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2 The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder IIII IIIII O Asq st 1, lO'rJ IIII I m by Fun ]acobs m e The followin8 editorial appeared in the Preston County News. It is reprinted here in full because the problem discussed has local as well as state-wide relevance. And it also pertains to automobile drivers, too. During the first few weeks of July thousands of West Virginians were either grounded or arrested because of the inefficiency of the license division of the State Department of Motor Vehicles. In the meantime, a Preston County legislator has for three years now vainly sought to introduce a bill in the House of Delegates to overhaul the method of distributing vehicle licenses throughout the state. The most recent turmoil arose when many truck owners discovered the first of July had rolled around and the old license plates were no longer legal. Most of the "illegal" truck drivers got that way because the usual notice for license renewal had For many reasons, a large class of persons known as "hippies" have become one of the most disliked persons in America. In many cases, their independent, alternate lifestyle has offended the cultural sensibilities of the rest of "middle America." But for thinking people, who reject labels and consider each man or woman on merit or de-merit alone, and who still possess the tolerance so cherished by our Founding Fathers and so rarely practiced in America, "hippies" are just people. In Clay County, they may prove to be a saving force. There is a new, $1 million, fully equipped medical clinic, but no doctor to treat about 9,000 or so people, many of them poor. never come. The situtation affected private individuals, but also large companies with fleets of trucks. Countless thousands of dollars were lost by these companies while the trucks stood idle and owners stood in line in Charleston hoping to get the vehicles back on the road. The comforting word from Charleston was that overdue truck owners could use the old plates until the ones on order arrived, but local, county and state police weren't operating on that basis and they're the ones who issue the citations. The whole episode is one of the larger chal ters in a story of citizen dissatisfaction that has been explained away by the department of motor vehicles for three years now as "problems with the computer." Delegate James W. Teats, R-Preston, can vouch for computer problems as well as organizational problems in the department when he says: "When I call down there to ask about a specific complaint, the records department can't even locate up-to-date information when I tell them the owner's n me, make of vehicle and registration number." "The last time I called I was told the person But recently, Clay County residents and public officials met with Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams and his "Zanies" and the health care so desperate!y needed by county residents appears to be just around the bend-and without charge. "Patch" presently lives in Fairfax, Va. with 60 or so people, about two dozen of whom are medical specialists of various sorts. All they want, in return for their services over a lifetime, is a large farm on which to build their homes and to support their food needs. At first skeptical, the citizens of Clay County are actively courting "Patch" and his gentle friends and soon, they all hope, there will be an active marriage of sorts - one that wi'll last a lifetime. p bably ought to stop payment on his check ff thd Patch" explained his l estyle and license hadn't been received." theory of medical practice to the Clay In so many words the advice was, "ff at first you don't succeed, try. try again." And Jim Teets knows about trying. Legislators are often asked to wrangle licenses quickly from the license division and they usually do it by "jumping line" into the commissioner's office. But recently he decided to stand in line with the plain West Virginians". Only one of four windows were open and it took him a full hour of waiting before he reached the window. Teet's proposed bffi would reorganize license procedures along the lines already followed in many states, including neighboring Maryland. residents at a recent town meeting. He said he loved house calls. That blew a few minds. He also said the rest of the commune members work and farm to support themselves and their free medical work. "Patch" has worked as a clerk to support his free medical practice and eats lots of peanut butter amd jelly sandwiches; sometimes cheese sandwiches. The skepticism ended with State Sen. Orton Jones volunteered his view. nothing, and how children want to be doctors when they grow up so they can help people. "... But when they become one they want to belong to the country club," he said. "It's hard to understand how a man can still believe as did when he was a little boy." At the end of the meeting, "Dr. "Patch" Adams and his wife - both long-haired and wearing home-made clothes - went off with Clay County Commissioner Don Samples to look at a 700-acre farm as a potential home for their commune. "Patch" said his community now includes about 10 physicians, three dentists, seven nurses, assorted medical aides, plus a variety of tradesmen and professional people. He described the community this way: "A group of 60 people who low each other very much... Not a physical love but one that is more lasting." Adams, 30, said he is a graduate of the University of Virginia medical school. He's been practicing medicine in Fairfax, a suburb of Washington, D.C., since 1971 and has been caring for about 1,500 patients and in four years has hospitalized only eight persons. Eventually, he said, he hopes his group will include an obstetrician, a gynecologist and a surgeon. He said he's now discussing with physicians in these specialities the possibility of their joining the commune. "I have to Set through to a ment that insists ol salOnS $i}0,000 a year and tell he's not g lng make any mney Adams says of these disc . But he said he and other physicians are dissatisfied with the type of medicine they are or had been practicing cause they haven't been treating the whole person. Tentatively. a county-wide picnic planned to coincide with Clay County's Apple Festival Sept. 19-21 will be held, at which Adams and his Zanies will meet with county residents and where they can begin to get to know each other. Licenses would be issued at each County Courthouse on a county basis. That seems like an almost-too-simple solution to a complex problem, but that's because it's logical. Vehicle owners already are forced to pay personal property taxes at the courthouse on their machines and obtain verification of that fact before they can be issued licenses. That requires a receipt, and in Preston County that represents an exPensive nuisance to the county sheriff who now requires a self-addressed return envelope if you are to receive the necessary verification: Tear's proposal would put the complete transaction in the County Courthouse... pay your taxes and buy your license plate all in one simple operation. He estimates an additional 50-cent cost for each plate to cover the administrative efforts at the county level. But the State Department of Motor Vehilces has strongly opposed this system on the grounds that the license division would "lose control." What makes them think they have it now? There's no doubt that central state records would still be nedod, but perhaps the Teats system would allow the people in the license division more to teach their computer how to keep records and find them when they're needed. You can lay the blame for the continuation of this problem solely on the beck of the license division. It would take legislative action to get the system changed and Jim Teets so far hasn't been able to get his colleagues actively considering the bill. It looks like the solution won't come until a great many more legislators are convinced that a change in the system is needed and vigorously wanted by the people of West Virginia. You can do that by letting every one of your representatives know about it. Jerry Ash Jones said in church he and others were discussing a biblical passage about Paul helping others for Wouldn't tt be'wonderful if their courtship turns into a marriage? IIIIIII IIIIII I I To the Editor: The ponds at Cedar Creek are one of the best features of any park I have seen. Why they have been neglected so long is a mystery. I am sure other ponds have leaked and, I am equally sure ways have been found to stop the leaks. If another plan is to be tried, I think it would be a practical and reasonable one. During the dry season the ponds dry up and so does Two Run dry up. Building the pond on Two Run, plus several hundred feat of pipe line, plus a creek crossing, which if done properly, is cosily and adds up to some money. I believe a pump placed in Cedar Creek, would eliminate the creek crossing and require very little pipe line. I am sure the cost of this plan would be considerably less and would supply water in the dry season and during the wet season it would not be needed. J.w. Beall JACOeS .................................................. EDrTO JOAN LAYN| ................................. CUICULATiON MANAGER GREG NICHOLSON ............................ .:., . 4ttJ By Senator A mobile There was a time when ragua, and Americans stayed pretty bined." close to home. In fact, since 1948, estimates show that, in the one out of first decade of this cen- Americans tury, the average American Washingotn, travelled just 1,640 miles over half a year--and 1,300 of those ings which miles were going to and 1969 coming from work. were But times have changed year before. and changed dramatic- To ally. bile society, Today, the United States States has is the most mobile society age of in the world. Not o~ly do annually for Americans, on the average, years. Road drove about 10,000 miles other words, annually; they also take percent while vacation or business trips, try's or change their residences creasing by at an astounding rate. cent. In 1967-1968 the most The recent years for which changed documented facts are avail- eral years is, in able 108 million Ameri- the result of t~ cans took 360 million trips mobility of at least 100 miles and Travelling involving an overnight stay. much of Those domestic trips ac- reational counted for 312 billion the home, miles of travel, while addi- residences tional miles were covered breakdowns in by the estimated 4 million tionally strong: Americans who go abroad in America. each year. Ur~oubtedl~, Also during the years have become 1967-1968. 36 million citi- ticated as a zens moved their place of increased residence, w h i c h social some extent, commentator Alvin Toffier has notes "is more than the the total population of Ghana, community Guatemala, Iraq, Israel, will tell how Mongolia, Honduras, Nica- the price. Oilmer COHty Cakml G~ pool open to con~munJty - Monday to p.m.; Tuesday ud Thursday niahts, 7-8 p.m. Monday. Aug. 4 - Gilmer County Shr~mm Cedar Creek State Park. 6:30 p.m. "'Had it not b~n ,for federal revenue tmnkrupt,~' ..... : . "Robert C. Byrd for President of the U.S." mUbuard in '~rhere is something really strange wh~ profitable as lids does not want to produ~ N l r, 'Tve lived to see my son give his life to M rUn Lutb sermon at Churcl Atla t Berbera WHJiams-------- Did you icuow that egg white is an kitchen burns? This bit of first-ariel fifth-hand, but apparently helped an old someone who has been a good friend for Anyway. the friend was (and still is} Porreca. who has added the fair county. She and husband Joe calls himself} live in Uniontown, wishes to friends in Gilmer CountY. ever-graceful buddies, has never manual dexterity, which she vessel of hot edibles this past weekend, quite painful, and would no, had it not been for a tall, vessel of hot edibles this past weekend. things, egg white. Yuk. Well The Great One went to great that this particular egg would be then painting Lind's hand liberally with ~t the most appetizing of ointments ~ter a while. Linda claims that it is 8 ~ends it highly. Oh. yes... And He got a free meal. All of which just ~)e~ ! came before the chicken to cure the bu-~ chicken. If you don't believe THAT. we~l. know that was a fowl pun. but I though