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August 22, 1975

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} C 2 The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder August 22 K ......... e / 7 One of the most important special elections in Gilmer County is fast approaching. On August 22, the special $2.2 million school bond election will decide whether or not Gilmer County's four elementary schools and high school ,rill be upgraded to meet state-approved standards. With the recent release of $829,500 in Better Schools Amendment money, completion of Phase I of the state-approved Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan is guaranteed. Phase I called for construction of a new elementary school in Glenville, construction of a new high school cafeteria, and elimination of 60 fire and safety violations in all four elementary schools recorded by the State Fire Marshal, including installation of fire alarm systems. If area voters pass the $2.2 million school bond, Phase II of the CEF Plan would also be guarantted. Phase II calls for new construction of much-needed classroom facilities and refurbishing present facilities at all four elementary schools and additional work at the high school. Supt. Ron We!ty and the Gilmer County Board of Education have labored long and hard to upgrade education here, especially in their efforts to obtain BSA money prior to a bond election. But in order to complete the job properly, county voters will have to support their own schools and the future of their childrens' education. The choice is clear because the state's share is not enough to see the CEF Plan through to completion. The natural gas shortage may wipe out as many as 8,000 jobs this winter in West Virginia on the basis of current projections. The Federal Power Commission indicates that many factories will be without heating this year and cold plants means decreased productivity, Shutdowns and unemployment. The oil and gas industry blames government s for the present state of affairs. Industry spokesmen and some economists argue for i deregulation, as does the Ford administration. But many congressmen and consumers aren't , convinced that this is the answer, which they say is :bound to lead to higher retail prices, without necessarily increasing supplies and new sources of natural gas. But whatever the solution to the shortage, it will never come until an effective national energy policy is formulated in a cooperative effort by Congress and the president. In a nation as rich in natural resources and technical knowhow as the U.S., there is no excuse for failing to meet the energy needs of industry, whatever the sources. Gilmer County Calendar Monday-Thursday - Nutrition Program at noon, Senior Citizens Center, reservations a day in advance, minimum fee. Gilmer County Athletic Boosters Club meetings, second day of each month, 7:30 p.m. at the High School. Immunization Clinic Schedule - Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Saturday, August 23 - Hillbilly Saturday Night, featuring Hop Toad Race and Liars Contest, 6-12 p.m. Sponsored by Gflmer County Athletic Boosters Club. Saturday; August 23 -- Retired School Employees Picnic. 6 p.m. home of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Reed. Bring a picnic lunch. Monday, August 25 - "Meet Your Squad" night, 7:30 p.m. at Gilmer County H.S. gymnasium. Kick-off 1975-76 Titan football season and meet players and coaches. Sponsored by Boosters Club. Tuesday - Thursday, August 26-28 - Free uterine PAP test, Gilmer County Health Department parking lot, 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 26 - Pythian Sisters meet at Tanner Temple. I The Glenville Pathfinder Published Every Friday By GILMER COUNTY PUBLISHING, INC. At 100 E. Main St. Glenvllle, WV 28351 Phone412.730S Second-Claes postage paid at Glenville and at additional mailing office. S~Jhscription price $5.00 plus 15 cents sale tax in Gilmer ~ollntV" other West Virginia residente $5.S0 plus' 17 cents ,~ Out of state subscriptions $6.00. Can not accept ,,h~r;ntionq for less than 6 months. IIM JACOBS ................................. EDITOP 0OAN LAYNE ............. CIRCULATION MANAGER by lim lacobs I'm against welfare handouts. Not those which aid the poor but those which fatten the coffers of corporate industries and illegally line the expense vouchers of politicians and party campaign committees. You're aware, I'm certain, of the well-known litany recited by critics of the welfare system who chafe at the distribution of tax dollars to the misfortunate and forsaken of our society. "Why should we support those too lazy to work for their living?" they ask. But where, besides the uncovering of illegalities by investigative journa- lists, is the concern over the "welfare rip-off" being perpetrated by some of the most reputable companies in the US. like Gulf Oil Corp., Phillips Petroleum Co, and Lockheed Aircraft Corp.? For example, the U.S. Treasury Department and many government officials threw their hefty shoulders behind an Emergency Loan Guarantee Board-set up in 1971 - to guarantee repayment of $195 million in loans LoCkheed has secured from private banks if Lockheed is unable to repay them. The federal guarantees were given in order to allow Lockheed to develop and market the L1011 -- a wide-bodied, three-engine commercial airliner. And yet this allegedly financially pressed company could afford to pay at least $22 million since 1970 to officials and political organizations in a number of foreign countries for the award of contracts to Lockheed. This isn't an idle accusation. Lockheed acknowledged the payments which Sen. William Proxmire, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, labeled bribes. Proxmire asserted 'It is clear that Lockheed has violated the financial disclosure requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission {SEC) by concealing its foreign payoffs and maintaining a double set of books and records." It's no secret that Lockheed and other large corporations which claim allegiance to the so-called "free enterprise system' of America have been subsidized in part by taxpayers' hard-earned money for years, rather than just grinding it out in the competitive marketplace. The SEC is also engaged in a battle with Ashland Oil, Inc. - an outfit which has seen fit to operate a slush fund overseas in the same fashion as Lockheed. Ashland has admitted, in addition to paying nearly $400,000 to officials in foreign nations where the company has drilling interests, giving a total of $724,000 in illegal donations to U.S. politicians. The "handouts" made in cash payments by couriers with little suitcases and attache grips, were made in secret to members of Congress-both Democrats and Repub- licans including Rap. Wilbur Mills. Sen. Birch Bayh, Sen. James Eastland, Gee. James Rhodes, and many, many others including that champion receiver of illegal donations, Hubert H. Humphrey. It still hasn't been ascertained whether Gov. Arch A. Moore Jr. of West Virginia publicly reported the $20,000 in donations he acknowledges he received in 1968 and 1972 from Ashland. He said he turned the money over to county campaign committees. But Elmer Dodson, head of the state Republican Finance Committee, said he does not know what happened to the money, saying the money was not turned over to the committees. Gee. Moore, like other politicans who allegedly received money from Ashland, declares that the fault of the illegal donations lies with Ashland and not the recipient. Moore says'he welcomed the support, saying he believed the money tq be private donaUons by people who w rk for Ashland, not illegal gifts of corporation money. Republican officials have not yet turned up the money in their officials records. Nobody seems to know, even Moore, what happened to the money. The sad story of "handouts" from the federal government for the "welfare" of companies like Lockheed and from companies to politicians, lies simmering on the back burner of priorities while scores of welfare critics lambast the exaggerated evils of financial assistance to the poor. It's a strange world we ive in. I To the Editor: In reading the August 14, 1975 issue of The Glenville Democrat, I find a news article on page 8 inviting people to a meeting at the Hiney Union Chapel Church -~* August 23, 1975 to hear me discuss the confusing issuN relating to a trust fund. I presume whoever had this article put in the paper is referring to a fund that a group of people have placed in the Kanawha Union Bank in a trust fund and the interest from this money in trust is to be used to mow the lots of the contributors who have loved ones buried on their lots in the Hin Cemetsry. No one has been authorized to say I would attend this meeting. Neither have I been contacted. I will not be there. None of the contributors to this fund have asked for any kind of a report and I have talked to several of them lately. Not one complaint have I received from the contributors to this fund. Any time the contributors to this fund ask for a report as to how the interest is used from this fund it will be forthcoming. Those who have made no contribution are not entitled to try to tell us how to use our own money and are not entitled to a report and will pt none. In the article referred to above I notice it speaks of confusion. There is no confusion among the contributors. The only confusion that has come to my. attention seems to be among some of the noncontributors. Anyone wishing to join and add to this fund sufficient money so the interest will cover the expense of mowing their lot are welcoms. I will be glad to take time to discuss this with any one interested at my home any time you find me at home and that is about all the time. My telephone no. is 462-7834. It is the desire and hope of all who have contributed to this fund that enough people will contribute so the entire cemetery can be mowed rand kept in a presentable way rather than piecemeal as it is now. W.I. muk By U.S. Senator Econ 0 D! ic The high un~-mploymont, re~es