200th Ik lmra WMl ms Rod Hundloy is 6'4" tall. has better to palm a basketball) and think~ Recreation Center is great. I know all this first hand. because "Hot county 4-H camp this year, demonstrating a ty with a hasketbal arranged for his visiL I figured thst Hund]w/~ appeal to the male sector of our group, " ully popular with the assembly program, had lunch with camp, asking numerous ques ons pneraE in our camp, too. Three gentlamen Division did an electro-fishing boat, nets, and all sorts was to zap the fish just enough to stun the~ be counted, tausd, or whatever else you Leslie Mulling, from the same travelling animal exhibit from French raccoou was chubby, the snakes were was ugly. Everybody's favorite was the !~: when he was tired of watching the merely turned his head all the way arourgii cat-Iflm pshu'e. All were delightful and Our own Gary Bourne and Steve Morcamant I)ivisioafl~ "Forest Fuzz"] with a weekJong S tu safety class, as program on boat safety. It takes many, many people to Plannt way back January cmplet i, even though camp the other people who were eseant/al Campb U. MarUyn Mark Horn d Ho~ue, Freda Abrams Tim Carney, Vione Sklnner, and Martha Vlllsrs). Hardman Hardware Bank. If I have inadvertantly apologY. Next year I think we'll shoot for O~r StyJe Raview was a major Mary White, getty Wright, and Job of organiC, decorating, and the who have d _rin8 the year. Dewn Hinzman. reprmmnt Gilmar County in the State Mill in August. Marge Burke, Whistle.Warden thin~ roHi~ over the hill The way in which the Thirteen States became independent is of far less importance than the fact that they did become independent, and with their independence came a new sort of community in the world. Soon after, the Englishman Thoma~ Paine. in early 1776. published his pemp]et "Common Sense." stating "The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of Nature cries It's time to part." had its effect on public opinion. About a year after the momentous night in history, when in April of 1775 in Boston, Gage set his troops in motion to arrest the rebel leaders, John Hancock and Samuel Adams in Lexington. Dawes and Paul Revere, stole away in heats across the Bey to take horses and war~ the countryside. The next year in 1776, Congress met to declare the independence of the Nation, and after amending the Thoma~ Jefferson draft, the signed "The Declaration of Independence and on July 4. 1776. the United States of America, was declared an independent nation. In 1976 we will celebrate the Bicentennial of the U q.A. The past is well and we have seen the past. but the future has always been a mystery; we can only look to the Inspired or the Mysteries of life as revealod by the cient science of NumerologT as given by the Masters of the OrkmL When we analyze the date of July 4, 1776 we find the nation was born on the eeventh month of the year, and when we add 4 to 1776 we have 1780, and to add 1780 we have 16 and add the numbers 1 and 6 we have seven again. So Uncle Sam was born on two Holy numbers that can be divided by any other number; therefore, the nation can never be divided, no, not at all. P.O. BR$4 Gim week. ' " he will mention the terrible teases, to tell I think that Mary Morrow was the only managed to make it without having son~' add e little something to her bed. ThaL t' ' ' ' {Next year... 1) Mary gets the Tender Foot, 1~. ~ ~ the most foreign objects from the bottO~ Clark Minney gets the award was so far out that half the time, i'didn't was. In fact, I'm 81/11 Wond__oring! Lane and Clark lames are also great to have of Deonr Cammeim , to a large extant' can mske ' and we had some jim-dandies! Brands K~fsen. affectionataby known from last ye~ Twosome, were hack again. You never will come up with.even without Sondra was, and, I hope, will be for a B/S Foot ~ with her inborn qualiti~ lust ask anyone.