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4A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, June 21 , 1990 The sleek Portuguese built tourist bus (on a Swedish chassis) roared along the Middle Atlas Mountain road between Marrakech and Fez, On the stune road, moving at a differenl tempo, were Bed- ouin men, dressed m somber~colored djellabahs. The men sa~I high on donkeys' flanks --- w)men h'otted dutifully behind with hea~"y packs on Iheir backs. Bhle-eyed dark-skinned childl~n, for lhe pres- ent unencumbered, playflflly followed their eiders. Manuel. our driver, i)ulled the rolled up sun screen over his head and adjusted his aviator glasses against the glare of the North AfrF can sun. Muscular arms elnbraced tile large sleeting wheel; clear and penelrating eyes scanned the horizon. A knowing hand tnomen tarily left the steering wheel and edit|sled the air corldilioning Ullil to the I:~I'IccI gango coitl|ort level. A t}_~w lnl/lutes laler, lhe same delfl hand turned up Ihe casselte player attd tire strains of Mozart drifted to the back of the bus. Just rolling Monk, without a care m the world, through ihe Mo- roccan desert. ]tlen suddenly the already speeding bus quickened Its pace. Manuel straightened up: all of his senses were honed. There ahead o[ us loomed a compctitor's /our bus. lumbering along merrily toward Fez. Manuel s|ill'ened. All his ailenlion now zeroed-in on Ibis other bus headed in the same direction we were headed. Manuel's right loot pushed ihe acceleralor pedal Io ttle metal. Our bus began to sway and lurch closer and closer Iv tile bus ahead. The Mozart tape had ~nished and a load buzz came oul of the loud- speakers, Manuel had no lime to fiddle with an eleclronic orchestra now. Our bus was geltin~ colder: no lime Io adjust thermostats when there was serious, vel~ serious, work to be done. Manuel gathered speed and pulled out into the left lane: tie pulled tip beside the oiher bus. The other bus continued to speed along; tile two drivers locked eyes in an unspoken challenge to one another. Manuel slapped the gear shift lever into a lower position, we inched ahead. The other driver choose a lower t~ear tbr his machine, he inched ahead. A passa-doub~ ensued. It was only through sheer determination and disregard for all road satiety thai we finally pulled oul ahead and jtlsI got around the other bus beIore the road narrowed and twisted Io a poinl that passing at anytime would be absolutely impossible -- even for a croupy PorluRuese like Manuel. A thin smile of deep satisfaction moved across his rugged, yet handsome lace. Manuel was lrtumphanl. I asked our guide what was the real signillcance of lhis quainl lfttle native demonslration of roadsmanship. Our guide leaned closer to my ear and whispered. "Manuel knows that there is only one toilet which Americans find suitable in ihe next village. We're now ahead of them! You understand'?" I did. --Chas. A. Goddard 122 N. Court Street Lewisburg, WV 24901 304/64 7-5 724 Published every I'hursdav Circulalion: 23,120 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.,%I In State Senior Citizens $13.78 In State Students 11.13 I 9 mos., Out-of-State $15.00 ~1 discount to Senior C~tizens To the point By Jonathan Wright "Family-style" eateries have al- ways had their place in the United States, but il is a rare experience for most people to eat n one I had the pleasure of visiting one such establishment last Saturday while visiting my family in Dahlonega, Georgia. My parents and I were trying to decide on some- thing different to do that day Re- membering a visit to LaPrade's in 1981 I strongly suggested ~t to them. They agreed to give It a try. LaPrade's is a former fishing "camp on the shores of Lake Burton deep in the wooded mountains of north Georgia. It was used to house workers many years ago when they were building the lake. City-weary visitors now crowd n each day tO enjoy the rustic retreat w~th its now- famous country cuisine. After we paid for our meals (you settle up before you eat), we en- joyed the long porch with ~ts many rocking chairs. Soon one of the em- ployees rang a dinner bell. and each group was called by its name ~nto the large dining room. Guests were seated at long, 40-foot-long tables where bowls and ptatte~s of food were wafting to be consumed. The fun thing about family-style eating at a public restaurant ~s this: of necessity you are forced to talk to sIiangers. The air was filled with one request after anotlqer: "Would you pass me chicken and dumphngs please9"' May have the butter beans, please?" "Could you reach me tt~e biscuits, please?" "Have you had the pork yet?" Here--have some of tn~s dehoous rehsh!" Even shy people find it necessmy to speak uD m such a setting. Many conversations moved on very natu- rally on ~o "'Have you ever eaten here before? .... Where are you from?"and "What kind of work do you do?" The scene was reminiscent of an earher, s~mpler era. one mote than once I thOught of tile mealtimes por- trayed or' the television sends. "The Waltons." There's something about eating together that encourages folks to let down their bamers and get to know each other. The expenence of eat- ing a common meal nas a mystique about ~| which has been recognized for centuries It prowdes people with a [~me to come together as a "fam- ily," to snare interests, ano to be en- riched by others. Opportumties like this are all too rare m the 90's. We left LaPrade's With our belhes full and our sprats warmed. That's the way tt ~s with family-style dmir'g. I can't wait to go back. {. -\ENFL ,it:_ ~ The Carnegie Colum lniormatiol~ prepared by Carnegie 1 tall Staff and presented as a pubhc service bv the Mountain Messenger, your coi/inlUllltV newspaper Mikhail Kamensky, Ph.D wilt ec- lure on Sower contemporary art, cul- ture and political events. Friday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. ~n the Old Stone Room at Carnegie Hall. Mr Kamensky ~s from Moscow and ob- tained his degree from the USSR Academy of Sciences institute of Art Criticism and has been touring U. S. universities and colleges. A slide presentation will accompany the lec- ture. Admission ~s $2. A reception will follow the presentation. A dramatics class for children ages 8 through 12 will be taught by Betsy Janeczek in this summer's session. Areas to be explored in- clude movement, aclmg games, im- prowsat~oc techniques, costuming, props, percussion, set making and wnhng original material. The class wdl emphasize the ~3rocess but a showcase of students' accomplish- ments will be presented on the last Pay. Ms Janeczek studied dramatics at the George School n Bucks County, Pennsylvania and photo- cinema history during college n Rochester, NewYork. She has stud- ied and performe/d with the Trillium Dance Collective" for the ~3ast eight years and coordinated "Costume Day" for the Dance Studio's past two summer camps. Ms Janeczek teacl~es dance in Hillsboro for Parks and Recreation and works as a i- censed counselor for Seneca Men- Ial Health in Lewisburg. The class will mee~ June 25 through June 29 from 9 a.m. until noon. Tuition ~s $38. Registration is still cepted. Call 645-7917. Desk Alert! Carnegie H~ cently nee to return a desk we nod been us~r~g ~n rice. If anyone has another m~ght use. please et one of know. If you nave any doubt wt~ether your membership in g~e Hall really matters. wants to be sure you know ery level of pamclpation example, one single membership m Carnegie Hall used for: one firing of pottery in the kiln: hardware for the terior doors at the Visitors' (Church Street) entrance to ff printing of 100 t~ckets or (distributed to school throughout our region) or era: three weeks' worth of paper: seven keys for mg classes at Carnegie Hall; the State of West Virginia months: half a gallon of used to make the Hall again: more than 1000 light; postage for three da~ of correspondence. Your support does make ence, and the difference more and more visible and as soon as the roof is re renovations continue on the i of the Hall. Every day is getting closer. Join and the possibihhes wil alities even sooner. One of West Virginia's Finest Newspapers ountain essenger Enter Your Subscription Today 52 ISSUES: $14.00 - IN STATE, $15.00 - OUT OF STAq Name: Address: City: State: Send ,~ ith ) ou,- i'e~illtl.,ince. [0: TIlE MOUNTAIN MESSENGEt{ 122 No)zh Cuu )1, St :'~.,,t. I.cwi, I)u ~ g, WV 2490 1 Dear Editor: It is tiring to continuously hear Ini- tiative, Referendum, and Recall bashing by the way of the state of California. California, with a population of 29 million people (13,000,000 regis- tered voters) and unl mited re- sources, hardly can be compared to West Virginia --- who has only a few people in comparison and losing them in a daily exodus of those who cannot find gainful employment at home. 't~. California (bless them) may have their share of kooks .and kooky Ini- tiatives- whereas ~est Virgmians are solid American citizens con- csrned with home and family and community. California also has solid Ameri- can Citizens who had a number of initiatives on the ballot m the Pri- mary Election last week including: A proposal to raise taxes on al- cohol to fund treatment centers for alcohol and drug abuse. A proposal to raise the tax on tobacco to purchase land for endan- gered species and to ban the hunt- ing of mountain lions. A proposal to double the gaso- line tax to 18 cents a gallon to pay for needed repairs of the state's ag- ing freeways, A proposal to ban clear-cutting and to buy up old-growth forests. A counterproposal to plant new trees and allow some clear-cutting Initiative is important when legis- lators refuse to address paramount issues. West Virginians don't have the right to propose any legislation even though we are willing to work as slaves to obtain signatures of 15 percent of the voters. Whereas the prog ress~ve states of Maryland and Ohio do have referendum by citizen petition requiring only 3 percent of voter signatures. Probably the important truth that if we had these Voter's Rights, would not be necessary to use legislators would be account- Earl Lenhart Scott Depot Dear Editor: While West Virginia teachers usually find themselves ranked near the bottom when it comes to pay, their position improves when com- pared with per capita income of this and other states. West Virginia teachers rank twentieth among the 50 states n how their salaries compare to other state public school instructors. But n all fairness, the reason for the rela- tively good comparison is our low per capita income, However, the ranking does indicate that we are making a strong effort to comoen- sate our educators, better in fact than 30 ott~er states ~re doing when contrasted with their per capita in- comes. The Research League lUSt re- leased How West Virginia Com- pares, a small booklet of educa- tional rankings that is free to anyone by writing to 405 Capitol Street, Suite 414, Charleston 25301. Based on the study, West Vir- ginia teachers make an average of $22,842 a year and per capita in- come for all residents is $12 529. This produces an index of 182 per cent of per capital income going to teachers for the latest pay year. In comparison, Mississippi teach- ers make an average of $24,363 and the per capita raceme for that state ~s $11.835. Teachers in that state have the highest index of pay for teachers contrasted with their per capita income, at 205 per cent Ranked last among the states, New Hampshire teachers make an average of $28,939 which is 142.9 per cent of the per capita income of $20,251. Our study also includes five higher education rankings and com- parisons. The publication was is-- sued as an educational piece to generate responses as to what kinds of data the general readers were interested in obtaining. Clifford Lantz President W. Va. Research League Charleston Dear Editor: It would be suitable and proper ~a add another home to the list of Le- w~sburg Homes Tour as the tourists enjoy seeing the beautiful homes of which Lewisburg ~s so proud. Having seen a very special home, I hope everyone will go out to view its beauty -- a thing of beauty yes, and compassion. It is a sanctu- ary of serenity and peaceful charac- ter to which Lewisburg may point with pride. A home for many people who can live in comfort and digmty with- out the burden of financial worries. Morgan Manor Apartments, out on Austin Street, built for the elderly and handicapped of our town and area, thirty-two units with only six left -- that shows how badly ~t was needed. A home with a heart in the heart of Lewisburg, a town that cares about its people -- all ~ts people. Go out and see it friends, I be- lieve you will be impressed by its beauty and its noble character. Sincerely, Hen ry Dunn Lewisburg Dear Editor: It seems to me that we were a nation for something as opposed to against; positive, not negatwe. Few would disagree that we are for free- dom in its many forms Freedom to vote or not to vote Freedom to say or do almost anything as long as in doing or saying i1 does not infringe on the liberty of others. When Jimmy Carter was president in 1979, a madman in Iran was against releas- ing Americans who were held ille- gally, and against their will. These people did nothing wrong. Neverthe- less they paid a high pr|ce for just being Americans. Jimmy Carter lost the election partly because the Ayatollah held the hostages until af- ter the election. Now we come to the election eight years later. Willie Horton's re- lease from prison was partly respon- sible for Mike Dukakas losing that race. Neither of these episodes made major changes within our na- lion. With the natioqal debt soaring since the Repubhcans took over the White House in 1980. the homeless ~n our land of plenty, haS increased. Therefore ~t appears to me that we are electing vote-getters instead of legislators. We did not elect two Re- publican presidents m a row. to incur a debt of $2000 for every man. woman and child in America without our permission, yet. We elected Mr Reagan and Mr Bush for the way they appeared on tetewslon and the promises they made. They were be- lievable. By spouting about the flag, we have Mr Bush and his cronies cam- pmgning for the election in 1992. The Grand Old Party want to deny us the freedom to burn our Old Glory. This writer loves the Stars and Stripes, the symbol of freedom and fair play, particularly since he became an American by choice. The amendments to the document forged in Philadelphia two hundred years ago, g~ve us more liberty. It does not deny us. Our great strength as a nation is our liberty to criticize, to voice our opinions, and to emigrate if we so desire and yes, to burn a flag. I have not seen any great exodus to Cuba lately. Will Republicans. by wrapping themselves m Old Glory, reduce the national debt or feed the hungry, or provide the tess fortunate citizens with a place to sleep? The mighty United States government has little to fear from a few bums who would do anything, including burning a flag, to see their picture in the morn- ing paper. However that is nol the case when forty million Americans cannot read this simple message or a like number of citizens who are without adequate health insurance. We are paying $700 million every day in interest to lean sharks from Japan and elsewhere and that is a problem that our lawmakers need to address. Old Glory is respected the world over, because ~t is the hall- mark of freedom and fair play. P.S. Yes, George, that is a seven, and eight goose eggs. Francis J. Gailagher White Sulphur Springs II hf.~ OVer, Dear Editor: responsibility to gather trut ~ t, " a ~ Gomm Reference was made last weekmation before they take ~,1~ to Creighton Junior High School~['~oren, hand. You chided the peep l]~"n " h~11'* ew (Re: Consolidation of Junior High county for not attending ~"rn Schools). The correct spelling is ofm-''~ ent conducted by the Board ~r- CRICHTON (near Quinwood). ,,,t~ cent t~on' and when I called, yOUe ~hi,~rntn thr, Thank you. that you did not attend th ~r 1 obse Sincerely Good evening, Mr Editor.,~re Dear Editor: I would like to pass on to the people of this valley and my rela- tives about the burial of William Bal- bard the one who married Elizabeth Steppe and the Revolutionary War veteran. Cousin Dr Margaret "Mag- gie" Ballard knew the story but didn't publish it in her book on the Bat- lards. It may have seemed a little crude to her but since she told the story, rlt tell the rest of the story. William Baltard had his coffin made some time before his death. It was black walnut. The sled which was used as a hearse had just been pre- viously used to haul cow manure to the garden. Most of the pall bearers and funeral procession had gone on to the grave site or trailed along be- hind the corpse. Nothing amiss was noted until the sled arrived at the open grave. No coffin -- no body. A search was immediately launched. It took some time before the coffin was found in a laurel thicket. This time the coffin was lashed to the sled with several ropes. Now don't any of you moderns laugh or scoff about the coffin sliding into the thicket. The pall bearers and the drivers had all gotten drunk, I don't know if the minister had taken a drink or not. I thought most of you people would like to know. The fu- neral was ~n 1799. Paul R. Lilly Lewisburg Dear Editor: I congratulate your paper on ac- cepting only letters to the editor that are signed by the author. This, I be- lieve, is responsible journalism. I also understand that editorials are the editor's opinion and nothing else. However, even editors have a to save your community not bad." I did not elaborate statement but the intention the Board of Education sider many other items in the impact on the further stated the same "Don't talk to me about from now." That is exactl to any statement made. was never mentioned. say was to warn the less the legislature took into oration the rural nature of~ our schools, and funded for these schools, the come when they would with the possibility of school consolidation. TheY ther warned that now is start working on this to from happening. are completely inaccurate cusable. I hope next time will confirm your facts write. Good evening, Mr - Henry Member of Board At the By Afb "1 have lost when I have not the bright feeling of -- Margaret Fuller