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December 5, 1975     The Glenville Democrat
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December 5, 1975

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= i~i~, 2 The GlenvWe Democrat/Pathfinder D~mmb~ $, lr/$ I The following news release from Washington is very clear. The answer to our question is not: $14 Million in ]ob-lmpact Aid Boosts Bicentennial Pro cts Washington, D.C.-Ninety-eight community Bicentennial projects will benefit from nearly $14 million in federal job-impact grant money, according to John W. Warner. Administrator of the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration {ARBA). {None are in West Virginia. Our addition.} The 98 projects were selected by the department of Commerce from a list of 466 Bicentennial activities submitted by the ARBA. The ARBA worked with State Bicentennial officials to compile the pro|ects it suggested for consideration. Mr. Warner made the announcement after the Secretary of Commerce, Rogers C.B. Morton, authorized the transfer of the money to the ARBA on October 28, together with a listing of the projects to be aided. The money must be obligated by December 31, since it is intended to have immediate impact on current unemployment. Fifty-four of the 98 projects are Bicentennial projects sponsored by Native Americans. Again, NONE ARE IN WEST VIRGINIA! Why-why? - - ~mm~lm~MlqllgHfl~H li II We certainly agree with Delegate Burke that our checks and balances system of government appears to be often unwieldy and frustrating except when it comes to voting pay increases for public employees (including legislators). R then moves with a directness and with a sense of purpose beyond belief. We also believe that, in spite of its imperfections, it is still the best system of government yet developed for large governmental units. We concur, too, with Burke's statement that the executive branch should not be the alpha and the omega of democratic government. But unless we develop a strong legislature that conducts its business openly and on a continuing high level of study and interaction with the voting public that is precisely what we will have; in fact, if not in structure. We have become increasingly concerned, moreover, that many public officials, elected and appointed, view their position as automatically conferring on them some sort of a fiefdom and, even worse, an omniscience not otherwise a atuabb bY mere mortal voters and taxpayers. It is this attitude, whether fl be the legislative leadership, the governor or the judiciary that is alarming. To call honest, concerned questioning of the expenditure of public funds "arm-chair quarterbacking" is at best pooh-poohing the publics' inherent right to be informed and to hold their representatives accountable. We welcome any information Delegate Burke or any official has on the issues and the ultimate costs to the taxpayers of such expenditures. We merely call attention to the fact that information concerning the body political is one thing, political advertising is another. We f'md no fault with Burke's long hours of hard work and serf-proclaimed expertness on state fiscal matters. We have long known of his efforts and have taken pen in hand to applaud them. We look forward to a sustained application of these endeavors for the public weal. Unfortunately the actions of the legislature cannot be absolved, nor the consequences of those actions resolved, by Talmudic recitation, a history lesson on the Constitution or an exhortation on the burdens imposed by the legislative process. They simply are not the answers to the most serious problem facing the American public" today - escalating governmental expenditures, especially for programs and projects of dubious value. If Burke chooses to align himself with a "leadership" endorsing such programs, fine. True statesmanship, however, often finds itself running against the tide of cronyism, "good-ole-tmys" and party hacks. Robert D. Arnold " lmmlmaaum You can't use that! This is the ever increasing order from the state and Washington bureaucrats. Or, if it is an expensive and questionable gadget on a car, the refrain demands that one must buy it withthe car. As our government has set-up these dictators, no one can buck their orders. What happened to that part of the Constitution that promised freedom of choice? To get specific: Many tried and true pesticides have disappeared from the market. In their place, the home gardener is confronted with strange organic chemicals, many with a warning that if used they will kill bees. So what and how are many plants to be pollinated? Then there was cyclamates. Massive doses, I repeat very massive doses, were fed to rats and some developed cancer. Never in a lifetime could a person eat or drink enough substances containing cyclamates to equal a small fraction of the dosages given the rats. Why complain? Many diabetics could enjoy foods sweetened with cyclamates that saccharin will not sweeten. Most recently, the scare-mongers are going after our meats and bacon in particular. A U.S. Dept. of Agriculture report dated Nov. 18, 1975, reads, in part: "It has also been reported that nitrite {a chemical used in curing bacon and some meats} can combine with secondary amines in food to form substances called nitrosamines, which have been shown to be carcinogenic in laboratory animals when administered in high dosages." So how much of these horror substances are in bacon? No one admits how little. Besides, at today's prices, who could afford to eat enough bacon to constitute a "high dosage" of the cancer producer? Dear Editor: I was very much interested in your editorial last week concerning the West Virginia Legislature. I well realize that it is very easy to arm chair quarterback the legislature. I am sure I would do a much better job representing my constituency, if there were not 133 other people to persuade. Thousands of pages of research and countess hours of labor went into the last special session. I would welcome the opportunity as always to discuss both sides of any issue with you or any other person I represent. When the special session ended, 72 bills died in the House Finance Committee, less than 10 had passed. Teachers pay was not the top priority, highways and bridges received several million dollars more. Priorities were in this order of expenditure Roads. Education and Health. As Chairman of the Finance Committee, I furnish facts, figures and advice. It is comparable to one raising a family, you give guidance and pray for the best - sometimes the legislature takes this guidance, sometimes not, just as does a child. During the ten years I have served in state government. I have probably spent more long days and nights studying our tax base and the budgitary process than any member of the legislature. I am a member of the leadership and must assume any critism directed toward it, although I have debated for hours one single point in our Rules Committee and lost. However I believe in the system which our founding fathers devised over 200 years ago. It became the destiny of the legislative branch to be the element of government which is often criticized and very rarely praised, but even more often it is misunderstood. This experience of putting down the lawmakers of the world is not unique to West Virginia. Those who would establish laws to govern societies have long been berated and assailed throughout the whole of recorded history. The towering figure of Moses was not towering at all. when he was in communication with God during the Israelites march through the wilderness even as he was inspired to bring to man the Ten Commandments and the Mosaic Law the disgruntled children of Israel became so discontented that they were prepared not only to renounce the leader, but their God as well, only the sheer force of Moses' leadership with the help of God brought them back to their senses. We were given the Constitution - which is a magnificent document, but the law-givers had hardly let the ink become dry and the previsions made known when they realized that their monumental work was an imperfect and an incomplete one. As a result, they had to return almost immediately to their labors and draft not one, but ten, major ammendments to the Constitution which today are incorporated in our Bill of Rights. It is a long way in time. distance and importance from Moses. the drafl~g of the Bill of Rights and the constant battling which goes on under the dome in Charleston, West Virginia - but the similarities are still very real. The system is unwieldy, it is frustrating, often inefficient and always time consuming, but It Does Work. Even with all of our problems, would you want to entrust the functions of your state and its government to just one person and his handful of department heads, who would have the power to impose taxes, levy fees and charges and enact and enforce the laws without being subject to review by any other branch of government. I certainly would not. Serving in the legislature can be a frustrating, disappointing experience at times. It also can be uplifting, enlightening and filled with the quiet sense of achievement, and the satisfaction that one has accepted and carried out the pbulic mandate as well as one could under the circumstances of any given year. In summary, I agree with you in part. there are many things wrong with the legislature, some are incurably wrong. But his is the way it ha~ always been for we represent mankind which is of itself, imperfecL Bttt we are necessary, we have a mission one which I have tried earnestly to fulfill to the best of my ability, endeavoring to fuse together the needs of our people with keeping inside the confines of what we can afford. I hope that aver the next few weeks you will assist me in providing some interesting information to our people through your paper. Sincerely yours, Billy B. Burke, Delegate Editor: Several weeks ago Mr. William Bartlett had an article published in the Glenvflla Democrat pertaining to a polluted water well belonging to Mr. Richard Danley. I checked the story out and finding it to be true, I wrote to Governor Moore. This is the reply from him. I also had several signatures on the letter of other people who knew about the well. You may use the letter in your paper if you wish, however I would rather my name not to be mentioned. Sincerely, (Name withheld) Dear Madam: I appreciate very much the time you have taken to advise me of Mr. Virgil Danley's present difficulty as well as the history leading up to his current situation. I want you to know that I am extremely interested in mobilizing the resources of State government in any way possible to assure Mr. Danley that his problem is solved. In this regard, I have requested Dr. N. H. Dyer of the State Department of Health, to investigate the matter and determine what assistance his Department may be able to provide. Inasmuch as the problem appears to arise as a result of the action of private parties, it is my thought our Legal Services Program may be in a position to provide Mr. Danley with legal assistance. This matter is being pursued. I am certain that the Director of that Program will make every effort to provide Mr. Danley with any assistance he may require. I sincerely hope that this action will permit Mr. Danley's problem to be resolved and you can be assured that I will do everything within my power as Governor to provide him with the help that he needs. Sincerely yours, Arch A. Moore. Jr. Governor Gilmer C__ ty Athletic Boostere Club meettnp, Mkmday of each month, 7:30 p.m. at tim Sc..]bo Moaday-1"nursday - Nutritkm ProIram at men at Citizens Center, reservations a day in advance, miIimm fee. Thursday, December 4 - Gle=ville Rotery (2ub Ladies Night, 5:30 p. m., Conrad .Restaurant. Thursday, December 4 - Workslmp, ~30 a. m. - 5.'00 p. m. e8 use of GSC Educational Resources Information Cuter. Friday, December 5 - Old Fashioned Dinner, Gilmer County Senior Citizens Center, 5:30 - 8 p. m. Saturday, December 6 - Farm Bureau membership covered dish dinner, 6 p. m., RecreatJoo Center. Monday, December 8 - The Women's Club of Gienviile meet S at 7:30 p. m., Presbyterian Ghurch, with State preetdent as speaker. Tuesday, December 9 - ~ Cithens Board Meeting at 7 p. m. Barlmra Williams After talking with the Senior Citizens and Mr. class at the high school recently. I've been payi~ advertisements than usual. To beth groups and more. to try to sell affection rather than frightening. ("If you use X brand of detergent, more and your kids will brag to all their Can't you just see a soap opera based on TV (Husband ambles into kitchen, where wife is of fake bacon, artificial eggs. diet bread, salt stuff, and reconstituted orange juice.) Him: Morning dear. (Kisses her.) Uh...Are we out Her: Yes, but I just tried one of these breath and refreshed. Him: That's a candy mint--BELIEVE me! What's coffee? I want a whole cup. Her: Remember how coffee's been keeping you Him: It's supposed to do that when I'm at work, fake eggs in? There's enough grease hare to for the season. Her: Gee. I was trying to economize on shortening little overboard, huh? You have ring around the Him: Why can't you find a detergent that will get rings? And those underarm shadows, too? Her: Well, if you'd only use Scram instead Of that been getting, you wouldn't have those funny s subject, haven't you noticed the nice smell your cloflJ to Fuzzy fabric softener? Him: Oh. is THAT what that smell is coming from! using baby lotion, last week in the middle of did you have telling that snoopy Mrs. Adams at constipation problem? Her husband has just been me. Wait'll you hear the nickname .... Her: Harold, I've had enough! I'm leaving you! Him: What! But why, Edith? I've been a good neglected you. Her: That's certainly true. rm sure that all twel~ attest to that. It's just that I've found someone with meaningful relationship. Him: You mean there's another man? Zorks! hour.} Her: Yes, Harold. The other day when I was taking o~l! bag gave out, and this nice man in white Tune in next week to find out whether Edith whether she only has a chronic headache caused bY~ which can be relieved FAST...FAST...FAST...WIth thousands of tiny time pills to relieve her frustratiO~ function adequately as a loving wife and mother e West VirRinia Agriculture Com- missioner Gus R. Douglass announced today that examinatibns required by the Pesticides Use and Application Act will be given on December 9th and 16th for Licensed Applicators. On those dates examinations few the Termite and Pest Control Industry~ Ornamental and Turf, Rights-of-Way and Agricul- tural Pest Control Categories will be offered. The examinations will be given at the South Charleston Women's Club Hall, 214 "D" Street, South Charleston, West Virginia at 9:30 a. m. Act are pesticide branch business the lam:b must t~ and 1976, or services 1976." thOg~ Examinations for these categories will also be given on December 15. from 10:00 a. m. until 5:00 p. m. and December 16, from 8:00 a. m. to 12:00 noon at the Inwood Inspection Station, Inwood, West Virginia. Licensed Applicators as defined by the Pesticide Use and Application tions at should West ture, CharlestO~ 348-2212. A truely thoughtful gift which continues the year is a SUBSCRIPTION for a relative 0r hometown newspaper- THEI F~fl~isC~ ~s ~ ~ r~ filled-out coupon betow m all we need w tl~oghtful gift from horns is sent for $ ImiliIIl ( ] IN COUNTY [$5.15/yr] [ ] [ ] OUT-OF-STA [ ] GLENVILLEPATHFINDER [] . [lnew [] Endosed is mY t NAME ADDRESS CITY STAK T SUBSCRIPTION ON SIGN GIFT CARD ? By GILMER COUNTY puBUf~m'" At 101 E. MainSL Gk. J . WV j3 1 seco c m plm 15 County, otis, W~t Virgin~ tax. Out of stme suil~o~ptlom sutmoriptiom for i 6 mor h BAYARD YOUNG ................ JOAN LAYNE