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in Iome "arm- [" you S are MA. ~s in )hie, :oun- e aid :r the Ivan nties , and )port ly to been }loy- }ver- men Vest :d to sent SO 3een )fes- .eers Lem - ural Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004--- Page 3A The presidential debates, GSC's Homecoming and other happenings the Ad Building• Also, the third floor of the Herin Union has the GSC Aramark Food The Service's Snack Bar and Dining Room, Mr. Steve Shattuck, the service's manager, regrets Corcoran that the Food Service can't be as active during this year's Homecoming as it normally is, but CO/Urn1"1 it doesn t have a permanent site for banquets at By David H. Corc0ran this time.) Pu~isher-Edaor Who's being honored at the Alumni Awards Brunch? Many old and deserving friends of Glen- debate, Democrat John Edwards seemed to be ville State! alive, enthusiastic and ready to assume the For example, from GilmerCounty, English high post. Republican incumbent Dick Cheney, Professor Emeritus Espy Miller, a long-time however, wants to keep the country's second- GSC English teacher, is being given the Corn- in-command job, although he maintains that munity Service Award for his six decades of he has no future presidential ambitions. Well, helping GSC and the community, especially if he has no presidential ambitions, he shouldn't as the latter's long-time Ambulance Authority be the vice-president now, because that's the chair. Also, he's an active World War II vet- reason for being a v-p, to take charge if the eran and 50-year Glenville Rotarian. president dies or becomes disabled (God for- Secondly, the late Claude R. Kemper, a bid). I failed to" learn much from the vice- 1933 GSC graduate from Newberne, will be president's remarks, in that he-- in his ultra honored with the College's Posthumous The two presidential debates and one vice- presidential debate have been instructive, if not entertaining, to-date. Hopefully, most Gilmer Countians, West Virginians and Americans have been watch- ing them, so that everyone will be an informed voter in this fastly-approaching General Elec- tion on Tues., Nov. 2. Both presidential candidates, Republican incumbent George W. Bush and Democratic challenger John F. Kerry, have sparred over many of the critical issues of the day, as did vice-presidential hopefuls, G.O.P. incumbent Dick Cheney and Democrat John Edwards. In general, the two Democrats have proven themselves better debaters than their oppo- nents, according to the public opinion polls. Although much emphasis among the TV pun- dits has been placed on how the "undecided" voters will cast their ballots on Election Day, if a person doesn't know who he or she will vote for by now, this shows a real disinterest in politics which may lead to their forgetting to vote anyway, dry style -- merely discounted Mr. Edwards' Award. His family will accept the honor in his "hey The debates have clearly outlined that a contentions as being untrue rather than ex- memory. Noted for being a great supporter of f all vote for the Bush-Cheney team will be en- plaining why they were false or not factual, the College, the Folk Festival, and the Stone- ,ud~,"~ ~ ~orsing four more years of the same, while a The debate formats do not allow for any aWallmasterJaCks°nbirdJUbilee'wood-carver.the late Mr.Don,tKempermiss Washis , " v maticV°te fOrchanges.Kerry-Edwards will bring some dra- ing"knock-d°Wnas controlledpuncheS"as they fromare. Maybeeither that'sside' be-the colorfu! and beautiful bird collection exhibit - To-date, Democrats Kerry and Edwards problem with these debates, and why they in GSCs Kidd Library! have proven to the general public that their seem so dry and stereotyped, in that the Re- Other honorees that day will be Judith potential administration would have a deft- publicansadvancetheG.O.P, s traditional line; Eikin Shoemaker Johnson (Class of 1971), nite plan to dea[with both the nagging domes- the Democrats, their typical themes; and there's of Irmo, SC, as Alumna of the Year; Larry ticdifficuhiesathomeandthehotwarsabroad, little incisive rebuttal. In effect, either candi- G. Gainer (1966), of St. Mary's, Alumni D qqcn :ted nior Ane lese aE1TI and the eof ese Ipi- ays ~ir- qO- tly. ro- 'ri.. :k- 3m )0- ant :he als :ti- )e- They have outlined their plans, point-by-point, and their angwel'~ are plausible. On the other hand, both President Bush and V-P Cbeney have relied on their experience in office, to answer most questions, implying that they had the facts and used them to make their decisions. Moreover, how can you trust the two Democrats who are characterized as being "flip-floppers" on the issues over their U. S. Senate careers? Democratic presidential candidate Kerry, however, has negated much of the flip-flop liability by ably calling Mr. Bush's hand on his decision to invade Iraq. Although all the can- didates, and Americans for that matter, will be steadfast and united in supporting our troops over there, Mr. Kerry has successfully argued that invading Ira(] --- which did not have a date can avoid answering a specific question by referring to a previous one to clarify a point or two. The John Kerry-John Edwards team has edged up in the polls, owing to these first three debates, according to the polls. They've out- shone their opponents in the basics of debate -- being forceful, factual and forward-look- ing. Nevertheless, will all of this change, if ei- ther John Kerry or George Bush delivers a "knock-down punch" to his opponent? With the last debate taking place on this Wednesday evening, we'll not be surprised at the outcome by the time this column is read on Thursday. GSC's Awardees Leaving politics alone for a while, Glenville State College's 2004 Homecoming, which is Achievement Awardee; and Denver E. Drake (1976), of Gassaway, Outstanding Educator Awardee. Additionally, you 25- year members of the Class of 1979 will also be honored. To make brunch reservations at $10.00 each, call Debbie Nagy, coordinator of Alumni Af- fairs, at 304-462-4122 or 1-866-239-0285 (toll free). Also, see the related information in Section B of this week's newspaper edition. Business After 5 For you visiting alumni, the first thing that you'll notice is the newly energized commer- cial life in Gilmer County -- this year we have more restaurants, stores and businesses. So, we're getting to be like a big city. In fact, on Thurs. evening, Sept. 30 at the Best Western on SR 5 just east of Glenville, terrorism profile linked to 9-11 and had no now in progress, willcelebratethelivesoffive the community had its fwst "Business After 5" Weapons of Mass Destruction -- was a"cam- of its most distinguished people, both alumni social gathering for local business people, strophic mistake." Most sadly, we are paying and faculty, sponsored by the Best Western. Steve for Mr. Bush's bad decision with over 1,000 These special individuals will be honored Robinette, the hotel's new manager, related to lives of our servicemen and women, for their outstanding service to the college, us that other communities have successful By contrast, Mr. Kerry advances a plan to win the war and, more importantly, the peace. On the domestic front, Kerry has also called Mr. Bush to task on his mad-cat spending, while, simultaneously, giving all Americans a tax-cut. It's brave of the Democrat to chat- lenge the validity of giving a tax-cut during these-hard-pressed economic times, but, as "Business After 5" programs each month. Since Giimer County doesn't have a Cham- ber of Commerce, this social provides an appropriate "ice breaker" for our community's business people to meet one another in the Best Wes~rnls spacious Conference Room. "It's appropriate for the Best Western to take the lead in this initiative," Steve states, adding, "The area's business people, who haven't seen this fine hotel yet, will have the opportunity to do so...." In the end, the idea received rave reviews community and society at the Homecoming's Annual Alumni Awards Brunch starting at l 1:30 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 16 ai the Gilmer County Recreation Center. Yes, the traditional brunch will not be in the Heflin Student Union as usmfl, because oftbe $8 million renovation which is in the offing. (For alumni and the general public, the GSC the Massachusetts Senator argues, it's war- Bookstore is now in Louis Bennett Hall's wing time --- a period when Americans tradition- closest to Firestone Hall and right behind the ally sacrifice in order to better the position of Administration Building. Look for the book- our troops abroad, store sign to the right, as you're walking up the In looking back at the vice-presidential steps to the small quadrangle from the back of Continued on page 5A In :i I I Musings of an old-timer -- Poem from 1936- 'Falling Leaves' By Frances Myers Schmetzer, The following appeared sixty-eight years Glenville columnist ago. Falling Leaves, by Frances Myers Rustle, rustle, there they go Falling. Falling, now fast, now very slow. Falling, quickly falling. While researching last week's column, I found a reminder in the November 12, 1936, issue of The Glenville Democrat that Aunt Ivy (Myers) encouraged my efforts at writing verse. I don't remember her ever suggesting that I write anything, but getting them pub- lished in the newspaper was powerful motiva- tion. (I still like seeing my words in print, which keeps me writing this column, even when I have nothing to say!). • • :, 3 , • Floating, floating, with the breeze. Falling Close to the ground, seuling with ease. Falling, gently falling. Downward, downward, when will they stop Falling? Ceaselessly downward. And still they drop. Falling, ever falling. Crackle, crackle. Now they've stopped Falling. Now all the leaves have surely dropped. Falling, no more falling. Certainly, I know the above is elementary, but it tells me how little I have changed over the years. Even in my.youth I loved the evolving seasons. ,• :Cili:( il i!!il;i!i i ili iiiii!i!;C: • Dear Editor, Recently President Bush said that we have "a normal obligation to provide senior citi- zens with health care." Frankly, I agree. What Mr. Bush did not say is what moral obligation do we have to the 3.8 million Ameri- cans whohave become uninsured on his watch. Do we not have the same moral obligation to these Americans as we do to senior citizens? for Medicaid. With the money freed-up from this effort, states would be responsible for expanding the CHIP program to insure more children and their parents. For those of us fortunate to have health insurance, John Kerry would lower premiums by reducing the sea of paperwork that clogs our health care system. John Kerry would concentrate on wellness programs and dis- Apparently not. ease management programs that help people Here's what John Kerry would do as Presi-" withchronic diseasestay healthy. Importantly, dent to decrease the number of uninsured he would have the federal government be- Americans: First, he would cover all children, come a partner in catastrophic health care The federal government would be responsible claims. No proposal by either Presidential for paying tbe entire cost for children eligible candidate will help small businesses mot. than this bold initiative. Finally, John Kerry would end the wasteful policy of prohibiting Medicare from negotiat- ing with drug manufacturers for lower prices. Seniors deserve the lowest possible cost for prescription drugs, and Jehn Kerry will achieve that. When it comes to expanding health insur- ance, and when it comes to establishing moral government policies, John Kerry is right for West Virginia and right for America. Perry Byrant Charleston I I • Continued on page 5A Attention Readers: Our 'Letters to the Editor' Policy We are in need of more letters to the editor. Feel free to send them in to us. number where your identity can be verifie, but you may still be required to sign Ju~cealmember our policy on the letters, the letter via snail mail. Deadlines for letters are Mondays at 10 a.m. for that - rso ~ newspapers have long been the sounding boards for political, week's paper. After 10 a~m., they can be accepted for that week as pa/d ix: n~., and 1~..'otic views and this paper is no exception! advertisements. However, it would appear for free in a future edition. wi~le*attve to.wnnng responses, please keep in mind our Editorial Policy: we Also, for writers who comistently send in Letters week after week, these nta.-ept tenets on a space available basis only and they will he subject to messages are constantly evaluated as to content and to purpose, so they may the Editor's ~mtiny as to content relative to libel, goal taste and timeliness, he considered as an advertisement, especially if they are weekly, lengthy, and A good length is generally one to one-and-a=half s~d.typing pages, repeats of previous letters. Nevertheless, you will be contacted if the latter is double-spaced. The decision of the Senior Editor will be nnm. Letters must the case and will be charged only our regular advertising rate. be signed in order to be published - e-mailed letters must include a phone For more information, contact either Dave Corcoran, St., Charlene or Rebecca at 304-462-7309. ~ Last Issue Before Election: News, Letters, & Ads ~ The long-standing policy of this newspaper has always been that if, in the issue before an election, one candidate or citizen makes allegations about another candidate or issue, that the other party be given the right of rebuttal. Readers of this newspaper know that we editors have had this policy in effect for the past eight years in order to make certain that the journalistic and ethical principles of fairness and equality be assured on these pages relative to both the news and advertising side. hc he :ld n- ch li- Welcome Glenville State College alumni to Homecoming, 20041 With Homecoming Week now in progress, we editors and the people of Gilmer County warmly extend our welcome to you Glenville State College alumni who may be returning to this community for the first time to participate in the traditional Homecoming festivities. In addition, we trust that our devoted, regular alumni who return, year-after-year, will find this year's activities to be as socially gratifying, fun-filled and memorable as in years past. You GSC alumni are fortunate to have a College that publicizes these Home- coming Week events so well, thereby allowing you to prepare to be here and, then, be able to make more specific travel plans to visit your alma mater. This editor is a graduate of two out-of-state colleges, but neither one has done much over the years to encourage me to even think about attending a Homecoming. After seeing all of the fun you GSC grads have, I feel left out by my colleges, in that rve probably missed something over the years. You are, therefore, fortunate to have a very active and foresighted Alumni Association which has the full support of President Robert Freeman and GSCs talented Public Relations Department. In addition to the front page article, a complete listing of the events can be found on page 1 of the second section of this newspaper. We wish you well and much happiness not only this week but also throughout the whole year. Go, GSC, beat West Virginia State! DHC, Sr., Pubfisher-Editor Joe Manchin's 'The Man' for W. Va.! Fairmont native, Democrat Joe Manchin, is the fight person at the right time to be West Virginia's next governor. Although the Mountain State faces most of the challenges that have plagued it for the past two decades, mainly the lingering depressed economy, Mr. Manchin has a comprehensive and viable plan for improving the state on many fronts, principally on the economic one. Moreover, the affable Democrat has done a better job in uniting his party s pluralistic and combative factions than almost any of his predecessors within memory. For example, at last Saturday evening's Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner in Charleston, he recognized and praised former State Senator Lloyd Jackson and Charlotte Pritt, two of his primary opponents in the past. So, standing with a united party behind him, Mr. Manchin has the best chance in years to get his governmental reform and economic revitalization programs acted upon favorably by the state's often-recalcitrant Legislature. In the main, Mr. Manchin, our current Secretary of State, has the necessary experience in the legislative and executive branches of state government to do a creditable job in governing this diverse state in its top job as governor. Inde~L he has well-thought-out plans to grow businesses, both large and small ones within the state, to create good jobs. In turn, these jobs will provide workers with the wherewithal to increase their purchasing power in the state's commercial districts.' Also, he wants everyone to have healthcare insurance, especially the working people --- many of whom don't have it. Additionally, he wants to insure that senior citizens get in- home services, if they need them in order to remain in their own homes, rather than being institutionalized. Finally, he intends to improve the services that the state offers our brave war veterans and to help out the National Guard which is "the best in the nation," according to a recent nationwide survey. To-date, Mr. Monty Warner, Manchin's Republican opponent, has shown no indication that he has either the vision or ability to lead our Ship of State through these troublesome times and waters. In fact, all ~ not most -- of his news releases have been so biased that we editors hate to publish them. At the same time, the people have the right to know about him -- our state's G.O.P. standard-bearer. In the main, and in the words of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Manchin, West Virginia needs to be taken to "a new plateau in the next four years." As a result, Mr. Joe Manchin has merited this newspaper's endorsement in this 2004 General'Election cam- paign, because of the two major candidates, he'll be more likely to succeed in bringing our state to that new plateau than his very partisan and loud-mouthed opponent. DHC, Sr. new Ed of the i :;~!~}¢::;} i . .(the Signs of our time) THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES -- One of the tough issues touched upon in the current Presidential Campaign Debates is creating jobs in America. And, this topic, which hasnl been exhaustively described by either candidate, is being addressed by Glenville State College Art Professor Emeritus, George Harper, in this week's cartoon, "Edge of the Economy." From what's been debated to-date, President George W. Bush seems satisfied with the jobs that have been created this past year. To the contrary, his Democratic opponent, John Kerry, has voiced criticism of the 1.6 million jobs lost dunng the past three-and-a-half years on Mr. Bush's watch --- the greatest jol~s loss since the Great Depression and President Herbert Hoover. Factoring in the jobs lost during the Bush presidency to-date and gained back in the last few months, the nation is still approximately 900,000 jobs short of where we were in 2000 -- the last year of the Bill Clinton administration. On another jobs issue, U. S. Senator Kerry points out that many high-paying American jobs are now being "out-sourced" to Third World countries where slave labor-level wages are paid their poor workers. Hence, Americans lose good jobs and foreigners gain lesser paying ones -- all on Mr. Bush's watch. Mr. Kerry, therefore, wants to reward companies that keep their jobs in America and penalize those that export them overseas. Finally, as Professor Harper points out, the new jobs that are being created in America are the lower-paying ones, with large service firms or organizations. What would be best for West Virginia and America would be to get a president and national administration that will devote more time to solving the domestic issues, principally the astablishment of methods to provide decent-paying jobs to our graduating young people and out-of-work older ones. DHC, Sr., Publiaher-Editor VISA & Mastercard l I