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The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, June 7, 1990 5B Helen and Helen 1985, two thirds of the people Row had prior felony con- One in ten had prior homi- In 1984, a study of state inmates, serving time revealed 800 had previ- been convicted for murder and 821 people. statements came from a on the Death Penalty heard Larry King Show on radio. debaters were Professor !Benschoff of George Washing- llversity -- for the Death Pen- tan Stevenson, representing Southern Prisoner Defense !mittee -- against the Death points against the death were: There is no way to it so it is fair, just and true. in our society dictate that and the poor are most to get the death penalty. Are who shall live and who ',to die? Capital punishment re- !that person from the human We should move away this "kill them" type of justice. behavior is due to chemical etc. The Death Penalty not deter crime. If you are or rich you will not be on Row. Life without parole is all is necessary. We will convict )le. can well imagine, this was debate. We thought it was of interest when most of the were for the death penalty. Benschoff said "We can't a perfect system. We can't 'a system which will never con- an innocent person. We can't a system which will never re- prejudices in our society. our system is more fair COmes to making death pen- than anything else in nmal justice system.." Studies we do a good job of it. We Weigh the lives of the totally victims who are killed by these murderers because a life sen- tence means the person will be out in a few years. For everyone on death row, this means 18 crimes de- terred. People are being mowed down in the street and citizens are asking for a more effective deterrent. We can- not throw out the system while we wait for improvement. We have a tremendous crime problem. Citizens are wanting something done about it and they think the death penalty will do something. The studies seem to support it although not crystal clear one way or another. If the will of the people is reflected in the governing bodies, polls show positive for the death penalty.When Florida insti- tuted the death penalty, the first five or six executed were white people (This from a caller). One University of North Carolina study shows that the death penalty does deter. It is up to the anti-death penalty proponents to prove otherwise, then the death penalty will be gone. There are now hundreds of inmates on death row with multiple appeals. By the time they are executed, people have for- gotten what the crimes were. This lessens the effectiveness of the death penalty. These endless ap- peals cost the tax payers money. As to the rich people, they do not com- mit the kind of crimes which would warrant a death penalty. The draf- ters of The Constitution thought the death penalty was right. The argument comes down to this: No one is inflicting a death pen- alty. These people went out and committed a terrible crime and this is the reason they are executed, not because somebody picked on them and said "You're black, you're poor, so we are going to try you! Keep listening folks, there will be more coming up on this, we are sure. What would your responses have been? Till next time, Helen and Helen East Seniors Annual Awards @ Learnin I I I I I I IW Ml~rie Spencer's class from Williamsburg Elementary School partici- pated in the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine's (WVSOM) ; G90 Science Enrichment Program. The program is designed to give primary and secondary students hands-on laboratory experience. Judy Westerik, Ph.D., associate pro- fessor of biochemistry at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, assists (from left) Jacob Ramsay, Amanda Wickline, and Jen Hille during the Science Enrichment Program. Jennifer Huffman's kindergarten class from Ronceverte Elementary School and Pat Hanson's fourth grade class from Lewisburg Elemen- tary School participated ifi-the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine's WVSOM 1990 Science Enrichment Program. The program is designed to give primary and secondary students hands-on laboratory experience. Judy Westerik helps Richie Holliday, Alexis Boone and Scotty Reaser at WVSOM Science Enrichment Program. Sierra Club Bend Area Sierra Club Greenbrier River Val- ley Group will have a program meet- ing at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 14, at the Osteopathic Medical School in Lewisburg, Room B331. Joe Rozich, Assistant Ranger for the Monongahelia National Forest, will discuss the planning concerning 3,000 acres in the Blue Bend area associated with the Hopkins Moun- tain Opportunity Area Analysis. The public's views and opinions are en- couraged in finalizing the planning. In addition Mr Rozich wilt provide in- formation on the stocking and stream habitat improvement project on Laurel Run Stream, Peach Or- chard Ridge. The public is invited. BUS 'Roadeo' Tickets to the June 8 John Hart- ford concert in Ronceverte's new amphitheater are now on sate at First National Bank in Ronceverte; its branch office in north Lewisburg; Alpha Music, Lewisburg; the Ron- ceverte Public Library; Shenandoah Manor; The Bakery in Lewisburg. Advance tickets are $7, $10 at the door. Children under 10 admit- ted free. Seating will be festival style -- take your own lawn chair or blanket. Zoltan Szabo will teach two five- day watercolor workshops July 9-13 and July 16-20, at Mountain Confer- ence Center, Snowshoe. Mr Szabo's workshops cover demonstrations, critiques, "paint- alongs," group discussions and other activities. Author of five popular books about watercolor painting, Mr Szabo teaches workshops across the United States and Canada. Denver Bennett (left) and Rick Keener, bus drivers for the Green- brier County School System, re- cently took part in the Region IV school bus drivers competition at Braxton County High School. Mr Keener won second place in the small bus class and will travel to Poca to take part in the "State Bus Roadeo" June 20 and 21 Gap Mills Gap Mills First Grade First Grade students from Helen Imbrock's class at Gap Mills School, some of their parents and other fam- ily members, all journeyed by school bus to the Pizza hut in Fairlea to celebrate the successful completion of the Book-It reading program this year. The Book-It program encourages reading at home. At the first grade level, parents read to the children part of the time and children read to their parents as their reading skills increase. Since all the families did the required reading, Pizza Hut re- warded the students with a free ........... 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