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Presidential caravan & Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004-- Page 3A. ] other items surprise local This past weekend was rather hectic for your Glenville publisher-editor because I got unexpectedly thrust into the middle of the national political scene, without being pre- pared for it. My youngest son, Patrick, who is currently a VISTA volunteer serving in the depressed southern West Virginia coalfields, plans to enter graduate school in archeology next year. His proposed course of study at Michigan Technological University, if he is accepted, would take him to the West Point area of New York State where the master's degree students are first introduced to an official archeologi- cal dig. In traveling up to West Point -- more noted for being the home of the U. S. Mililary Academy than for the West Point Foundry dig, Patrick spotted a helicopter flying toward usas we drove north on I-81 between Harris- burg and Scranton, PA. Initially, I thought it was just a police unit checking for speeders on the heavily-used highway. B ut, a minute later, we noticed flashing police car lights coming toward us at a distance. The caravan contained a state police car and about four policemen on motorcycles followed ~ three large, black limousines and a rear guard of another unit of police cars and 'ille motorcycles. ent Could that have been a presidential or vice- !eft ~residential candidate's caravan? After all, "~lis was Friday early evening -- about 6 p.m. -- and the Democratic National Convention had just concluded in Boston the night before. Moreover, after the DNC conclave was over, even Republican President George Bush, who had been hibernating at his Texas Ranch for the week, was supposed to unleash his cam- paign team to criss-cross the "Battleground States," of which Pennsylvania is one. Patrick and I soon learned that the initial entourage, which probably was either some front security people for a presidential cam- paign or Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, were enroute to a rally in the State Capital of Harrisburg that evening. The Corcoran I llllJ! Indeed, about a mile behind came seven "Kerry For President" passenger buses, also complete with front and rear state police guards. These appeared to be brand new buses, of which one or more carried Democratic nominee John Kerry, vice-presidential hope- ful John Edwards, and their families. It was quite an impressive scene, the buses being of patriot!c red, white and blue design. And, other motorists along the route were giving the caravan many thumbs up as it passed. The next day we read that over 17,000 people showed up at a Kerry-Edwards Rally in downtown Scranton, a one-time center of Pennsylvania's famed anthracite coal indus- try. They cheered on the Democratic candi- dates, because, like in southern West Virginia's coalfields, most miners have lost their jobs to the new technology, foreign competition and cheaper Western coal. As a result, Mr. Kerry's theme of "I think you deserve a president who fights as hard for your job as he fights for his own job" struck a nerve in that localil!v. Later in the day, he also connected well with an equally large and enthusiastic crowd in Harrisburg, I read. Patrick and I thought it ironic that we just happened to be on that specific highway at that particular time when the presidential and vice presidential candidates passed us in the on-coming vehicles. The story doesn't end here, though. More later! West Point Foundry Far away from the loud and rough politics of this presidential election year is a deep, dark and silent hollow at Cold Spring, N.Y., not too far from the beautiful Hudson River and across from the august U. S. Military Academy. But, 150 years ago this quiet, secluded spot, which, for the most part, has been neglected and forgotten, was a beehive of industrial activity. Being established in 1818, the West Point Foundry produced canons for the Civil War, in addition to a great many other large iron objects needed to advance America's In- dustrial Revolution. In its heyday up to the late 1880s when steel replaced iron as the metal of choice, the foundry was a model of the then new and latest Ameri- can technological genius. It utilized the larg- est and most state-of-the-art forging machin- ery, employed hundreds of people and pro- duced thousands of tons of finished iron prod- ucts annually. In one of his futuristic novels, Jules Verne described this breath-taking iron works, and some of the famous Hudson River School painters in New York romanticized it in their artwork. Like the new high technology companies of our day, this foundry was looked upon as being just as awesome by the general public during its bygone era. Nevertheless, over the years, decades and a century, this once proud beacon of our nation's industrial might grew obsolete, was closed, laid vacant, and fell into a state of deteriora- tion. Being idled forever and, then, forgotten, the large buildings and forges ultimately col- lapsed, and Mother Nature reclaimed it for her own. What would have become a lost "Ripley's Believe It or Not-type" fact of America's in- dustrial age, however, is slowly being revived through a close partnership between the Sce- nic Hudson Foundation and Michigan Tech- nological University. The University, where Patrick wants to pursue the master's degree in industrial archeology, is using the science of archeology and the study of history to uncover the lost buildings and production processes of this important site. Continued on page 5 Don't Get Me Started! KristalSheets News to Me... On most Sundays, l come up to the office in allthe negative reactions to John Kerry's55- managed to make life better for Americans, thelateeveninganddoalittleofthisandthat minuteacceptancespeechforhisparty'snomi- for Afghans, for Iraqis, despite seemingly in preparation for the upcoming issue of the nation last Thursday. devoting so much energy to harness the oppo- paper. More often than not, my boss is here I was ecstatic, thrilled that someone who is site effect. when in such obvious with world Could there be better than hearing that I arrive, and we work quiedy, enjoying disagreement my news ~d the silence, view would take the time to print out two our President has suddenly decided that the This past Sunday, pages of negative comments about the Demo- Constitution is more sacred than his political I arrived to find two pages of paper folded letter-wise and stuck in the door of the of. rice. When I pulled them free, I saw that someone had left me - of all people - a special present: cratic nominee for President. maneuvers? Or that this draft-dodging "war Was I surprised? No. Not by most of the president" awakened one morning and felt reviews of Kerry's speech, and not by the horrible about sending a thousand troops to thought bejaiad sharing them ,, ~. ~ ~; -~ir~ based on bad information? I would have been more surprised if the What if the most powerful man in the nation s. "This may be news to you, Krystal (sic)!" it joy than to know that a man whom I tie to a said at the top, and proceeded to inform me of figurative whipping post week after week had personwhodroppedoffthat"news"tomehad has conceded that scientific fact isn't some- also printed out two pages' worth of positive thing that should be stifled or whitewashed to things George W. Bush has done since he took support rolling back reforms that will keep big office in 2001. Nothing would give me more corporations in love with his administration? I wouldn't mind hearing about a govern- Continued on page 5 Musings of an oldtimer -- The Old Telephone Switchboard from Alice Community By Frances Myers Schmetzer, GlenviUe columnist An old telephone switchboard from the community of Alice, now on display at the Country Store Museum in Glenville, is re- membered by many. Feedback from my July 8 column provides updates for my inadequate research. The most complete information came from Blanche King Cox, now living in Troy, who had also worked that switchboard. Details from others agreed with those from Mrs. Cox. Alice seems to be about rive miles north of Gienville as the crow flies. From the early ~920s, Joseph Howard King and his wife, ~rtie, had the switchboard in their home. All of their children learned to use it, so it was spelled her at the switchboard until she came never left unattended. There was an under- to Glenville to go to high school. Then, her standing that no calls were to be made after next sisters took her place with her grand- 9 p.m., unless there was an emergency, mother until 1942 when Mrs. Southall also About this time, a switchboard was in- moved to Glenville. stalledatTroy,aboutfourmilesfarthernorth. For the remainder of warm weather, the The Kings were proud of the direct line from Alice switchboard and other items of interest Alice to Glenville. may be seen in the museum each Friday and When the Kings moved away in 1932, Saturday. Opening at 10 o'clock, active Mrs. Rella Southall, a widow, moved into crafters will be working, including weaving that house and became the switchboard op- or basket-making. Musicians are invited to crater. She had a daughter, Merle Southall, jam. The Country Store Museum, Folk Festi- who married Wayne Miller. These were the val headquarters at the foot of Courthouse parents of Kathleen Miller Gordon, whom I Hill, will close at 2 p.m. on Fridays and 12 quoted in the July 8 column, noon on Saturdays. You'all come! Kathleen lived with her grandmother and l 'Congressional politics' is delaying the 9-11 Commisssion's thrust Dear Ed/tor, Tenneu was probably right when he said it them to he Lesbians and abort their babies. The 9-11 Committee has finally issued the would take five years to get them up to speed. Maybe you should find out what that is! results of their findings. It is not surprising The Commission has recommended a secu-, I believe that more than two-thirds of the that in order to exonerate themselves, they rity czar to stand between the agencies and the American people do not realize we are in a have decided to exonerate all political parties. President. It doesn't make sense to me. After war for our very survival. Just because you also. all, he is the one who has to act on their can't see the enemy doesn't mean they aren't But, the Congressional oversight commit- findings. It would have to slow the process there. They are in every nation in the entire tees haven't been absolved. They are the ones instead of expediting it. The more relays, the world. They hide in the shadows and watch to who kept the ClA and the FBI operating with more time it would take. It seems that Con- see how and where they can strike us. They are 1950'sequipment against a 21stCentury en- gress is engaging in that old, old practice of sniveling cowards who send little children out emy. After 9-11, they have spent billions on trying to undermine the Presidency.to fight their battles. They would be leading the computers, etc. they needed to bring them If they could stop their political wrangling the charge. Satan knows his time on earth is up-to--date and hired many more agents. But. for even a little while, they could probably veryshort. So he is trying to destroy as much nobody can learn everything in a few weeks, rein in the runaway Justice System.of it as possible before he goes, especially not the many languages needed for In response to The Glenville Democrat, go R.L. PHtt, all the different countries they have worked tell that to the Moslems. They think they have Glenville in. a better use for their women than to allow Letters continual on page 5 -N Attention Readers: O-. 'Letters to ihe Editor' Policy We are in need of more letters to the editor. Feel free to send them in to us. number where your identity can be verifie, but you may still be required to sign Just remember our policy on the letters, the letter via snail mail. Deadlines for letters are Mondays at 10 a.m. for that Local newspapers have long been the sounding boards for political, week's paper. 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Letters must the case and will be charged only our regular advertising rate. be signed in order to be published - e-mailed letters must include a phone For more information, contact either Dave Corcoran. St., Charlene or Rebecca at 304-462-7309. ~ Last Issue Befort News, Letters, & Ads :- _ Iong_-s _ di.ng policy of this newspaper has always been that if, in the issue before an election, one candidate or citizen makes allegations about another candidate ur ~ umt u~ Other party I~ given the right of rebuttal. Readers of this newspaper know that we editors have had this policy in effect for the past eight years in ~_dez to make certain that the journalistic and ethical principles of fairness and equality be assured on these pages relative to both the news and advertising side. J i Democratic Convenffon makes it official: Kerry-Edwards ticket to face GOP in Nov. Although many of the TV political pundits didn't see anything substantial taking place at the Democratic Convention in Boston last week, the Party of Jefferson and Jackson did accomplish one major feat needed to mount a serious and strong campaign against the Republicans in the fall ---they left Massachusetts solidly united behind John Kerry for president and John Edwards for vice- president. In fact, the discord that normally can be expected at Democratic Conventions just didn't happen this year. Usually, the Democrats, who represent very diverse factions in the American population, take it to each other through much argumentation at their conventions. As a result, they, often-times, leave a divided party. The 2004 Democratic Convention of 2004 last week, however, was an exception to that rule. At least four significant things happened, or didn't happen, at the convention which deserve comment. First of all, to our knowledge, no serious terrorist activity was taking place around the convention's Fleet Center. It had been thought that this year's national political conventions would he primary targets for AI-Qaeda's thugs. That didn't transpire, thank goodness, so perhaps our nati on's anti-terrorist initiatives of the past three years are working. And, that is a good omen for the upcoming Republican Convention in New York City in September. Our national delegates-- from both parties -- shouldn't have to deliberate and decide major domestic and foreign policy platform issues amidst a fear for their lives. Hence, this lack of violence may show the beginning of the end of high profile terrorism in this country. Secondly, in a modern era when image-making is so important, the Democratic candidates scored a big coup by letting their wives speak out -- an initiative that not only showed the Party's commitment to women's rights but also the intelligence and v)it of these two ladies. Teresa Heinz Kerry's speech was certainly one of the most well-articulated addresses at a Democratic Convention since the days of John F. Kennedy. In addition, Elizabeth Edwards' speech -- though delivered in an often-times humorous way --- was a solid one, too. Women in politics are definitely making their presence and issues felt, and the Democratic Party is leading the way in that regard. Thirdly, what's in it for West Virginia? This year very little in the major addresses could be culled out to relate to our Mountain State. At the same time, and as a matter of their long-time policy, the Democrats, once again, committed themselves to attacking the roots of poverty, to making life easier for middle class Americans, to insuring that everyone has healthcare, and to providing tax breaks to parents with kids in college. All of these issues strike home here in West Virginia where such reforms are sorely needed and would he appreciated. Finally, although not getting too specific, John Kerry, the Democratic nominee, outlined several important issues facing the nation that would get his full attention, if elected president. For the first time in many decades, a Kerry-Edwards Administration would hold the noses of America's big businesses to the grinding stone. Right now many are closing their American plants and outsourcing these domestic jobs to foreign countries where laborers can be exploited by low wages and unsafe working conditions. Moreover, this is in an era when the same corporate executives make millions of dollars in unjustified salaries and leave their shareholders to pay for this ill-gained excess without adequate remedies. Many of the Kerry-Edwards platform's social programs will be underwritten by taxing these rich fat cats who have done very little to better either their employees, shareholders or communities. Senator Kerry, also, advocated more federal government responsibility in protecting the environ- ment, investing in the new technologies, paying as you go as a national fiscal policy (rather than running up the large deficits), providing more help to our troops fighting terrorism at home and abroad, initiating an alternative to this nation's dependence on Arab oil supplies, and restoring trust in the presidency through being truthful to the American people. All in all, the 2004 Democratic Convention demonstrated the age-old optimism and can-do attitude of that party. How the Kerry-Edwards ticket will do in November against a formidable opponent, incumbent George W. Bush, remains to be seen Nevertheless, if the Democratic candidates can maintain their positive attitudes and show that the nation's problems can be solved, they will gain the voters' trust, thereby putting them on more solid ground to win in November. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor FRN comes up with several great ideas Donna Waddell and the Family Resource Network (FRN) have been accomplishing great things in downtown Glenville. As FRN's executive director for the past five years, Mrs. Waddell and her group have achieved much more than what a typical non-profit agency-- operated mainly by volunteers-- can ever hope for. In addition to establishing Community Showcase (the county's community center and resource archive), Mrs. Waddeil was able to acquire a $10,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to advance four badly-needed community projects for the betterment of Gilmer County and its residents. First of all, the grant funded the making of a "Virtual Tour of Gilmer County" over the lntemet. This allows people, especially tourists, to journey to many interesting places in the county, both those well known and not-so-well publicized, from within the comfort of their homes. Thus, anyone can log onto this motor tour at gilmer, vv.info The colorful tour stops at Glenville State College, Cedar Creek State Park, among other notable sites. Secondly, the ARC funds, also, designed a second website, gilmershowcase.com -- this being an e-commerce center for small businesses, crafters and artisans in our county. So, like e-bay, any person's crafts or other local products or services can be placed on the Interact. Additionally, Mrs. Waddell can also take these items on consignment for sale in the Community Showcase. The Center for Appalachian Network Access (CANA). a Pittsburgh non.profit based at Carnegie Mellon University, got the Community Showcase's computer system up-and~mnning, so the general public, if they don't have home computers, can surf these websites at FRN's Main Street offices. Thirdly, under the ARC grant which is administered by the West Virginia Development Office in Charleston, FRN is currently in the process of revising our county's Resource Guide booklet for the use of agencies, businesses and civic groups. Additionally, it is also devising some leadership training sessions. The fourth grant project, she notes, is an opportunity for Gilmer Countians to participate in the 6 p.m. Sat., Sept. 25 Leadership Development Summit at the Ritchie County High School's Commons Area. All of Gilmer County's leaders of business, clubs, churches and government will be invited.to participate in it. Most importantly, next year this statewide leadership summit will be hosted by Gilmer County's FRN. The Family Resource Network is located at 115 East Main Street in Glenville. Call Donna at 462-7545 for details on how to become involved in any one of FRN's exciting new adventurous projects. DHC, Sr. OUR the Edge of HIGHWAYS II I I I I by George Harper' I g Ill L DON'T YOU JUST THESE NEW 'P MA-ROOSTS' (SHARING THE RECEPTION?) THE CELL PHONE DILEMMA Glenville State College Professor Emeritus George Harper takes a look at a new social trend --- people's use of cell phones. :. The Glenville Democrat~Pathfinder . " :DavtciH. Corcoran, St'., Publisher-Editor ;O Box458; 108 N, CourtSt., Glenville, W /26351