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2 The Glen~ Democrat/Paththder II I Sq, Nmbw L m _ [[ _ , , "O II L; The Financial Statmmmt of the Gilmer County Commission found under the legal notices section of this newspaper makes for interesting reading. Especially for those citizens who may feel we can't afford better school buildings because our taxes are i already too high. For the curious, we direct your attention to the General County Fund portion of the report and specifically to the last three lines which show a net balance of $84,155.30: a Certificate of Deposit for $50,000 and a Savings Account balance of $57,490.47. These items, which total $191,645.77 represent tax monies collected and other general revenues received by the county which the Commission has chosen NOT to spend for your well-being Levies by the Commissibn over the years have been at the maximum rate allowed by law. Based on whatever level of property valuation in effect at the time. They were levied, supposedly, to derive tax monies needed to provide budgeted services to the citizens of Gilmer County. }; Even the most off-hand analysis of the current financial statement would indicate this has simply not occurred, regardless of the intention of the Commission. We have pointed out this surplus to the Commission for three years. At first, it was denied there was a surplus. The euphemism used was: "it is a balance." Fair enough. But somewhere along tlm line tlm "balamm', has turned into a surplus that Is l acticallT equal to the total annual income for the cmmW. result of "good management," It is NOT the obligation of governmental entities at any level to produce a profit. In fact, it is expressly forbidden in the laws of the State of West Virginia for any surplus to exist budgetarily, although small, unspent line items or unexpected revenues may be carried over into the next fiscal year, with the governing body then obligated to budget their expenditure. 'Good management"' on the part of tax levying bodies would be to match the expenditure to the income. "Good managmant" on the part of the Gilmer County Commission would be to provide the county's residents with badly, needed services out of the money it is currently "socking" in the bank. Either that or reduce taxes to a level whereby we would only pay for what we actually get. And we aren't getting much. "Good manapment" would be for the Commission to sit down with the Board of Education and see ff a "tax package" for the people of Gilmor County cculd,be worked out whereby we could have needed governmental services AND the school buildings we so desperately need, It's probably too much to ask for. There are other items in the Financial Statement that elicit attention. Most of them are concerned with unspent ds. We encourage you to read YOI tax money balance sheet. It's enough to keep you up at night. S m C spotWp mO wl mjdm maUl offi s SubscrliNton lS tm In GUmw CotmW. o@mr Wit Virginia r ldmts NLN 17 Out of m aulm ptians Cam not i lmcripttom for mm t mom JIM JACOBS ................................... EDITOR JOAN LAYNE ................. CIRCULATION MANAGER by lim lacobs Football season is upon us once again. The pungent aroma of linament at the GSC field house, chewed wads of tobacco lying crumpled in the dry grass, bruised forearms and kicked shins, and spiraling pigskins rushing past the treetops are constant reminders that "gladiator" season is fast approaching. Make no mistake about it, football is a bruising game not meant for timid souls. It is a game embraced by generals and presidents, as coaches endlessly remind their charges that it is a crucial test that better prepares young lads for manhood in our competitive society. I briefly envisioned being carried off the field on the shoulders of my exultant teammates. Briefly. for I could hear the pounding cleat beats of a doggedly pursuing halfback, then a swish as he sailed desperately through the air and the world turned black. Five yards from paydirt that scatback had pried his fingertips around the top of my pants and yanked them to my ankles. We cascaded to the turf and slid to within inches of the goalline. All was not lost, however. My teammates circled around me while I hitched up my pants. I had no time for humiliation. Coach called a time-out. They may be right for in no other sport is there the demand for sacrifice and teamplay, total discipline, performing while inflicted with painful injuries, and absolute control over rampaging emotions. There are soaring victories and bitter defeats, as in real life, where only a handful of the total participants find unqualified success and stardom. There are also heartbreaking disappointments, such as a game-end- ing injury that may disqualify a superb athelete from ever playing his beloved sport again. Rather than focus on the drama of vctory and defeat, however, I prefer to reminisce about the folly of football, as I prefer to reflect often upon the follies of humanity rather than the solemn profundities that make or break us. Out of the foggy distant past of my gridiron memories," I remember dashing queasily from my three-point stance, faking one linebacker out of his girdle hip pads and streaking for the sidelines 40 yards downfield with two minutes left in the last game of the high school season - a league championship at stake. As I nervously craned by neck back to look the pigskin loomed high under a darkening sky, arcing incredibly toward my outstretched hands. Leaping high over the fallen body of a hapless cornerback, I miraculous- ly snared the ball and began my heart-pounding trek towards the end zone. All sound vanished from my consciousness, despite the frenzied crowd noise and squealing exhorta- tions from bobbing cheerleaders. This was definitely the play of my career: the game-ending touchdown. "lake," he smiled, "you earned it. On the next play, line up at fullback, we're going right over the top." And that's how the game ended. Our qb slammed the pigskin into my stomach and I dove between center and guard for the score. What an ending. What a play. What a coach. He was also one of the first to console me when my college career came to an abrupt, bizarre end. It was during a pre-game warm- up. My parents were just getting confortable in the cold concrete stands and scanning the program for my number when I collided head-on with a 240-pound fullback while going for a practice pass. Broken nose, cut and bleeding from the head, busted hand, wrenched back. I was carried off the field before the 100 men-and-a-girl band had a chance to entone the National Anthem. As the trainers trotted my "broken, dejected body into the emergency room, I spotted him peering from behind a whirlpool bath. "'Don't worry, lake. Now you'll be able to study and maybe stay in school." Of course, a whole new world opened up to me. I was fussed over as never before, especially by sympathe- tic coeds who wheeled me to English Lit and bought me beers at the Student Union. It was a great recovery period. The only thrill to top it was the news that my all-time rival ,eras intimidated into marrying the defensive coach's daughter, a girl who would're made Sam Huff look like a simpering prisspot. To the Editor: I will say "'TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT". I was cutting and piling brush near the Jess Skinner Granary along the creek bank and hand worked there most of the day cutting weeds and elderberry brush. As I was piling the brush, climbed onto the brush pile and directly beneath me a rattlesnake began its warning signal. It didn't take me long to decide what to do. Once you have come near a rattler and learn the soung you never forget. At least I havent. I didn't have to see to know it was a rattler. l might add this, also: A few years age when the road was graded up the valley to where I live, a cut was made through rocks. One night as I was driving up the valley. I saw a large snake in the road coiled. It was about the size of a half bushel basket in height. I hit it hard with the car. thinking l might kill it, I went back with flashlight to see and it was gone, I really got scared. I never saw it again. I believe this might be the same snake, as I piled the brush over some old unusued groundhog holes along the creek bank. It isn't too far where I saw the big snake in the road. It might be work while to warn those who will be near this area. to be on the lookout for a rattlesnake. I have killed three cooperheads this summer and two got away. One got caught in the rototiller in my potato patch, and when [ stopped it went over the creek bank. I didn't go after it. While working my garden, I seen about 6 inches of the tail end of one going out of my garden into a bunch of weeds. I have woven wire around the garden so I didn't go over to his house. I iust let it go. Truman Miller i By U.S. Senator Misgiving 011 In theory, detente is a p~,licy well w~wth the sup- [~rt of the American I~'o- pie. It is aimed at easing t e n s i ,) n s between the United States and Russia. and increasing the chances fnr a lasting world peace. But in practice, detente has led many Americans myself included - to have serious misgivings about the policy. Russia has thus far gotten the b e s t from detente. In 1972, and again this year, millions of tons of American grain have been sold to the Soviet Union, saving the Russian economy from falling vic- tim to the inadequancies inherent in the communist system. Also, the United States participated in the Helsinki Conference. which recognized the borders of eastern European countries and Soviet domination over that part of the world. True, the document signed at Helsinki is not legally binding: but our participa- tion in the ceremony was a detriment to the hopes and aspirations of the Czechs, Poles, Hungarians, and other peoples of east- ern Europe--all of whom know full well the repres- sion which comes w i t h Soviet control. In return, the United States has received only pr.mises from with the of breaking return hardly ! worth the by the United Even as t~) promote is continuing huge amounts at least $50 cording to State Kissingeg" hands of munists. The are being the small munists there the will of tl~ munist as Russia greater people of it openly Minister efforts to in India. I do not turn to the I welcome any tensions and the United I am aware of ' flawed track ternational We should promises out We anee from the performance to many made by the to make to increase world peace. Gilmer County Monday-Thursday - Nutrition Program C~nter, reservations a day in advuce, Gilmer County Athletic Boosters Club of each month, 7:30 p.m. at the High Schod- Thursday. Sept. 4 - Rotary Family Plonk, Park, 6 p.m. Monday. Sept. 8 - Gilmer Co. Shrinmm Restaurant, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 4 - flu immunizatkm~ Senior Citizens Center, 12:30 p.m. to Thursday, September 4 5:45 p.m. [Place and time change from last Saturday: September 6 - Sing, Pisgah p.m. Monday, September 8 - Woman's Club, Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 9 - Glenville LO.O.F. p.m. Lodge Hail. Tuesday, September 9 - Pythian Sisters Temple. September 12-13 - Gilmer County Farm Center. September 13-14 - Gospel Sins at Gilmer Center, Saturday, 13th, begins at 7 p.m. OPEN LETTER Some one hundred years ago the U.S. the banks of the Little Kanawha River of timber cleaned the river and put in Wingdan~ deepen the water for push-beats to carry to GlenviUe. For more than fifty years while the river for floating logs and rafts, and kept timber there was no flood damage until t~ It was during this long period and late their houses and towns on the Flood Plains. Now the condition of the river is a forest sides of the river. Also the river bed is in the river bed, and the stream The Engineer's estimat~ that if the in operation in 1967 it would have reduced t five and one-half feet. however the conditio~ much worse than it was at that time. Now, the people of Gilmer County. and the Little Kanawha River. have a choice: river of timber or take a loss in early 1977 as flood. ollollolloll~ 9 WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN A ARE YOU INTERESTED IN: Comm,;rcial Sewing Automotive Mechanics Busin s a Office Edu. i Industrial Mechanics Electrical Occupations Nur Food Day Clasees FREg VA Approved See Your Local High School Principal The