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The Mountain Did you read the good news today on the front page that maybe, just maybe, a 500-student private school will be located in our area? Private schools aren't cheap these days -- to build or to attend. We wish the Greenbrier Military School Foundation all good luck in their endeavors to locate here. Once there were two private schools in Lewisburg. There were private schools and a college in Alderson. Thousands of students attended these schools over the years. Many of the area's old "main-line" businesses can attribute their success to the money spent with them by those who were affiliated with these now-defunct schools. Just think of the money which would come to Greenbrier County from 500 new students, their par- ents and relatives. Imagine the payroll and the job opportunities which would be created! Generally, if you look at any college town anywhere in the world, you will find a certain prosperity -- a certain stability. Wouldn't it be nice for southeastern West Virginia to once again be known as a center of learning? Let's do everything we can to encourage the establishment of new schools in our area -- whether they are private or public. It won't be just the town where such schools might be located which will benefit -- Charles A. Goddard "West Virginia's My Choice" Please write us a letter and tell us why you choose to live in West Virginia. The reasons why you live in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia may be encouragement to others considering this as their home, Send you letters to: "West Virginia's My Choice", The Mountain Messenger, 122 North Court Street, Lewisburg 24901. STAFF I Chas. A. Goddard, Editor I Dottle Brackenrlch, Office Manageri Troy Forren, Advertising Sales! 122 N. Court Street Lewisburg, WV 24901 304/64 7-5 724 Published every Tuesday Circulation: 9-2,595 Terri Boone, Advertising Sales [ Debbte McClung, Ad Design Betty Morgan, Ad Design Jonathan Wright. Staff Writer Lou Burroughs, "l~j'pesetting Brenda Gherman, Production David Peele, 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.) $10.00 By Jonathan Wright The war on litter continues. Our Adopt-a-Highway program has been a formidable leader in the battle, with over 1,000 organizations now attempting at least three times a year to keep nearly 3,000 miles of roadway throughout our state clear of trash. Approximately 44 organiza- tions in Greenbrier County partici- pate, having "adopted" about 125 miles of highway. We should be proud. We still have a long way to go, hoWever. Anyone familiar with the Mountain State's endless maze of one-lane back roads knows 3,000 miles of pavement are only a drop in the bucket. Thousands more miles are left to be "adopted," and their appearance shows it. Let's face it: There will never be enough organi- zations to "adopt" every mile of roadway in our state--and those who participate find three times a year is not nearly often enough to keep up with the recurring problem of irresponsible, littering motorists. I have a partial solution, though. With the knowledge jobs are often hard to come by in West Virginia, let's give some of our jobless wel- fare recipients the opportunity to work some for their control is certainly an of every citizen's manpower available is the good will of participants. Please don't get me know many welfare elderly and may not be able to collect litter off However, I can't help many thousands who are fiddle but simply have not to locate employment poor state. This would be opportunity for them to service which is needed--and whose be immediately obvious lic. This idea is simply a coupling available an obvious need, and welfare recipient feel he is earning his pay--which long way in helping him productive. It would require money---only those going to these citizens I hope the idea is so0n practice. Our people--would be all the it. ii:? i i~! i,i !ii i Dear Editor: Last Saturday (3/17/90) about 6 or 8 representatives of the Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan marched in Rainelle and Rupert al- legedly m protest of drugs, flag burning and abortion. It shows great common sense, human decency and wisdom on the parts of the citi- zens of these two towns that very few people turned out to view this sorry spectacle. I realize that there could possibty be a testing in courts if permits were riot issued to let this dreadful bunch march, but if I were in a position of from iqaor store sales. Soon the new street was completed, the bands played and the ribbon was cut. This is published by request: there is no egotism or academics in- tended. I was assigned the project by the Commission and spent many dollars and time for this project, plus trips to Charleston Foundry for addi- tional grates and frames. Paul K. Yates Ronceverte Dear Editor: As the contractor on the Roncev- Influence and power m a community, erte Streetscape Project I would like I would NEVER (repeat NEVER) let to thank each and everyone in the th~s group march. By so doing (issu- community. I would especially like to ing a march permit) this sets a bad thank the nine Greenbrier County employees and the merchants who precedent. Will it be Communists or Devil Worshippers who will want to march next? Race relations in western Green- uner County are excellent. We don't need these purveyors of hate, vio- lence and lynchings in our county. Let them go back 1o North Carolina or Georgia or wherever they came from and stay!! I'm sure 99.99% of assisted my firm in completing the project in a timely fashion. Had it not been for the help of the merchants the project would still not be com- plete. I hope that the residents enjoy the finished 13reject and can assure everyone that the quality exceeds the requirements specified in every ties in our communities and state. Then take actions appropriate to correct them. As a start for equity, it's time to demand that the county commtssion face up to whatever reason, then overcome it and levy the hotel-motel tax on the Green- brier Hotel. If establishments such as the Brier Inn can pay it and make a profit, it sure won't bankrupt the Greenbrier. If the unemployed and underemployed can sustain 10 per cent The Greenbrier can cough up 3 per cent. It's time for all candidates, county and state, to come forth and tell us ---the voters, tax payers and citi- zens what their position is on such vital issues as tax equity, educa- tional reform and funding, recall and referendum, economic development, county and statewide zoning, that all segmems of the poPulace can live with, and cross-ticket voting in pri- maries. It's true, most (if not all) these bills have been through the paper mill repeatedly only to be pushed aside by a few well-place individuals m committee. If these would-be representatives feel so the wonderful people in our county snare my wews. Sincerely Pritchard Farley Collins Rupert Dear Editor: Subject: Edgar Avenue detail, secure to continuously disregard the In a recent letter to the editor I electorate's wishes maybe it's time understand that I purchased a new for a mass switch in party registra- house and Mercedes after complet- tion. mg the Ronceverte Streetscape J.W. Pennington Project. A portion of that statement Fairlea is true; the Mercedes is financed for five years and, the payment is Dear Editor: Once a nice brick paved street, $597.86 per month, as for the but rutted and des, troyed by ditches, house, I have not purchased a new created by impropl~r replacement of house or remodeled my existing streel, by gas, water and sewer house of eleven years; nor have I service, plus damage by the 1954 any intention of doing so in the near flood, i fut are, City Council decided to replace I would hope the good residents the street. Mr L. G Burns, Auditor of Greenbrier County would evalu- for the State Tax Commission, and a good friend, made the appointment w~th Mr Joe Soto, Tax Commis- sioner and Joe Burdette, Secretary of State. Dr Prillman and our friend Lyle James made the trip and were kindly received by these men. A pic- ture of the street was made from the Chestnut Street bridge. We were told that full consideration would be given. Some two weeks later I made the trip and met with these men plus Mr O. R. Shreeve, Sinking Fund Com- missioner. He was very courteous and complimentary. I was handed a large package. He had the estimate of the cost of replacement, made by a friend in the State Road commis- sion. The package contained $30,000 in printed bonds, ready for signature. These were sold to our local banks, and we had the money to proceed. Mr Ernest Livesay, a good citizen, contacted the C & O Railway property agent in Hunting- ton, and soon a survey party arrived and surveyed off the street, with much additional width. An engineer- mg firm from Roanoke, Virginia was employed to prepare drawings and specifications. A contract to Ray and Frank Cavendish was let and we were underway. We hit a problem at the intersection of Cedar Street, but a local quarry sent us 100 tons of stone to stabilize the base. We Had a problem in replacing the storm sewer, but this was worked out by using the sales tax ate the credibility of any employee who has been dismissed and look at the finished product. Thanks Again, G. Gary Hissom Vice President Highland Construction (A Division of Journey's End, Inc.) Dear Editor: In January 1990 the Greenbrier County Commission, by a majority vote, increased property owner tax by 10 per cent, with very little fan- fare or explanation of intended use of funds. To date, no question or ob- jection has been forthcoming from the tax payer. Presumably due to one of two reasons, (A) the public still sleeps and cares less what elected representatives do that af- fects our rights and freedoms, or (B) we have one again been cajoled into believing tax increase is de- manded by dire needs that justify any action. No question that the county gov- ernment needs for additional funds are real. However before an addi- tional tax burden is placed on the back of the general public, actions must be taken to collect all tax cur- rently on the books and tax equity obtained through re-evaluation of corporate and absentee land own- ers to increase taxation of their hold- ings to the same percentage that we the public must pay. We the public must find the real reasons for the flagrant tax inequi- Would any reader know the au- thor or where the following poem came from? I picked this up from the floor of a Navy barracks during World War II. I have often wondered how the writer's life turned out. I know that God alone created you for me to love. He picked you out from all the rest because He knew I love you best. I once had a heart so tender and true, but now it has gone from me to you. Take care of it as I have done because you have two and I have none. If I should die and go to heaven and you're not there, Ill paint your face on the Golden stairs so all the an- gels may know and see what you, my dear, mean to me. And if you don't arrive by Judgment Day, Ill know you have gone the other way, and just to show what you mean to me, Ill give the an gels back their harp, golden wings and everything, and, Ill go to Hell, my dear, just for you. Paul R. Lilly Lewisburg Dear Editor: After much deliberation and many family discussions at home, I finally reached the decision to stand and be counted with the other 16,000 teachers in 47 counties who walked out of their classrooms last week. Although I did not strike, I did attend rallies in Charleston and met with legislators to discuss educa- tional issues -- underfunded insur- ance, retirement, equity and teacher pay increase. Teacher salary in- creases were not the main issue, but just one small part of a legisla- tive system that has continually ig- nored the pleas of educators to ad- dress the many problems that plague our state system. I will ex- plain a few points: 1. Cost of Education -- Teacher's salaries have been com- pared to other state employees. The Charleston Gazette on Saturday (March 17) compared an average state employee salary of $19,000 to an average teacher salary of $21,000. I don't know how much education is involved for other aver- age state employees, but by today's figures a 4-year degree for an in- state pubiic institution would cost $77,000, according to NEA TODAY (an educator's journal). Keep in mind that teachers are required to upgrade their certification and many choose to pursue higher degrees and continue to attend workshops, seminars, and conferences to stay attuned to current trends in educa- tion. Teachers in this county must travel at their own personal expense to other areas in order to pursue a higher degree in education beyond the 4-year degree. There is no com- pensation for this expense. 2. Loss of our most valuable resource -- our young college graduates -- Multitudes of young college graduates continue their exodus from this state in pursuit of greener pastures. Higher pay and better benefits can be found in any of the surrounding states. I, too, chose that route 29 years ago but returned in 1975 to what I hoped was a splendid future for education in West Virginia. At that time, West Virginia ranked 34th in the nation on the salary scale. Since that year, is- sues in education have not been satisfactorily addressed and we have now plunged to next to last in salaries, 49th in the nation. How then, can we expect to attract busi- ness into West Virginia and ulti- mately into Pocahontas County? 3. Teachers today are expected to be all things to many students -- Caretaker, counselor, nurse, psy- chologist, nutrition expert and many more. With a changing set of values in the home and the prevalence of TV, students now are exposed to violence, adultery, drugs, etc. even before entering school. It is the teacher's job to try and focus on the positive and restore a sense of nor- malcy to an environment that is swirling with adversity. Gone are the days when a teacher could do what she was hired to do. TEACH! Kids have special needs today and these needs have to be identified by class- room teachers and addressed im- mediately. No profession is more challenging, more stressful, more time-consuming of personal time, yet more rewarding than teaching. 4. Recht Decision -- In 1984 the West Virginia Supreme Court re- quired that the state give children in all counties equal education. This plan was to be implemented over a three-year period with implementa- tion to be completed by 1987. We still have not achieved equity. Also, several counties have added sup- plements to their teachers' base state salary. This may be actual dol- lars as well as additional insurance such as dental and optical. Here, in Pocahontas County, teachers do not have this. In retrospect, one important as- pect of the strike has been to in- crease awareness of the issues in education. If, as the WVEA (West Virginia Education Association) plan calls for, a comprehensive plan to deal with all of education evolves from this strike I can see very posi- tive effects that will benefit all of education in the future. These last two weeks have certainly height- ened my awareness of the legisla- tive process and I can assure you that in the future my attitude towards our legislators will be one of interest and concern and I will be making decisions on Election Day based on issues that concern the students of our county and state. Education is an investment in your future. Jan McNeel Pocahontas County Hillsboro School Dear Friends: Renick Parents Advisory Com- mittee and other civic organizations of the Falling Springs School District take pleasure in inviting you to par- ticipate in our Home Town Celebra- tion to be held the weekend of May 12, 1990. Beginning at 1 p.m., a variety of activities are planned, including: Games and competition for young and old, such as sack races, egg toss, three-legged races and others such as horseshoe pitching, cross- cut sawing. We expect many partici- pants to erect displays of craft and art projects and hobbies, and sev- eral organizations will have refresh- ment booths. There will be a parade, starting at 10 a.m., and plenty of opportunity for socializing with old friends in town for this event. A square dance will be held at the Renick Fire House on the evening of the 12th and, if past experience can be used to judge, a good time can be expected by all. If you would like to participate there will be no charge for display space or for a concession booth. However, we would appreciate a donation to help defray the costs of organizing and publicizing this event, and to contribute to the Ren- ick PAC's funds which are used to benefit academic programs at Ren- iok Junior High. Please contact, by April 20, Debbie Sponaugle, P. O. Box 43, Renick, 24966. Dear Editor: The West Virginia Business and Industry Council (BIC) commended Governor Gaston Caperton for the diligent work, patient attitude, and leadership he has exhibited during the recent crisis facing our state's educational system. BiC opposes any teacher com- pensation and educational reform plan which is not comprehensive in nature, and which is based on the imposition of massive amounts of new taxes on West Virginia busi- nesses or citizens. As we have stated previously, it is time to stop measuring our state's educational standards solely on th~ money spent, since West ready ranks fourth highest tion in per capita cation, and we currently per cent of our $1.758 budget on education. BIC urges the steps to bring West with all national and personnel ment of both and other state school components to reflect ages, as was outlined Governor's Task Force Compensation, will ginia teachers to be paid above the national stated goal of teacher tives! Coupled with an implementation of the property reappraisal, this achieving national ages will place West forefront of education a position of leadership, toward the twent BIC believes that taken to place West Virg cation system at, or tional educational categories, the best West Virginia citizens, most precious resource, dren, and the guideposts mative years, our protected now, and in the Appalachian Power Associated Builders & tors; Builders Supply of West Virginia; ing Company, Inc.; machinery Company; Regional Chamber of & Development; con~ Coal Company; soclation of West Transmission Cor ible Pavements counC Virginia; Independent Association of West Merit Enterprises; wesl Chamber of CommerCe, sociation, Consumer sociation, Hospital Hospitality & Manufacturers ing & Reclamation Motor Truck leum Council, ers & Convenience ciation, Retailers State Medical A Drink Association. Dear Editor: The Legislature sixty-day session. time on a lot of and failed to address tt" lems of the state: giving Citizens a voice ment (Initiative, Refere~ Recall). They spent th following the Interests. These speC groups are not problems, and mine. concern is to shoW Continued Page 5-A,