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2 The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder ~p~ember ID. lifts ! ff The federal government's policy of discouraging small, commercial crop producers in favor of large, corporate farm business is slowly but surely easing the little guy out of a living. The latest development relates to proposed federal guidelines for determining what constitutes a "farm." If they're approved by Congress, many remaining small farmers may be forced to try their hand at something else. The USDA and the Bureau of Census are quietly planning to raise the amount of produce you must sell in order to qualify as a bona fide farmer-a figure which is currently $50 for units of 10 acres of more or $250 for spreads of less than 10 acres-to around $1.000. As a result, nearly a quarter million low-income growers may be eliminated from federal rolls and thus from farm assistance programs. Small farmers have been called the "backbone" of this nation. They work long and hard hours for their meager income. It would be a sad day for rural America if Congress chooses to approve a plan which would make it near impossible for a large portion of this sector to remain on the land. Before U,S, Sen. Robert C. Byrd left on his China trip, he promised he wouldn't be "brainwashed" by his reception there. His remarks prior to leaving seemed a bit too defensive and wary for a man of such high standing in national politics. Upon his return, however, it was evident that the senator from West Virginia was very impressed with what he saw. He said: "The U.S. need have no fear of Red China as a threat to our own country." He also said that the long-run best interests of this country "lie in the direction of careful, rational and progressive trade developments between the two countries in the years ahead." Byrd tted that his views upon returning to the U.S. represented a change in his attitude of some years ago toward China. He said he is convinced that China's military posture "is that of defense for its own boundaries rather than a posture of expansionism and aggression." The senator is to be congratultaed for his open mind and frank change of opinion. Obviously he must have been impressed during his China visit. It's a shame that this insight was not shared by U.S. political leaders a decade ago when hysteria over the "Domino theory" of spreading Communism led this nation into a terrible and costly conflict in Southeast Asia. OPEN LETrER: Today, just a short note to let you know about two of the valuable ideas and resources that have grown out of the recent article in the DemocraL In response to our plea to fight obesity in Gilmer County, Connie Bondy called us up to offer her services. Connie is a newcomer to Glanville. She is a dietitian trained at Iowa State University and in Oregon and has just returned to the United States after spending two years as a dietitian in a New Zealand hospital. We firmly believe that maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy diet is one of the most important ways we can all keep from getting sick. Connie has very enthusiastically agreed to counsel anyone on maintaining a wholesome diet. Weight reduction diets, special diets for hypertension, diabetic diets, or any other special diet or diet issues can be discussed. Please call up and express your interests. After an initial sign-up period we will arrange a regular time for Connie to conduct her own "free clinic" at the medical center. A second idea has come from my wife, Lynn. Lynn has volunteered to conduct an elementary yoga and calisthenics class. Place and time would have to be arranged, but all interested call the clinic and let us know. We shall also place a box in the clinic for suggestions and complaints so that we can better help serve your needs. Tom Heller Tom Gross Published gverl Prldsl By GILMER COUNTY PUBLISHING. INC. At 100 E. Main St. Glenville, WV 26381 Phone 4e2-7309 Second-Class potage paid at Glenvtlle 8ndat 8dditionai mailing officem Subscription price 06.00 plus 16 cents 8aim tax in Gilmer County, other Wmt Virginia residents t6.60 plus 17 cents tax, Out of state subeoripticrm $6.00. Can not 8cq)t subocription8 for km than 6 months. JIM JACOBS ................................... EDITOR JOAN LAYNE ................. CIRCULATION MANAGER by lim lacobs It's too soon to tell whether consumer food prices will increase solely because of U.S. grain sales to the Soviet Union. Agriculture Department econo- mists say the grain purchased thus far will add about 1.5 percent to consumer food prices. But recent estimates of the record U.S. corn and wheat harvest indicate there is ample grain for American consumption and foreign sales, and that food price hikes will be minimal. Such predictions, however, are risky. A freak early frost could place unexpected pressre on U.S, grain supplies. Already. despite USDA assurances, some speculation in the commodity market since July has occurred, causing some price increases (corn $2.70 to $3 a bushel. wheat $3.08 to $4.18 a busbel). If corn is costly in relation to livestock prices, farmers will cut back feeding operations, meaning less grain-fed beef, pork, milk and poultry for consumers. + So far, USDA spokesmen have minimized the price increases instigated largely by grain specula- tors since the new grain deals were announced. Others are not so sure and, on the contrary, reason that food prices are destined to rise. How high, they say, is anybody's guess. Several critics of the nation's agriculture policy claim that, as in the case of oil, President Ford's strategy has been to back big grain companies and corporate farms and help them raise prices. electrical programs and FHA loans. He supported food price increases because "they're a minor percentage of take-home pay." He told food workers to fight high food prices by not asking for wage increases. He told boycotting housewives to blame congressional spending, not food producers, for high prices. Butz's long-term strategy is to concentrate agriculture in the hands of a few large corporate interests which he hopes can more effectively administer the nation's food policy than can the government. The Russian wheat sale advances this cause by placing power-both political and financial-in the hands of a few large grain companies, giving them in effect the authority to set agriculture policy. Of course. Butz's agriculture plan is important to Ford's chances for re-election. Ford needs the votes of the Midwest states to win in 1976, and he can do this in two ways: if by some fluke of good fortune the high grain prices actually trickle down into the farmers' pocket instead of being snitched entirely by the grain companies, then presumably these farmers will reward the President ith a resounding vote of confidence. But if, as in the past, the farmers' lot gets worse instead of better, it does not matter. The farmers' attention will diverted from the real issues at hand-their small compensation in comparison with the grain traders' bonaza-and focused on labor. By foolishly going to the White House ,two weeks ago and refusing to ship grain to the Soviet Union, ....... ........ , .... Presidem George Meany Earl agg c ure 9,c tsr , a nbled into an ambush. All Ford is a key professor from Purdue and consultant [{as do f rmers lose out m to for Ralston-Purina was one of the blar e the debacle on the union. originators of the "'agribusiness" plan, formed in the late 1950's to save agriculture. That plan stated that modern agriculture is inseparable from the business firms which manufacture production supplies and which market farm products. As Butz saw it, the only way to lick the nagging problems of overproduction and keep farming in the private sector was to transfer control of agriculture from govern- ment and the small farm to the vertical corporations. By the early 1970's, the Butz blueprint had become the farm policy of the Nixon administration. Since then, Butz has put down small farms, impounding funds scheduled for rural Butz is looking good so far. If his luck holds out both he and Ford will look mighty good in 1976. Butz's plan is two fold: to keep his agribusiness theory afloat and to help re-elect the president. He is well on the way to achieving both. He has diverted farmers' attention by his bogus battle with Meany. Secondly, by reducing subsidies and forcing out small and marginal farmers, and by using the power of government to encourage processing and other food servicing companies, he works constantly toward implementing his agriculture strategy. The plans are set, but life is not so simple. As any farmer can tell Butz, you can't always rely on the weather. r + To the Editor: If something every happened, God forbid, that we would need to get someone to University Hospital, Morgantown in a life~ and death situation (a situation that has happened all too frequently in recent times.) fifty four wheel vehicles given by the governor, wouldn't save anyone when it is a matter of time. We need a- nether alternative emergency vehicle to meet the emergency needs in our county and in the surrounding counties in ~,entrql West Virginia. It takes an hour and a half easily to get to Morgantown, two and a half hours to Charleston. It's unfortunae, that we can't have an upgrading of the beautiful little hospital in Weston, but since we can't Or won't then the answer seems to me to be a helicopter. We know from war times the advantages of time and speed to save lives that this service provided. Granted it would be expensive, but not so much when you consider the great amount of people who could in the event of a serious emergency take advantage of it. Such a mode of travel would save lives and for this service no expense is too much. I would suggest that the governor lmrchase and provide helicopter emergency service through the auspices and control of the West Virginia State Police For too long, West Virginia's rural areas have been given only the bare minimum to keep them placated and happy. We need quick t~ansportation for our loved ones and neighbors all over the central part of the state. A helicopter service would be a great advanatage in a back up program with the new ambulance service. I urge the ambulance board to push for this much needed service to our community and stale. Rev. J. E. Slater Gienville 7 Barbara Williams -, IS] If you ever pass by products in the of non-biodegradable packaging-good for you! a good deal of reluctance, there is hope. What would you say to the possibility of utensils, and packaging materials, that biodegradable but non-petroleum based? Wrong-o! Would you believe cornstarch? It seems that some USDA researchers in Illin~i up with a plastic that is, indeed, degradable, petroleum raw material, and best of all, is As if all that weren't enough, this kind of burned doesn not throw off toxic compounds. stuff could even be used to produce plastic vegetables. That seems like it could have some far-out instance, you were to get tired of your old kitcl~ could always eat it. That might pose some for the insurance folks, too! Thrilling to the magnificent folderol of night brought to mind my own none-too-athletic and mask. way back during my wild and As a confirmed physical inept. I was forced. of educational administrative red tape. to enroll course designed to develop both my faulty unconventional coordination. My erstwhile instructor for this particular the name of Pearce. xwhich always struck me humorous, since the class was fencing-not the and barbed wire {my favorite:), but the kind famous cousin Guy Williams, who. as all donfirm, was THE Zorro, complete with sword, dramatic cape. Wow. "Aha" - I heard you exclaim, knowingly, illusions of sweeping and hacking her way into that institution of higher learning!" Wrong. In physical education classes were full. I must the thought of debonairly leaping around in a wkits my trusty blade by my side {rather than "'in"} Unfortunately. the only leapihg I did was in rear of the practice line. It was there that I met whome I shared what I liked to think was a sensible both our continued well-being. Besides our interests, Jewel and I were the only two in clasS have possibly hurt anyone, and were, candidates for dueling opponents {Which took a planning, since Mrs. P. wanted us to attack or later'}. I will not bore you with the details of ourl escapades during that semester, but suffice it to were often painful, in one way or another. Is that, you ask, the way in which I earned nomenclature 'Slash' Williams? Wrong again. of glory notwithstanding, I was unable to tendency to wince each time I lunged at the disgust of my instructor. The world will never and form it missy, through this one slight was crushed. When I told him the sad truth, there, his cape fluttering gently in the breeze. {what else?) "Foiled again!" 6ilmer County Cz|endor Monday-Thursday - Nutrttkm Program at no~, Center, reservatkms a day in advance, Giimer County Athletic Boosters Club of each month, 7:30 p.m. at the High School Wednesday, September 17 - "'All O'Neill comedy presented at GSC audttorJa~ nattonad touring compuy. Friday, September 19 - Gi]mer County p.m.. at clulAmuse. Friday, September 19 - Gtlmer Cotmty DoddridEe, i:lS p.m. at school field. Friday, September 19 - DAV meeting, City ~j~L Saturday. September 20+- AZ chapter of initation, 11 a.m., GSC Piommr Center. Tuesday, September 23 - Meeting of Gilmer CommisEkm, to discuss pomdble Sand project, 7 p.m. at GSC Forestry Bldg. Wednesday, September 24 - W.Va. State at City Hall, 7:30 P.M. Wednesday, September 24 - Glenville busineu meeting, 7 p.m. program, 8 p.m, BuUdlag. Thursday, September 25 - Blood pr. re GUmer County Health Dept. Thursday, September 25 - Smdor Citizens" dish dinner, City Hall, S p.m. Dr. Rein Burke "Avoidtn8 cmsmmmer ripoffs" September 26 - Giimer County Historical p.m. at Conrad Rutaurut. el tim Cure mB II. 311, lex 42.4 Snndnlle, In ;26147