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opinion -- Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003 --- The Gienville DemocratfPathrmder-- Page 5 military led by a President who can't I/ even bother himself to attend one service honoring those dead. '" " Every article about and interview selves, are flooded out--- Darren is earlier warning system for Gle.nv-,,. with our president inevitably quotes the Charleston Civic Center. actually trying to solve the problem, and other downstream crees relative to the line, ".this is the we learnedCongratulations, Phil, in making a Y O U B ri lesson good showing not only for your.elf. Upon being qt~tioned by the Gzlm..er n g from September 1 !.' After George Nethercutt. a Re- but also for Giimer County, among if $17.00O can be raised to purchase a County Commission and the Glenvtlle I_ago, I received a for- and sad-making, but, unfortunately, publican congressman from Wash- the state'Soneinfluentialriver gaugeDemcratS!needed crucial placealongtbeLittle KanawhaStream gauge, the water flow in a $1,200City Council,in cashhe esdmatesthator pledges haver'ugh!YalreaaY River can be measured and the infor- been raised to-dam. When you I'~ar troma friend of mine completely irrelevant since ever)- ington state, spent four days in Iraq. Mr. Darren Fell the facilitator of marion used to alert people down- Darren make the presentation and o te ibjectge'-writtenline.eXactly,,Picture,slike ~aerial fin theman hourSeemSlatert mybe alive.friend sent he returned to say, "The story of the Gilmer Watershed Coalition, is stream of the potential dangers wtth ~TV. " an e-mail bearing the subject, "Good what we've done in Iraq is remark- knocking on the doors of all public greater accuracy thanever before, the facts, they arc pretty compelhng, m able. It is a betterand more important agencies in the county requestmg itLnljsaWthepunctua- come back. I have no reply." story than losing a couple of soldiers money. Tbe group's primary target is plac- the argument for installing anomer -~uongmmted with And he didn't, every day." , ing some control over the 50,000- Fork.Stream gauge along the river at Sand rof the war in lraq, and The-media blitz surrounding the Is this the sort of lesson we ve You d think that he wouldn't be too release of the book about Pfc. Jessica learned from Sept. 11 ? Maybe. Fol- popular among local agency heads, aCrewhichSandemptiesFOrkintotheCreekLittleWatershedKanawha The Giimer Watershed Calitin dl~v" contained about four Lynch 1 Am a Soldier, Too. written fflT.oops in Iraq: a sol- bv Pulitzer Prize-winning author lowing the attack on our country by buL oddly, they're listening to his at Sand Fork. The resulting high wa- hasdnecomeitS homeworkto some difficuitquite thoroughdecismns y' al Qaeda terrorists in 2001, we ig- ideas anyway, simply because mey ters have caused much damage down- and is forging al ad in a prudent dlrec . fatten- a small Iraqi Rick Bragg must have been dizzy- nored the goodwill of the entire make sense. . - , stream because no gauge exists at His and the Watershed coahuon s Sand Fork to be an early warning don. As a result, the public bodies ol five" to a soldier in ing for her. world, determined to invade a nation goal is to prevent, orat leastto_mtt!- system. The proposed gauge would GilmerCounty would be well advised an American soldier To me, though, it only underscored that had nothing to do with the attack it child in his arms after the fact that this war we're fighting on our country. In short order, that gate, the disastrous effects of flood- ing in Gilmer County. Hence, while hook into the existing National tObadlyhelPnee.dedShoulderriverthegauge.eXpense of this attle had cleared away. in Iraq was built on lies, has been good will disappeared and was re- most people just complain about the Weather Service's checking points, 'Chow:' The End ~ea- l was infuriated to maintained on false reports of placed by fear and distrust,flooding-- particularly ifthey, them- therebyallowingamoreaccurateand this e-mail progress and will continue without Perhaps President Bush, by ignor- wrote backs~my anyone's bringingtotheforefront ing the loss of "a couple of soldiers '--Reade l: bets reply all" so that ev- the bottom line: American men and every day," is hoping the reality of ~~3 thee-mail would women are getting killed in theline their deaths will disappear, as well. on ACLU mere ".followingof duty. But they will be dead long after he - t hes viole e If the current administration truly has left the office of the presidency r w s nc two more things youbelieved that the invasion andoccu- in a moral, domestic and fiscal of American soldiers in coffins, be- has banned all arrivals of the dead f President Bush at- ,rial ser- kdlled in lraq-be- to a single one are some nice pho- the?, 're pathetic pation of Iraq is so just and so cor- rect, they must also believe that the soldiers dying there every single day are worth more than a growing body count. However, to show the dead coming home from the war in Iraq would make the reality of the mauer too obvious. And the reality is, people are waking up and smelling the oil; and most people are realizing that each soldier dying in Iraq right now is shambles. They will be dead forever; Dear Editor, to deny this with a media ban on the in my letter~f November6, I spoke arrival of their coffins back in the about suing lawyers. That probably United States is an attempt to blot out wouldn't work very well. It would their honor, their valor, and the short mean lawyers suing lawyers. Sos~me lives they were blessed to live before people have decided to shoot them the war. instead. The next time George Bush says, A word of warning to all lawyers, "Bring 'era on," I hope he's refer- there won't always be a tree to hide ring to the coffins containing the behind. If they're going to do that, bodies of young men and young women cut down before their lives they should start with the ACLU which is where most of the trouble dying in vain under orders of the could begin. starts. I have to confess: if I knew a Christian, I would be tempted to shoot him myself. They say we must forgive them. But according to God's word, you have to be repentent and ask for forgiveness before you can be forgiven. They have never, any of them, repented that I ever heard of. Which brings me to another thought. Trey are working as hard as they can to get rid of the Ten Command- ments in all public places. So, I want to say to all Christians, especially parents, there is one place where they can be displayed and that is in our homes. You may have to type them up yourself, or you can make them as decorative and ornate as you wish. Just remember they are God's word given directly to us by God Himself, telling us how to live a life pleasing to Him. We are being challenged. We don't have to give them the victor'/. Be one of the first in the battle. Our children are worth fighting for. R./.- Pr/tt Glen ville ,._ member of the ACLU and I wasn't a i Annual Crafts Show Administration's lies are treason Dear Editor, done. ...... lessons of Watcrgate ,was "follow the ShowThe will20thbeAnnualheid onArtSFriday,and Dec.CraftS5 Here we are nine months after the This admimswauon LIED money;" well, it doesnt take a genius to from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and start of this overseas adventure and reasons for g.omg to,. war _ figure out who getS the money. Page 4...) Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10:00 a.m. the deaths are growing daily; Ameri- aboute tmgm.impto mcans The _i who werc so upset abut to Glenville as state until3:00p.m.atthcNicholasCounty cans are starting to wonder what we forresoiving esttua on. W.n ar_e Clintons lie about sex are strangely a caravan parade was ...... High School located in Summersville. have gotten into. The situation is a tbeweaponsotmassoestrucuonttr y quiet about the lies that really .matter. md 60 vehicles that Tbere will be lO0 booths, and ad- quagmire regardless of any thing the scared uswith'tNotto0erouna, we The liesoftheBushAdministrattonar, e mission will by donation. Hourly door Bush administration says. They are have a pres!dent, who iis them i to truly treason. Treason is unpatriotic, l on forever."Itlooked prizes will be given, with a grand trying to hide the body bags (now bring it on, whi!e he Is saiem .me not speaking your mind; that's some- Field of Dreams-the priz of$100(drawingat2:00p.m.on called transfer tubes) and also the Wl'dte rtouse aria our troops, are m thing covered in the Constitution, a with cars endlessley Satruday - must be present to win). wounded from public eyes, because harm's way. Thi's. is, support!ng me document this administration has little they know that makes them look bad. troops?" I don t mtnK so, arm many sympathy for or knowledge of. stated. Booth (P, Jr., 6-0, Bear, DE) and Remember thisistheguy who said Americans agree. to thank: Prin- ennett, Asst. Principle of the GCHS teach- Athletic Boost- agner, Ath- GihnerCo. City Police, Sue ff Education, and residents Z003 team. Titans also broke the ung the state chum- s first attempt. Catholic, trt, and Wiiliamstown- the state tourna- to lose on their first at- also recorded the fourda Cord for the year in all AA State Champions (who defeated Gilmer ibis season), Class AAA Woodrow Wilson, AAA Parkersburg High schools in the state to record. No Class A accomplish this feat this Titans also broke their school record of 27 the 45 total this season. season since Coach .slatted coaching at Gilmer the school imately shattered it this a hard record to beat; the one," commented r -iors-Andrea Starcber, Crystal Metz, Am- Hannah Chambers volleyball careers at 115 wins. This same Went undefeated in their careers. Samantha Piectrazak (M, Jr., 5-11, Bear DE) were the two stars who made the team. Chambers wins 'Small School Athlete of the Week' The Gilmer County High School volleyball standout had a match-high 12 kills as the Titans won the Class A Region 2 championship by downing Williamstown. Chambers, a first-team all-state selection a year ago, has led Git== ,o a 4S-7 ii GOOD SHEPHERD CATHOLIC CHURCH Community Thanksgiving Church Service will be held Nov. 23 Good Shepherd Catholic Church, located at 701 Mineral Road in Gienville, will serve as the location foe the Gilmer County Community Thanksgiving Service, to be held Sun., Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. The Gilmer County Ministerial Association will be hosting the event, one of three ecumenical events held each year in Gilmer County. The Ministerial Association is com- prised of church leaders from five Buddy Griffin he had to hug the grieving family. . p,t ,, u"os-='a"ze" Hos too busy going from fundra._iser to fundraiser to even attend a funeral, Glenville State College's music pro- something every other president has fessor and a renowned Grand Ole Opry performer, Buddy Griffin, suf- fered an apparent heart attack enroute to Glenville after performing in Nash- ville. According to friends, he was stricken while driving through the Huntington and Charleston area_ local churches, including Teresa Wayman, of St. Mark's Episcopal; Michael Ford, of Trinity United Meth- odist; Robert N. Nicholas, of Glenville First Baptist; Dave Krum, of Glenville Presbyterian; and Edwin ach, of Good Shepherd. The offering collected during this service will go to the Community Resources, Inc.. food pantry. Refreshments will be served following the service. GSC's presidential search cont'd ... step forward for GSCs computer sci- ence program. He envisions that this relationship will expand in the future, in that a combined masters program may also be offered here on this cam- pus. Another strength of the college is its music department. At the same time, music students can get their degrees only in music education. "We need to have a B.A, degree in Music because some students want to just perform, not teach," he points out. GSC's Land Resources Department is another area that can be improved. "Our goal is to have a four-year de- gree program in Natural Resource Management," he says, mentioning that the faculty has to sit down with the industry and decide how to achieve this goal. He laments, "We have a sawmill that would make for a great historical museum. Lfter learning on it and getting a job at Weyerhauser, they have to learn how to use compuV ers and everything else in modern equipment." In general, having a strong liberal arts curriculum is the key to the college's future growth, he argues in conclusion. c..wu n ti.p Only about 20 people attended each one of the three Presidential Search Committee meetings in order to bear and meet the candidates. Those present were asked to fill out and sign an evaluation form. Mrs. Ronna Dittman, a committee spokesperson and the college's ad- vancement director, is working with the Search Committee on this projcct. No date for a final decision was announced at these meetings. Continued from page 6 than at Institute will be de- 'g- "They've got computer simu- the students from," he explains. "Our will greatly benefit and within two months, the Should start on it." criminal justice curriculum, sports management and therapy, are among the areas that will be beefed up future. to the college's traditional program, he laments. "If to be a teacher in West Vir- and g& a college degree, you to work at Shoney's first until a :ns up in the school system. We our education curriculum to get around this obstacle." -" partnership with Carnegie Mel- ty of Pittsburgh is a good All we have to do is to look at who benefitS from this conflict: the big money corporations who have backed the Bush administration. One of the Paul Hartman Glenville More 'Letters to the Editor' are needed for this page next week. Our deadline has been moved up to this Friday at 4:30 p.m. Please have Happy Holiday and Deer Hunting seasons -- a lot to write about. , Baby Closet The local Americorps at CRI in Glenville are making new- born baby packages to cheer up tbe m this county. So. they are now ac- cepting infant gifts. For details, call either Sandra Harding or Sandra at 462-g698. Straight Talk from Glenville State College Presidential Search The GSC presidential search candidates completed their visits to campus this week. After a review of comments received from faculty, staff, students and community members, the Search Commit1~.e will make recommendatiorm to the Board of Gore ~ors regarding candidate interviews with the Board. An invitation will be extended to those candidates advanced by the Search Comm ee, from the committee d'mir. R. Terry ~, for Board interviews to be held Wednesday. December 3, 2003. The Board will convene at 8:30 a.m in the Verona Mapel Room of the Heflin Student Union. Following the interviews, the GSC Board of Governors will select the College's next president. The Higher Education PolL-'y Commission at their meeting on Friday, December. 5, 2003, will give their approved, finalizing the searc~ process. Spring Pre-Registration Is Going On Now GSC is curren0y pre.registedng students for the spring semester. Steden currently enrolled at the College should meet with tlm/r, advisors and enroll in Itmtr cl,, ms for the spring, ffyou, or anyone that you know, are interested in enrolling for classes in the spring and are not currently a GSC student, please contact the Office of Admiasions at (304) 462-4128 for information about beginning your college career. Fall Athletic Season Comes to a Close GSC's fa l athletics just completed another exciting season. As we prepare for the winter sports season, we would like to recognize the outstanding efforts and successes of our fall teams. GSC's fall athletics include goff, volleyball, c oss country and football. Thanksgiving Break GSC students and faculty wig be taking a bre from their fall classes next week to celebrate the Thank ving Boore ave mpus, a Premium night dinner will be held on /nursoay, November 20 in the Heflin Student Union Dining Room. The entire Glenville community is to join College faculty, staff and ~ anSd~JerU~oa~t the hnlidav season. The menu w,t mc~uo~ u-~t turkev"-" zed ham. poached salmon, and various veg bles" , salads and desserts. For more inform ation about the dinner, please contact GSC Dining Services at (304) 462.4108. The Pioneer football team finished the season second in the conference. Several team members finished the season with national rankings, including Antonio Carter, Joey Conrad and Robed Hinton. Conrad was also named the National Offensive Player of the Week by d2footbail.com for the final game of the.season against Fairmont State C,,otM . This year's v il team competed in the WVIAC toumamerd last week in Summersville. The team finished the season in ninth place with two team members, Sarah Boo and Samantha Piectrazak, receiving Honorable Mention AII:WVIAC honors for their efforts. Congressman Mollohan VlsRs Glenville Congressman ALan Moil~ban, a steadfast suppoder of GSC. was in Glenville on Monday. During his visit, the Congressman met with Dr. Freeman to discuss the College's progress on its giant p-- and various other issues relating to the College. Before leaving the area, Mollohan was honored at a fundreising event at the Glenville inn. Many of the Congressman's ~. including various members of the commu- nity and the College, were on hand to show their support and spend time with the Congressman. During a speech to the crowd, Moll~ban spent time discussing the importam of GSC and its role to the community. The evening was a wonderful sucoe for both the Congressman and the Gtenv'dle community. who had the opportunity to thank the Congressman for his suppod of the community and the College. The men's gotf team finished the season 66-13. They won their first tournament of the season, which was hosted by the College. GSC's Tim Fisher was an individual medalist at two tournaments this fall including the Central Regional Tournament and another one at Clarion University in Pennsylvania. The cross country teams competed in several meets throughout the season and are building up for another great season next year. The men's team finished 11th in the conference, while the women's team finished ninth. Each of the fall athletic programs are prou :l .of their accomplishments and are already ing foe next year.