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The Glenville Democrat
Glenville, West Virginia
October 10, 1975     The Glenville Democrat
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October 10, 1975

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2 Th~ Gkmvllle Democrat/Pathfinder Octol~ 'W t~ I III I I I I II .~ This is national Newspaper Week. In light of this, we offw the I, lbwtns as food for thought: A free press is indispensable to a free society. We will only get rid of society's worst problems by being deeply and continually aware of them. It is important that the audience read with beth eyes and an open mind, and be willing to accept the bad news, the disagreeable, in good faith and not blame the media for reporting the same. In times like these, the role of the newspaper becomes even more important to the democratic process. In a free society, the people rule. They must never forget that responsibility. In order to rule, they must be informed. Most publishers and editors agree there never has been greater need for strengthening public understanding of the press. Nor is this simply to protect the interests of the press, for the public interest is plainly involved. Indeed, it is paramount. For, ff the public does not value a free press, then all our institutions are in peril. If a crisis develops, if the system falters, each of us shares in the blame. If the democratic system fails, it will not be a crisis that kills it. It will be the ignorance and apathy of the people. As Thomas Paine said, "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it." II II IV eMIle),/L ilmmbl Jr. ims y Gmmd The warranty,a frequently used but often misunderstood term, has been given a new look, a new definition, and a new meaning. Generally speaking, a warranty is a promise by the manufacturer or seller of a product that the item sold is d a certain quality and will perform a certain hmctlon for a de ndte or asonable period of use or length of time. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty-Federal Trade Commission Improvement Act, which went into effect last July 4th, is designed to protect consumers from misleading or confusing warranties. Although the law does not make warranties mandatory for consumer products, if a manufacturer does provide a warranty, certain provisions must be met. These include, but are not limited to the following: -Warranties on products costing $5 or more must include the period of time within which the manufacturer of seller will perform certain obligations; names and addresses of those who stand behind the warranty; exactly what and who is covered by the warranty; and the steps the consumer must take to have the warranty honored. -If the product costs more than $10, the manufacturer must clearly disclose what kind of warranty is offered -"full" or "limited". -The full warranty must meet standards being set by the Federal Trade Commission covering repair, refund or replacement or any defective product at no charge and within a reasonable amount of time. -If the full warranty is provided and the defective product or part cannot be repaired after a reasonable number of attempts, the manufacturer will be required to give the consumer a refund or a new product or part. -A limited warranty is essentially self-explana- tory, re