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4A The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, April 14, 1992 Carol Birthdays----ugh! I can remember a time when I ner was printed "Ed and Carol." used to look forward to having a I was thrilled. I was the only birthday. Those days are gone one in the family to have such a forever. I" don't dread them or huge cake, and with a horse on anything. I mean, what's another It. Nobody else's cake ever had a year between friends? At age horse on it. I don't even remem- 17--nothing. At age 50 it's a ber what presents I got--I Just whole new ballgame, remember that horse. My birthday falls on the same Nowadays I don't get birthday day as my Uncle Ed'a. Many cakes with horses on them. One times we celebrated it together, year I got a blackberry plel My My other uncle. AI, would come kids said they thought I was and pick us up. Aunt Martha tired of plain old birthday cakes, would have the house gaily deco- so they'd made this special pie. .rated. and the cake would be Well, it was special--in its own huge. Of course, it had to be. way. They'd made it from store- There were seven in their family bought pie shells. The kind that and in ours, plus Uncle AI, sag in the middle no matter how Aunt Loretta. and my cousin, full you fill 'era. And they'd filled Bert. it with canned blackberries and My all-time favorite cake was put candles on it. It was the one my aunt got from a pathetic, but didn't taste too bakery--freel It had sat in the bad. window several days and had During the war, birthdays the name of the bakery on It, but took on a whole different aspect. when Aunt Martha asked about We had birthdays at home and it--it was cheaper than having Just called Uncle Ed to exchange one made. The bakery lady said greetings, and I was the only one she could take the icing off and allowed to talk--a special privi- put our names on it. and no one lege. At the celebration, Mom or would ever know the difference. Dad said a little prayer, thank- My sisters said they could still ing God for our safety. see where it had "Peebles" Bak- The "black-out" curtains had ery, 1925-1947" written on it, been pulled tightly shut, and but l didn't care. The ffnportant when the light was turned out, thing was that it had a picture of just before the candle-lit cake a horse pulling a bakery cart was brought in, the darkness right in the center--a brown was Inky black, and the little horse. In the upper left-hand sparks of light seemed to repre- comer it said, "Happy Birthday," sent the many hopes for peace in mad In the lower right-hand cor- a blacked-out world. "Goodness is love in action, love with its hand to the plow, love with the burden on its back love following His footsteps, who went about continnually good. --James Hamilton ..... "~',,, ~, .~ ,:~ ...... Dear Editor: In a recent associated press Find out where your repre- article, candidate Tom SusmansentaUve stands. Then vote your says he deserves United Mine convictions. Are voters' rights Workers endorsement. He then here to stay? You bet they are, goes on to condemn Secretary of for as long as we have minority State Ken Hechler for his sup- control by crooked speclal-inter- port of the Voters' Rights amend- menta proposed in the last three sessions of the legislature. Susman then references the proposals as being detrimental to organized labor. Not true. This is a dead giveaway that Mr. Susman is a representative of the minority special interest groups controlling state govern- ment, which Is responsible to the sad state of affairs. Studies, pools, etc., show beyond a doubt that 70 percent to 75 percent of the voting public favors the pro- pos . The proposed amendments are, Initiative, Referendum, and Recall. What is its true meaning? To answer this question, the Legislature and the Governor cannot pass voters' right propos- als into law. They can only agree to permit them to be placed on the ballot for a vote by the pub- tic. You will not get the oppo- nents to admit or explain these proposals for what they really represent. The reason is fear--- fear of losing their strangle-hold on government. A Constitutional amendment requires a two-thlrds vote of both houses, then a majority vote of the public. So why the fear by special interests? Initia- tive as proposed, if adopted would provide the public the right to originate Legislation. Referendum would permit the public the right to reject by popular vote legislation enacted by the legislative and executive branches of government. Recall would permit removal from of- rice. Should this proposal be- come law, a partition of 15 per- cent of the voters would be re- quired to set anyone of the pro- eedures into motion. Cross-ticket voting in primary elections wo.ld give us the vot- ers the same rights in primary elections as we currently have in general elections. Term limita- tion would limit elected officials to two terms consecutively. These are the voters' rights. Susman. est leaders controlling our gov- ernment. J. W.. Pennington Falrlea Dear Editor: American Electric Power (AEP), the parent company to AI O (Appalachian Power Com- panyl, has just opened its Fuel Supply Department's new gen- eral office building in Lancaster, Ohio, The inside of the $6 mil- Lion building features mahogany paneling and trim throughout. Where is the "Appalachian" in Appalachian Power Company? Where is AEP's concern for el- ther the ecology of the earth or the economy of the people in the Appalachian Mountains? Our mountains grow the finest hard- wood anywhere in the world. Our cherry, walnut, oak, and ash are unsurpassed. Even our yellow poplar is beautiful and abundant. The timber in our mountains, with proper manage- ment, is a renewable resource. Our softs are rich. In contrast, the areas of the world where mahogany grows are designated as tropical rain- forests. The logging practices do not promote reforestation, The soils are shallow. The loss of the world's rainforest has been cred- ited with global warming, droughts, and species extinction. Unlike timber cutters here, the workers in the ralnforest virtu- ally work as slave labor. The United States Small Busi- ness Administration's Office of Business Development estimates that "80 to 90 cents of every dol- lar households and communities spend on energy leaves the com- munity and never returns." We pay for everything in the AEP's rate base. We are forced to pay for coal mined outside the Appalachian region. We are forced to pay for nuclear power which will poison us all. Why should we pay for mahogany paneling on their walls? Judy Azulay Lindaide The Mountain Messen STAFF Jonathan Wright, Editor Terri Boone-Dowdy, Office Manager122 N. Court Street Troy Forren, Advertising Manager Lynne Vllella, Advertising Sales Lewisburg, WV 24901 Pat Williams, Advertising Sales 304/647-5724 Betty Mor~an, Ad Design Published every Tuesday Debbie McClung. Ad Design Carol Hall, Staff Writer Lou Burroughs, "IXjpesetting Brenda Gherman, 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 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 en- velope. Deadline: News Items: Wednesday, Noon Display Advertising: Thursday, 2 p.m. Classified Advertising: Thursday, 11 a.m. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: In-State: $23.32; Out-of-State: $23.50 Students: $17.50 (9 months) $1 discount to senior citizens EDITORIAL Dead men do not Just come back to life again. The very Idea that one who has been lifeless for over 36 hours could suddenly get up and walk around Is preposterous. Those things Just do not happen, as much as we would like to believe in the possib,lity. Slightly over 1,900 years ago, however, it d/d happen. Anyone who seriously examines the evidence cannot deny it. After a series of some of the most Incredible happenings the world has ever witnessed, mankind's most miraculous event exploded Into reality early one Sunday morning, and nothing has been the same since. The man to whom it happened claimed to be God in the flesh---a radical assertion. He claimed the power to forgive sins and set men free from the vicious claws of the self-willed evil so much an Inherent part of us all. Most important, he submitted that his death would be the one sacrifice God would accept for mankind. All of this would have been no more than empty words had he remained in the grave. He would have ended up In the annals of heistory and In men's.minds, like so many others-as just "a great acner, aloen severely contused about His Identity. The evidence for the resurrection is overwhelming, far greater than any of the puny attempts throughout history to discredit it. The power of this one event continues to stand the test of time, especially In the lives of those who have allowed this "great teacher," who conauered the grave, to change their lives forever. Happy Easter. --J. W. Dear Editor: Today the United States is floundering like a pilotless ship. The Government is in a state of political chaos. Leadership is practically null and void, with scandals in every branch of gov- ernmemt, the savings-and-loan crisis, check bouncing. Congres- sional Post Office and restaurant scandals the Senate conflrma- t/on of a questionable Supreme Court Justice candidate, White House Executives Bouncing checks and abusing limousine and chauffeur services. The question of most citizens is "what's the use?" It's politics as usual. It need not be, for there is a man who will once again return our government to us, The people and that man is H. Ross Perot. Let's unite and return the gov- ernment to the pcoplc. It must once again be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people--not the parasites, or we will perish. If you are interested in returning this country to its greatness, contact me by letter or phone. William R. Garbett Jr. 1926 Grant Ave. St. Albarm, 25177 727-3807 The economy in the Bush years State of the economy in January 1989, when President Bush took office, compared to most recent figures: 1989[ 5.4%! 1992[ 7.1%] Economic growth rateiiiiiii~;iii~::~;ili~:;i:::i 1989 C ! 2"5'/o " 1992 ~ 1.7% Consumer confidence index 1989 [ 1 s.8! 1992[ 52.41 19891":" : [ $'153 billion 1992 1 ...... $348 bill~, I Inflation rate ............................................ :::::::;::s::::::: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 1989 0.6% 1992 [--1 0.3% Prime interest 19891 10.5%I 1982[ 6.5%l Monthly new home 1989[ ; 70,1,000! 1992[ .... o,ooo I SOURCES: Government reports, The Conference Board WANTED: Your opinion. Express it in a Letter to the Editor. Send to Mountain Messenger, 122 North Court Street, Lewisburg 24901. All letters must be signed and include full address and telephone. No photo- copied signatures, please. t' To the point By Jonathan Wright It's a curious thing, but many smokers don't consider cigarette butts as trash. Have you noticed? This is not a new prob- lem, but one that's been around almost as long as the nicotine dispensers themselves. Look around you---on the ground around sidewalks, curbsides, or locations where people congregate outside build- ings. You won't have to look far to find one of mankind's most common forms of trash. Additionally, a common sight on most roadways is a flick of the arm outside a car window-- as the ubiquitous cigarette butt is deposited wherever it happens to land. Anyone who has ever picked up trash alongside high- ways knows how the things seem almost as numerous as the once-common pop can tabs used to be. In fact, they are so numer- ous that most persons who pick up roadside trash don't even bother with the things. What's hard to understand is why this type of littering is so common, for many of the guilty wouldn't think of tossing out any other type of refuse. They don't think twice, however, before tossing aside the remains of thelr cigarette wherever it's con- venient outside. There must be something about the things that causes their owners to totally disregard what they're doing when they fllp them aside. Cer- tainly there must be some type of psychology to account for this negligent behavior. Smoking Is harmful enough without adding to our already littered world. Fortunately, many who are hooked on tobacco are conscientious about where they dlspose of the unsmokable por- tions of their cigarettes. Until smoking can be totally eliminated from today's society-- and that seems doubtful--it behooves those who practice it to fight the obviously strong temptaUon to litter an already trash-burdened world with what's left of ten minutes of puffing. by Senator Jay Rockefeller @ TOWARD CONQUERING CANCER I recently introduced a bill that would significantly improve Medi- care coverage of cancer treatments, and therefore bring comfort, con- venience and possibly even a longer life to some of the seniors Medicare is designed to serve. Too often, illogical rules and unresponsive bureaucracy keep Medicare beneficiaries from re- ceiving state-of-the-art cancer treatments. Right now, the Medi- care program is institutionally in- capable of responding to rapid de- velopments in cancer research. My Medicare Cancer Coverage Im- provement Act could make a tre- mendous difference in lives saved and families helped. And it would actually cost nothing, because of= savings resulting from fewer hos- pitalizations and office visits. IIIII I 'My Medicare Cancer Coverage Improvement Act could make a great contri- bution in saving lives and helping families' I IIIlll The bill provides for coferage of "off-label" uses of anticancer drugs -- that is, allowing physi- cians to prescribe drugs generally accepted as effective, but not ap- proved for specific treatments by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It also calls for coverage of oral anticancer therapies, permit- ting physicians to prescribe anti- cancer drugs in capsule form in- stead of requiring patients to un- dergo IV injections of exactly the same chemical. This is particularly important for senior citizens in ru- ral states such as ours, who often drive long distances to be treated by cancer'specialists. My bill also provides for a study of Medicare patient care costs associated with clinical tri- als of new cancer therapies. This will allow patients to participate in clinical trims which maysave their lives, instead of forcing them back into therapies already deemed useless by their doctors. These relatively minor changes in Medicare policy can result in significant improvements in the care available to cancer pa- tients. Reimbursement policies all too often prove inflexible, even in the face of this killer disease. By eliminating these aspects of Medi- care policy, we can respond to the needs of individual cancer patients, and at the same time make impor- tant strides toward conquering cancer. H LP HEART till YOUR RECIPES OAmerican Heart Association This recipe is intended to be part of an overall healthful eating plan .that would not include more than 30 percent of daily calories from fat. Cinnamon Orange Pancakes Jump-start your day with a hearty and healthful serving of this breakfast dish. ~h cup all-purpose flour aA cupfresh orange juice 2 Tbsp.wheat germ Egg substitute 1 cup whole-wheat flour equivalent to 1 egg 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp.grated fresh orange 1 Tbsp.sugar peel 1 tsp. ground cinnamon Vegetable oil spray* 1 cup skim milk In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix until well-blended. In another bowl, combine all liquid ingredients and orange peel. Stir well. Pour liquid ingredients mixture into dry ingredients and stir only until moistened. Preheat griddle or skillet for pancakes. Spray lightly with vegetable oil. For each pancake, pour '/4 cup of batter onto griddle or skillet. Turn each pancake when edges are dry and bubbles appear on top. Serve hot. Makes 6 servings. " Do not use vegetable oil spray near an open flame or a heat source Read directions on can before using, and follow directions carefully. Nutritional Analysis per Serving 171 Calories 1 mg Cholesterol 0 gmSaturated Fat 7 grn Protein 140 mg Sodium 0 gmPolyunsaturated Fat 34 gm Carbohydrates 1 gm Total Fat 0 gmMonounsaturated Fat This Help Your Head Recipe ,s from the American Heart Association Cookbook, 5th Edflion Copyright 1991 by the American Heart Assoc,ation, Inc. Published by Times Books (a division of Random House, Inc), New York