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Letters... Continued from Pg. 4-A tlected to represent and represent special and the rich. Our them in the No- with individuals who to the people the issues we feel It is imperative to 55 counties covered and SO we must hear from if you are interested involved. You need the ~can get organized and contact Mason (Adults Working At ), Rt. 1, Box Virginia 25253. Diane Hickel Letart Senator Robert Byrd re- that due to the of money being Virginia politics today, be possible for a like himself to get rhis prompted the late a respected newspaper to suggest that U.S. Rbckefeller, who has $27.5 million for elec- Virginia, donate to million he has raised COntrast to Rockefeller, $12 million on his last Byrd only spent $1.3 re-election. Rockefeller's oppo- fair campaign pledge to limit his campaign ex- to $2 million. Yoder chal- to do the same. + refused, saying that he's be tied down by a limit ~; Rockefeller afraid of, and ;Cared to sign a fair cam- The answer is rather knows he can- on merit or fairness. Is a chicken. "Money- has to hide behind Wealth and the slickest Madison Avenue corn- money can buy. Rockefeller had to million to barely squeak Yoder can make him this year and still Want a real man, rather representing me in yours, Denny Canterbury Ronceverte your readers to let chose West Vir- given the matter con- ht. I* indeed chose t I have not regret- but for some time I thought about the Methodist minister. Years in seminary in ling previously in Ohio, and in three other end of my four years I COuld have gone to United Methodist At the time I knew of United Methodist ~l~id less than in West I chose to come' to reasons for a minister, or any- go to West Virginia bucks" are elsewhere. in 43 states, includ- east of the Mis- nowhere else a pleasant climate as We do not have COld that the North has heat that the South ~ more pleasant than Where the extremes in both winter my wife admits ts a proud native of ins of West Virginia me, they are not comforting. I know but seeing around me I am more presence than I er the climate nor the me back It was the a person instead ]inia, j don't do much or waiting in lines. I am known by a number. At my always treated cour- GREENBRIER MOTOR CO., INC. U.S. 219 SOUTH AT FAIRLEA linia, I have a name Among the pas- Conference urch, indi- as individuals, of factions. In the tel serve as a pas- of different tradi- so divided as in I have been. Past, I have seen by various or- in financial man- In business climate, next to the last in per capita income and next to last in teachers' pay. None of this is accfiptable. All of this needs to change. West Virginia has what many modern urban dwellers long for, however. We have community. We have space. We have time for each other. I pray that the leadership of,our state will work to bring us up from the bottom of those lists I mentioned above, and I pray also that the lead- ership of our state, our business, and our schools, will not undermine the tremendous advantages that we enjoy in other areas here in West Virginia. We need community. We need unity. We need to care about each other. Our young people need to have educational opportunity and economic opportunity which they do not now have. They also need the close, caring, community that most of them now have, however, where they can be affirmed for who they are, even if they are not number one in the country. I pray that what is worst about our state can be corrected without the lost of what is best about our state. Sincerely yours, Mark W. Flynn Ronceverte Dear Editor: April 22, 1990 is Earth Day 1990, the 20th Anniversary of the first Earth Day. More than 20 million people par- ticipated in the first Earth Day --- the largest organized demonstration in the nation's history. Congress ad- journed for the day and over 500 of its members attended "teach-ins" at universities and colleges or made speeches about saving the environ- ment. Following this historic event, the Environmental Protection Agency was established and both the Clean Air Act and the Clean Wa- ter act were passed. the past, the cost of preventing envi- ronmental deterioration is very small compared to the cost of correcting these problems once they have oc- curred. I urge all citizens to become in- volved in Earth Day 1990. Locally several events are being planned by local environmentally conscious groups not only on Earth Day 1990, but also during the week preceding and following Earth Day. Many reli- gious leaders will deliver pro-Earth related sermons. Every public school in the Nation has received educational packets for Earth Day 1990 so that our educators can fo- cus at this time on the importance of a sound environment to all of us. As the New York Times wrote after the first Earth Day, "Conservatives were for it, Liberals were for it. Demo- crats, Republicans and independ- ents were for it. So were the ins, the outs, the Executive and Legislative branches of government." Think globally, act locally -- be- come involved! Sincerely yours, G. Drew Forrester Ronceverte P.S. To find out how you can get involved locally, contact local Earth Day 1990 Co-coordinators Dr Nancy Chambers at 497-2862 (evenings) or Marty Marshall at 645-3165 (days). History Meeting A preview of the Battle of Lewis- burg Re-enactment Weekend will be presented by Hal Walls at the April 7 meeting of the Greenbrier Historical Society. Mr Walls is a member of the White Sulphur Rifles, a Civil War re- enactment group which has partici- pated in several "battle" stagings throughout the East. He will explain the history of the Battle of Lewisburg and the preparations being made for the May 18-20 event, in which the White Sulphur Rifles and a number The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, April 3, 1990 5A Airport Rental Policies Cause Controversy of the high interest rates prevailing then." Mr Hill appeared before the Air- port Authority in January to request that the Authority build him a new hangar, which he would then lease. The group approved the request and will open bids on the hangar at its April 16 meeting. The size of the proposed facility has not yet been decided. When asked about the Authority's occasional permission for By Jonathan Wright A difference of opinion has arisen between Greenbrier Valley Aviation owner Stan Leist and the Greenbrier Valley Airport Authority concerning the Authority's construction and leasing policies. The airport has two 100-by-120- foot hangars, one built in 1973 and the other in 1986. Both rent for $750 per month. Mr Leist, whose busi- Hess occupies the older of the two, contends the airport should base rent on actual construction costs. Additionally, he believes it should private individuals to build facilities lease only the land on which the at their own expense, Colonel buildings sit. Gwinn said, "It doesn't take nearly Both hangars were built by the as long for private construction as it Airport Authority, a group appointed does when we do the work, since by the Greenbrier County Commis- we have to advertise for bids, accept sion. "1 don't believe the Authority them, and go through quite a bit should use county money to build more preliminaries than a private facilities for which private capital is firm. In addition to allowing Mr Hill to available," Mr Leist said. construct his "t-hangars" in 1979, When asked why the Authority the Authority also allowed Maxwel- spends its own money to build facili- ton Aircraft Maintenance to con- ties for tenants, airport manager struct a building at the airport in Colonel (retired) John Gwinn said, 1984. The Authority bought the "In most situations we have con- building from the firm in 1986 for structed the buildings ourselves. It $58,000. has worked out well for our tenants "In both instances our purchase financially and helps us keep them of the buildings helped our custom- on here. We base rent on what the ors through some financial problems renter can pay, and we do our best they were beginning to have," ColD- to make our rates as fair and equi- nel Gwinn said. "They were good table as possible. Our intention is to customers, and we wanted to keep be a first-class airport, with all major them." agreements to airport tenants as are offered to tenants of the adjacent Eastern Greenbrier County Indus- trial Park, which the airport owns. He has twice submitted a request for permission to build a 100-by-120- foot hangar. It would adjoin his pres- ent hangar, which is approximately the same size. The request was made by letter at the Authority's meeting in October and in person at the group's Janu- ary meeting. Each time it was tabled for further consideration. "We're still not quite sure what exactly he is wanting," Colonel Gwinn said when questioned about the proposal. Mr Leist said he requested a thirty-five-year lease and a thirty- five-year option on the new hangar, similar to the terms and conditions extended to the now-closed Maxwelton Manufacturing Company at the industrial park. Mr Leist said his business would build the hangar at its own expense. When asked why airport tenants were not offered the same lease agreements as those of the indus- trial parks, Colonel Gwinn said, "They are two completely separate entities. There is no comparison. Each one is handled separately." He added there were different opera- tional needs between aeronautical and industrial firms, and the Author- facilities: a restaurant, limousine Mr Leist contends the Authority ity makes the policy decisions it con- service, "fixed-base" operators [air should also offer the same leasing siders most effective and efficient for taxi and aircraft maintenance serv- ices], charter service, and fuel sales." "None of these services could operate successfully if we based our charges on what the structures cost," he added. "In real- ity, we subsidize everybody here." In the case of Don Hill, who was given approval to construct ten 'l- hangers" in 1979, the airport group decided to purchase Mr Hill's build- both. IT( SO S1SM s%Gi" "WE' PEN''" A Beautiful Experience This April 22, our Nation (and others in our world) is once again going to celebrate Earth Day. We will celebrate the gains we have made in protecting our planet and its inhabitants, as well as recommit our- selves to the monumental task which still lies ahead. Each of us, by doing our small part in making envi- ronmentally sound decisions in our everyday lives, can make a large impact on our Earth's future. We are the stewards of God's Earth for our and many future generations. As we have discovered through many envi- ronmental disasters and mistakes of of re-enactment groups from, ings in 1982 for $138,000. Mr Hill throughout the country will take part. The meeting wilt be held at Car- negie Hall in the Greenbrier College Alumnae Room at 2 p.m. The public is invited. said he went out of business tempo- rarily at that time and no longer has ready access to documents reveal- ing how much he paid to build the hangars in 1979. He declined to give an estimate but said, '1 made money on the sale, mainly because Correction Children's workshops for the Greenbrier Valley Theatre are set for April 21 and May 10. Information supplied the Mountain Messenger for our March 27 edition was incor- rect. eee Family Enrichment Week services nightly at 7:30 pm Sunday at 1 O: 50 am and 6:30 pm RONCEVERTE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE A "lions' and lambs'" community 610 West Main Street Ronceverte, W.Va. TO THE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE OUR QiURQ~ C/~ m~ lqX]R BONE Pastor David Harris, speaker Whatt You're Not A Bus Drived Suzigs team is on its way to the state championship finals, if only they could get a ride. 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