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4A The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, January 23, 1990 / i, i, i/ill f ~ :ii i i i VI i'C F~ Everyone of us who are respon- sible for bringing you your weekly Mountain Messenger find it gratify- ing to work here. The previous edi- tor, John Manchester, did a superb job of helping to establish our good reputation. We strive daily to uphold the trust you have placed in us. Its a nice feeling to walk down the street and be hailed with 'I sure do like the Mountain Messenger", or '1 really enjoyed reading the story on so and so." And then the telephone rings -- it's the wife of the editor of The Her- ald-Tribune (the International publi- cation of The New York Times and The Washington Post). "we were sent a copy of your newspaper and think its grand. We'd like to send it to our family and some friends." She ends up taking out six or seven sub- scriptions! the telephone rings again -- this time it's a lady from Winter Haven, Florida. '1 am a subscriber to your paper and I haven't received a copy for three weeks. I don't want to miss one issue. Witl you please check into this for me?" (We did check and found we had mailed her copies to her. 1-here is apparently some glitch in the U. S. Postal Service which we have to fill in reams of paper in order to track down.) A letter from a lady in Texas City, Texas: "What has happened to my paper? I have not received an issue for three weeks." Again, we have to go to the Postal Service in order to try to find out why our lady in Texas O ornl isn't receiving her paper. An interesting point about the let- ter from Texas. The writer told us she has Parkinson's and knows that her handwriting is difficult to deci- pher. We had no trouble reading her writing, even though we noticed it was laboriously written. She was once a secretary and very proud of the appearance or her correspon- dence. We owe her a reply. Our delivery has been slowed down a bit within the Lewisburg City Limitsl There is a "shopper's paper" printed in Lewisburg which is also mailed out Third Class. The carriers apparently can't tote all these pa- pers, so they delivery half of the Mountain Messenger papers and half of the shoppers on Tuesday and the remaining half of each on Wednesday. What this arrangement boils down to is that, if you live in the Lewisburg post office carrier area, you will receive your Mountain Messenger on Tuesday one week and on Wednesday the next week. In as much as The Mountain Mes- senger and the shopper's paper pay the same amount to the post office for postage, it is the only fair way to do it. We are constantly working to see the1 you get your Mountain Messen- ger is a timely fashion. If you experi- ence any delays, will you please write to us or give us a call between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays? We'll do our level best to see that you get your Messenger -- on time! ---Chat. A, Godlmrd to t I II IIII I I I I Dear Editor: Several years ago I made the statement that three or four Pullman cars and a dining car should be placed at Cass for the younger gen- eration to enjoy, winter and summer, I had to suffer a few snide remarks which t took in fairly good graces. Over the years I have repeated my suggestion many times. I am proud that the Greenbrier Hotel got the hint from somewhere, and they now have four rail cars at the depot. The cars are set there and can't be moved. A steel wedge is welded in front of the front wheels and to the rear of the rear wheels, As I under- stand it two of these cars are in such good shape they could be put on the main line tomorrow. Two of the cars have flat places on the wheels. When I saw these cars I stepped upon the platform and peeked in a window. The door was unlocked but I thought it prudent to ask for per- mission to go in and look around. I walked over the guard house and a call was made. I was denied the pleasure. One car wa~ owned by Barbara Hutton, anotherbelongs to C.S.X's Senior Vice President and Chief In- formation Officer ~on Dracker. An- other, Ti. Virginian, was used by the C.S.X Corporation Chairman, Hays T. WatMns. The Stonewall Jackson car once belonged to J. P. Morgan. All for private parties. Now for that railroad being rebuilt from Ronceverte to Cass, I called WasMngton and received an esti- marion very, very, very, much lower than the one a man had published in this paper. The right-of-way is there and the railroad can have it back whenever it wants it back. t now know where to acquire the engines and coaches and was given several sources to where the money can be found. There is something very fishy about this whole thing. The man in Washington refused to aUow me to use t~is name. lhis railroad and Bluestone should be our top priority. Paul R. Lilly Lewisburg cans perished or suffered through our wars of the past? One slight ray of hope has come through recently, due no doubt to the purging from of- rice of a few scoundrels in the State and National levels. But, as we Hill- billies are noted for saying this ain't gonna hack it, or put another way, that dog alone ain't gonna hunt. However, it is encouraging to see many citizen groups forming in uni- son behind specific issues. The splinter citizen groups, though lack in numbers sufficient to bring real pressure to bear to effectively counter special interest influence on our government office holders, it does indicate larger segments of the public are beginning to respond to the ever-increasing burdens and re- strictions being brought to bear on them. One of the most flagrant and most publicized is the situation of the billions of tax dollars being coughed up, with the full support of the media to courts, state and na- tional government officials, and the American Civil Liberties Union to build modern day resort style pris- ons to provide comfort, recreation, education and just clown right cod- dling to the criminals that prey on the honest law abiding citizens, The victims, the hungry, homeless chil- dren and disadv&ntaged consis- tently are relegated to the lowest rung of the priority ladder and re- ceive little or nothing to assist their personal efforts for self support. Many solutions are offered by the would-be experts for our prison overcrowding. The answer is rather obvious. The fringe benefits there are better than even the military, and don't require near the effort. The common people of this coun- try must unite and communicate to the so-called public servants, in a strong enough voice, our desires for majority rule. We need to give full consideration to the Biblical philoso- phy of an "eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." Some will say we are our brother's keeper. We may be, but nowhere do I find the words "in luxury." J. W. Pennington Fairlea Dear Editor~. .' Dear Editor: Messen, 122 N. Court Street Lewisburg, WV 24901 304/647-5724 : Published weekly and ciistributcd throughout t}ic greater Grccnb~lcr Vnllcy. Circ~ ilation: 23,654 If you would like to submit material for publication: Articles submitted to The Mountain Messenger should be typewritten or clearly written in order to be considered for publication. Please include your name and a phone number where you may be reach- ed during business hours. The Mountain Messenger re- serves the right to edit any material and regrets that articles cannot be returned. Letters to the editor must include a full signature and address. If you would like a photograph returned, please provide a selfaddressed, stamped envelope. Please observe the following deadlines: News Items: Thursday, 12 Noon Display Advertising: Thursday, 5 PM Classified Advertising: Friday, 9 AM SUBSCRIPTION ILA'rES: In state, $1,4.00; Out-Of:State, $15.00 Students (9 rues.) $10.00 By Jonathan Wright My best friend in these parts, David Peele, left for the north Geor- gia mountains January 19 to begin a new career. Things are not quite the same this week, for his leaving has left a quiet void in my small downtown apartment. David moved in with me around the first of November when he re- turned to this area from Florida. While working part-time and looking for suitable full-time employment here, he learned about a job open- ing in north Georgia. So he is gone, after only about ten weeks of stay- ing with me. It's a traumatic experience shar- ing living quarters with another per- son after living alone for many years, it's been both enjoyable and an exercise in patience--on both our parts. My apartment is only an effi- ciency, making for some very cramped conditions when two per- sons are vying for the same place to sit or stand. A small bathroom, a liv- ing/dining room, and a bedroom-- that's all there is to the place I call home. While living with David, I have had to put up with several distress- ing practices of his: using up a bar of soap in three days; emptying a gallon of milk in two days; wiping out a pitcher of orange juice in one eve- ning; neglecting to rinse out dirty dishes before setting them in the sink; coughing loudly in the next room while I'm trying to take a nap;throwing his weight precariously on the bunk above me; retrieving ice cubes one at a time from the tray instead of emptying it; and keeping the place too hot. Turnabout is fair play, however, and I realize there are just as many things about me that got under David's skin--such as requiring ba- nana peels to be placed in sandwich bags before disposing of them (He never complied with that one); re- quiring the milk jug to be rinsed out before putting it into the trash can; keeping items appealing only to a "pack rat" (He often calls me that); not watching enough of the news on television; ignoring my desperate need for exercise; making too much noise while eating; demanding that empty containers be crushed before throwing them away; not being ag- gressive enough in the pursuit of women; and numerous other tidbits of aggravation. "Familiarity breeds contempt." There's a lot of truth in that state- ment. In our case, however, the "contempt" amounted only to getting on each other's nerves from time to time. I believe a friendship is strength- ened immeasurably when it is "tested by fire," that is, sharing an apartment. If two good friends can still stand each other after ten weeks of hitting on every nerve, theirs is indeed a genuine friend- ship. There are few greater tests. I value these last few weeks with David. Through our good times, our bad times, our arguments, and our prayers, we have both matured in our respect for each other and our love for the Lord. It's been very good for me--almost a return to my treasured college days in the dorm. I admit there are some folks I couldn't possibly live with. It would be an all-out struggle from Day One in dealing with them. That's just a fact of life: some personalities just naturally clash when put in close proximity with one another. It's been different with David, though. Although we have grated on each other's nerves frequently, we have grown in our tolerance of nu- merous "quirks" that don't really matter that much in the long run. We're both richer people for the time we have shared together in a small downtown Lewisburg apartment. Through countless slivers of van- ishing soap, empty ice bins, un- bagged banana peels, and un- crushed containers, t'm glad for the time I had with David--a rare time in my life of having a roommate. I couldn't have had a better one. The DNR admits it has no moni- toring system in the water table that supplies 35 wells in the area. The monitoring wells at the plant are 12 to 15 feet deep for top soil and monitoring. The water table has a circulation of about one mile in 48 hours. A drink of water in the morning could be pure, and from the same well in the afternoon could be contami- nated. ]hat some water table flows under Wood Guard Plant, some 25 to 30 feet down. Large cracks, welder there and he saw the holes. The rebuttal witness was not able to dispute the statement -- only an- swered that it came from a dis- gruntled employee which in further testimony, was proved untrue. He had no grudge for Wood Guard, only his children in mind, who swim and play in the Greenbrier River and drink the water from the mentioned wells which will surely be affected sooner or later. The DNR official stated at the hearing that no amount of money By Rol)erta l'atton Rod WATER ON THE ROCKS! think it deserves our new' We i~ad the best, the most re- drink to b,.~ named after it, fce3hing, and the most valuable you? "Ce~lainiy. t like it," site drink during the holiday season, showing those beautifulteeth. What is the most valuable and the most refreshing drink you ask? Wa- ter on the rocks! Water has been known to be the thirst-quenching drink since time began. We, here in Greenbrier Valley, are blest far be- yond description, we have cold mountain water to drink! We just had a well drilled and wa- ter was obtained at 565 feet. Gee, we felt like jumping for joy! Hauling water and carrying water in jugs is no picnic! After the holiday season, Gaye and Beth came by and stayed for supper (an evening meal, now better known as dinner). I had set the table with my antique ruby glass dishes during the holiday season. I also used the gold-plated flatware includ- ing the tall gold-plated goblets on a stem. "What are you serving to drink?" came from Beth when she saw those goblets. "What would you like"? I have English or Irish break- fast teas (Christmas gifts), milk, or juice, but in those goblets there will be "water on the rocks," celebrating our new deep well. Isn't that great?" All smiles, but another queshon arose "Why do you call it water on the rocks?" Here is a smathering of family history: You are familiar with the spring at the bottom of Patton Hill on Second Creek, right? "Yes." Well, I contin- ued, above that spring there is a flat piece of ground surrounded by rocks[ That is where your grandfa- ther Patton said he was born, over- looking what was then Patton Vil- lage, above that perpetual spring ot cool, cool water, coming from the ground running over rocks. "So that's why!" "This land on which we live was gwen to your great-great- great grandfather Tristram Patton as a land grant for serving in the Revo- lutionary War, under General George Washington, who was known as the Father of our Country! That house ~n the rocks, and that spring sent from Heaven above, were a part of this land grant. So, I This is Chapter #1 in my named "Patton -- A Village. Chapter #2 "Mountain Spril There is a primitive picture ing in my shop. A girl in a Ion skirt and top. She is is standing beside a rock bucket with a rope is other watering trough, hand and shaped for holding side the well. Yes, there is with horns. I guess it came tc drink. Cool mountain water under the earth's surface. been the necessary item, sil formation and creation of Our forefathers, who fought fq dom, settled near the creeks ers, realizing that water livelihood. On this section of Creek, the village Patton lished. There was a post tremendous dam (near Big was built to run the powder the woolen mill, and farther the grist mills. There was necessary to give people the l sities of life. On the hill creek, on the Monroe side, Associate Reformed Presl: Church. On up the road schoolhouse which still stand is now used as a house, was'Curry School. Up Patton Hill, in Gre~ County, water was carried old springhouse to Patton That water was carried to Alta School and a Church (now a Cisterns and pitcher became the fashion, but th springs still give the we' strangers a free drink of the rocks. My imaginary flowers come form of mountain violets springtime. Oh, I forgot the bridge which was across the for those walking to the which is now in Greenbrier When the grant was given the village was in Monroe Count county's folk used the bridge spring! Water on the rocks! By Delegate James J. Rowe It's a new year and the beginning of a new decade. While we look at the 1990s with hope and anticipa- tion, our optimism is shadowed by our state's financial picture. A frequently asked question is "Why didn't the tax increases en- acted last year work?" In this bi- weekly column I hope to include in- formation on the financial status of West Virginia. While it may be easy to become disheartened about our financial problems, it is important to understand the origin of these prob- lems. We all want to know where our money is going. All agree the size of government must be limited. The cost and size of government can be contained, and West Virginia simply can't afford any more taxes on the state level. We must live within our means and pro- mote economic development before we are able to seriously promote business expansion. When the new governor took of- rice, West Virginia inherited a stock- pile of major problems. Revenues had fallen short of estimates for fis- cal year 1987-88 by $48 million in the General Revenue Fund. There is $25 to $50 million in tax refunds due to state residents, but now all tax refunds have been paid on time. Many hospitals were nearly in fi- nancial collapse as the Public Em- ployees Insurance Agency, Workers' Compensation and the Medicaid programs were months behind in paying their claims. State vendors themselves were threatened with fi- fund to ease the "cash flow" was unpaid with no payment in place and ment by the State suited in losses exceeding lion. Reserves of major sion systems were nearl Because of the failure of administrators and lec supply funds for programs, pact liability and the retirem, terns are in the billions. Or that, the early retirement in 1988 proves to be an assault on the integrity of the ment systems. The Legislature res mess by imposing for the General Revenue Funds. The governor spending cuts on the o, government. By mid-April, lar legislative session cluded with short-term provide time for the new nues to flow into the treasury, tion of those taxes were to repayment of that A budget had been created year 1989-90 which problems. The good news is problems are being add West Virginia's leaders have from the mistakes of the lieve state policymakers are in speaking of their dilern~ honestly track our budget If we hold true to our then we are indeed on recovery. I solicit your ideas