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2 The Glenville Democrat/ Pathfinder November 3, 1977  !!i :;: i: ii!i ::i :: :ii : ::i:::i::!:: ::i::i:i ::i::::i!:i :ii!i:!ii :!!:!!!#i ¸:: i:: i ¸ :: :ill i !: ": :i!i!:!>:iii:! :::i:: :::i::!i!i:: !i:::::::ii:::i:il i::3 i!! ;ii : ::i ::i:i::::i: !: ii::i:i:i:i:: :: i::::i::i: ::::::!! :: i:::!! ::: : :' Editorials & Comments Time for citizens to give views In the wake of the official resignation of Glenville Mayor Robert ]. Wyatt, we would pause only to offer a few words of advice to our City Council and the citizens of Glenville. Under the Laws and Ordinances of the City of Glenville, the council is obligated to chose a successor for Mayor Wyatt. While the Council probably realizes the responsibility all too well, we would point out that the matter before them deserves careful consideration. We would add the words "long consideration" to that, but, for better or worse, the Council does not have a great deal of time in which to act. Now is the time for the citizens of this town to make their voices heard. The will of the maiority has ruled in the election of our city officials. The maiority elected Mayor Wyatt, and the people certainly should be as united as possible behind his successor. We, urge the citizens of Glenville to contact their Councilmen. Tell them how you feel, make recommendations, and suggest who should be our new Mayor. There has never been a better time for the people to speak. We urge them to do it, and we ask the Council to listen. , . , ............ ., ,, ............... ,....:,, • "  '. :. "  ':-*.  :::::::::!: ." .:".:i:w:. Drawing to the Fditor... ill \\;\ / \\; Column One by With the arrival of November. I am always reminded of elections. It seems that I think of the subject whether it is or isn't the year for elections in West Virginia. As you all know. this is not really an election year in the Mountain State. There will, of course be some local races but there aren't any Presidential, Gubernatorial, Legislative or other contests of that type. Still. even in an off-year such as this, November's arrival means that in less than two months, candidates for such offices as the West Virginia Legislature will be able to file their certificates of candidacy with the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office. Also, next year will be a year for the election of members of the Executive Committee in both the Democrat and Republican parties. I think, if everything is taken into consideration and put in its proper perspective, the races for Executive Committee are probably the most underrated elections we hold. In large cities in other states, the tendency is to put much more emphasis on Executive Committee races than we do here. Quite often, one will turn on the radio or television and hear about a Committee race in New York or Chicago. One of the reasons, naturally, that we say less about Committee elections is because we are smaller.Also, I suppose, there are the "machines" in the larger cities and the media is always concerned whether the "machine" candidat ,is ,winning or losing. I don't suppose I need to point out, though, that we have some local "machines" too. To get to the basic point, though, the Democrat Executive Committee or the Republican Executive Committee should serve as the very base upon which the party functions in its area. That, actually. is the purpose of the Executive Committee. There are times, and I know it, when certain candidates and politicians ignore local Committees. These kind of things should never happen and the Executive Committee members should take steps to see that the candidate either recognizes them or faces defeat. In actuality, there is no way of getting closer to the pulse of the party than through the Executive Committee. I have seen enough politicians come and go to know that they seldom use the Executive Committee as they should. Often. all they really do is "use" the Committee in a way it is not intended to be. When a candidate who is unfamiliar with an area comes into town he seldom asks to see the members of the Executive Committee. He usually wants to see the "party bosses". Again, thaf is simply not as it should be and we all know it. It's difficult to be critical of Committee members because they have little attention• Usually it is not people lack interest in their activities. It would, however, be very Committees would begin to exert influence and let everyone know what they are doing. This doesn't just mean operating an serve as a headquarters for a party's That sort of thing is fine. but it is really problem I'm talking about. The big pelt into town, ignores the Committee. "bosses". and then expects the Committee fine headquarters for him and have it shape should he "need" it for some The Democrat Executive Republican Executive Committee themselves and show the people that they true grass-roots leadership of their parties. There isn't anything I can think of more than a bit of extra "common people" i our two major parties• A strong, effective Committee can help us get that sort of hope it happens pretty soon--maybe next/ Under The Dome by Tom The effort to assess realistic property taxes on coal deposits in West Virginia is past the halfway point, according to officials in the State Tax Department. Right now. appraisals of the values fixed on coal land ownership are in the hands of county assessors in 25 counties. This means that in the next taxable year the impact of the new appraisals will begin to show itself Back in 1974, a series of newspaper articles on the large tracts of land ownership in West Virginia by out-of-state corporations pointed out that taxes levied on mineral rights in the state were only a fraction of what they should be. The State Tax Department has undertaken for the first time to set appraisals county by county on coal rights and those appraisals are being certified to each county assessor so that more realistic taxes can be assessed. In some counties, where corporations own only the mineral rights and not the surface land. taxes have not been levied at all against coal rights in the past. And the state tax commissiotmr as never attempted to map and appraise the valt of these mineral rights until 1974 when it was determined coal rights would be appraised. Presumably at some future date, oil. gas. timber and other natural resources might also be handled. The first county to be certified for appraisals of coal was Wyoming County and it produced an estimated $750,000 a year in additional property taxes. Harrison County was the second and there the value of coal lands increased from about $4 million to $52 million, producing an annual property tax increase of about $1 mllion. Now according to John Melton. director of the local government division of the State Tax Department. these other counties also have received certified appraisals of coal land values: Barbour. Boone. Braxton. Brooke. Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge. Grant, Greenbrier. Lewis. Logan. Marshall. Mercer. Mineral. Mingo, Nicholas. Ohio. Pocahontas. Raleigh, Summers. Taylor. Tucker and Upshur. The appraisals for Preston County are now ready to go out, according to Melton. Overall only 44 of the state's 55 counties will be appraised for coal values since the remaining 11 have no appreciable coal deposits. In Fayette. the mapping is completed and the tax department is simply waiting for the assessor there to conclude some court battles with some of When the tax department learned backed down on all its appraisals in County. Another example of adjustment Greenbrier County where the sale of and around Lewisburg was used as the fixing values and as Melton explained where the coal is in Greenbrier downward revision of values was in too. It was estimated in 1974 that West might be losing as much as $150 million property taxes because of outdated values, particularly on natural The new coal appraisals, cou county-by-county re-appraisal of all values, now indicated the property tax state may well increase bv that amount new values are placed on the books. As pointed out in 1974. Mingo CmmtV the land owners. And thff assessors in Marion and Monongalia counties hav,a plan of their own to try. more than three million tens of coal the according to Melton. ., veer but levied no property taxes on The malpin stil(rmains to be completed in " A 12,068-acre tract in l)6ddridg Cc Kanawha. ;tifctln, I Puitlam, Wayne and Cabell  "assessed a$1 an acre in value iust as c0unies so it apiears unlikely all the coun " ,qbN, daXrs 6/H]r hnd th"974  appraisals can be certiified by |une 30.1978 when another new tax year will begin. There have been some adjustments even after the appraisals were certified. Calhoun is a prime example of this. It seems that owners had come in years ago and core-drilled to determine that the only decent coal was too deep and too thin for profitable mining. two cents per acre. Even with the most conservative new assessments and resulting prol these instances will be increased at lest and the state's public school system principal benefactor since county about two-thirds of the property tax It is Ion overdue. 4-H Clover Line by Roma • ,.-, . .(.,. , ,- ..... .. . , ,¢,.., .. : ,. • ,...... . ...'. r.': ': L "--'-:'.-. .4 . :". • -- :- , : :. : ..'.,,,,  :-.- . "1' ,., .'.', ,:., .; , • , . • . ,: . ,.. ..-., . . .' , ...'..... : • .. : .'., ." '" " '.'.'/p_. .... 4"  , I. .. ",., ?£'..'" ,:-.' ,, : :, :.::. :-..:., :.. . ,,., . ,, - . _ :.... , .. , . -, ..-. ""'., : '-, --i- ..:' 9 :' ", " :-'.'. • '. : t-'." '-Z".,' ," " --.-.-- A • v • " '-.\\; ' '"\\;':'" ' "" '. 'L 1, . w00c. " by Randall Newlon Glenville If you think that 4-H means just learning to do farm chores, think about this year's theme---"Free- dom To Be".....and let its challenge help you see the ever-growing horizons of 4-H programs in 4-H youth and volunteer leaders in Gilmer County. Whether you live in the city of Glenville or on a farm; whether you are a busy student, employee, employer or a retiree, 4-H can give you the opportunity to learn, grow and share. In 4-H, young people can reach out for the skills they need to develop the potentials within them. At their sides are 4-H leaders who provide guidance and grow with the 4-H'er as they explore together the various subjects they've chosen. 4-H'ers in Gilmer County can study a piece of land and decide whether it's suited for a particular type of agricultural use or homesite construction. Land iudging teams are a part ef our county 4-H programs as are livestock judging or horticulture teams. Interested in becoming part of one of these? Almost every youth owns a bike and nearly all teenagers have access to a car, but often they don't have the safety or maintenance skills which they need to operate their vehicles properly. 4-H'ers have the opportunity to learn both through 4-H projects. Learning the joy of creativity is possible for 4-H'ers. Through photography, for example. 4-H'ers learn not only how to properly compose and take a picture but aIso how to develop, print and mount their shots. This total learning exp 4-H'er from an idea through to product--is the focus of all 4-H This small sampling of project only a few interests of the more people who are part of the Gilmer program. Equally important to 4-H in volunteer leaders who offer their sul personal skills to help the young 4,H'ers goals. * Over 90 adult and iunior leaders in work in 4-H. But as long as 4-H'ers 'challenging questions, there will be Remember "Freedom To Be". .... 4-H in Gilmer County is all about! Opposed to strip mining, urges movie attendance To The Editor: Who benefits when land is strip mined? Who pays the costs? Gilmer Countians are familiar with strip mining. Substantial increases in strip mining are coming in the near future. I ask you to think about whether or not we want to allow our stateto be stripped. Do we want to accept increased flooding, silted creeks, and'strip mines as our costs? The coal companies argue that stripping benefits the community by providing lobs and by taxes paid on the coal. How many jobs does stripping create? Not very many, I'd say. The coal is becoming more and more valuable. If we outlawed strip mining, the coal companies would have to deep mine. Deep mining creates a lot more jobs than stripping does. Deep mining also does less damage to the surface. We can afford to sit on the coal. When people want the coal badly enough they will remove it w'ithout ruining the landscape. It will be worth more in years to come. We need not sacrifice our environment for coal production. I urge all interested people to attend. T00rilled to return to Glenville To the: ¸ Editor, I was thrilled to be able to return to Glenville again this FOlk Festival and the Homecoming.  • lsaw many old friends at the Folk Festival but was ..... I didst get a better look at the Parade Marshal. I went to There will be a movie shown about strip mining and its effect on West , her mother. I've even looked in the paper for a picture. , Virginia. The film, "In Memory of the Land and People", will be shown on " " Another disappointment I has was not being able to have Wednesday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theater, lodated on the main :' itma:.thetplleg e with old friends but I didn't even go up ot floor of the Administration Building at Glenville State College. ,, ,v.:ta Homecoming. ':" People from Save Our Mountains, an organization of 'West Virginians | ' It's good to see old friends again el@aye, and read opposed to strip mining, will be on hand to discuss what we can do about strip   ,: ,, pal, t I an|oy the leffer too. mining. What happens to West Virginia is up to the citizens of the state. We  ..... ' need not bow to the will of the coal companies. '' : :: :" , ",, :' , .