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letters... from pg. 4-A letter is to the person or per- my children's puppy 4, 1990 at 2 a.m. at Bell- Hollow. This was the it horrible and ridiculous murder I have ever seen during my 30 on this earth. The puppy to be shot twice with and have its front paw I wish you would have at the job right, if you had to , Instead of tearing her up so ~ith the shots and then leaving in a pool of blood, in pain that nothing could be help her. I don't understand was done, because the COUldn't have harmed you in Way, because she would run Sure, she would tag people and bark like do, but when you would around, she would run. No ani- no matter how nice or cruel, to suffer and die the way her suffer. Do you know fol two small girls, ages 10, to lose a beloved pet, Within two years? Probably slime like you have no I will tell you. They lost puppy when a car hit it, Were crushed. They cried eyes swelled up, and no of comforting could console when this puppy came Was thankful that they could pet and love it like when you destroyed their world came turn- again. They were hys- something this terrible Umane could happen here. has happened, they are to Walk outside, or get near a after dark, for fear of being thought you were so ld got away without being Again! Your car was police are working on even if slime like you get 'torn the cops, there is one Who saw what you did, and run from him. I have al- that whatever pain you SOmeone or something here You will feel that pain 10 ~rse when you die. I would in your shoes when you 3n Judgment Day, when to answer to God for murder. At first, I felt hurt, because the puppy so much. Now, I feel Sorrow for anyone that SUch a thing to a poor de- fenseless animal. A person such as this is hearttes˘ and inhuman. I just hope, for your sake, you get down on your knees, and I:)ray to God to forgive you, not only for killing a very beautiful baby puppy, but also for destroying two little girls worlds and destroying their belief that there is some human kindness in everyone. Arnethia Simms Rainelle Dear Editor: After living in Ronceverte most of forty years and trying to have pride in my community I got involved in the new Ronceverte Street Scape Project as a worker. Well as you know this was a "Jobs For Your Community Project," and it did give three locals a job, one being my own. The contractor was from Mar- linton. After fighting with the contractor to do the job properly to no avail, we finally ended up with a fairly decent looking job. However, there were several federal violations such as no expansion material along existing concrete, calcium used in concrete to save construction time and labor, no compaction in the soil, no rebar in some curbs, and no wire in most walks. We brought it to the attention of who we thought was the proper authority again with no results. Then it came time to get paid. Talking about a problem, I talked to every city and county official I could get in touch with. With no results I moved to the state level. Today I re- ceived a letter from the West Vir- ginia Department of Labor stating I would not get paid. So the next time you walk through Ronceverte from 219 to Weiktes Barber Shop count the number of cracks and then when you receive your next payroll check look at the state and federal deduc- tions. You will see that instead of jobs for your community these de- ductions went toward a new home and a new Mercedes for an out-of- town contractor. In three years when these walks and curbs have deteriorated and are worse than they previously were do not blame the ones who tried to help. Blame the ones you elected. William Ridgeway Ronceverte Dear Editor: Is good sportsmanship a thing of the past? In the 1960's when I at- tended school at Frankford High, it was always impressed upon us that it wasn't whether you won or lost, it was how you played the game. It doesn't seem to me that this is the rule anymore, I had an oppor[un~Iy to alIend my first Junior High cnamp~onshJp oas- ketbait game played at Greenbrier West, Smoot (Western Greenbrier) vs, Ronceverte (Eastern Green- brier). I was very impressed by the way they cheered on their favorite team, but some Rainelle fans, who you would think, would be rooting for Smoot since they both are from Western Greenbrier, sat on the Eastern Greenbrier side and taunted and yelled names at the Smoot players. The reason, I suppose was because Smoot had beaten Rainelle the night before to win for the west- ern end of the county. This wasn't the only show of poor sportsman- ship that I witnessed though. Smoot won the championship and I think it was well deserved. Smoot only has eight otayers on the varsity and these young men, Brad, Jason, Jay, Jerry, Paul, Ryan, Scott and Sean have worked hard and they did a great job. This might be the last chance Smoot will even have to have a team. Smoot is one of the schools being considered for consolidation. I'm afraid if this happens our children's future will be put in jeop- ardy. This will be like one street gang moving onto the turf of another street gang. It just won't work! My daughter has already been harras- sed by some Rupert girls at ball games. These girls don't even know her yet and she doesn't know them. I'm afraid if she has to go to Rupert, and trouble starts, no matter who BILL LEWIS MOTORS Is Pleased To Announce The Association Of RUSTY HARVEY the pe'petrator might be, my daugh- The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, March 13, 1990 5A ter wiii be the one to get in trouble Dear Editor: pay rate comparable with teachers in ad- because the Rupert teachers andI suppose I am in the miqority (when joining states. However, the power staff will be most sympathetic to- it comes to teachers' viewpoints)and in teachers hold is at the ballot box. Stu- ward the Rupert students, the majority (when it comes to citizens' dents need you in their classrooms every expectations of teaching and administra- day. Your commitment to your profession I'm praying that the board will rive staffs in Greenbrier County and and most importantly to your students is wake up and look for a better solu- state-wide) in the recent "teachers' a sacred one. Th nk back, teachers, tion to this problem, strike" in our state, about who influenced your decisions to Having taught at Crichton Elementary become teachers. Your answers will Sue Scott about 20 years ago, I was paid about most likely be "teachers" Smoot parent $250 monthly. I would have never, nor would have 99.9% of the other faculty To reiterate, your first obligation is to members county-wide back then, consid- y.our students. Little Susie or.Johnny at Dear Editor: ered striking!! Hupert or Crichton or Frankford or Lewis- The Greenbrier County Educa- Wait just a minute teachers -- read burg or Smoot or Rainelle or... may tion Association wishes to thank all wh6 have offered words of encour- agement and support during our demonstrations at the various county schools. Whether you honked your horn and gave us a smile or wave as you drove by the school, sent us refreshments, stopped to offer words of encour- agement, or picked up a sign and stood with us for a whde, we want you to know you are appreciated. We are working to make our schools better; we will continue our efforts. Greenbrier Co. Education As- soc. Houston Arbuckle, President To Their Sales Staff. Rusty is a native of Asbury and the son of Dick and Mary Jane Harvey. Rusty invites all of his friends to come by and see him for a deal on a new or used vehicle. Lewis, Motors, Inc. Lewisburg, W.Va. 645-2424 on -- your first obligation as a profes- make you extremely proud that you en- sional educator is to your students. 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