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Z Tim Gleuville Democrat/patwtnder September 15, 1977 I I II Editorials & Comments I I I I I Let's have a public library This newspaper supports the establishment of a public library in Gilmer County. We do not want anyone to mistake our point of view on this issue. We believe the county has moved to the point where a library is needed for use by the general public. We are not attempting at this juncture to say that the Robert F. Kidd Library at Glenville State College is not a public library to some degree. The College Library, as well as the entire institution on the hill, is tax-supported and must, we feel, be a "public" facility. However, in the very real analysis, the Robert F. Kidd Library is designed-and reasonably,so-for the use and benefit of the students at GSC. The members of the staff and administration both at the college and at the library have been very cooperative in allowing general public use of the GSC facility. For that, we believe, we owe them a debt of gratitude and a word of thanks. They have, we feel, offered service to our community above and beyond the actual call o duty. That, of course, is the way things are in our town. People are unusually friendly and helpful and we appreciate the fact. Now, to the point: the Gilmer County Commission is an elected group of individuals who have in their power the ability to be the moving force behind progress in this county. The Commission, in its collective wisdom, has voted not to devote any county funds to a proposed "instant library" for our county. They have done this on the basis of a number of reasons which they itemized to Gilmer Public Library Board President Mrs. Elizabeth Turner at a meeting last Tuesday. At this point we are not prepared to offer judgment as to the relative merits of some of the projects the Commission mentioned they are considering offering support. We would make note, however, that we have not seen much tion in some of the areas they say they have been helping with. Te plan to make further investigation and to seek more information from the Commission concerning the plans they have for our tax money. We will not say at this time that the Commission does not seem to have some worthy projects in mind. If allthat they say is true, we look for a much brighter tomorrow for Gilmer County. What will not go over with us, however, is the continual statements from the Commission that "we just don't have the money" to support new concepts and ideas presented to them. As we read this year's Financial Statement published in this newspaper, the Commission ended fiscal 1976-77 with a balance of $137,886.25. To us, at least, that seems like a good deal of money. We think it will seem like a good deal of money to most Gilmer Countians. The Commission's Statemdnt lists a closing balance of $87,886.25 and a Certificate of Deposit of $50,000. It appears to us that the Commission is in very good shape financially. On the basis of this, then, the Commission does have the money to do somethiug. We implore them to act to get all of these "projects" off the drawing board and onto the surface so that we can see some substantial results. Again, we say that we want a public library in Gilmer County. We do not for one moment believe that we already have one in the ordinary sense. We express gratitude to the City of GlenvWe for offering $5,000 to the proposed library and to the Gilmer County Board of Education for offering to donate land on a long-term basis. We feel very strongly that Gilmer County will eventually get a public library. We only hope that it will come through the cooperation and involvement of all the people and agencies of government in our county. | I I I I Letters Danger at Leading Creek To the- litor: The people of Gilmer County need to be alerted: the State Road Commission has created a death trap on Rt. 5 two miles west of Glenville on the Leading Creek Bridge, now a one-lane bridge because of resurfacing. A worse location or a worse time to do the work could not have been picked. Because the bridge is in the middle of two sharp curves, drivers simply can't see whether another car is coming until they are at the bridge entrance--which may be toolate to stop. During Labor Day weekend, Rt. 5 had extremely heavy traffic, and out-of-state drivers unfamiliar with the road compounded the problem. Furthermore, other road construction in the area has meant a steady convoy of heavy trucks on the highway, creating a hazard for motorists not expecting to meet a ten-ton truck head-on at the bridge. With school starling, school buses will only add to the danger. Although there are signs warning motorists about the one-lane bridge, they are hardly adequate, and one of the flashing lights is partly hidden by brnsl Flngmen during the day and red flashing lights during the night are needed now for additional protection. Getting the work done as fast as possible would also help. We who live near the bridge are tired of hearing screeching brakes day and night, and we are tired of worrying about that wreck we all hope won't happen. Since so many Gilmer County people have to cross the bridge, we are in the danger. Let's let the State Road Commission know how we feel-now. Pamela Hardmu Column One by I cannot allow too much time to slip away without commenting upon the death of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Darlene and I learned of his untimely demise while driving down Kanawha Boulevard in Charleston. It was sherry before 5 p.m. when the radio announcer on WXIT broke in to announce that Elvis was gone. Only an hour before the news came, we had been in the Elkins Record Shop on Central Avenue buying a supply of 45's for the store my wife and mother operate. We picked up two of Elvis' last release, feeling that was the number we would need for the coming week's sales. Had we known that the King was dead, we would have taken all the records on the shelf because they certainly could have been sold in a hurry. I can't say for sure how long I have known about Elvis. I suppose when my parents and I lived in Canton, Ohio in my very young years, I must have seen him in action, Then, too, we were one of the first families in Cedarville to own a TV set, so I surely saw Elvis when I was extremely young. However. I don't recall him very well in those early years. I was always fascinated by Little Richard-still am, in fact-and I always wondered what anyone saw in Fabian. I didn't think Fabian could sing or do anything else that I saw very well. Still. those are the two performers along that line who I best recall. I do remember Elvis being inducted into the service and how so many young girls and women worried over the fate of the man they idolized. Quite frankly, I didn't like Elvis' early recordings at all. I still don't, with all due respect to the fact that he's gone. However, around 1970 I think he began to sing differently and I truly enjoyed his sounds although I never grew to like his twisting and jumping around. It seemed a trifle strange to me that national newscasts and daily newspapers gave so much coverage to Elvis' death. Somehow, I thought a three-minute spot on the evening news should have sufficed for television. I was a bit started when almost ten minutes was devoted to the story and then the newscaster closed by saying that his network would present an hour long special concerning the life of Elvis later that evening. I thought things such as that were reserved for statesmen and the like. I don't know, maybe Elvis deserved all the coverage, but I can't quite figure it out. The Charleston Daily Mail spent a week with follow-up stories concerning the singer's death. There was everything from wild ideas as to how he died to reports on the going price for Presley souvenirs. The. Daily Mail reported that, according to Elvis' personal physician and the Memphis coroner. he had not died of any overdose of drugs or anything like that. His personal physician admitted that the King took a high quantity of drugs for a number of illnesses and that a nurse was put on duty to keep him from taking too many too often, but he assured us that Elvis died of natural causes. It seems that Elvis had a terrible fear of failing-of not being able to turn on the crowds as he once did. I don't know why he would be concerned about that since he seemed to have almost universal appeal, but his worry caused him great difficulty according to his doctor. He had stomach problems, hypertension and insomnia, among other things. Prior to going on the road for performances, Elvis became particularly tense and had difficulty with normal bodily functions. The story in the state's largest daily gave what were supposed to be all the inside facts concerning the moments leading up to his death. I have no reason to suspect they were untrue, although some seemed a little farfetched to say the least. As for the souvenirs, the other Charleston paper had reported that a man had offered a Presley tape for sale shortly after the star's death. The man, who advertised his item in the Charleston papers, asked $550. According to the account in the paper, the next day a lady phoned the man to say that she would pick the tape up the following day for the $550 asking price. Later, the man supposedly received calls from other individuals who offered him up to $750 for the souvenir. He, the paper said, refused all new offers on the grounds that he had verbally the tape to the first caller for $550. Anyway, the Daily Mail later the man still had the tape, the ever come by to pick it up. let alone for it and that he seemed to be Nevertheless, the first article paper had caused the dollar signs tc up in everybody and his gra they apparently thought. "can't I get a MY Presley records and tapes too?" I suspect that the Classified Charleston made the only small be had when they were suddenly about Elvis memorabilia. There were ridiculous prices put on albums and potential sellers were Presiey album. Others were supposedly wore in his last Center and buttons that, I assume, overFdled shirt. Someone even from some obscure newspaper devoted to Presley to "person Greed was obvious and, Mail, it was also obviously a failure nobody was buying the be far more "sellers" than "buyerS that goes to show that some folk, of sound mind. Now all of this is not to say that I by Elvis' death. I was. But it seems thing was taken a bit tabloid national weeklies managed picture of Elvis lying in his casket for Of course. I am contrJ by adding my words to the the thing to do and I've done it. Als0, Make no mistake about that. So ha's gone, an era has ended it's over. We shed a tear and say fantastic performer. Yes. friends. I too,' King. Elvis Presley. Under The Dome [00rrors N00rre-T00, week ,, 00m.i.ce. columnist of county papers, Tom Milleg has been an active reporter concerning state government for nearly 20 years. He currently is a reporter for the Huntinton Herald-Dispatch. His column, dealing with state government, is carried in several weekly newspapers around West Virginia.] .The West Virginia Legislature must be cautious in its consideration of a possible increase in the state gasoline tax in 1978 or other road user taxes. Rleven states haven't raised the tax on gasoline in the last 11 years and right now 28 states have a lower tax on gasoline per gallon than we do while another four match our present rate of 8.5 cents per gallon. Already in 1977, according to figures supplied by the Commerce (]]earing House, five states have raised the tax on gasoline. Delware went from nine cents per gallon to 11 cents; Montana edged its tax up from 7.75 centper gallon to an even eight cents; North Dakota hi. its tax from seven to eight cents per gallon; South'arolina went from eight cents to nine cents; and Washington raised its tax from nine cents to 11 cents. Last year Connecticut, Idaho and Kansas raised gasoline taxes and Hawafi and South Dakota continued higher gasoline taxes that had been scheduled to be reduced to earlier levels. Six states and the District of Columbia raised gasoline taxes in 1975. Although there is no indication yet it is really serious, the Legislature's tax study interim subcommittee is looking at the alternative of a percentage tax on the price of gasoline. According to David Haines, Executive Director of the West Virginia Oil Jobbers and Distributors Association. a public vote on this concept is coming up in Washington in November. And although there has been no real indication yet, the subcommittee also must realize a gasoline tax increase would have to be a substantial boost to fully overcome the highway budget deficit. In a report early in 1976, former highway commissioner William S. Ritchie Jr. suggested alternative schemes to produce $109 million more annually in road revenues. And if the sole source were to be the gasoline tax, according to Ritchie's figures, it would have required a boost from 8.5 cents per gallon to 19.5 cents per gallon. Perhaps to startle the lawmakers, Ritchie went on to suggest if increases in the annual fee for license plates was to be the source of new road funding, then the average fee would have to be boosted from $31 to $129. Finally he also proposed the possibility of increasing the present five per cent tax on car and truck purchases to a whopping 21 per cent. More realistically, Ritchie proposed a boost from 8.5 cents per gallon to 12.5 cents on the gasoline tax, a hike from $31 to $45 in the average license plate cost and a jump from five per cent to 7,25 per cent in the privilege tax on auto purchases-all coupled with some kind of substantial increase in a non-road user tax category. Exampms Ritchie cited were a 16 per cent hike in business taxes, or a jump from three per cent to 4.1 per cent in the sales tax or a 34 per cent boost in personal income taxes. Now the Legislature and Guy. Jay Rockefeller may not agree that the highway budget deficit is in by Tom such dire straits as to require But they already have voiced while general tax revenues in West soared in the last decade from to some $700 million currently, revenues have been far more period, the road user taxes have about $70 million to $135 million. "We have to' be realistic," President W.T. Brotherton Jr. week. "If you're going to do roads and the interstate system, more money in the highway funds now is to raise taxes." Del. Donald Kopp{D-Harrison) the House of Delegates, has virtually "If we're going to do the secondary road system that the done, there's a very good increase}," Speaker Kopp said. Just as the severe winter of 1977' receipts and helped opponents tax cut in the consumer sales tax on year, the revenue loss in state precipitated by the wildcat coal only to increase the need for 1978. Coal officials and state alike agree the state loses about dollars each day the miners are idle Or week. Those missing funds could well cushion the legislature might use off for another year a road tax healthy infusion of general tax Bluegrass Festival not as billed? To The Editor: Question: When is a Bluegrass Festival not a Bluegrass Festival? On the night of Sept. 2, after reading large posters offering some of the moat well-known names in "mountain" music, we drove out to Aunt Minnie's Farm. lightened our load by $50. settled down on our blanket and began checking over the program. Is it possible that the best for fast money has tempted these "Promise them anything?" In the name of Bill Monroe. folkS, Bluegrass. When is a Bluegrass Festival not a Bluegrass Festival? Answer: When it is a ripoff. Now, we know that Grandpa Jones and ella Belle Reed are banjo frailers which has little tddo with Bluegrass. We know that Earl Scruggs is usually not heard over the raspy, straining voice of his son these days: but I remember being among 50 people in a tent when I was a little girl, watching the grownups just shake their heads as the young Earl Scruggs worked his lightning fast magic on a banjo with a style so much his own that it is still called "Scruggs style banjo"--so you still go, hoping to hear just a little. We knew the reputation of Vassar Clements and, although he too is not generally thought of as "Bluegrass". we were interested in seeing him. As it turned out. it was still irrelevant what they played because neither Earl Scruggs, ella Belle Reed. nor Vassar Clements was even there. What we got instead were blues and modern day ballads, electrtv bass players that completely wiped out the sounds of the Bluegrass mandolin and banjo when they were there, rock music from the 50's featuring an acoustic and two electric guitars, a sound system run by such obvious amateurs that I wouldn't trust them near my TV. announcers with all the stage presence of a newborn calf. and a time schedule that was non-existent. The final break came Sunday morning when, after waiting four hours to hear the Gospel singing scheduled for 10 a.m., we got Leadhelly blues. Opfnfoas expressed In letters to the editor are writers signed, and are not necessarily the or pubifaher e this newspaper. Publihed Every Thursday By GILMERCOUNTY PUBLISHING, INC. At 10 E. Muin St. Gisnvllle, WV 28381 Phone4e2-73 oond.Clmm poetage imid m Glenville and m additional mailing offloee Subecription  46JI0 tax Inducled in Giimer reeident re.00 Um indudeL Out of stute eubecriptlorm uulmption for lem ttmn 8 . 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