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4A The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, April 10, 1990 Whether you be Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Confucian, Buddhist ~- whatever your religious convictions --- Easter is a glorious time of renewed life, of hope, of great expectation for all peoples of this fragile world on which we llve. The reminders of llfe everlasting surround us. The gentle daffodil, so long slumbering, trumpets the glory of a golden spring. The song- birds sing soft melodies at dawn -- not hiding their Joy from the reawakening earth. Apples and cherries, peaches and plums burst forth in fragrant blooms which herald the fruit yet to be borne. The service tree, insig- nificant in itself, adorns our mountain home and relates the undeni- able message that spring is come. The redbud soon will blossom forth with a richness beyond compare. And then, , , the dogwoodl The latest date for Easter in the 20th Century already happened -- i! April 25, 1943. The earliest Easter could be celebrated is March 22. '~ However, the last time this occurred was in 1818. Have you noticed the size of the Mountain Messenger today?, Thirty-two pages! Today's edition is the largest newspaper we have ever published. Everyone on our staff worked very hard to put to- gether today's newspaper for you. It required that they come in on their normal days off; some even took work home with them -- without a grumble, I might add. It is that sense of dedication to their .jobs, and to you, that truly makes the staff of the Mountain Messen- ger a very, very special group of people. We strive every day to make our good little newspaper ever better. With the contributions made by previous employees and previous editors, and with the staff we now have, just watch us grow! With loday's edition, we bid adieu to a Tuesday publication date and move happily to Thursdays. Thursdays have always been the traditional day for a weekly newspaper to publish. We will now pro- vide you more of the week's happenings -- sooner to the time they actually happen. We will bring you advertisements from local busi- nesses which will save you money every day, but especially !n time Ibr the weekend shopping period. The post office is happier, because they can get our newspaper to you more quickly now that it will be put in the mail Wednesday night. When the Mountain Messenger first published in Ronceverte five years ago, we were a Sunday paper and we were hand delivered to a small area of Greenbrler County. Today we have a circulation of more than 22,000 and we are growing! Nearly every day we have new subscriptions from people who are not lucky enough to live within our free distribution area of Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Monroe and parts of Summers counties. Remember, the Mountain Messenger is your newspaper. Please let us know how we may serve you better: Write: The Mountain Messen- ger, 122 North Court Street, Lewisburg 24901. We will do our best, you can count on that. --Chas. A~ Goddard Look For The Messenger On Thursdays The Mountain Messenger STAFF Chas. A. Goddard, Editor Dottle Brackenrtch. Office Manager Troy Forren. Advertising Sales Tcrri Boone. Advcrtlsing Sales David Peele, Advertising Sales Dcbbie McClung, Ad Design Betty Morgan, Ad Design Jonathan Wright. Staff'Wrlter 122 N. Court Street Lewisburg, WV 24901 304/647-5724 Published every Tuesday Circulation: 22,819 Lou Burroughs. Typesetting Brenda Ghcrman. Production 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 reached during business hours. The Mountain Messenger reserves the right to edit any material and regrets ar- ticles cannot be returned. Letters to the editor must include a full signature and address. If you would like a photograph re(urned, pleme provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Please observe the following deadlines: News Items: Thursday, Noon Display Advertising: Thursday, 6 p.m. Classified Advertising: Friday, 9 a.m. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: ....... In State, $14; Out-of-State, $15; Students (9 mos.) $I0. By Jonathan Wright Nonembellished, matter-of-fact, nondefensive. That's how you would have to describe the four accounts of the Easter story told by its famous authors. They go into very little un- necessary detail in giving us a chro- nology of what happened that un- usual weekend nearly 2,000 years ago. That's incredible to me. If I were telling about such events, I would be so excited I would probably have trouble limiting my story to a 300- or 400-page book. The unheard-of res- urrection of a man who had been brutally tortured to death would have occupied my tongue and pen for weeks and months on end as I searched for just the right words to convey my utter joy and unre- strained exhilaration of this revolu- tionary event. Likely my contemporaries, many of whom were witnesses to what I had heard and seen, would be pres- suring me to add every little detail possible---and then to add some, maybe, to "spice it up a bit." The knowledge they would be reading it upon its completion would make it ever so more important to write it in a very explicit way, leaving little to the imagination. To a world who was sure this man had been finally defeated by those opposing him, I would have felt a keen responsibility to'tell ex- actly what had happened--in such a way they would have a book-full of undeniable evidence and irrefutable testimonies strong enough to stand up to any cynicism. Strangely, these writers did none of that. No flowery descriptions, no elaborate detail, no overwhelming "evidence for the prosecution" of those who opposed this man. Their tone is akin to one who is hurriedly telling a friend about a fantastic event, taking time only to give the strategic details before rushing off again to an important appointment. In short--they had nothing to "prove." All this does is to simply reassure me that what they have been telling me through these four accounts all these years must be the truth. They had no axe to grind, no one to im- press, nothing to defend concerning this event. They were simply pre- senting the facts as self-evident. The utter joy inherent in Easter is in its simplicity--and the incredible implications of what it can mean for a troubled world, rm glad rve dis- covered it--and Him. The Drug Problem: A Hypothetical Solution By Francis J. Gallagher Ask any successful business person how to get to the top and you are sure to hear, "1 found a slot and worked hard" or "1 used my good old American ingenuity and created a need." What about the little kid with the ten cent lemonade stand? We all admire the guts it takes to engage in commerce. Drugs are readily available, not be- cause a farmer in South America grows coca or grass. No, drugs are here be- cause there is profit. There is real big money in addictive substances. "Elect me and I will pass laws which are so severe that everyone will be afraid to sell drugs," says the politician. "Put the pusher in jail and throw away the key," he yells from atop his platform. "Give 'em the chair. Thars good enough for getting our youth hooked," his macho Voice quiv- ers with sincerity. Anyone who disagrees with this candidate is stupid, un-Ameri- can and disloyal. The speaker gets a big round of applause. drugs during her pregn Harry's mother was the river," Harry became state. The poor boy lonely but he found cadng orphanage. He also first time in his life, Before he left the home t his first year of college, the social worker he he was in college, the with the rent on his mother came back Harry shared his got a job cleaning working nights at the olJege education. The cost of keeping tious boys until same. However,Harry ing college graduat(L up in the pokey where he and better ways to steal, snatch purses from old could support is habit on Jamie Sullivan grew up in a one-par- ent home in the big city. His father left home before he was born. Mamma had many male visitors and Jamie could hear the tussle as he lay scared in the next room. Money changed hands and the strange men seldom returned. One thing for sure, Jamie ate well after the encoun- ters. The thin walls kept few secrets. When Mamma died from an overdose, Jamie was just sixteen but, never mind, "the big white man will take care of me," he thinks. Jamie starts to deal and be- gins to make money. He buys a big car and expensive threads. All the girls ad- mire him. Jamie has no trouble getting dates. Jamie is a dealer because the macho candidate we elected, passed laws that prevented mature older people from selling drugs. "Good old American ingenuity," found that youngsters are sel- dom jailed for dealing drugs because of their young age. Yet they can make sev- eral hundred tax free dollars a week for themselves and their suppliers. Harry Smith was born on the other side of town under similar circum- stances, only Harry's mother was a dealer. Poor Harry was hooked before he was born because his mother used As the legislator drew even cause he was the death penalty in Harry heard about the shook his head and said a i lawmaker for he knew a felon to death was six keeping a prisoner in According to a recent cast it costs $3,000,000 death penalty, including posed to $500,000 for in jail for life. There iis no fewer murders are tions where human beings in a chair and jolted with several minutes until Nicotine addiction, magazine, kills two every week. This is on cause of the combined American Cancer States Surgeon General can society as a whole. tising and education we diction on all levels. solution but if tax that punishment doeS costs, then and only be reduced and sanity Dear Editor: As the former executive director of the Kansas Republican Party, i am amused that some West Virgini- ans think John Yoder has little chance of beating Jay Rockefeller. Money won't save Rockefeller this time. Yoder has beaten the odds time and time again in David versus Goliath situations, In May of 1976, shortly before the deadtine for filing for political of- rice, 1 first met John Yoder when he walked into my office. I had never heard of him before. Here was John Yodel, age 25, completely unknown, with no political experience and little legal experience~\wanting to take on a popular and prominent judge. He had no money, came from a poor family, and was st~ll completing his graduate degree bver 700 miles away. t thought he was crazy. No- body gave Yoder the slightest chance of winning. Just s~x weeks after he started actively campaigning, Yoder aston- ished all the political "experts" in our area. beating the incumbent by more man a 2 to 1 margin. Yoder was elected at age 25 young- est state circt~ Jnited States sn the ~the decade in Kansas. Judge Yoder wa~ widely re- spected and was subsequently se- lected in national competition to serve as a Judicial Fellow at the U. S. Supreme court. Yoder had a great political future in Kansas. If he had stayed in Kansas, instead of mowng to West Virginia seven years ago, he could easily be governor of Kansas today. Yoder wilt be an ex- cellent U. S. Senator for West Vir- g ma Irene Whitlock McPherson, Kansas, Dear Editor: On April 10 Lewisburg residents will have a unique opportunity to support their friends and neighbors, and determine the future growth pat- tern of their city by voting against the proposal to rezone a portion of the Moore property from residential to commercial. If passed, the impact on surrounding residential areas as well as the traffic flow on that portion of Rt 219 wilt be irreve rsible. At the hearings leading to this referendum, dozens of nearby resi- dents and people from other parts of our city opposed the proposal. The only vocal supporters were those who would gain financially. We have ample land zoned for commercial use. Why encroach on residential areas? If the developers had proposed only a change to per- mit building apartments, condos, of- rices, etc., there would have been no opposition. The need for more such facilities is recognized. That portion of the land not suitable for these uses could be deeded to the city (a tax write-off for the develop- ers) for a future mini-park. Larger range effects of rezoning residential to commercial should be obvious. Where next? Next door? Then again? And again? Those who believe this would be the "last time" should look at other areas. This February, in another city, I was at a controversial hearing on permitting further commercial encroachment. The mayor stated "It would only be fair to grant the owner the same privileges the city had given other property owners in the area." It passed! GET OUTt VOTE NO! J. G. Morgan Lewisburg Dear Editor: The death blow has fallen. On March 27, 1990, Hitler and his Ge- stapo (board) received word of a $6.1 million "gift" from the state. Other monies salted away by the board would have us believe the new junior high for the eastern end (West Ha! Hat) will have no money worries. Already, he asked that we the voter/taxpayer look forward to a "new" levy on bond issue to provide additional funding as somewhere down the road this new project will need other funds. Again, these "no alternative" plans as presented to get the "blood monies," parallel the first consolidation. Poor, hurried-up planning has gotten the new junior high in deep water before the first spade of earth has been turned. Remember too, new teachers (no seniority) can look forward to losing their jobs each year as the new leg- islature mandates dictate. Aren't you glad you returned to teach in Green- brier County only to be ~srminated by the administrative fat policies? What will the board do to top this massive blunder in planning? Fire teachersl Did you look at alternate plans? One Junior high for the entire county at Alta. Turn present East and West to Junior college facilities and build one senior high at Alta. A more comprehensive vocational school. There are dozens of better alternatives than the one put forth at the present. There should be more input by the voters and not contin- ued mass squandering of monies by the present administration. Hopefully the two present board members will be replaced by the voters at the next election. Their leadership in bringing Baldwin to Greenbrier County as a consolida- tion dictator continues to undermine better common sense alternatives than vacating our present buildings, firing teachers etc. Hopefully a legal injunction can stop consolidation long enough to clean out the incompetence we presently have in administering tax dollars. Sincerely, Tom E. Housby Alderson Consolidation Never! Dear Editor: Among my clippings I found one written by students of Calhoun County Christian Academy dated March 17, 1987. It is as shocking to some of us as it was to these young people. They acted as pages in the House of Delegates and witnessed a shameful scene: "This is what we saw during the session: Foolishness, commotion, lack of attention, uncaring attitude, lack of alertness, fidgeting, rude- ness, disorganization, lack of control on the speaker's part, poor use of time, coffee and tobacco addiction on the part of a majority of the dele- gates, and snacking. Here are two of the many disre- spectful scenes we witnessed: While a woman delegate was addressing the speaker, we wit- nessed the male delegate seated in front of her turn around in his chair, take an aerosol can from her desk and proceed to spray her with it. A colleague of his poured a bag of candy into the jar on his desk. His actions brought laughter from the surrounding delegates." If a distinguished, highly re- spected, and honored gentleman, a delegate from Lewisburg, had wit- nessed such a scene as this in his lifetime of service to West Virginia he would have been appalled and, yes, saddened that his beloved West Virginia was so embarrassed by the abhorrent, ill-mannered, and shameful conduct of the people we honor with our votes. A man I was proud to call my father-in-law, Mr Harry L. Van Sickler, a southern gentleman from Lewisburg. Sincerely, Henry Dunn Lewisburg Dear Editor: Yea! Yea! rm proud of the stand taken recently by the striking teach- ers. BecauSe of their bravery, strength, commitment and willing- ness to endure criticism from associ- ates, insults, and threats of being fired, the school establishment will now have to wake-up and solve some of the problems plaguing Greenbrier County and West Virginia. It is a skame our teachers, who are both devoted and committed to the education of their students, had to strike in order to draw attention to these problems. Our Greenbrier County teachers have never caused any problems nor have they ever been trouble- makers. They have forever been honest and respected. They have honored their contracts and have maintained high principles and re- mained loyal to the students and county education system. Let us not ridicule them now, let us give them a pat on the back for the stand they have taken, rm proud of them. I do not know the circumstances affecting those 120 teachers who chose not to participate in the pro- test. I cannot judge them; however, I do believe it would have been more appropriate and would have saved much hard feelings had they stood up to be counted with their co-work- ers instead of turning their backs on them. rm afraid it wilt be a long time before those 120 individuals will be able to look their fellow teacher "in the eye." I do believe the striking teacher will '~orgive in time" but probably won't forget. The principles teachers believe in and hold high are a credit to their profession and command the re- spect of all Greenbrier Couqtians and West Virginians. I am pf,~ud of one and all. Let those who criticize our teach- ers for the stand they took examine their own standards and "clean their own house first." I am a senior citizen, a mother of two teachers and a sister of another. I have seven grandchildren and am very much interested in the educa- tion system of this State, present and future. These striking teachers everyone is criticizing are honest and sincere in this cause. They helped vote the seemingly uncaring bureaucracy into public office once, but "we" won't do it again. Respectfully yours, Edna Dyche Tuckwiller Rainelle Dear Editor: Now that some time has passed since the recent teacher strike and emotions have calmed, some quiet reflection is in order on why the strike took place and what it accom- plished. The strike was supported by many well-meaning teachers and some members of the public who were lead to believe that such sup- port was in the best interest of edu- cation. However, what was actually achieved by the strike? Teachers had to settle for a 4 per cent pay raise package rather than the 5 per cent previously offered by the gover- nor. To help finance this increase, the state aid formula was rewritten reducing the number of administra- tors around the state by about 200. These administrators are "bumping" into teaching positions displacing least senior teachers. Legislative leaders promised to ask the gover- nor for a special session to deal with education issues, but no date and no agenda were agreed upon. Teachers who went on strike now looking at empty pay packets must be asking, "What did I gain?" In order to justify the strike, West Virginia Education (WVEA) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) are trying hard to claim credit for the legislature's adoption of eq- uity pay and funding of teachers' re- tirement and medical insurance (PEIA). However, any legislator will tell you that work had begun on these provisions long before any strike or walkout took place. Lyle Sattes indicated in a briefing of his House Education Committee on March 6 that the walkouts of Febru- ary 15, March 2 and 3, had only made passage of these proposals more difficult. Why, then, did the take place? A is that West Virginia geted by the National sociation (NEA) as one with no collective Nearly 60 union NEA and AFT) were outside the state including, Keith Geiger, the National Education Why is WVEA so its collective bargaining The "Local Control Act," proposed in tive session, would teacher in the state WVEA or to pay a about $200 a year. approximately $2 rr WVEAJNEA's treasury proposed legislation such policies as ment, textbook sel nary procedures, in curriculum in the ess, giving union control over There is other teacher strike in happens, West Virgi should take a careful reasons they are leave the classrooKt picket line before ardize their jobs, rity, and, in some munity support for Sincerely yours, West Virgini= Dear Editor:" On Saturday, celebration of life the Right To Life held at the in Washington, O. C. ested in showing cials and the rest you value the life of then please plan to your support. Bus~ have been sonable rate. For Dunbar, 445-2532 aS sible. Thank you. More