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t The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, February 6, 1990 5A for an extra hour or more a that when they reach high can learn to play golf or pay taxes at the same the good people of Lewis- should have the same have our children attend our schools. Let's trim the fat at the Lewisburg share the wealth. not expect an apology from I understand that his Is shared by many people not totally understand the do, however, invite Mr to visit our town for a first of how we live, are Williamsburg Warriors! not lay down and let our- steamrolled by people or will not manage the are allotted! Mr Wright of looking "at the situation purely businesslike perspec- response to that is, when a begins to operate in the the Corporate Executive demands a total upper man- change. Officers are fired officers are hired. Now a thought! no mistake about it; before ~r, the people of West Vir- know just what kind of live in Williamsburg; and we be complaisant when it to the future of our children. Mrs Ellen M. McCoy Pembrook Rd. Williamsburg, W. Va. 24991 Editor: group of youngsters East High School 27 with snow falling -- sunny Florida, and once a chance to represent their communities, their and their state. Stop was NASA at Kennedy Center. The group saw a 1 !he beginning of the space in the United States and forward to the current time. tours of the center were Yen, due to the scheduled of the shuttle. Arriving in to chilly weather and a rest, the next day was spent MGM studios. Pleasure Is- shopping and recreation a big hit with all. Some their hand at starring Usic video. Even the band di- got in on this act. While in ~me of the band members the opportunity to per- SOme of the in-park enter- Medieval Times dinner Was an event most will not forget. Should you encounter a band member, ask for their impressions of this performance. Saturday was spent with students having a choice of attending either Disney's Magic Kingdom or Epcot Center with everyone meeting at Epcot for an 8:15 p.m. performance. The parade route wound through the entire Epcot Center with an en- thusiastic crowd lining the streets. Some marched the complete route with the band. Those students tour- ing Epcot Center had the opportu- nity to see the performances of the University of Illinois and Auburn Uni- versity bands. A tired group boarded the buses for Miami and a few winks of sleep. Buffet breakfast served at the hotel, a couple of hours of shopping at Bayside, a hamburger and hot dog luncheon around the hotel pool, and the hour arrived. Mad rush for chaperones to set up ironing boards to press capes, pants, and jackets. Everyone is dressed and on the buses for the parade route. Chaper- ones sit with anticipation among the crowd (estimated by the Orange Bowl Committee at 70,000). Here they come, the pride of Greenbrier County, the Greenbrier East Spartan Band. All of the hours of preparation were well spent. A number of parents made the trip to Florida on family vacations to sup- port this superb group of young people performing in the King Or- ange Bowl Parade. Some of these same parents sit with tears as Sen- iors go by, others with an anticipa- tion for the fall football season. Re- turning to the hotel, the band was greeted with leis, grass skirts, hula lessons, and kisses from the band from Hawaii. These young people were at the same hotel and also participated in the parade. A New. Year's Eve party with pizza and coke was held by the Boosters for East band. Off to bed and much needed sleep. Final day provided time at Cran- don Park Beach --time enough for everyone to get sunburned. Back to the hotel, quick showers, dinner and off to the Orange Bowl Game. Im- mediately following the game, buses were boarded for the frigid tempera- tures, school, and much needed rest. A great time was had by all and memories were made. Thanks to all who contributed in any way to making this trip possible for these students. Wiima McMillion, President Janice Bostic, Vice-President Stuart Ann Hanna, Secy. Shirley Hicks, Treas. Greanbrier East Music Boost ers Dear Editor: A disaster beyond comprehen- sion had descended upon the city and the people were awed by the enormity of it. Gloom, hopelessness, despair showed in the faces of the stricken people -- they would never smile again. The people cried out in their ag- ony. They prayed for deliverance but there was none. Heartbreak, fu- tile hopes. A city wept. The people would never smile again, ever, and the sun would never shine again on Mudville, for their annointed king (who would lead them out of the wilderness) did the unthinkable ... The Mighty Casey had struck out. We Americans can't stand losers, can we. Winning is all that matters, how- ever the winning is done. Whether with steroids, unfairness or brutality, the winners are glorified, exalted and accorded every honor and pro- claimed heroes, until and if, they lose. Then they are soon forgotten and scoffed at. I wonder if the Mighty Casey who did his terrible deed by striking out was spat upon as was one of our real heroes, a Vietnam veteran who returned home to a welcome unlike any that would be accorded a so- called football hero, I doubt they treated him (Casey) that badly. Our unkindness emerges strangely at times. Sincerely, Henry Dunn Lewisburg By Jonathan Wright Changes. Like so many others, my life is made up of a rapid succes- sion of them. Just two weeks ago I was telling you about my roommate leaving to live in Georgia. Now he's back. There are too many details to ex- plain why in this small space, but I'm glad he's around again--good friends are sometimes hard to come by. It was a big change when he moved in, and it was a big change when he moved out. Now it's back to putting up with each other's idio- syncrasies. The saga continues. Another big move came about in my life last August. After thirteen years of teaching in public schools, I gave it all up to devote my full time to an activity which has steadily grown on me the past four years: newspaper writing. It's been one of the most satisfying major decisions in my life. Working one-on-one has created a noticeable decrease in my stress level, rm grateful for that. As you may remember, about a year ago my parents sold their homes in Lakeland, Florida, and Fairlea. Now they live year-round in Dahlonega, Georgia. Just two weeks ago my brother and his family moved from Lakeland to Peoria, Illi- nois. Although I have other relatives throughout the Sunshine State, I now have no immediate family in Florida, the first time since 1969. It's a strange feeling. There's another big change at the church I attend. My pastor for the last 4 1/2 years, whom I had grown very close to, left in Novem- ber to take another pastorate far from here. Going to church now and not enjoying fellowship with him and his delightful family has made for some considerable adjustments. In his place, however, is a promising new minister a full ten years younger than I am. This is the first time in my life I've ever had a pastor who was not my elder. I knew it would come some day--but ten years younger? I was prepared for maybe two or three years' differ- ence, but this? Quite a change! Throughout my life I have be- come acutely aware of how quickly change can make an intrusion into my life. Sometimes it is welcome-- sometimes it is not. Through it all, however, I have learned to roll with the punches and adapt quickly to those changes. I know I can never get too comfortable with the way things are, for they may be radically overhauled in just a matter of hours. That's a part of life that never changes! The legislative session for 1990 is more than a third of the way to its final date of March 10, and very little has been done. That may be bad news to those with special goals for the year, or good news to those who fear what we might do. At least, we finally had a good fight. After all, like the lawyer said about the courthouse, that is what they built the capitol for. if everyone agreed on every issue there\ would be no need for courthouses, capi- tols, or, yes, legislators. unfortunately, and as usual, I ended up on the losing side of the fight, 16-83. It was called the Groundwater Protection Act, House Bill 4100. We all want clean water, and no one would deny that we must protect the water that flows beneath the earth's surface, how- ever, we do disagree on how that protection should be done. House Bill 4100 turned over the authority to the Division of natural Resources, an agency that already has more than it can handle with solid waste regulations. Clean water is a matter of public health, and should be un- der the authority of the department of health, now called the Bureau of Public Health, along with the local or county health boards. Also, the Act created two special revenue ac- counts, fueled by fees which the Act sets no limits on. Questions raised as to whether the bill would affect farmers who spread fertilizer or whether your home septic systems or wells would now be controlled by Charleston were met by the reply that it depended on the regulations yet to be written. In other words, we will discover its effects later, as we did with the early retirement pro- gram of 1988. We are tinkering around with the state constitution again, but this tirpe it involves no expensive spe~al elections. One proposal which m~y be presented to you this' Novemt~r in the general election is H. J. FI. 101 which would permit the Legis~- ture to set limits on how much could be spent in a political campaign. 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