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4A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, May 10,1990 t ! Have you noticed how some of our little secondary roads have become "Primary" roads recently? Just in time for the Primary Election, the Depart- ment of Highways got out and filled potholes, re-surfaced and graded. The timing could have been happenstance. Then, again... We used to laugh about a mysterious race of mountain men who would appear every four years (curiously, their cycle coincided with election years) to repair our highways, Great speculation was made about what these folk did during their period of 'hibernation'. O, the stories we used to tell! Now we're between tears and laughter. Should we laugh or cry about what happened last week out on Route 60, west of Lewisburg, near Merlunda Farms? That little-used section of Route 60 has recently been re-surfaced and it is a lovely black ribbon of roadway gliding through some of the most picturesque portions of the Greenbrier Val- ley. Well, State Department of Highways and Department of Natural Re- sources employees were busy there last week --- throwing trash along the grassy verge! While they were tossing uut the trash, a camera crew from West Virginia Public Television was busy recording the procedure. All the time, volunteers from the Frankford Extension Homemakers group were standing by to pick up the trash which the state employees had just thrown out! We noticed all the trash was "generic" --- that is, there were no brand names showing. God knows the Great State of West Virginia would not want to offend McDonatds, Burger King, Hardees, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Strohs, Budweiser, Micheiob, Luv, Huggies, or Pampers by allowing their trash to be video taped. What was going on here? The State was recording two public service announcements (one 60.seconds tong and the other 30-seconds) for the Adopt A Highway program! And they were spending $25,000 of our money to do it! Out at Mdrlunda's Preston Unit, on the north side of Route 60, there were at toast a dozen vehicles with the familiar green state license tags. Any number of state employees, decked out in blaze-orange vests, were milling around. And the trash b~an to fly. It took the Public Television crewmen two days to record this epic~ They stopped traffic (for which two flagmen, of course, were required) as other state employees arranged the trash in artis- tic patterns. They wanted to take ful( advantage of the scenic beauty on this pristine road{ Silty me! I suggested they could film a place high atop Muddy Creek Mountain -- where a stream is born and cascades over moss-covered rocks and is surrounded by magnificent conifers -- as an ideal location for their film. There they would have had to do nothing more than start their cam- eras. At my suggested beauty spot a pink refrigerator adds a splash of color to the gray rocks and green trees -- perfect for color television! Thousands of rusting cans are scattered over the craggy hiffsides near this stream and water splashes merrily over other pitched appliances -- creatin~g rainbow spumes of dancing waters. Anna Shahan, coerdinator for the Adopt A Highway Program, said "Don't give us too hard of a time about the $25,000 budget. We think we are getting good value for our money.," Now, don't get me wrong. I think the Adopt A Highway Program is just fine. Ms Shahan tells me there are more than 30,000 individuals participat- ing in this laudable venture in West Virginia. She also added the Depart- ment of Highways spends more than $1 1/2 million a year on trash pickup! My big bone of contention is that the State would spend $25,000 of our hard-earned money to throw trash along an otherwise fairly clean highway just in order to video record it for public service announcements. There are thousands of gorgeous locations where the trash is already there. It would have taken just a little forethought before the crews began making this trashy film --- and charging us $25,000 for it! -- Chas. A. Goddard Dear Editor: With Earth Day 1990 fresh in our minds I would like us all to be vision- aries, Today we find our planet being destroyed by greed. The pro- duction and economic system is based on increasing profits at all costs. Those costs are our environ- ment. Solar power has been available to us for 40 years. '~he oqly reason it has not been utili}ed as it should be is the fact that the oil and gas companies have so ~much wealth and power. This is longer a de- mocracy as our nation% fathers in- tended. The corporations control our government. They have the money to influence elections and buy your votes with glitzy advertising. The earth has tremendous energy com- ing from the sun everyday. If only 10-20 per cent of the solar energy coming to earth was utilized we could still expand our present rate of energy use. My fatuity and many others are operating houses on so- lar energy for electricity. Solar cars are a reality and could be in use in all cities with ease, Why aren't they in production? Because the oil and gas companies lobby against them and the present auto companies would have to re-tool and the gov- eminent won't support the research and developmem. Greed is the rea- son clean and safe power is not a part of more people's lives. The nu- clear industry still wants you to be- lieve they are the answer. After Ch- ernobol and Three Mile Island and the fact that they can't find places to put the deadly by-products should let you know nuclear energy is not safe. We need another revolution in this country and the world. We need to alter the means of production of goods and foods so that our envi- ronment is safe. Organic farming is on the upswing because now even the government agencies have real- ized that the use of pesticides and fertilizers pollute the ground and water. Studies have s~own that or- ganic farming has 8 to 10 per cent less output but makes the same amount of money per acre because you don't spend modey on chemi- cals. We need to radically change our way of doing business so that the environment comes first and profit second. Moral and enwron- mentally safe business m possible and it can be profitable too. Instead of controlling pollution or cleaning up we must eliminate it at the source. We must demand that our government establish policies that insure a clean world. Get involvedt Do something! Danette Brandy-Condon Hillsboro Dear Editor: Please note that Bonnie Cathcart was omitted from the Union High School honor roll. Sincerely yours, C. Doyle Kester, Principal -, Unlon One of West Virginia's Finest Newspapers egsenger Enter Your Subscription Today 52 Issues:S14,84, in state---$15.00. Out of State Name: Address: ...... ....... ,,., l ,, ,L City: _ State: _ ............ STAF Chas. A. 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Material must be received in our office by: News Items: Fridays, Noon Display Advertising: Mondays, 2 p.m. Classified Advertising: Fridays, 10 a.m. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: In State, $14.84 In State Senior Citizens $13.78 In State Students $11.13 (9 mos.) Ou -of-State, $15.00 $1 discount to Senior Citizens Garden Patch Leslie Price Shaver Ed. Note: Ms Shaver's column appears on the Opinion page to- day due to a heavy concentration of news and advertising on other pages of this edition. If you garden at all, chances are you're getting antsy. Here it is the first of spring, the ground warming and the birds returning, and the frost-free date seems further ahead than ever. This year is especially dif- ficult because it's been such a mild winter. The forsythia got fooled here and received its come-uppance -- no arching, golden bushes will dot the neighborhood this year. The for- sythia froze the first night it was n bud. Now I wonder what has hap- pened to everything else. Were the lilacs hurt as wet{? How about the daffodils, already three inches above the ground? I don't have any idea and will have to wait and see what effect this strange winter had on the garden. I try hard to be pa- tient, but rd never make it as an or- chard grower unless I lived on a tropical island where the tempera- tures never plummet below forty de- grees. Anyway, since it was a bright warmish Saturday, I made my first tour o1 the yard after my winter months of neglect. Many of the per- ennials are sending up new growth. Green clumps of leaves are starting around the bases of leftover stalks and stumps that I never got around to cleaning up. The delphinium and the rudabekia already have a healthy start on the growing season. The perennial bachelor buttons 1 planted as a single leaf from a friend's bed are coming up thick and established, and I anticipate a huge bouquet of that bluest of blues. The bulbs are going to town too. Tulips, hyacinths, scilla, narcissus are making themselves known. I wonder as I walk slowly by the beds, hands behind my back and head bent low, how many moies ate how many tulip bulbs. Moles won't touch a poisonous daffodil, but they gobble down tulips like a feast. But for the damage they have done, I likewise will have to wait and see. As I stroll I think about the new additions I will plant soon. More dill for the herb garden -- I only bought two plants last year at the farmers' market, but I lost one and ended up without enough to flavor all the fish and potato salad and deviled eggs. I'm going to plant more zinnias in the front as we{1 because I've gotten pickier about cutting my perennials. They have only two blooming sea- sons if luck is with me and in be- tween is tootong to wait. Zinnias, on the other hand, once they start, flower like mad and will do so the more you pick them. When you break off a stem, the remaining one will send off two more shoots. They are about the only flower that can compete with dandelions. I recom- mend highly the green zinnia Envy to all of you who find the general species too gaudy. The green is the palest chartreuse, ice green or mint green if you were looking at paint store charts, and the flowers look fabulous by themselves or with oth- ers in a vase. On the hottest sum- mer day when even the breeze is dry, green zinnias will coot you off. Regardless of what I do or don't do, my rose bushes seem to have few blooms and become scrawny by mid-summer. I have no strategies left to try. I threatened last fall to dig them up and plant dahlias in their place this spring, but I didn't have the heart for it. This stroll around the yard has put me in an excited and optimistic mood. i guess I'll leave them right where they are and buy a new kind of rose food -- even one long- stemmed blushing pink rose is worth it. Eli FOLKS WHO NEVER DO ANY MORE THAN THEY GET PAID FOR,NEVERGET PAID FOR ANY MORE THAN THEY DO ELBERTHuBBARD By Jonathan Wright When it comes down to what I appreciate most about my mother, I hardly even consider those things the world would deem spectacular, even though there are a good num- ber of them. No, when I think how much I love my mother, my mind instinctively goes to all the so-called "little things" she does from day to day. They are those unrecompensed things which demonstrate her love--and the fact she wants only what's best for me. They include "non-dramatic" ac- tions such as these: 1. Doing laundry. To this day, doing laundry is one of those duties t dread the most. To think my mother did mine for over two dec- ades without a complaint, simply as a matter of loving duty, is incredible. I can't imagine anyone anywhere enjoying this task, but she did it so much as a matter of routine that it faded into that category of day-to- day chores I never gave much thought to--until now 2. Cooking. Despite the fact we kids occasionally complained about certain varieties of vegetables in- compatible to the childish palate, we always knew we would have a meal--almost without fail it was cooked by that woman who thought little about how tired she might be at the time. To this day I rarely cook a full meal for myself--it's a job I don't often have time or energy for. A quick meal from a fast-food restau- rant, dell, or Clingman's is more my style. Those few times I do cook a meal, however, antly how much is paring one--and I mother even more. 3. Cleaning house. fact I refuse to live in my cleaning habits around ment far from adequate. keep things from they look dirty, but I dust, mop, and vacuum often. In my growing-up mother did these chores ting an eye, and often rather to enjoy them. she importance of a clean she also knew how for her family Naturally,~ helped her out in varioUS our part in the work what she did on a regular What I have listed servations about three dane household chores. them apart in my mind, the person who perforrn~ and why she was nothing less than a love for her children, her and her God. She was involved in one of privileges: raising a ing their lives. Though have thought about it rn time, I believe down deep that the way to shapin~ was through these which we would take for c til later in our lives. She was right. Day, Mother! by Senator Jay Working for West Virgi ACADEMIC EXERCISE qtaess of all types is important. Recently in this column I dis- cussed how important physical fit- ness is for all of us, especially our young people. There is such a thing as academic fitness, as well. A program called the Pre,,: 4ential Academic Fitness Js (PAFA) stimulates stu- dent to exercise their minds. It re- wards them for academic achievement. PAFA was initiated by the Department of Education in 1983. Awards are given at three levels - as students graduate from elemen- tary, middle or junior high, and senior high school. Students are recognized for maintaining an overall B + aver- age during all years at the level for which they receive the award. They also are recognized for at- taining a standardized achieve- ment test score, such as an SAT or ACT, at the 80th percentile. Senior high school students are also recognized for obtaining 12 credits in the "New Basics," a group of classes that include En- glish, math, science, social studies, foreign languages and computer science. A unique award given as part of the Presidential Academic Fit- ness Awards is one for "Extraor- 'Our children strong, healthy, both physically dinary Effort." limited number of may not meet all the criteria, but who tion for giving an strengthening The Department tion provides special no cost to schools also be obtained, Program cently mailed to all cipals. I urge you valuable program child's teachers and We must knowledge our ic fitness much as we reward their achR sports, which results ca] fitness. Economic for our state goes with quality learning cared workforce. the future of our strong, healthy and ically and ii The Latest In Wheels ET'. BUI out and out by hand. This : market and for hauling ever lock and end gate, tongue or THE PRIC If you want a wagon of any of yours. Don't you want i' anything to it that is needec quick and cheap. Give us nD THIB 3 'AG' our FARMERS' WAGON, thing.The seats are both ~hafts. IS REAS :ind give us a call. 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