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April 3, 1990

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4A The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, April 3, 1990 The Mountain Messenger does not publish unsigned letters. ii1~ ~JiL||,u ~L~,~ wwvwu1.= w,J ~li=~.,ll,v nized at least that part of the year dayl ht time was observed. Indiana took that route. Kentucky ....... P""'= .................. Dublin was also the scene of wmoy ano walleo on tended daylight. Enjoy your eve- nings---but be sure to set the alarm some bloody fighting in the days of Traveling by car, on the for those dark momingst ' 'the troubles," but all is quiet now in of the road can be quite ence to the Dear Editor: ginia will demand an end to this and betes and heart disease are at must have the alternative of safe, Some thirty days later, the rues- bility to constituents by I Perhaps some have failed to commit themselves to making our greater risk and legal abortion, sage came from our good friend Mr of their phone Whic to L with the blessings ot our legislators, Finally, we were on the picket lines to ensure that our finest teach- ers, those needed to train profes~ sionals and workers, will remain in West Virginia We want our children, and the children of families we serve, to receive the best education possible. When our children reach junior-high and high-school age, we do not want to be forced to seek residence in another state in order to find schools providing an ade- quate curriculum. When our children become adults, we do not want them forced to seek employment outside West Virginia, Some may say we have hurt the children. No, what we did, we did for the benefit of the children and youth of this state. We have, for many years, patiently tried to convince lawmakers and the general public that quality education is the only an- swer to a state that is economically depressed. Sometimes drastic action is re- quired to awaken sleeping giants. If the teachers' strike produces an awareness of the valuable re- sources that are robbed from our e by out-of-state cor lecture to women about pregnancy. Family planning, like religion is a very personal and private affair. Each person should be allowed to deal with God privately, without the intrusion of outsiders. If some of us are to be punished for our actions, then let God punish us. Do not try to become God yourselves and pass laws to punish people for their ac- tions, just because you disagree with them. Pregnancy is too important and serious a condition to be taken lightly. It's easy to take pregnancy and child-bearing lightly if you're a man, but it's not so easy if you're a woman. Not being able to have chil- dren can be a truly heartbreaking situation, but so can bearing an un- wanted child be an extremely heart- breaking situation. In addition to the mental and emotional anguish in- volved in childbearing for some women, there is often a financial cri- sis and a real physical danger. In addition to the problems of varicose veins, post-partum depression, loss of teeth, extreme weight loss or gain, pancreatitis, and eclampsia, some women actually die as a direct result of pregnant, ers simply cannot handle the burden of millions of unwanted babies. God has given us the ability to procreate, but He has also given us the intelli- gence to control our procreation. Many problems in our world today can be directly attributable to over- population. The problems of gar- bage, pollution, starvation, deterio- ration of the ozone layer, etc. will only get worse, and they will get worse faster as our population in- creases. Not every baby who is born is adoptable. Is Mr Spinks going to adopt the ones nobody wants? Is Dr Walkup going to help the families with handicapped children pay their medical bills? Of course not. Their sense of responsibility ends as soon as the baby is born. They're not to be found for the next 50 years of heartache and sleepless nights. Some people deal with those situ- ations adequately, but many others do not. Mothers who give up their babies for adoption may spend the rest of their lives wondering if their children are being abused or mis- treated. Since no form of birth control is nate their baDles to society'/ Ramah B. Jones White Sulphur Springs Dear Editor: Ronceverte City Commission: 1950-1960: Dr P. E. Prillman, W. A. Boone, P. K. Yates. A local meeting took place in the evening, at the plumbing shop of Paul K. Yates. Dr Pritlman and his jokes brought all the boys together, and a seat was a special place. Everyone knew of a vacant lot, once the site of an old hotel. A sug- gestion was made by Dr Philip Oden, that we try for a new Federal Building. Mrs John (Elizabeth) Kee, our Congresswoman and her son James, were close friends of Paul Yates. We made up a nice political collection fund and presented it to her, one morning at breakfast at the Gateway Hotel (1st Nat'l Bank site). We asked her for help in securing this building. Soon we were advised that we would meet certain people in Wash- ington, D.C.W.A. Boone, Paul Yates, Dr Oden and Charles W. Graves made the trip. We were met and very received. in their belief the electorate remains phone and lJnO ones ="" asleep and unconcerned. Very few common interests all the ~ have addressed vital issues we are the state w th some corn# confronted with. Too frequently we Jane from the same walk see candidates dwelling on their the same desire and willi past experiences and qualifications, work for better governrn~ rather than facing up to today's proved communications problems or offering solutions, ernment officials. ~r Let's look at the real issues. Re- From where I sit, if c call and referendum: did our delega- holders don't wake up ~ tion vote against this critical bill for more responsive to rnaJ! self preservation, or were they going ate desires rather than ~' along with the speaker's inference influential minority, tl~eY that the electorate was mentally in- themselves totally deP.~ capable of self-control? Hotel-Motel minority friends. V~est W~, tax; foot-dragging continues at the tics are chang ng the g' county level on action necessary to are, at tong last,'respr~' make this tax equitable. We must 'years of being walked o~. amend the state statute to make it j.W. I'~ compulsary, tax equity. Senator Bob Holiday's bill to tax idle or excess land was deserving of full support. Did the no votes here indicate kick- back? Education: will we actually see economic reorganization geared to more emphasis on the class-room and teachers? Or, will it be the same cure-all of tossing more tax dollars at a declining system? Cross ticket voting in primary: Expansion of voter rights, enhancement of two party ballot, why not? Dear Editor: As of March 26, 1990, is being submitted to eV~91 per in west Virginia ~,~ More LetterS'