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2 The Gienviile Democrat-Pathfinder I 1 Dear Editor: On December 25, we will celebrate the Birth of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who when he was grown was crucified for our transgressions. Well here in Gilmer County we are having our own crucifixion of our Sheriff, Victor R. KirkpatricZ I do not mean to compare our sheriff with our Lord, but I would like to ask - in the eight years Mr. Kirkpatrick has been our sheriff, how many times has he refused to help and serve? How much interest has he made us on our tax dollars in those eight years? Yet when there are indica- tions of embezzlement in his office we storm the office like gang busters and treat him and all his employees like common criminals. Has anyone of us stood up and said: Vick, we believe you could not steal from us and appreciate the good job you have done and then sit back and wait for the person or persons guilty of the wrong doing to he caught and brought to justice? No, we believe the worst, and try him in the newspapers and on television. The common practice of this newspaper and television appears to be to allege wrong doings, yet they fail to follow up with profes- sional reporting of the facts of the story as they become known. The sarcastic comments in last week's issue of the Glenville Democrat were uncalled for. This paper should make every effort to work with community and government organizations. Comments such as those made last week only foster ill feelings and do nothing to help improve our county. Editorial comments should be kept on the editor's page rather than in a news item. To openly criticize one arm of government is a very biased ap- proach, especially when information from other branches of govern- ment is never reported, such as from the County Commission and City Council. The people of Gilmer County need to be apprised of the business conducted by the County Commission, as they are the keeper of our county tax dollars. Don't you think it is time for the people of Gilmer County to be given the facts on major issues rather than curt biased statements. I challenge this newspaper to begin reporting on the issues and to attempt to the best of its ability to work toward improving the image of this county. Vic, I for one, thank you for the service that you have provided to the people of Gilmer County. To the Editor, Iona L. Burke The staff and students of the Gilmer County Training Center would like to thank the County Extension Homemakers for allowing us to have a table at the Holiday House. We would also like to thank U-Pak grocery for donating a turkey for us to sell chances on. The turkey was won by Jim Robinson of Sand Fork. We appreciate everyone who helped make our day a success. Sincerely, Staff and Students Gilmer County Training Center Open Letter Before, wool cards were made of bent wires held in place by a leather facing, the dried heads of a type of thistle called teasel was used for the combing process. The French word for this teasel looked like card to the English, so the process "to card" took on the French name of the plant. I have also seen teasel used to raise the nap on woven blankets, a process called teasinff r teaseling, that is to make the surface soft and fuzzy. Anyway, carding is a step to spinning and we have a set of cards in the Country Store. Not that there would be any lengthly, legal litigation, but in fair- ness, I feel that I should acknowledge that the source of most of the historical and technical information of this column was provided by my wife, Mary Helen. Thursday, For those of you who enjoyed my column of last week in which I poked fun at my luck as a deer hunter, you can be assured that my luck continued throughout the remainder of the season. This isn't anything new of course simply a repeat of so many seasons in the past that I have forgotten how long it has been since I had the honor seat to "pleasure" for a great many years, and society itself into an almost irreversible position. It is high and society in general face the facts. School teachers are not miracle workers. A farmer can seeds in barren soil. and his harvest will be sadly lacking. is true of our educators - unless the mind in which implant new and exciting things has been prepared receive that learning, very little growth will ensue. I guess what I am saying is that we all have a versing the trend education has taken in recent years. never forget that it is the individual that makes up created a block for education through accepting a values. We have failed miserably in our continuation of progress, and unless there is a attitudes, no amount of work by our school system alleviate the problem. The sooner the public accepts learning is fun that the acquisition of knowledge and ment of the mind's potential is among the most mankind's experiences, the sooner we can, as a nation, trends that are fast changing our cherished position as the world" into that of being second rate. This is the first in a series of weekly columns in which of checking in a buck. Prior to this year, I have blamed it on luck, address educational problems. I hope I can remain but now I have become convinced that the problem is something approach, and cover all aspects as they affect Gilmer about myself. One of my hunting parmers remarked that one of my ments from readers are encouraged - even solicited. Let's | problems might be smoking my pipe in the field. Since my wife a forum to discuss, and perhaps resolve some if not all oft claims that the thing "stinks," I thought that there might be some- lems. thing in that, so went through a day's hunt without lighting up from the time I left the truck until I returned to it. Since that didn't do any good, on the last day, I thought about simply leaving the pipe at home, but decided that not evecoLhe county's largest trophy was worth that sacrifice, so in my wis feeh discounted any theory that my fine old briar could be the culprit As the season drew to an en in egan hearing theories about the dry summer just past having thing to do with the scarcity of The Gienville Democrat - March 31, 1910 bucks. The theory being circulated is that racks were not only smaller this year, but bucks actually lost their antlers much earlier this year, meaning that many of those does out there were actually antlerless bucks. In my desperation, I seized on this explanation, since it provides a perfect excuse for my lack of success. After all, when one carefully examines 25 plus deer during a day's hunting and tallies all of them as does, it would seem that there is indeed a great gender imbalance among our white tail population. If this is indeed true, one wonders how many of the "anrierless" deer that will be checked in during next week's 3-day doe season will prove to be bucks in disguise that have survived the two-week buck season. During the past several months I have been following the devel- opments in the various aspects of our educational problems - local as well as state and nation. Of course, we all know (or should know) that this dilemma is nothing new. In fact, several years ago a study conducted under the auspices of the national "Board of Edu- cation" was entitled, in its completed form, "A Nation at Risk." This study outlined the many problems with our system of education, stressing among other things, that our system had fallen behind our rate of progress and that adjustments had to be made if we were to To the people of Gilmer County: The child displaying unruly behavior is a child crying out "Help keep ourselves in pace with technological progress, and in competi- me, Help me!" tion with the rest of the world. He or she may be ill-fed, hungry, physically or emotionally There is no doubt that modem technology has placed a new de- abused at home or school. The child may be abused by parents; mand upon our educational system, and the background must he younger, or older brothers and/or sisters, parental boy friends or girl laid in public school for our youth to advance into their adult re- friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, or anyone in the household in which sponsibilities, whether in colleges or in technical schools. At the purchaser executing his note, bearing interest from date, he is living, same time, while educators . !/e universal in recognizing this fact, security. It is quite possible that someone living in the household is envi- they seem to have mixed, as to how to achieve. After expeti- N.E. Rymer ous or jealous of the child, regardless of the age of those concerned, menting with dozens of different systems, many educators have Executor of the estate of James R. Riddle, deceased. The child may be abused by teachers; verbally or physically. You endorsed the "back to basics" trend. Teach them the three "Rs" - cannot whip the hun out of the child. His or her behavior continues reading, writing and arithmetic and they will be able to grasp any- Town to worsen and leads to failure. He or she grows to adulthood and thing in life indeed be able to learn the new specifics necessary to becomes another of our modem and :nlightened society's losers! make them productive in our new "push-button" society. The other Miserable and a burden to all of us. school of thought has been to introduce the "new" into public I am personally acquainted with a Senior Citizen who was ver- school as soon as possible, and make them familiar with computers bally, mentally, and physically abused when they were a child and the like at the same time they are learning the basics. growing up in West Virginia. I have spent a great deal of time reading and studying "expert" The family, much of the time, lived in poverty also. The results ideas concerning these two fields of thought. As librarian, I have of these unfortunate instances and circumstances in this persons life taken a great deal of interest in the course of education, and have have been devastating, to say the least, been very disappointed at some of the trends I have noted. For "Fathers provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in example, as one watches the young patrons select books, whether the nuture and admonition of the Lord. "Ephesians 6:4. Colossians for pleasure reading or in response to an assi.gnment, one readily 3:21." Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, least they be notices that our youth make their selections m a pre-determined discouraged." manner. "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them. "Matthew 7:12. Love shall cover a multitude of sins. Notice of Sale I will offer for sale at public auction, to the highest late residence of James R. Riddle, deceased, on Gilmer County, West Virginia, on Friday, April 1, ing at 10:00 a.m.; all of the personal property belonging to J. R. Riddle at the time of his death, consisting of the 1 bay horse, fifteen years old. 1 bay mare, seven years old. 1 yearling colt. 9 young cows. 4 two-year old heifers 1 two-year old steer 4 yearling steers. 3 yearling heifers. 1/2 interest in Herford bull, registered. 7 head of ewes and lambs. 1/2 interest in mowing machine, hay rake, and tedder. 1 new Bimsell wagon. 1 Peabody buggy. 1 set double harness 1 set double buggy harness. 1 saddle. Lot of lumber. Ox yokes. LOg cart and chains. Farming utensils and household and kitchen furniture. Terms of Sale - All sums of $5.00 and under cash in of sale; all sums over $5.00 a credit of six months will be Submitted by, Anna Laura Thompson Rt. 1 BOX 136 Stouts Mills, WV 26349 I have remarked that a person with the proper skills could enter the Country Store Museima with a fleece of wool and come out with woven cloth. The wool may be washed or it can be spun without washing, called "spinning in the grease." Either way, the wool was usually picked by hand and then carded on hand cards. In the nineteenth century, carding mills often had wool picking machines. This included a cylinder about six inches in diameter with crude spikes about two inches long, turning against similar stationary spikes. Whether by fingers or machine, this pick- ing helped to get some of the loose dirt out of the wool and made the job of carding easier. In West Virginia, carding machies were usually set up in the building housing a flour mill. Not because wool and flour go to- gether - heavens forbid - but because both could be powered by the same water wheel. The only carding machine that I have seen in West Virginia was in the Fidler's Mill at Arlington on State Route 20 in the southern part of Upshur County. There was one in Pendleton County in the early 1960's, but I was told that it was moved to someplace else. Just as a family would take their corn or wheat to be ground at one of these mills, they could also take their wool and have it carded. This saved the housewife many hours of hand carding her wool befo vas spun into yam or used as batting in a quilt or comfort. The reading assignment invariably is accompanied by a list of acceptable dries, or has some sort of guideline attached. For ex- ample, one reading assignment from Gilmer County High School requires the student to read a historical novel of at least 200 pages. Students come to the library and search for the book that just barely meets this page requirement. In fact, it is the length of the book that is most important. Never mind the era of history being coveted in the novel - never give any thought to the literary value of the book, but only worry about its length. The bottom line is that many students view the reading assignment as a chore to be dealt with as easily as possible. Apparently, the quicker they can satisfy the requirements of the assignment, the sooner they will be able to get involved in the more important things of life. Obviously, there is something wrong with this attitude. Having recognized this fact, many of our teachers have begun to hand out Receipt for a Good Grit Push Snap Energy Schools Morality Churches Harmony Corduality Advertising Talk About It Write About It The Glenville Democrat The Glenville Pathfinder Published Thursdays 51 weeksof the Year. 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While this in- Personals sures the reading of books that are universally recognized as being Several loads of eight-inch casing passed through town above average in quality, it does nothing to reduce the trend toward on its way to Stumptown. selection of the shortest book available. The Democrat acknowledges a very pleasant call from In the final analysis, one comes to realize that there is a great Gainer of Tanner, Saturday. Mr. Gainer is a good eitizerh deficiency associated herein. Students do not read heeause they Democrat and a good man. enjoy reading, and in my estimation, this is one of the major falla- Up to and including Monday, there were 234 students cies of our education system, the Normal School. Few educators will deny the fact that the ba. is of learning is the ability to read and comprehend. Once students are made aware of Rockey Fork Notes the fact that to become truly educated, they must be able to absorb J.D. Murphy has been trading horses with the Orlando the learning of centuries which has been recorded in the printed week. word, those who truly wish to become educated will naturally tum Mrs. Thomas Dolan who is suffering with a very sore to books. However, none of this can be achieved without a true here one day last week consulting the Doctor. desire on the part of the student. No student will learn unless he or Mr. W. T. Riffle of Posey's Run, was visiting Mr. she has at some point became aware of the true joy of knowledge, this week. Which brings us back to an oft repeamd question: Where is the foundation for learning laid? Does it begin in kindergarten? Are Permits To Wed the school yearn of K-3 the most important in the students entire John Thomas Lewis, Lottie Alvie Stalnaker, public school experience? Few thinking individuals will deny the Unger, Gae Bailey; Doy Wiant, Ellen E. Canfield; truth of a resounding YES to that second question, but as to the first Girtie Swisher;, Jany O. West, lcie I. Bennett, P. D. question posed above, the answer is far more controversial. I main- Rlxxia Moore; Henry Harrison Barton, Belle rain that the key to education lies in the home. Unless a child is Kelley, Vetrie Dilmon; T. Willie Vannoy, Lovie B. exposed to books, unless Morn and Dad place more emphasis on John M. Grimm, Minnie Hinkle. books than on TV, the child is not going to develop a respect for books and learning. Stout's Mills What does Morn do with her afternoons? Does she take time to The tittle thn -year old girl of Mr. and Mrs. John read to her youngster as a prelude to the afternoon nap? Does the Sliding Run, was serious if not fataly burned last child see Mom with a book in hand when he/she awakes from that clothes catching fire from an open grate. The mother was afternoon nap, or is Morn glued to the 'IV watching one of her burned in an effort to extinguish the flames. This is the favorite "soaps?" Does the child ever hear Morn and her friends to be bunmd in the past month. A little son of Nomie discussing a new best seller, or does she hear them discussing what happened on the soap opera episode that someone tragically missed? .Does Dad have time to read, or does he imply by his actions that reading for pleasure is a "sissy" way of passing the time, and that is is much more enjoyable to watch a ball game on Long Shoal, was very badly burned in the same manner. Squire Taylor's court was in session Saturday. Some Americans got in a mixup at Gilmer. Jim Stout is rafting logs and ties here for J. W Holden. Bub Snyder lost a mule last week from the effect the tube than to spend time with a good book? the mill pond. The bottom line is that the problem with our education system is GHmer Fuel Company are getting in alot of new not a new phenomenon. In fact, education has been taking a back expect to have the mines running to its full capacity in a