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Iherd are a prideful are proud of their are proud of their the rugged natural on the landscape and rightfully so. are proud of their and independence. the road you can follow the course of the meal (pun intended): first the sandwich wrapper, normally flat: tened against a clump of grass like a miniature billboard; next comes the soft drink cup, with its plastic top and straw separated but nearby; then the napkin all crumpled up and finally the carrying bag, complete ;)eople unfortunate somewhere else feel ~spect the pride and of West Virginians. fragile thing, pride. to maintain that pride of the Alphonse and ~ines going on in the ranking 48 or 49 in teacher's sal- which drains the new prosper- to enter the And the indi- West Virginian can ~Unter these threats to age, save going to the West 'By God' Vir- with left over catsup, mustard, salt is rightfully so. It is and pepper still inside, the very Wonderful West Vir- same bag intended to hold all the other trash until it could be depos- are proud of ited in a trash can. Then the alumi- The WVU Mountain- num can tossers come by with their would thousands of red and white Coke cans, red, white to Florida for a bowl and blue Pepsi cans, or multi-col- Hall of Fame ored beer cans to add glitter. Inter- West; Olympic cham- spersed with the above are various Rettin; pro-basket- glass and plastic bottles in a variety ~reer (they named a of sizes and colors. And finally a col- in Huntington); olym- lection of other debris, such as bro- Coles; astronaut Jon ken sun glasses, old rags, newspa- Ed Buck. West pers and other things that belong in lover's paradise, the kitchen wastebasket. lover's dream, a But why? Where did the West |n's delight, a Virginia pride go when this trash success, and that was hurled out the car window? It 'something of which got thrown out with the trash. Is the prideful West Virginian a myth? Does he not know all of this makes his beautiful West Virginia country- side ugly? What can be done about this? Well, we could require the manufac- turers to package their products in camoflage containers so the litter would blend in with the natural sur- roundings• Or we could put trash compactors in all vehicles. Or maybe we should try to close all fast food and carryout stores or outlaw eating or drinking anything while in a vehicle• none of these solutions have much chance to succeed and we'already have anti-litter laws that don't work. there is one thing It is true we have civic organiza- West Virginian can do tions who have adopted sections of Image. And that is to roads to keep clean. And there are highway trash, everyday citizens who go out of their in West Virginia is way to police areas as best they one enters the pride- can, and these are praiseworthy ef- State from Kentucky, forts• But they should not have to Maryland or need signs, the will tell him when the state line. is the West Virginia been talking about? every highway, ev- Js full of litter thrown from passing and Hardees and PaCkage their products and yellow print on print on silver foil, and no- you drive down clean up someone else's trash, they can't get it all and their time and ef- fort could be used for better pur- poses• No, it all joes back to pride• Those people trashing the scenery must show more pride in their sur- roundings and themselves as well as their beautiful state• Just once they must resist the habitual impulse to throw litter out the car window• It will make them feel good, really. Try it once, just save the trash disposal till you can get rid of it properly and see if it really doesn't make you feel better about yourself. And if it does, do it again and be proud of yourself• 1Wright In other business, the Council Department of/passed the 1990-91 City Budget, to- Resources will taling $1,914,358. The budget in- Center to a prio cludes expenditures of $1,132,000 Selected through a for the water department, $156,500 process, according to Mayor Phil department's secre- Miller. The opera- new residential fa- section ~)f the property• "The and facilities, in- , Will be used for the Greenbrier Center 4tiler wrote. "We will a provision to L'nity to use these basis as is discussed by the at its March~ Was in response to COUncil passed at It asked the to the city the lasium, swimming of land behind the tnd to give Carnegie or Carnegie Center's main available for office facilities wrote that her had some State Col- I the facilities. ~PPy to consider to Carnegie they can meet Under the law re- fair market value the letter contin- feasible, deeding and building to the Commission or may be the most no reference to 60 acres of the its swimming for the sanitation department, $618,358 for the general fund,and $7500 for street department ex- penses from coal severance tax re- ceipts. A proposed five-per-cent in- crease in city employee salaries is included in the budget. The Council passed a resolution to formalize its intentions to spend only the interest on a $100,000 en- dowment fund. The sum was a 70- year franchise fee paid by Tele-Me- dia, a cable television firm serving Lewisburg. The interest will be de- posited in the general fund and used for various expenses the fund is designated for, including street, fire, and police departments; the public library, street lights, City Hall ex- penses, and park maintenance. Mayor Gainer announced the March 15 hiring of Teresa Pack as meter maid for the Police Depart- ment. She will work on a six-month trial period• The Council voted to sponsor the May 18-20 Battle of Lewisburg Re- enactment Weekend• The Lewis- burg Visitors and Convention Center is organizing the event. In response to a letter from the West Virginia office of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Council voted to contribute $10 toward activities scheduled for "Loyalty Day" April 28. Churches throughout the state will be asked to ring their bells at a yet- undesignated time to commemora!e the growing democratic movement in Europe. Mayor Gainer announced Janet Johnson is now serving as municipal court clerk. She replaces Sharron Schrader, who moved to the Kn- oxville, Tennessee, area recently• The next meeting of the Lewis- bu*rg City Council will be at April 17, 7:30 p.m., at City Hall. More Letters... those who elected them, and to move to the top of the power struc- ture. Initiative, Referendum, and Re- call had it's first success in it's ten- year history. We made it to the agenda of the committee in each house where the powerful and elite of our society gunned us down. This was real progress! We have the rec- ord of their Roll Call vote which we will share with you. In your area, those voting against the people having a voice in govern- ment were: Sen. J. D. Brackenrich, Del. Paul Blake, Del. Richard Browning, and Del. William Wooten. However, Del. James Rowe, Del. Bill Wallace, and Del. Robert Kiss voted for the people to have a voice .---.. in government. We have learned of one Initiative, Referendum, and Recall Candidate in May Primary, in your area; Tom Louisos. If you do not have an Initiative, Referendum, and Recall candidate in your county, YOU can be ap- pointed by your County Executive Committee to represent your county. Make yourself known and you will get support. The people are tired of being treated with disdain. They will vote for an Initiative, Referendum, and Recall Candidate regardless of the pressure exerted by labor. All we have to do is let the people know they have a candidate who will not bend to labor leadership, but will represent the people• Special interest Groups is the problem, not the rank and file of the membership. REGISTER TO VOTE before April 9. Lou & Viloris Allen Scott Depot Dear Editor: THE 1990 CENSUS HAS BE- GUN!! Throughout the Nation we expect to count over 250 million people and 106 million housing units during the decennial, or ten-year census of population of the United States. Success of this monumental project depends, in part, on locating and hiring qualified people to con- duct the Census for our area. At this time we are asking you to help spread the word about upcom- ing part-time temporary employment opportunities. The majority of posi- tions will begin in April, but many people are being hired in March. Please note the majority of openings will be as field enumerators, which pays $6 per hour, plus 24 cents per mile for any business mileage. Of- rice positions pay $5•50 to $6.25 per hour. The office for this geographic area is located at 420 City Avenue, Beckley• Any individual interested in apply- ing should contact our office at phone number 256-1800. All appli- cants must pass a written test and a background security check. Ar- rangements for taking the test can be made by calling the same num- ber. We will schedule a testing for any group of ten or more, at their location, if requested. Recruiting qualified people to conduct the Census is a continuing task• many applicants have already been referred to us by persons such as yourself, and such referrals have contributed greatly to our staffing requirements. At this time though we still need additional applicants for work with the Census, and any as- sistance which you could provide would certainly be appreciated. Sincerely yours. D~ve Lackey District Office Manager Dear Editor: This is an open letter in response to Billie Jean Hutsenpiller's earlier letter. In reflecting on Mrs Hutsenpiller's letter in which the non-striking teachers were venerated, I cannot help wondering about a few points she made. In Greenbrier County, there were no acts of violence, no threats of physical harm, no inci- dents other than differences of opin- ion and frayed tempers. Wherever people live and work together, such occurrences happen from time to time. What concerns me most, how- ever, is the writer's attitude that those who chose to strike are some- how less than principled, less than ~rofessional, less than admirable, tess than brave --- a bunch of row- dies out to destroy, education in West Virginia. Mrs Hutsenpiller WAS a teacher, one who was respected and suc- cessful• Yet she chose to leave this profession to pursue another career. Those of us who have remained in the teaching profession and who have watched the day by day, year by year deterioration of programs, staff, salaries and benefits are far The Mountain Messenger, TuesdJ~y, March 27, 1990 5A better qualified to judge the worthi- ness of the work stoppage. To re- but, with due respect, Mrs Hutsenpiller's statements: I am proud to be a part of the concerned majority of teachers in the county and state who chose to sacrifice themselves for the good of ALL, including those who sat in empty classrooms all day. I respect their decision to stay out of school and force the gover- nor, the legislature, the citizens of the state and the whole country to focus their attention on the terrible problems faced by educators in West Virginia. I admire their courage in leading the fight for quality education for their students. I deplore the action of the Green- brier County School Board who de- cided Gestapo tactics and a Termi- nator mentality would put the teach- ers back in their places• I am puzzled that a teacher, who walked out of the classroom and never returned (THE ULTIMATE STRIKER), would decry the motives of her former colleagues who have stayed in their profession and worked quietly for years at an ever lower pay scale, with deteriorating benefits, tt was NOt wrong to say "Enough is enough," and stay out of school to force attention to our plight. WE are the ones who want to stay IN this profession IN West Vir- ginia. The deplorable conditions these last years were making that desire an ever more transitory pipe dream. Action was Vital! I am proud of our accomplish- ments, proud that we stood together with unity and strength, and sure that our new determination will have a positive effect. I am amazed that a teacher and lawyer would forget the protests and movements for justice which have given new freedoms to the people throughout the history of this coun- try. Perhaps our former teacher needs a refresher course in Ameri- can history. R. Houston Arbuckle President Greenbrler County Education Association Lewisburg Reservations will be available at three campgrounds in the Mononga- hela National Forest this year through a toll-free telephone reser- vation system. Sites at the Meadow Creek Campground loop at Lake Sherwood north of White Sulphur Springs, the new Seneca Shadows Campground near Seneca Rocks, and the Horseshoe Campground north of Parsons may all be re- served through the system. 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