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2 The GlenvBle Democrat/ Pathfinder December 29, 1977 I I I III lEditorials & Comments I II I I IIIIIIII I About a tax increase The comments by our columnist, Tom Miller, which appear elsewhere on this page cause us to make a point or two. First of all, we are concerned that Miller apparently believes Governor Rockefeller called newspaper Editors from around the state to Charleston on December 15 so he could "sell" them on the idea of a tax increase for next year, To begin with, Miller's comments are only his opinion. He may be completely wrong at times and the things he says do not necessarily reflect the opinion of either the Editor or Publisher of this paper. Nevertheless, we are carrying his article and it seems something should be said about the December 15 gathering. Columnist Miller is certainly not the only person in the state who felt, after the December 15 "briefing," that the whole idea was to convince news people to either support a tax increase or, at the very least, keep their collective mouths shut. We have seen that idea advanced a number of times in several other newspapers and on radio and television. The Editor of The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder was among those invited to the December 15 briefing. For reasons it is not necessary to explain, he did not attend. It might be pointed out that he was also invited to the Republican gala where former Governor Arch A. Moore, Jr. announced his candidacy for the United States Senate. He chose not to attend that session either, for identical reasons. Anyway, the point is the Editor did not attend the briefing and is thus not persuaded by anything the Governor or his aides might have presented other than simple facts. We have had the opportunity to go over the comments made by the Governor, Executive Assistant Thomas Goodwin, Highways Commissioner Charles Miller and the rest. Quite frankly, most of the statements make very little sense, except that Miller does seem to have a better grasp on the whole thing than the others. The question, though, is whether we should or should not endorse a tax increase for 1978. A basic thought comes to mind, then, and that is what kind of tax are we talking about? After a carehfl examination of the Governor's statements and those of his aides, we have to say that we have no idea of the type tax the Administration has in mind-if it does, indeed, have such a tax in mind. Therefore, it is going to be pretty difficult for us to endorse something -we don't even pretend to understand. If it is left, tlien to endorse any tax the Governor may offer we must turn thumbs down and say, "No." If, on the other hand, we can be advised as to just what it is Governor Rockefeller wants, we would feel more inclined to consider the idea. At least, we could enter a judgement and have some idea of what we're talking about. So, having missed the briefing and apparently missed any point that might have been scored-oh, yes, we know about the shortage of funds for highways, but that isn't the basic point-we will have to remain in a neutral posture. We just wanted the readership to know we aren't keeping our editorial "mouth" shut because of anything the Governor or his aides told us. We're keeping it shut because of what they haven't told us-yet. I II III l I I " II I II IIII Letters 111111 IIII IIIIII I I I II II  Need more hunting information Gentlemen; Please renew my subscription for another year to The Glenvills Democrat. Could you please accomodata your out-of-state subscribers with a little more information about hunting and fishing dates at appropriate times and also of the total deer kill at the end of the season? Most of your male ex-residents were sportsmen. Amm C. Tomey 433O bkmtaln Road Pasadena, Ms.land (EDITOR'S NOTE-Apologies are in order because of the fact that we have been lacking in the type of coverage to which Mr. Tomey refers. As a point of fact, 928 deer were killed in Gilmer County this year. The Editor can only offer the apology for his oversight and promise to do better in the future}. Published Every Thumdy By GILMER COUNTY PUBLISHING, INC. At 100 E. Main St. Glenvflle, WV 28381 Phone 42-n0S Second-Clms postage paid st GlenvJIIo and st additional mailing offime Iptlon pdos I.50  Included in Gilmor County;, other West Vltnil s I.00 tax Induded. Out of state zulorlptlom #7.1XL Cannot subscription for tees than 6 months. (ALL PRICES Fd=FECTIVE FEB. 1st, 1ff7.) ROBERT D. ARNOLD PRESIDENT/PUBLIsHER RON GREGORY EDITOR . JOAN LAYNE OFFICE MANAGER Column One WelL Christmas has come and gone and the new year of 1978 is fast approaching. It seems it takes a lot less time every year for 365 days to go by. Sometimes I wonder if Congress has changed the amount of time it takes for a year to pass-they've changed everything else. The review of events in Gilmer County is included elsewhere in this issue. Of course, though, there are a lot of things 1977 will be remembered for beyond the boundaries of of our county. I think of 1977 beginning with Inauguration of President Jimmy Carter, who proved an "outsider" Could be elected to the Presidency. I'm not too sure the President isn't still "outside," and I'm pretty happy he is. There are many who say the President hasn't lived up to his campaign premises. Actually. I don't recall that he made a lot of promises. He pledged to restore integrity and honesty to government. To a large extent, I think he's done that. My family and I journeyed over snow-covered highways to Washington in January for the Carter Inaugural. The weather-in case you've forgotten or were trying to forget-was miserable prior to InaugurationDay (probably because of the Republicans}. On Jimmy's day, though, the sun shone brilliantly on Washington and the Carter Inauguration. We enjoyed a front row seat at the event and heard the new President utter his first words as Chief Executive. The crowds were dense, the weather was nippy," but the day will certainly never be forgott@n around our house. The winter continued to be miserable throughout much of February and into early March. Finally, warm days returned and we found that the sun could still provide warmth and happiness. Former President Richard M. Nixon came out of seclusion to appear on television in a series of interviews with British personality David Frost. The programs were televised by dependent stations across the nation. The former President, who resigned in disgrace in case you haven't looked at the morning Charleston newspaper lately, appeared at times sad and at other occasions happy. He displayed time and again the drive and fight that have made him a man to be remembered. History will certainly judge Richard Nixon as it judges every man and woman. Still I think his courage and his ability to fight back in times of adversity will never be forgotten. I doubt that the fact he brought Americans home from Vietnam will be forgotten by historians. I also suspect the history books will look with favor upon his actions toward Communist China and the Soviet Union. As I said, history will judge him, and I don't pretend to think the good he did makes up for the bad. I just think we all too often forget the good a man has done and remember only the bad. I expect the former President to come back from seclusion. I won't be surprised to sea him accepted by Americans again-someday they will decide he's suffered enough. The news of the year was probably made recently when Egyptian President Anwar Sadat traveled to Israel. The two nations have been enemies since the inception of was a monumental step the Middle East. Peace...that seems doesn't ever seem to happen. SHORTS...All the comment that former President Ford t another race with President that-comments. To begin with, liklihood the Republicans they nearly denied him the he was President. It is also capture the nomination incumbency...Governor been treated very well be the reporters recently that he some office so he could get the Arch Moore got when he Senate...Don't be sure Governor dread a Moore victory in the Senate that would eliminate Arch from the Governor's chair in 1{ member of the House of Deles County to announce his candids] position within a been calling key Democrats sure they'll support him is they haven't all been promising He still may not make the Under The Dome by It was a good idea. Only time will tell how effective it will be. Gov. Jay Rockefeller wanted to get his side of the tax increase story before the state's editors, publishers and television news directors before the real battle begins at the 1978 legislative session. And he wanted to do it in a controlled atmosphere. So the governor invited them to Charleston Dec. 15 for a briefing. He appealed to both their vanity and news appetite. The briefing was held in the basement of the new Science and Culture Center but it precluded the real public relations portion of the program-a reception {political slang for a cocktail party} and buffet dinner at the governor's mansion. It didn't come off as well as hoped. For some unexplained reason, Rockefeller was not present at the two-hour briefing. Equally mystifying was the presence of both his wife, Sharon, and his administrative assistant, Sandra W. Lopinsky. Less than half the 125 invited guests showed up. And some of those present made no effort to hid their disappointment that the briefing wasn't more explicit. Gee. Rockefeller did have four of his first team members there, led by executive assistant Thomas Goedwin, but the news executives learned nothing about the administration tax program except there definitely will be one. Only after questions from the audience did Goodwin admit the governor will "come with a tax package" to the 1978 legislature and a 10 per cent increase (about $80 million} is the bare minimum needed. Much of the briefing was devoted to new Highway Commissioner Charles Miller who shows increasing promise of being one of the most astute Rockefeller appointments to date. In a classroom manner that was just short of patronizing, Miller carefully traced the highway budget crunch to its obvious conclusion that will force a $100 million slash in highway spending next year without new revenues. One of the more interesting revelations came in printed material Miller distributed. It shows that better than half the state highway system of 32,231 miles is not even surface treated. According to Miller's figures, 16,135 miles are either still "primitive or unimproved" or simply covered with soil, gravel or stone. The administration's continuing sensitivity to the controversy over the amount of the budget surplus when former Coy. Arch A. Moore Jr. turned over the reins to Rockefeller last January was evident at the beginning. Finance Commissioner Miles Dean took pains to explain how the $234 million Moore claims he left as surplus was "a generous gesture that unfortunately had little relationship to reality." Dean did admit on behalf of the administration , that there was a surplus of about $120 million last summer. But that has now been spent because for four of the last five years the state has been spending more than it has been taking in from tax receipts. From $120 million, the bank balance or "surplus" on July 1, 1978 is expected to be only about $18 million and overall,-Gov. Rockefeller expects to have only about $45 revenue to use in balancing next Even without considering the highway department, accordi requested increases from educeti million. So that $45 million, evS reductions in budget requests, And the state budget has to be requirement of the constitution. After a disjointed and tables give n earlier to le Tax Commissioner David C. thought it was fair to say over-taxed at the present tme. Anxious to prove Commissioner Miller listed a steps. The Department of its 10 floors of office space, number of state cars that drive home in the evenings, and its aircraft. Now, the game plan well-informed editors, publishers news directors to return home about the "inevitable need" and tax increase in 1978. Or at least to' mind and not write inflammatorY before the legislators leave ho Charleston. If that in fact occurs, then should have no trouble getting  enact a tax boost at the 1978 sessiO Occurs,.. Review of 1977 news The Log Cabin Service Station reopened after being closed for several weeks. April 28.-Mayor Davidson an- nounced that potholes in the city would be patched, weather permitting. The "Sundowners" captured the championship of the GSC Faculty & Staff Bowling League. John Jamison filed as a candidate for re-election to City Council. May 5-Gilmer School Superin- tendent Ronald J. Welty was given a new one-year contract as Superinten- dent by the Board of Education. May 12-John E. Arbuckle, 98, the oldest banker in the state of West Virginia, died Tuesday, May 2. The City Council voted to offer free trash pickup )Jay 14. Tom Vance was named District Conservationist for Gilmer County. Susan Williams led the Gilmer County girls' track team to the Little Kanawha Conference Track Champ- ionship. Glenville State College's golf team went undefeated in the WVIAC, and prepared to enter national competi- tion. Jess R. Pritt and Don E. Barker Fded for seats on tim. City Council. May 19--Dr. James Lowell Peter- son was named Dean of Academic Affairs at Glenville State College to replace Dr. William K. Simmons, who was named to succeed Dr. D. Banks Wilburn as President of the local institution. Nelda Faye Alltop was named Valedictorian and Ruth Ann Scott was named Salutatorian of the 1977 Gilmer County High School graduating class. Mary Lou Rease was honored upon her retirement as Executive Director of the Local Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Ser- vice. Gilmer County High School's baseball team ended their season with an 8-3 loss to Pennsboro in the Class AA Sectional semi-finals. Susan Williams was the leading scorer in the Region 1 Class AA Track (Continued from Meet held at Parkersburg. The team finished fourth. May 26-Glenville State College faculty member, Dr. Barbara Tedford, was named Director of The Mountain Issues Forum. GCHS baseball players Pat Minney and Kevin Kennedy were named to the All Little Kanawha Conference Baseball Team. June 2-The announcement was made that Miss Ermah Damewood had been selected as the 1977 Gilmer County Folk Festival Belle. A dry period caused a crisis in the city's water supply, and Mayor Davidson and Glenville Utility Mana- ger Michael Duelley were able to get the Corps of Engineers to release additional water from the Burnsville Burnsville Dam to avert the crisis. Corporal C.R. Davis announced his retirement from the West Virginia State Police effective June 2. Davis had served approximately eight years as Commander of the Gilmer County State Police Detachment. Jehovah's Witnesses dedicated their new place of worship located two miles east of Glenville on US 33-119 on June 4. An Ohio man, Robert Gregory, 22, drowned at Aunt Minnie's Farm near Stumptown. lime -Gilmer County farmers and gardeners were plagued by one of the driest Maya in history. Glenvtlle Utility's Dick Beall reported only 2.06 inches In rain fell in Glenvflle during May. The average is 4.17. Kathy McCartney was named recipient of the 1977 Rotary Club Outstanding Student Award. June 16-Robert J. Wyatt was the landslide winner in GJ.enville's race for Mayor. New men elected to City Council were Don E. Barker, John W. Collins and Harry Hoover. Incumbent Councilmen Dr. Lowell Fredin and Lonnia Fitzpatrick were re-elected. Mayor Davidson, who was unopposed, was elected Municipal Judge; and Mrs. Edna White, also unopposed, was re-elected to a sixth term as Recorder. Page One) City Council approved the creation of a Public Library Board pursuant to a 1974 ordinance. Mayor Davidson received word he had been awarded six positions under the Governor's 1977 Summer Youth Program. He also received a check in the amount of $17,500 from the Governor's Emergency Winter Relief Program. The West Virginia State Folk Festival opened June 16. June 23--Mrs. Phyllis Marks served as Marshal of the 1977 Folk Festival Parade. Jack V. Stalnaker, 54, was named President of the Kanawha Union Bank. Thomas McPherson was named Vice President and Cashier. June 3e-Dr. Vernon E. Hoefer, GlenviUe physician, died at the Calhoun General Hospital on June 20. The Gilmer County Medical Center hired Dr. Katherine Kiehl to fill one of two positions recently vacated. July 7-Gilmer County Schools Superintendent'Welty announced the local Board's intention to employ Linda Adkins as the new Principal at Tanner Elementary School. Dr. Louis L Manley announced that "due to tremendous need and appeal" he had decided to continue his medical practice in Glenvilla. Notice To July meeting for the Robert Moore to replace city police officer Mayor to hire a Building July 21-Rop Gilmer Count Stan the Glenvilla Executive Editor for Aqua-Field Pt Pleasant, New July 28-It was $49,500 grant construction of Gilmer County. The Board of a plan to provide Gilmer County August to Revenue year's operaRU library. Dr. ] appointment as Director at Gene named 1977 the Year bY (continued on Due to rlsfng prlatlag costs and protege prises will raise slightly begtaMng January Rrildlo rates will be as follows: In Cognty (1 Year) ................................. In State (1 Year) .................................. Out of State (1 Year) .............................. Subscriptions may be renewed, (whether suhecflptione purchased, through the entire the current rate. We regret the necessity fur this action, mad understanding. We have made every effort to have absorbed severtl Increases in the internally, to avoid having to pass the cost We hope you will eentlnue to read and newspaper, and in keeidng with our tradlttma effort to brlag you the best iecal news