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4A The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, February 27, 1990 Once upon a time. not so very long ago (about a month and a half ago to be exact) there was a local agency, made up of very honorable and highly inora] men, which adverilsed for sealed bids on a special service their agency required. The date for the opening of the bids arrived, the honorable and moral men sat down to have a look at the bids they received. The consideration of the bids was really just a formality, how- ever. because it was already decided that they the agency which advertised for tile bids - were going to bid $1 less than the lowest bld received! The justification the agency used for this action was "the gov- ernment expects us to do it this way" So, because the government expects you to do something makes it right? Unfortunately, the companies who submitted their bids probably did so in all good faith with the idea they would be seriously considered. Had the bidders known the agency receiving their bids was planning all along to underbid the lowest bidder by $I, there would have been no reason for them to bid. fI'hey could have saved a lot of time and money by declining to bid.) But, if no bids had been requested the agency would not have fulfilled the governinent's requirement that they advertise for bids! And so the honorable and highly moral men (for truly they must be) lived happily ever after, secure in the knowledge they got a bargain -- at a price. Once upon another tlnae (about a year ago to be exact) there came together members of the board of directors of a different local agency. Good and honorable men and women they all were. And among this august board there was a doomsayer. He took great delight in Infonnlng the board how shaky their financial condition was. "Woe be unto us," the doomsayer wotdd cry, wringing hi~ hands as tears of deep concern slained the agency's balance sheets.The good and honorable men and women of the august board would look appropriately downcast and they would nod their collective heads in anguished agreement. And then one day a miracle happened. The doomsayer ap- peared before the board with a radiance beyond all belief. "Ladies and gentlemen, a wonderful thing has happened. We no longer are in financial trouble." His shining countenance was reflected from the glowing golden numbers before him. And the good and honorable board members turned to one an- other and said in concert "This is wonderful. This is truly a mlr- aclet" Collective heads bobbed in joyous almost unison. One lone board member, however, turned to the rest and asked "How did thls miracle happen? Could it be because all of the hired help left us and we haven't done diddly-squat since they left?" Sadly, the question was drowned out by the swelling board of director's chorus of "We're in the money. We're In the money. We're in the money now." : By Delegate Bill Wallace "Hanging them out to dry." Such a phrase that you may expect to ~ear in the local laundromat, or on a i>almy summer afternoon in the ~ackyard beneath the clothesline, ~ut not within the marbled walls of ~our state capitol. Yet, those five in- ~ocent words can send chills ~hrough the political bones of any ;pgislator. " A bit overdramatic, I know, but let ~e explain the significance. Most ~otes taken within the legislature, ~hether in subcommittee, commit- ~(ee, or the full house, are usually ~one by voice ~ote. You are proba- ~ly familiar with the procedure, "All ~n favor say AYE, those opposed ~qAY." The total vtptes on either side ere never recorded, just the result. ~vhether the issue passed or failed. ,' Enter some little troublemaker, like me, who wants the votes re- corded. All he or she has to do is to ask for a roll call vote. A roll call vote records the way each individual leg- islator voted. That probably does not sound too terribly disturbing, does it? It is, to some. On some issues there is a lot of "going along" ration- alized as "working with the leader- ship" or, "It was going to pass, any- way." A voice vote is safe. No one knows for sure the way you voted. If you want to have your vote recorded when there has been a voice vote. you can always ask the clerk to rec- ord your vote separately as YES or NO without making the other legisla- tors record their vote. A roll call vote forces each legislator to record their vote. A roll call vote is taken only if you ask for it. Someone may vote one way on a voice vote. but vote the other way if it were a roll call vote. Think of it, you can sometimes change the way someone may vote by simply asking for a roll call vote. Some legislators may be pres- sured into or genuinely want to vote a certain way, provided certain vot- ers back home will not find out. The voice vote comes in handy. How- ever, if your vote is going to be re- corded for all to see, your "yes" vote may "hang you out to dry" with the folks back home who wanted you to vote "no." Meanwhile, your "no" vote could get you into hot water with certain legislative leaders who con- sider'a "yes" vote the only proper response if you want help in your district. Further complications arise on some issues when the legislator knows the folks back home are evenly split on the issue, and no matter which way you vote the half that you disagree with will want to hang you out to dry. This is why ! believe that all candidates should tell how they plan to vote on key is- sues before the election. If elected, you just stay true to your campaign promises when dealing with divisive issues such as state funding of abortions, mandatory seat belt laws, and the sale of state liquor stores. My campaign promises on each of these were no, no, and no. My laun- dry dried out before the election. "Do you enjoy it, Bill?" Not al- ways, and the way things have been going recently, nt~t at all. The sad- dest moment that I have felt came last Friday (February 16) when it was announced House Bill 4344 had been reported out of the House Finance Committee and was on its well-greased track to the floor of the House of Delegates. This is the bill that allows the Caperton administra- tion to sell, lease, or close the Greenbrier Center, the Andrew S. Rowan Memorial Home, and Den- mar State Hospital. The plans are to lease or sell the Greenbrier Center and the Andrew Rowan Home, but Denmar is to be completely closed. We might as well build a 50-mile- wide highway through southern Pocahontas County and condemn every home in its path, it would have the same effect. We managed to re- quire hearings before any of the closings or sales, and present em- ployees at these three facilities will be given preferential treatment for hiring in other state agencies. How- ever, that is little consolation when your payment books are rooted to this area. Most importantly, though, these facilities are home to lheir residents, and for some that is all that they have. These are just some of the points that all of the legisla- tors from Randolph, Pocahontas, Greenbrier, and Monroe counties will be bringing out in these final days of the 69th Legislature. Mail your letters to Delegate Bill Wallace, Room #-231 State Capitol, Charleston 25305, or call me at 340- 3147~ STAFF Cnas. A. Goddard, Editor Dottle Brackenrlch, Office Manager Troy Forren, Advertising Sales Tcrri Boone. Advertising Sales Dcbbie McClung, Ad Design [Jetty Morgan, Ad Design Jonathan Wright. Staff Writer Lou Burroughs, 3~ypesetting Brenda Gherman, Production Please observe the following deadlines: News Items: Thursday, 12 Noon Display Advertising: Thursday, 5 PM Classified Advertising: Friday, 9 AM 122 N. Court Street Lewisburg, WV 24901 304/647-5724 Published every Tuesday Circulation: 22,595 By Jonathan Wright Have you ever noticed that the vast majority of the foods we most love are shades of brown? The thought occurred to me a two or three years ago, in my former life of teaching school, while looking at my lunch tray. Most days we were given a nice variety of items from each of the ba- sic food groups, and they often made for a nice mix of colors. However, every now and then it just so happened that every single item on the tray was a shade of brown. Example: a corn dog, French fries, apple sauce, pineapple, and an oatmeal cookie. Another ex- ample: fried chicken, corn, mashed potatoes, gravy, pears, rolls, and butter. Picture them in your mind--in full living color--and you can under- stand my consternation. Last week I visited a small diner with two friends. When the food ar- rived I gazed incredulously at all we had mdered, while the other two talked, seeming unconcerned. After a few seconds of silence, I could stand it no longer and burst out, I I IIII I I I I I'1 II Dear Editor: "God now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath or- dained; whereof he hath given as- surance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead." (Acts 17:30 and 31). Paul not only tells us the day of judgment has been appointed for this world, but he says the resurec- tion of Christ was to give all men assurance God would bring it to pass. The world today, as well as many professing Christians, is blind to this truth; nevertheless, the time has been set, and it is sure to come to pass. The New Testament has quite a bit to say about this appointed day. May we notice some of them to- gether. Peter speaking of the judg- ment of the old world by water says, "But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." (11 Peter 3:7) Paul, speaking to the Thessalo- nian church who was suffering for their faith says, "And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his might angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Je- sus Christ: "Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day." (11Thess. 1:7, 8, 9 and 10). Jesus Christ himself speaking of this great and notable day, calls the unsaved folks 'lares," and says, "As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear." (Matthew 13:40, 41. 42 and 43). The world is marching steadily towards this appointed day, un- aware of what awaits them. There's only one place of safety, that is Je- sus Christ. My friend, do you know him? elan Morgan Ronceverte i By Roberta Patton DEAR QUILTERS OF APPALACHIA "Look at this! Everything we got is either brown or a shade of brown!" There it sat in all its innocence: two steak burgers, a deep-fried fish patty, French fries, and apple sauce, rolls, butter. Even our drinks were brown: iced tea and colas. My friends seem unimpressed. rll admit it. I let little things get to me--but for good reasons, I think. There's something wrong when 80 or 90 per cent of what we eat and drink is of the same hue. My mother taught me that I need something green to eat every day. She did a good job on me. for whenever I go a day without something green I feet malnourished--and when I look at an all-brown meal I get the impres- sion something is terribly wrong. Maybe that's why I enjoy eating at Gwen's Kitchen at the famed Clingman's Market in Lewisburg so often. Sure, they have plenty of brown food--there's no escaping it--but you'll also find exciting reds, greens, purples, and other non- brown colors. I know my mother would approve. Enough of this. The salad bar beckons. I I TI 7 .... I '1 would be a genius to even make a wild guess how many people quilt in Greenbrier, Monroe, Pocahontas or Summers counties, here in these West Virginia Hills? Did my last article paint a picture in words of that special quilting bee? It was pictured on a February calen- dar called Americana! Could you name the quilt? How many colors did those ladies use in that quilt? Wasn't it colorful? Now can you imagine what that quilt looked like if it had been in black and white -- "Blah" to say the least. comfort, made them form of needlework prior mansion house or ery scrap was saved making. Today it is the that is the curiously enough, the terns are as much at modern furnishings as among Queen Anne signs. In our precious admire the crude I have a book entitled "The Re- of color-harmony as we C mance of the Patchwork Quilt in tive art of any time or America." Looking that quil~ over, I is no touch quite so realized I had set the blocks and present day bedroom as strips in disorderly fashion. Are you patchwork quilt of still guessing its name? I am! Do the priceless relic of you remember the center of the quilt Modern women -- a red star? This book has one full study of their page of star quilts. There is "Virginia selecting their quilts, so Star," also "Star Upon Stars." Now, harmony as well as the be most suitable. A that is an outstanding star, but not the one I'm looking for. "Four harmony in one room Pointed Star" also "Blazing Stars." actly wrong in another. In the 1870s and '80s Actually there are 115 star patterns. rm seeing stars of every description, "Crazy Quilt," from and their names are utterly fascinat- humblest of bed ing. meted to the parlor and I do know I didn't find quilting "slumber robe" or challenging when I was a child. I They were made of would stand by Mom and she would and velvets. I can try to help me! I do know I would one in our home and create something from my mistake for anyone who was too= rather than try to repair my error or shiftless, to own one. rip a whole row over! named Double-Wedding Nancy Arbaugh just stopped in was made by a and helped me select that unknown Fox. We used it for a star pattern pictured in the book. We years and then came to a picture of a star, unified sleepyheaded children was used! our thoughts, and got it this name --- "Star of the East." That is a familiar I have several star, isn't it? It originated in Ken- double-bed size. Within tucky! square is a beautiful The quilt's place in art was the broidered in blue and needlework which women could is a "Sunbonnet Girl" claim as their own! In every house- other is "Around the hold, rich or poor, women sewed, so colorful. Dear Editor: The rich had their skills and embroi- . Curl up with Western Greenbrier: The land deries; the poor the more practical mg crazy about that time (and the School Board) for- art of making their own clothes and quilts. If worse comes got. Our Board of Education has " household supplies. Teaching the stocks leave you out hastily drafted a proposal to build young girls to sew was the first thing Quilts will keep you warn1. new junior high schools or, at least, one junior high school, but appar- ently has overlooked the fundamen- tal question: What would provide the greatest educational benefit for all students of this county? The Board has submitted plans for a Lewisburg "Hilton" of a junior high, and we un- derstand, will soon offer western Greenbrier a Charmco "Motel 6" in an attempt to pacify those of us in the "hot head" section of the county. With this type of construction, educational opportunities in the eastern half of the county promise to grow and multiply while the opportu- nities in the west continue to shrink. There are some 40 courses now available at East which are not of- fered at West, and the disparity will only continue to grow if the Board's plans are enacted. We in the west- ern part of the county are not so much opposed to consolidation, if need be, as we are incensed that this inequality of opportunity shall be perpetuated by the Board of Educa- tion. Education opportunities of all stu- dents in this county could be much better enhanced with the construc- tion of one central high school and the utilization of existing high schools as junior highs. David Hutsenpiller Smoot Dear Editor: I was born in Pocahontas County and I chose to return here when I became ill and needed nursing home care. I have lived at Denmar for 17 years and I don't want to leave. I want to live here until I die and then I want to be buried at Mar- linton. There are a lot of people who have worked here for years who won't find work elsewhere. It seems as if the reward we get for getting older is to have our wishes ignored. Sincerely, Mary Frances Fenton Hillsboro Dear Editor: The following names were omit- ted from the honor roll list we sent to your paper. Please print them at the earliest time possible. Kara O'Day, Becky Sibold, Me- linda Ford, Barbara Sears, Tammy Deskins, Robert Higginbotham, Lisa Miller. Thank you. C. Doyle Kester Principal Union High School they did, and teaching embroidery It is important that stitches, for pay might be termed the good condition, that it at least 1930 and that first business in which women en- gaged. Even those of means had to pealing! think of necessities, and in a large Picture the flower" family the ever increasing demand its colorful elegance as for bed-quilts, so essential to their to you this week! Did You Notice? In all of last weekend's blustery weather did the weeping willow trees in leave bud? Did you s fodfls' tightly furled blooms? Did you notice the lonely little crocus the snow? Did you watch the baby lambs the blizzards? Did you think you just might frog's joyous anthem to spring? Did you believe it was so dum cold? By Delegate Jim Rowe Have you ever wondered what an average day in the House of Delegates is like? How many bills have been passed? What did the bills deal with? Tuesday, February 13 ma~ked the 35th day of the 69th Legislative Session. Six bills were passed on that day in the House of Delegates. One relates to the reduction of mo- tor vehicle insurance premium charges for drivers who are 55- years-old or older who have suc- cessfully completed an approved accident prevention course. Another bill concerns compensation to auto- mobile dealers for services rendered on warranty and factory recall work. A third measure would remove the requirement that muzzle-loaded rifle hunters may hunt only antlered deer after their first successful hunt. Another bill would allow the Aero- nautical Commission to transfer funds. A fifth bill would declare certain claims for compensation of innocent victims of crimes occurring in the state to be moral obligations of the state. A final bill passed would pro- hibit attempts to recover overpay- ments made from the consolidated fund to local governments. Also in tl~e House Tuesday, seven bills were up for, amendment and were advanced to the passage stage. One of these would allow for the privatization of medium correctional the state. Another bill automobile brokers in. Another piece of vanced would create a special deputy shet bailiff to the var Five bills on the were advanced and amendment sta of these establishes health professionals and provides for Seventeen were introduced inthe day~. to the public, eran IIEL ing of wages, gallons without prior appointment of As of February 13, bills have been bills have passed th Delegates. Four bills both Houses Governor's approval. has been signed Governor. That bill United States Program. If you have any cerning legislation, tact me at (304) 340' rent updates of daily 1-800-642-8650 after