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-= 4A The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday,March 13, 1990 i~,~~ iii .... ANDY ROONEY Dear Andy: :" From the minute I heard your ,,i", Superior fired you from the televi- sion station talk show, for some rea- son called bigotry, I just couldn't be- lieve it. Frank and I both listen fre- quently. "Sixty Minutes" is a news- cast Frank puts first for Sunday nights. I think you should be thankful your friends and the general public stood behind you. That is something all individuals appreciate, whether we are in a small group, large group; whatever the situation. I know people who listen, to your show are enlightened in many ways. You tell it as it is. You have had a versatile life, and it comes out in your knowl- edgeable witness to the truth! I am sure you are also down-to-earth. Anyone can understand you. No pretense; no words beyond our un- derstanding. You are, to a great ex- tent, a teacher. Sometimes before i forget a certain word I head for Webster's Dictionary. So we learn. Since you are back on the air "welcome back Andy! Just yesterday a neighbor and I were chatting. Freda Beard said she "enjoyed you, especially the wit, and ," the laughter you bring forth." She quoted a scripture, "a merry heart ly l{obert;i l);itton Itodl4ers doeth good like medicine." ~ou showed your humanness when you expressed your hurt. So many try to hide a problem even though we all know we are just hu- man beings. God created us all in his likeness and on the cross he bled, suffered, and died for all of us. Remember his words to those who didn't stand behind him, "Father for- give them, for they know not what they do." We know we have a choice -- good or bad! He listens to our prayers, he understands and never puts us down for he knows by the example he had shown in his life on Earth. It is the littie things in life that make the difference. No one Andy, or no great American, likes to be put out because they have exercised their freedom of expression. That is how we became a free nation. I've always heard "you have to be out front to be kicked from behind." Competitiveness, greed, envy, and money are caused of family, neighborhood, state, and world problems. Mental housecleaning is what we all need to do, and prayer changes things! Flowers to you --- the budding forsythia, crocuses and lambs foot. Oops .... Your editor deeply and publicly regrets Roberta Patton Rodgers' name was omitted from the list of persons who have contributed to the Mountain Messenger. The list was included in the Mornin' column on March 6. Mrs Rodgers has been a consistent contributer to this newspaper since its inception in 1985. The omission of Mrs Rodgers' name was purely unintentional. When you burn the midnight oil, the lamp sometimes grows dim. Roberta, we apologize. LOOKS GOOD IN THE MOUNTAIN MESSENGER , ~ ~ ~ , ~',i~ .... !, iy~; Dear Editor: Over and over aga=n, Americans hear that we live in an era of limits. Nowhere is that more apparent than in West Virginia. For the better part of the last two decades, our state's economy has ranked at or near the bottom among all the states -- and ted the nation only in unemploy- ment. While politicians from both parties pay lip service to investing in our public schools as the best way out of our economic woes, the cuts continue. Regrettably, our current admini- stration is no exception. A short 18 months ago, candidate Gaston Caperton promised he would be '1he education governor." His administra- tJon would usher ~n a new era of school reform and 19ntightened edu- cation. Somewhere alon~ the way, the governor forgot th4 people who make our schools work -- the men and women whose contributions and counsel shape our lives: West Virginia teachers. Faced with yet another budget deficit, Governor Caperton now wants to transfer $32 million previously earmarked for teacher salaries to cover the state's everyday expenses. Once again, he =s singling out our state's 22,000 teachers for sacrifice. The members of the West Virginia Federation of Teachers (WVFT) don't think that's fair. Here's why: Our state's teachers already rank 49 in the nation in sala- ries and dead last in our region. As citizens of West Virginia, we pay the same taxes and share the same services our students and their fami- lies do. Two years ago, teacners agreed to legislation that has eliminated al- most 2,000 teaching positions through attrition, and the state agreed that every dollar saved by this move would go directly into the salaries of the teachers left to carry on. It took a lot of soul searching, painstaking negotiations and com- promise by both sides, but we reached a fair agreement that be- came part of Senate Bill 14 It cre- ated a solid formula for success: Teachers in poorer counties where pay was below the statewide aver- age would get the first increases un- til they reached that average. Once equity was achieved, money saved through attrition would go dollar for dollar directly into salaries. ..The state would bri~3 more effi- ciency to the system and teachers were assured that this would be ac- complished through attrition. WVFT recognizes that the ranks of educators cannot continue to grow as the student population de- clines. We supported SB 14 in the face of heavy criticism from county boards of education, other educa- tional organizations and even from some of our own members because we believed that one of the solutions for the low teacher salaries in West Virgima is to run more efficient school systems. So far that agreement has pro- duced $50 million. It seemed a fair bargain them. It seems a fair bar- gain now. But this year the governor wants to use $32 million saved to fulfill other budgetary obligations. WVFT believes that this violates not only the spirit of the agreement but the letter of the law. Two years ago, teachers re- sponded generously to the state's plea for cooperation. Two weeks ago, with the covenant broken by a new administration, lawmakers saw the other side of the coin. Today, Governor Caperton is asking West Virginia teachers to support his teacher compensation task force's recommendations to abolish 6,000 more jobs, nearly 30 per cent of all positions. But if this administration feels free to disavow previous agreements at its conven- ience how can teachers be ex- pected to cooperate now? Governor Caperton's latest pro- posal sends all the wrong signals. teachers, it means continued cuts. To citizens, it discounts educa- tors, and by extension, education. To industry, it says that West Vir- linia is disinvesting in the human esources that are the heart and =oul of our state's schools. It doesn't take an expert to pre- dict the result: continued shrinkage of our economy, forcing even more West Virginia families to educate their children in Pittsburgh, Colum- bus, Cleveland and Chicago, And their teachers -- driven out by cut- backs and lured by salaries up to $11,000 a year higher in neighbor- ing states -- forced to follow. Unless those who believe in edu- cation and the lawmakers who sup- port them can block this proposal, our state's downward spiral will con- tinue.. In West Virginia, learning The Mountain Messenger STAFF 122 N. Court Street Chas. A. Ooddard, Editor Lewisburg, WV 24901 DOtUe Brack~ru'lch. Of]ice Managerfi "Troy Forren, Advertls~ng Sa}es 304/647-5724 Terrl Boone, Advertising Sales Published every Tuesday Debble McClung. Ad Design Betty Morgan, Ad Design Circulation: 22.595 Jonathan Wright, Staff Writer Lou Burroughs, 3~pesettlng Brenda Gherman, Product:ion David Poole, Advertising Sales 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 self-addressed, stamped envelope. Please observe the following deadlines: News Items: Thursday, 12 Noon Display Advertising: Thursday, 5 PM Classified Advertising: Friday, 9 AM SUBSCRIPTION RATES: In state, $14.00; Out-Of-State, $15.00 Students (9 mos.) $I0.00 By Jonathan Wright Traditionally the courthouse has been the center of civic attention for the county seat. It has long been a focal point of pride for the commu- nity---a "mini-capitol" for the county it serves. Often its exterior is meticu- lously careful for, its lawns mani- cured, and its interior sparkling and well-appointed. That's why the appearance of the Greenbrier County Courthouse's main entrance concerns me. The white columns are peeling. The wooden doors are scratched and worn. But by far the most em- barrassing feature of all is the an- cient, pitted outdoor bulletin board. It's enough to motivate me to direct visitors to one of the back entrances at the alley. I cannot get over the condition of this bulletin board. Its continuous use throughout the years has re- sulted in literally hundreds of ugly holes which have undermined its white surface. Now an extensive field of wretched brown puncture wounds mar it, except in those spots where an announcement of adver- tisement mercifully covers a small portion. I am perplexed as to why nothing has been done about this eyesore for so long. How can multitudes pas~ that spot every day for years and years and no one care enough to push for action on this problem? Perhaps it's like so many other prob- lems: waive grown so accustomed to it that we no longer notice. I am upset the entrance to this imposing historic landmark has been neglected so long, and I am ashamed of myself for saying noth- ing publicly about it until now. Some improvements will certainly be made before long, I hope. Until then, maybe we should avoid mentioning this building to our visitors when pointing out historic points of interest around this area-except after dark. could become a luxury. Bob Brown, Executive Director, West Virginia Federation of Teachers Dear Editor: The Valentine Day massacre in the Constitutional Revision Commit- tee was the vote of the elite demo- crats of the House of Representa- tives against the people of West Vir- ginia having a voice in government. We were told bypeople like Wil- liam Wooten (Raleigh County) Vice Chairman of the Committee that what we were asking (to have a voice in government) is unconstitu- tional. That is strange when other states exercise that right. Another member of the Committee, Rick Murensky (McDowell county) made the state- ment, "Issues such as this should be kept in the hands of 'informed' legis- lators." I resent being treated like an ig- norant, barefoot hillbilly. The truth is the Legislators like their dictatorship and they (bought by labor) plan to keep it that way, until an informed electorate votes them out! I'm fed up and I'm not alone. Special interest groups profit and West Virginia businesses fail. The exodus, of unemployed from West Virginia to neighboring 'Right to Work' states is unending. It's an evident fact that the major- ity of the legislators of this state care only for themselves because they consistently vote as labor dictates (at the expense of voters). Thar'k you, W. J. Scott F31rmont Dear Editor: Two opposing abortion bills stand before the West Virginia Legislature. One, H.B. 4388, declares abortion to be a government protected right, a legitimate form of family planning, and designs retribution to anyone who attempts to "interfere with a woman who is attempting to obtain an abortion." H.B. 4222, on the other hand, upholds the sanctity and value of human life as beginning at conception, and seeks to protect that life by prohibiting abortion ex- cept where the pregnancy poses a clear threat to the mother's life and health. I sincerely believe that our civili- zation stands at a critical cross- roads. History, both during and since Biblical times, is replete with examples of fallen civilization! Moral decline leads inevitably to total col- lapse. God judges nations! The Al- mighty cares not for our Supreme Court decisions that are contrary to Him, that seek to exclude Him from our public lives. He still judges sin and He still judges nations! God hates the shedding of inno- cent blood, and that is what abortion is. Man did not originate this opinion, God did. The opponents' cries of "no religion," "separation of church and state," and "it's a private matter" will not abate the tempest of God's wrath against sin! "See, I have set before you life and prosperity, death and adversity." (Deut. 20:15). We must choose. Shall we obey Him? Can we really oppose Him who made the heavens and the earth, who created us? He turns into hell the nations that forget God. (Psalm 9:17). Which will it be, West Virginia? "1 call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the bless- ing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him." (Deut. 20:19,20) Harry Walkup, M.D. Marlinton Dear Editor: It is again time for our annual magazine subscription drive. The administration, faculty, and students at Greenbrier East want to thank you for your generous contribution of last year which made possible our subscription to The Mountain Mes- senger. We hope you will renew your subscription and that we can con- tinue to advertise your patronage/ business on the magazine covers. Please allow us to thank you in advance for your generosity and co- operation in the education of East- em Greenor~er County's Youth. We appreciate the one copy you are now sending; due to the size of East's readership, we would request one more copy each week. Thank you Beverly G. Arbuckle Librarian - Charles O. Carney Principal Mrs Lanier, Almeda Doss, Ann Wiseman, Madeline Sims, Lynn Paladino. None of these names will mean anything to went to public school in Saint Petersburg, Florida or in Virginia or to West Virginia Tech in Montgomery as I did. These more than just names to me. They were, at various times, the tant people in my life. They were my teachers. Mrs Lanier Mrs Lanier was my first grade teacher. As I now remember tall and gaunt and always wore two-piece business suits. brown with white honorably streaked throughout. I have no idea how old Mrs Lanier was in 1946, but to a s x-' seemed very ancient . . . and also very wise. She knew would take time out to hold me when/needed comfortin( taught me how to read and how to write, and she was also (as teachers were in those days). I loved her very much. about whom I really know very little. Funny, I don't know children of her own or not. However, I feel we students were if she was not a mother. I'm sure Mrs Lanier is long dead. God Almeda Dose At ten years of age I was ready to fall in love, Almeda Dose. It didn't make any difference to me that I was student and the lovely Almeda was my teacher, I just was in Mrs Dose' room I did not know her given name because my report card "Mrs Noble C. Doss". I tried my damndest to could you be madly in love and not know your paramour's don't know how I actually did discover what her name was, the utter joy the revelation held for me. When the gorgeous Mrs Dose wrote on the blackboard she circles over her "i's" instead of the more pedestrian dot ~ I When the talented Mrs Doss sat down at the piano I was trans we worked in our little garden allotment, I carried her basket tools and I looked up at her with my most adoring puppy-I she have know of my unrequited love? Could she have not Ann Wiseman She hailed.from Paduka, Kentucky. That soft deep betrayed the fact she wasn't a native West Virginian. She Geometry and she had a heart much larger than any divinations could have measured. She was a woman frail in stature --- a giantess in her desire to educate. The first Mrs Wiseman's 1954 geometry class we all made excellent second six weeks our grades plummeted in direct proportiot of time we had spent studying. Mrs Wiseman was grieved, solute. She stood in front of the class, her pitifully small arms her sides, tears rolled unashamedly down her high-chee "Where have I failed you?" she said. "Where have I gone were 30 contrite eighth graders in that room that day. Mrs no way failed us -- we had failed her, and we knew it. A Ann Wiseman died. She taught until the last, so I understand. Madeline Sims "The quality of mercy is not strained It droppeth as the gentle rain upon the place It is twice blessed. It blesses him that gives and him The quotation is from a sonnet written by William Shakespeare was born1564 and died in1616... A sonnet is form of fourteen lines... Madeline Sims told me so about 19~ taught me that and much, much more. Now, because our been close friends for 80-some years, I can call more familiar "Mat". While I was her student, I would never use anything other than her formal title. After all, Miss Sims is a person --- "as a teacher ought to be." Recitation was one of Miss Sims' strong points --- student is. You took your turn going to the back of the classroom students were busy at some silent constructive work and ~our memory work to Miss Sims. How many times over the ear those very same lines? It must have been millions, started teaching as a very young woman in the early 1930s. gum in Miss Sims class. You sat in your assigned seat and you mouth unless you were spoken to. You might be late another teacher's class, but never ever would you be late for class. That's just the way itwas then. Louise Smith Mrs Smith is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. When she college there were very few women who were members society. She had been a journalist back in the late 20s and she took up teaching French. J'entre duns la ~alle de autour de moL Je prends ma place. Je dits bonjour au Before most colleges hadanything like a language stalled one at Fayetteville High School. She turned out dents of French (/was not one of them). She met and resistance from the Board of Education to her advanced ing languages (her methods have now become the norm). indignity of the semi-lock principal belittling her efforts in dents. He'd come in the French classroom and say "1 don't are wasting your time. If you ever were to go to a French-spa you wouldn't even be able to ask for a glass of water." (He course. A number of years ago I went to Paris and asked water and I received it! I was recently in Morocco and every French t had learned in 1954 from Louise Smith. Several years before she was to be my teacher, Loui~ my mother's father as her second husband. I thought wouldn't have to study because Mrs Smith was my She failed me the first year and I had to repeat teacher first; my step-grandmother second! Lynn Paladino Mr Patadino taught English Literature at West Virginia nology. He encountered a lot of prejudices there. First Yorker. (We hillbillies sometimes can have a pretty strong di-' ers.) Secondly, he taught literature at a college which school of engineering and not for its school of arts. It discover that I was more of a student of literature than a nee'ring. He asked me what I liked to read. He he thought would broaden my scope. We met once a week Drug Store across from the train station in Montgomery what I had read that week. We poured over The New Review together. He was interested in helping me learn taking his private time to accomplish this. Lynn Paladino didn't last long at West Virginia Tech. He at Columbia University. I haven't any idea where he is or today. I'would imagine he is teaching somewhere though. For these few teachers I have cited, there are countless influenced my life and the lives of many others. I venerate forever be grateful they chose to be educators and that enough to be their student. __charles i Dear Editor: The Board of Directors of the Lewisburg PTO strongly urges par- ents to contact their elected state of- ficials and demand an immediate and honest resolution to the present situation. William (Bill) Wallace Room 511 State Capitol Compl~ Charleston, WV 253 Pete 8= t We submit the following names,Dear Editor: addresses and phone numbers ofMay I take this individuals who have a direct effect my hat to the teachers on negotiating a resolution to the County for having the i teachers strike. Please contact them tude to -let our burea and insist that negotiations resume about teachers' needS? immediately. Governor's Office 340-1600 State Capitol Washington Street Charleston, WV 25305 James Rowe 340-3132 Room E-216 State Capitol Complex Charleston, WV 25305 J. D. Brackenrich 357-7961 Room 439M State Capitol Complex Charleston, WV 25305 One sour note: teachers have gone looking very shame! You teachers hang don't you dare More Please See t