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4A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, April 19, 1990 , iiI i? twenty years ago, on April 22, 1970, Wisconsin Senator Gaytord Nelson proclaimed "Earth Day" to call attention to the growing pollution of the earth and its atmosphere. Because of our own greed (and because of media hyperbole) we have come to accept the plastic so- ciety in which we now live as being exactly what we really want. There is not a one of us -- not a single one of us --- who doesn't abuse the earth's precious re- sources We here in America make some of the highest demands upon the environment of any nation on earth. Our consumption of energy is, by far and large, the greatest of any country. Kind of a sorry thing to boast about, isn't it? What is the solution to our con- ton clothing after you experience nu- iron polyester? How can you drive a car for 30 years after your new $10,000 model collapses after only five years? How can you hand anything down to the next generation when it won't even last your lifetime? What we are handing down to the next generation is a world full of trash -- a world full of plastics that break but won't disintegrate. We are leaving behind mountains of garbage, nuclear waste, a polluted atmosphere, an ozone layer with a hole in it. I wish I could be up-beat about all this, but I very difficult. One thing that would turn matters around would be a situation like that pre- sented us during World War II. I am spicuous consumption? For the life old enough to remember the ration of me, I really don't know! I wish I books and tokens. Strategic materi- did. How can you stop eating fast foods -- where a great percentage of the trash originates? How can you go back to returnable glass bottles for soft drinks aqer you've merrily tossed an aluminum can away? How can you wash out the milk bottles and set them out on the stoop for the milkman to pick up af- ter you've used the plastic-coated paper cartons? How can you buy fresh foods that don't come in layers of plastic, alu- minum and paper containers after you've popped a tv dinner in the mi- crowave? How can you use a train after you've had the convenience of your own car? How can you iron cot- als just weren't to be had. Milk, butter, eggs, meat, shoes, sugar, tires, gasoline -- all were rationed. Of course there were those who bought on the black market. But the up-standing citizens did without in order to help the "war effort". There was a concrete threat facing us and we met it. Have the days gone forever when a nation rallies to protect it- self? The threat of being inundated by garbage is upon us. What will we do? Have you any suggestions? In the meantime, please cele- brate "Earth Day 1990" April 22. A little bit of awareness is better than none. --- Charles A. Goddard by Senator Jay Rockefeller Working for West Virginia (;ETTIN(; A HFAI) START pril has been designated the 'Month of the Young Child" by the National Associa- tion for the Educatmn of Young Children (NAEYC). The event was first celebrated nationwide nearly 20 years ago, in 1971. The NAEYC is focusing the "Month of the Young Child" on all types of early childhood and preschool programs. Certainly, we should attempt to make every day of the year worthwhile for the growth and development of our children, According to the NAEYC, "all high quality programs provide the warm learning environment that helps children succeed in school and later'{n life." This is what makes the Head Start program so valuable. Head Start, which celebrates its 25th an- niversary this year,~s a vital pro- gram aimed at providing children from three to five years old with the tools to do well in school and in growing up. The program, for young, economically deserving children, provides them with a wide range of services including proper nutrttton and health care, as well as a safe and secure learn- mg environment to enable them to develop socially and completely. 1"he point of Head Start is to en- sure that all children, regardless of their families' financial resources. can walk into kindergarten and first grade on equal footing. }lead Start works. It has been the subject of numerous studies that proved children who participate in Head Start are healthier, perform better in school later on and are less likely to com- mit crimes or become pregnant as teenagers. III "Head Start ensures that all children, regardless of their families' financiM resources, can walk into kindergarten on equal footing' I 1 am chairman of the Nation- al Commission on Children, a panel composed of 36 private and public leaders, children's experts and advocates. The commission was cre~ted to study the status of America's children and then recommend ways to provide for them a better life and future, We are slated to unveil our final recommendations next March, and will soon issue ian interim report. The commissmn has made many site visits, including one re- cently to West Virginia. We also made a special visit" to a Head Start Center in Texas, where we saw one of the best examples of this program at work. Unfortunately, Head Start reaches only one-fourth of all eligible children. I am a cosponsor of a major bill that renews the Head Start program through 1994 and increases funding so the pro- gram can eventually serve every single eligible child. The federal government, states, employers and parents must all devote more resources and nine to children. During the month of April -- the "Month of the Young Child"--and beyond, we must find ways to provide for all of our children the keys to a healthy, productive, secure future. The Mountain Messenger STAFF Chas. A. Goddard. l,:dttor Do|ty Ilrackcnnch, Office Manager Troy Forren. Advertising Tcrri Boone, Advertising David Poolc. Advertising Dcbbtc McClung. Ad Design Betty Morgan. Ad Design Jonathan Wright. Slaff Writer I.ou I)~.u'roughs, Typesetting Br,~mda Ghcrman, Production If you would like to submit matcria! for publication: Articles suOrnl~ted to The Mountain Messenger should be typewritten or clearly Written in order ~o be considered for pubJ~calion. Please inciude your name and a phone number where you may be reached during business hours. The Mountain Messenger reserves ~he right to ed!t any materiat and regrets ar- ticles canf~ot be returned. Letters Io lhe editor must include a full s~gna~ure and address, If you would iike a photograph returned, please provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope Material must be received in our office by: News Items: Fridays, Noon Display Advertising: Mondays, 2 p.m. Classified Ad,vertising: Fridays, I0 a.m. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: In State, $14,8-4 In State Senior Citizens $13.78 In State Students 11.13 ( 9 mos,) Out-of-State $15.OO }1 discount to Sen or C t zens 122 N. Court Street Lewisburg, WV 24901 304/647-5724 Published every Thursday Circulation: 22,685 By U.S. Senator Roberl C. Byrd A Progress Report on the National Radio Telescope at Green Bank In November 1988, the Na- tional Radio Telescope at Green Bank, Pocahontas County, col- lapsed, - Built originally at a cost of roughly $850,000 in the early 1960's, the aging but world- famous old radio telescope was reduced to a 600-ton jumble of twisted steel girders in a matter of seconds. Understandably, the collapse brought a cry of dismay from the nation's scientific community, and there arose a debate about whether or not to replace the giant instru- ment. ! insisted that the fallen telescope had to bc replaced in West Virginia, and officials of the National Science Foundation (NSF) came around to my position and agreed to build a new radio telescope in West Virginia. Last year, as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations CommH- tee. I succeeded in adding $75 million to an approprmtion bill to construct the new, state-of-the-art radio telescope at Green Bank in Pocahontas County. Recently, 1 received a prog- ress report from NSF indicating that 22 firms have shown interest in submitting bids for the project. The official bidding process is scheduled to begin in early June, with awarding of the construction contract to be announced early in 1991. Subsequently, site prepara- tion and excavation for the new radio telescope should take place in the summer or fall of 1991. in 1992, construction of the radio telescope antenna would begin, with completion and the final installation and testing of related instruments and equipment targeted for 1994. Official operation of the new, technologically advanced National Radio Telescope is anticipated to begin in 1995. In the decades ahead, the United States wilt continue to be a pioneer on mankind's advancing frontier into outer space. Cu rrent- ly, important future space explora- tion missions are being planned and projected. By dint of its state-of-the-art quality, the new National Radio Telescope at Green Bank not only will keep West Virginia in the front ranks of radio-telescope technology but also will be a brilliant star in our state's scien- tific future. "t Design for Green Bank's new $75 million radio telescope is shown in this drawing. The new 360-foot diameter radio astronomy telescope will be constructed to replace a similar device which collapsed in 1988. The new instrument is scheduled to be in operation by 1995. Green Bank is home to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. When the observatory was first opened in the 1950s, scientists lived at the Pocahontas County installation. Now, however, only a small number of person actually work at Green Bank. Most observations are carried on from Charlottesville, Virginia through telemetry and high-frequency radio connections. Senator Robert C. Byrd supplied this drawing to the Mountain Messenger. You Should Have Been With Us By Cadet Lt. Joe Evans The 150th Howitzer Battery had drill at the state's Army facility, Camp Dawson, located in Preston county. The trip started early for some of the troops as they were on the advanced party to take the equipment up to have it set up for the rest of the detachment. I rode up in a POV, that's private owned ve- hicle to you civilian types. The four and one half hour trip started at the Ronceverte Armory for the rest of the best of us. I rode up to Dawson with Sgt. Wiley, a troop General Pat- ton would ask for in his army, and Specialist Daughtery, a young go- getter in his own right. The other oc- cupant was S/Sgt Bobby Echols, a seasoned veteran of the National Guard's way of life. The trip started out with a little small talk about the weather that we would encounter on our duty weekend (which, inciden- tally, turned into a weekend that re- sembled the Battle of the Bulge). Af- ter settling into our ride I enjoyed the conversation with the other troops. neck hurtin', trying not to hard. My favorite one has to one about the cow's neck my favorite one. I don't Wiley or Daughtery or even for that matter but -- that's vorite. After listening to Wiley's music all the way up there I C you all the latest songs by stars from Randy TraviS Judds (whom I like), to the Gritty Dirt Band. We arrived at Dawson. morning it was time to get into tary frame of mind as we qualify with our weapons. course is a time when safet~ The irony of our trip up is that Echols was in charge of of the troops around live rounds. This same had our sides splitting was same man out there. His face was stern ousness of the task at took his responsibility in sional manner that the U. S/Sgt Echols is one of the best story expects of its senior tellers on this side of the Mississippi, sioned officers. I guess the give or take a few hundred. But any- that we have a lot of fun in way, he is very good and can hold tional Guard, but when it's your attention as long as he de- mands it. He reminds me of a Slim Pickens-Type of story teller In fact, if Walt Disney had found him first it might be his voice narrating, those nature films .... maybe, I ain't kid- din'! The stories he told were of trips in the past that would have your sides bustin' loose as though you were actually there. He had Daughtery's face turning blue and Wiley's ribs hurtin' from the proces- sion of Bobby's antics. He told stories about the Elvis Presley of our unit who could turn into Lester Flats on a moment's no- tice. That's a good one you'll have to hear sometime. Oh, yea, and the one about the boar hogs just a wallerin' in the mud, now that's a humdinger that would have your take care of our business We form into soldiers and do The conditions were not weather had dealt us with five inches of snow. Yet, thel nel went about the task work. I enjoy my Army life as the next man, but more is the comradeire who come together in defense of this nation and yes, our own state. Bobby Echols can tell a he also can do his job obligations of an NCO. if you want to hear sometime, drop by the Ronceverte and ask Maybe you can serve with ride the Blue Goose and be! a winning team. By Jonathan Wright Tastefully designed, signs can be way has an" interesting a tremendous asset to tourism. They needs to be told. I~ inform, direct attention to features are the answer. which might otherwise go unnoticed, Tourists need to be told and stimulate further curiosity, is into the gorge they Despite a number of official his- down into, where a torical signs scattered along high- nic river originates, ways, West Virginia could do much events took place along better in informing its tourists what they are traveling, how they are looking at as they travel. So sea level they are many "fiatlanders" who come to our spots, the methods state to gawk in wonder at our tow- in building roads ering mountains, rocky cliffs, and bly treacherous sparkling rivers are left on their own dreds of other bits of to figure out what they're looking at. which would utterly fasci The scenery is indeed incompa- state drivers who are rable--but if we intend to attract ous about this out-of'tt~' growing numbers of visitors in an ef- state. fort to tap deeper into our incredible This type of effort cos potential for tourism, then we must and is not without its toot our own horns a bit louder, problems. It requires The Midland Trail Scenic High- searching of historical, way Association is a good example and biological facts. of local efforts to draw more tourists to discover the natural beauty of our mountains. It is attempting to appeal to motorists who want to get off the beaten track of the interstate and enjoy up-close the postcard-like landscapes so common here. It's a young organization, of course, but I hope its members are seriously making some concrete plans for installing more informa- tional signs along the full extent of the Charleston-to-White Sulphur construction of fully into the without detracting from course, it involves a offs to allow motorists to road safely to read th~ take a better look at described. Let's satisfy our about our state by with the hundreds facts concerning our and natural wonderS. Springs segment of U. S. 60. Few financing and installing places in the East can match the rewarded. They will rugged splendor of the abrupt enough to tell them moutains surrounding the Kanawha and our beloved Valley, the mighty New River Gorge, turn they'll spread the and the expansive Greenbrier Valley this incredible vacation s farmland. Each community along the ers back home.