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6A II The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, May 12, 1987 Q plnlO Mornin' Here's to the Photocopier By JONATHAN WRIGHT There's no doubt about it: photocopy machines are one of the most useful inventions of this century. ! use these machines almost constantly, to the point that I wonder how I ever got along without them. Indeed, I am baffled as to how the business world ever functioned at all without these marvelous instruments. Their usefulness knows no bounds. ! suppose the time I first got -acquainted with them in a big,way Writing reports and papers involved endless searching of reference books, periodicals, and Other sources available in the library. So much of what a library has to offer cannot be and if i had to take perpetually humming bent over at one of those The handy, indispens- photocopy maching was there to serve my needs. I II see it there by the upstairs its monstrous form t eyeing the loose change in service also a lot of fun. "FunT' you ask? Yes, fun. There's nothing quite like the thrill of placing your face down sideways; flat on the machine's glass, and putting an your dime. The grotesque silhouette does wonders to break the monotonous silence of the library's stoic atmosphere, especially when other friends standing around try their skills at photocopying hands, feet, teeth, i and hair. The photocopy machine today has lost its fascination, rm afraid, and is accepted blandly as just another piece of necessary office equipment. But it continues to provide occasional challenges and entertainment, I'm happy to say, along with accompanying frustration. Imention frustration simply because there is one thing about the contraption that has never ceased to amaze me...and frustrate me. It is this: I seem to bethe only one who ever refills them with paper! rm not kidding. Invariably whenever the paper supply is running critically low in the machine, I happen by. Needingto run off several copies, I find it s only a matter of seconds until the dreaded "Add paper" sign flashes on. And, yes, many isthe time when I have pressed the "print" button and had only Qne, yes one, copy to come out before the "Add paper sign came on. This leads me to believe that there is a cruel conspiracy organized against me. I'm surethat more often than not when the paper supply is getting low, the last person to use it before me will somehow sense that rll be the next one to use it and will intentionally run the machine a bit longer, until only two or three sheets of paper remain...or none. I'm convinced of it! Such are the joys, trials, and tribulations of the modern photOcopier. Just a few thoughts to share with you before I take this column in to the newspaper office to copy. That thing had bette~" have enough in it this time! Life Care facility and a potential should be put in economically depressed southern West Virginia. Irradiated fuel from nuclear reactors, the most dangerous type of radioactive waste, would be stored above.ground, in a method never before tried, until someone else will take it...and once it's here, no one else will ever take it. This would be an unmitigated travesty, considering that our state produces no nuclear waste of its own. yet we would become the pointed out, the meeting of the Open require that properly by the reactors east of the Rocky ton is consistent with its Mountains. This high level radio- to each other active nuclear waste represents "open' Commission the most deadly long-lived poisions ever created by mankind. Some of it remains lethal for meetings that 240,000 years. If, during thattime, already discussed any of it escapes into our environment, it can only cause cancer, leukemia and birth defects. It's bad enough that once 1-64 is completed, this stuff will be constantly trucke~ through communities. (Are we to believe that after Three Mile Island and Chernobyl -- that we're immune to these sorts of accidents happening here?) If this plan is adopted, West Virginia will become the final resting place for massive quantities of nuclear waste -- which no other state in the country is willing to accept; The people who are promoting Fire doesn't comply with the here to the ;are facility, I don't,know much about What is at issue here r the County Commission ~its business, and the way )the electorate in the should set people of the law. Commission the law. Sincerely, James Gerl ohn Manchester on For your article on that holocostal machine ses to clear the power. I and on the oolitical interests McDowelt and who are operating possible out of the public eye -- trying to convince their This group has already drafted a new law and are poised to over-turn the existing one preventing the Jriat of nuclear waste in :kefetler opposition to this plan trying to put but Governor Moore and dUe Representative Nick J. Rahall mone! can be sure theres a nearby." M.i issue. We must, each of us, concerned the , says fou r County needs full time management By JOHN MANCHESTER Greenbrier County's need for full time management grows more apparent daily. The ancient system of county commissioners working part time to address county needs is long overdue for an overhaul. Problems the county now faces and the need for intensive planning to guide the growth that will surely come needs more than part time help. I do not fault the current commission members any more than those in thQ past. They have inherited a system where a part time effort on their part has been the rule rather than the exception. The current commission members have probably put in 50 times more hours at the courthouse than they probably figured on when they put their name on the ballot the last time. Property reappraisal has really made them earn their $14,000 annual salary. On the other hand one of the commission members once confided in me that when he ran for the position, he saw it as good pay for a parttime commitment. This sentiment is often heard across the county. The trouble is that the county has full time problems and full time planning needs. The commission needs to set the direction for where its members would like the county to be in one year, five years, 20 years. And that sort of direction setting cannot be done at all effectively by meeting once a month and in special meetings. The contention by local attorney James Gerl in a "Letter" on this page-- that many commission decisions are determined outside formal commission meetings--is also heard frequently. Without delving into the propriety and legality of such actions--which I took issue with last week--a system that allows commission members to view their job requirements as part-time is doomed to encourage such off-the-record meetings. Commission members who have major job responsibilities elsewhere--all three are farmers-are stretched so much for time that they get together to discuss county matters whenever they can. Let me offer two options to get out of this mess. First, the county could decide to hire a county manager. This person should be a non-political, capable administrator who can deal with current problems--keeping revenues up while keeping expenses down, landfill options, administering contracts, etc.--while putting a sizable amount of time into actual planning for the county's future. Such a person would have the time to look at areas like building road bypasses, encouraging steady economic development, evaluating proposals like the Life Care facility, - minimizing the negative impacts of and maximizing the positive aspects of the completion of 1-64. marketing the area to outside concerns, identifying the way county residents want the county to grow and helping us reach those goals. Determining how to fund the position will require some creativity and probably some form of tax. But rd bet you dimes to dollars that that money will be well spent in such a management position. The second option is for the electorate to choose county commissioners who have the time. dedication and administrative/planning expertise to fulfill the full time responsibilities of a manager themselves. That option can be addressed every two years. In any case steps sho'bLd be taken as soon as possible to address the county's current problems ~bnd future needs in more orderly and directed "fashion. Money Matters West Virginia is faced with a great opportunity or a great dilemma, depending on how you look at it or what side of the heap you're on. Over the past few years, states with hugh population centers have been running out of space for the garbage. The intensive urban sprawl that extends south from Boston to Washington, D.C., produces hundreds of thousands of tons of garbage each day. While much of this garbage is being floated out into the Atlantic and dumped overboard, that which is kept on land is quickly filling up every landfill and incinerator in every direction. Public officials, worried about the heaps of trash piling up in their various jurisdictions, have earnestly sought a solution to their mounting garbage problems. They -- -- " r Is this the kind of future we want to pass on to our children? Ken Sherman Dear Editor: " We would like to recognize those parents, students, members of the faculty, friends, patrons, and local businesses who worked so hard in helping to prepare and serve this year's Ramp Dinner. Each yearour dinner depends on the support of so many different people. Some of these helpful folks no longer have a direct connection with the school, but are always there when needed. This dedication to our school and community never seems to end. We wish we could thank each one personally, but that would be impossible. Please forgive us if we forgot to say '~thank you" in all the rush and excitement of the weeks and days before and during the dinner. We hope you know how much we really appreciate all of your efforts. williamsburg Ramp Dinner Committee Williamsburg Elementary & Jr. High School Williamsburg P.T.O Dear Editor : The Greenbrier Commission and the above- Committee leave a lot counties are for a lot of plain folk. no ore Planl were striking out for a solution until a solitary thought came into their minds. With one mighty voice they shouted, "Let's take it to West Virginia." And a convoy of trucks began rolling that very night bringing garbage from every direction to the Mountain State. This may seem like a fairy tale, but the actual truth is only slightly different. Contracts are currently in place to bring garbage from the eastern shores to several locations in West Virginia's northern and eastern sections. And discussions are active on establishing a "super dump" in southern West Virginia. These two thoughts together a re so distasteful that I am forming a Statewide anti-trash organization to serve as the focal point of opposition to the importation of garbage into West Virginia. The new, nonprofit organization will be called MARCH --Manchin Against Refuse Coming Here -- and will be the Statewide equivalent of organizations now functioning both in Preston County and in the Eastern Panhandle. I believe the safest way to handle this tidal wave of garbage planned for West Virginia is to keep it where it is generated, and out of the Mountain State., I realize the trash importation program" has many supporters who say that landfill operators will need to hire additional employees to handle the new bonanza of dumping that will occur. And another segment of the economy says the trucking industry will benefit from the additional hauling it will obtain. Still, considering all the facts, I wonder if we would be selling West Virginia a little short to accept these few jobs in the short run and risking the future of the State's billion dollar travel industry in the long run, to say nothing about the potential risks to our health a nd the health of future generations of West Virginians yet unborn. All through my years of pt~,hlic service, I have been actl;ely involved in various progr-m~ to control litter and abuse of tt. ~and. A major concern of those efforts has always been what we're going to do with the trash we already have in West Virginia. The State has its own solid waste disposal problems which are growing more severe every day and show no signs of abating, The idea of importing trash to West Virginia is a problem we just don'tneed and/believe Manchin s MARCH can help focus attention on this most unsatisfactory m. I'll be accepting from throughout the in this effort to save West Virginia from the scourges of if you are just give my By Roberta Patton Mom's special Mothers' Day has been celebrated for many years, and in 1987 as always! My mother, and I suspect yours too, sacrificed more for us than anyone else on earth. As I am a mother of six I am walking down the same path, so to speak, as she did! Morn, whom I always called "Morn" or "Mama", was a traditional mother, I'm sure, in her background, or why else would I have been taught this special name "Mama?" Fondly thinking of Mom, when the dandelions start blooming. Morn usually wore an apron around the house, to do whatever came up and that was a "whole lot of tasks." Mom and most mothers usually like to go out into the yard, looking at the new surprises coming out of the "good earth." "The Good "Earth" was the name.of Pearl S. Bucks' Nobel Prize-winning book. After awhile, glancing out the window, I would see Morn picking dandelions (the new shoots), mustard, and lambs' quarters. Those are just a few of the names I remember. Since she didn't take a basket or bucket out with her, she would fold the apron up, and fill it with "greens" - and then yell: " Somebody bring me something to finish putting this mess of greens in." When she brought in these choice pickings, she would wash and rinse them, put them into the kettle, cover with water, adding salt, then parboil fora few minut?s. then drain. Same procedure was repeated, but she added the ham bone (which had delicious meat " fit for a king" attached to it), and boiled 'til tender. That was Mamas' first "mess of fresh greens" for the spring season. Usually served with corn bread, homemade butter, beans and buttermilk. All these were raised on our land. Even the cow who produced the milk (which was allowed to sour). In due time, churned in one of those "up and down" churns by us children, until the butter When it came, it was of the milk and water, (by Mom's creative hands) it hardened enough into a ball shape, and then by a butter paddle (fashioned which finished of the butter. Mom then shape into a wooden which had a special center (mine iS a sheaf She pressed the butter therein until she ready, then pushed the after setting it into a came a beautiful round" pound" of delicious '" butter. Jersey cows yellow butter skimmed milk. The best meals ever from the creative hands mother and I expect yours Up at daybreak, g breakfast for her homemade biscuits for many were there to feed. children, eight grew to "yes, I'm the baby." breakfast, dinner, and meals were served in around the table! Mom day for her family, clothes from her patterns, possibl West Virginia News the Blakes. T buiding still stands in especially needing a windownpane! Ho Perrine, if he ever has t time, will see to that Mothers, Fathers, and the radius it was mailed Mama lived to a your Papa to a young 96 - fat meat, ham, gravy and worked, as Mama' say "from sun up to sun then as Papa would go Mama would say: "Man's from sun 'til sun, but is never done." My roses go this ~rs~ ever roses, are dandelion Ronceverte Hill-- a disaster waiting to ha By JOHN MANCHESTER A big truck overturned again last week when it lost down Ronceverte Hill. Once again luckily no one was hurt. flipped it over on Edgar Avenue after going through the bottom. He gets shaken up, thousands of dollars of but no catastrophe. Think what could have happened. The driver might have thought that he Could bail out after the light/slow it down after Edgar Avenue or even m~ could well be a car, truck, or even a school bus Ronceverte Hill at the intersection when that truck It's a disaster waiting to happen. Must we wait until this disaster occurs until we mount campaign to reduce its likelihood? There is always someone standing around the overturned suggests that the accident could have been prevent truck escape ramp on the hill. All around the country escape saving people's lives and reducing property damage. Let's support Ronceverte Mayor Hobb's attempt to State Department of Highways to locate a truck escape RonceverteHill. The Mountain M 122 N. Court Street Lewisburg, WV 24901 304/647.5724 Published weekly and distributed throughout the greater Greenbrier Valley. 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