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"} Dig mgJ~illUllll WlSlqDOqPiil~. II,iNIqN,HIS~, JMly Or ~,,~"~o Mornin' Marketing our landfill potential By JOHN MANCHESTER With the feud still simmering between the county commission- ers and local mayors on the recent decision to raise rates at the county landfills, I'd like to offer a few suggestions to help the situation, Some background may be helpful. The commissioners struggled to balance the county's budget early this spring in the face of reduced revenues coming in, primarily because Federal revenue sharing funds are due to expires September 30. As part of their budget-balancing effort the commissioners wiped out the $75,000 of support they have provided the landfills in the past_ After the primary elections rnaay the commisssion raised the dumping fees at the landfills to raise the revenue needed to run the operations there. The mayors have been squawking because they will lose money by paying higher landfill fees for each municipal dump run until they can pass the costs along to individuals and business in the town. So, as usual, the problem comes down to money. Why not just look at a few ways to raise money at the landfill other than dumping changes and kick part of it back to the local governments? First we should all begin to change our attitude toward our landfills. Think of them as gold mines instead of wastelands. Consider this. Archeologists and cultural historians of today spend much of their time trying to get a sense of the past by digging in the waste dumps of previous civilizations. They are always trying to discover what former people made and did through the artifacts they left behind. The same holds true for our culture. Just a quick scouting out of the stuff that ends up in the landfill I~ you know hOw we spend our money and time. Why don't we just sell future~ digging rights in our landfills to every archeblogy, anthropology, history and American studies department in every college in the country? Charge each one say $2 per month to retain their digging option. Stipulate that the dump will be open to bona fide expeditions 100 years after it is finally closed. That's pretty good inc6me with so many colleges around. Then sell shares of stock to the public that guarantees them a certain percentage of the royalties made on books published describing the findings of these expeditions. Sell other shares based on the royalties received on romance novels whose settings and plots stem from our landfill dig sites. While all this revenue is flowing im based on the landfills' future potential, let's not forget the money-making opportunities of the present sites. Take the Harper landfill outside of Lewisburg. It falls into the pattern of most landfills I've visited around the state--it is selected based upon scenic view. From the entrance to the dump you are treated to one of the most beautiful views of the Greenbrier Valley you can find. How about putting in a scenie overlook with a series of coin-operated binocular machines to look through. Charge 50 to get out to the overlook. Make sure the visitors center in Lewisbu~ is aware of the operation and people will flock to the new scenic attraction. The folks at Hawk's Nest are probably shaking right now. Then as the landfill keeps moving south we can open up previously filled land to development. "Spectacular view", "just a stone's throw from the beautiful Greenbrier River and the Hike and Bike Trail..." The potential marketing opportunities are striking. Obviously we'll need a Kampground of Appalachia (KOA campground). Then maybe a tramway down to the river and back. Miniature gold courses with real, live American artifacts as obstacles (old washers, couches, plastic milk jugs, etc.). A series of View-of-the.Valley condominiums and a lodge to ca~um the leisure set, ....... The income coming into the county from such development would be amazing. If we can just start to tap some of the revenue- making potential of our landfills, the county commissioners can send enough money along to keep the mayors happy and also retain enough to keep county operations running smoothly forever. Dear Editor, I would like to add something more to my letter of last week concerning the book, "Germinal", by Emile Zola (1840,1902). In the writings of Zola he tried to emphasize that heredity and environment shaped the lives and behavior of his characters. Zola attempted to give a truthful picture of all classes of society, including the ugly and sordid details of vice, Wo I~ =~ rkta~-e .......... LIGHTNING RODS WHI be in the ~ only one week. ~lLtqtl line 1.1004~21t~21211~e~_lMS crime, and poverty. His, defense of Alfred Dreyfus, the Jewish army officer, brought him world fame. "J' Accuse", Dreyfus was accused of treason but later was found not guilty. Later Zola in 1898 was sentenced to prison for libel over this book. Zola escaped to England. "Nana" (1880) was the first case study of a prostitute and the story shows the moral decay of a beautiful but untalented actress. Editors were repelled by his stories of low life and success came slowly. Many editors even today still feel the same way. It keeps them from telling the truth. Balzac - his name was misspelled last week. Paul R. Lilly KYLE F. FORT, ,M. D. DIIII.OIMATI~ DIr THIs" AMI[NICAN IOAND air IJN[3L.rlBY ANNIOUNCEB THE OPENINK3 OF HIS PRIVATE UROLOGIC BURt31CAL PRACTICE ON JULY 1, tg136 GREENBRIER VALLEY UROLOGY ASSOCIATES 122 MAPLEWOOD AVENUE AT FAIRLEA RONCEVERTE, ~ ~49~CI LD~.,ATIED DIN[Clr'LY A=RDIIII FRI~M HUMANA HOIPlTAI. I~REENBRIER VALLEY, FAIRLEA, WV T[I.gPHONI[ 30,4 / M'7-St~42 TQt.L FREE: |-BGD/6S4..4S!S8 4) on ,,,i: Byrd's-Eye View By U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd The Senate's 1987 Budget: A Good Starting Point The Senate recently com- pleted one of its most challenging tasks this year when it passed a budget for 1987 that is designed to fund federal services adequately while meeting the deficit reduction targets of the Gramm-Rudman- Hollings budget process. The budget that the Senate passed is certainly not perfect, but it is a workable document, and it represents an important victory by averting the calamity of triggering the Gramm-Rudman automatic budget cuts. As one who opposed the Gramm-Rudman amendment, and who has been worried about the consequences of the Gramm- Rudman process, ! am pleased that the Senate approved a bipar- tisan budget designed to achieve a balanced budget in three years and adequately fund national defense without raising income taxes. On the plus side, as the result of an amendment I cosponsored, this budget has $1.2 billion more in fiscal 1987 education funding than did the original Senate Bud- get Committee proposal .- though frankly, this was not as much funding as I would have preferred. I believe that the Senate was shortsighted in rejecting a second amendment I cosponsored, which would have invested $17.1 billion over the next three years in edu- cation, job training, and basic sci- ence and research. I also believe that the Senate made a mistake in rejecting an amendment I cosponsored to pro- vide full funding for federal reve- nue sharing -- $4.3 billion a year -- for the next three years. Federal revenue sharing is im- portant to communities in West Virginia and throughout the coun- try, and I am disappointed that the Senate voted to continue revenue sharing for only the first half of next year. Hopefully, education funding and revenue sharing--both of which are opposed by the Admin- istration -- will be addressed again this year, either by the House of Representatives when it takes up the budget or in conference com- mittee, where differences between the House and Senate bills will be resolved. Other pluses in the Senate budget of particular importance to West Virginia are that cost-of- living adjustments are protected for Social Security recipients, veterans, black lung beneficiaries, and other federal retirees. In addition, programs that the President's budget would have eliminated -- including the Appa- lachian Regional Commission, Economic Development Adminis- tration, Urban Development Ac- tion Grant program, and Amtrak -- are saved, for the most part with funding frozen at this year's lev- els, and that is good news for West Virginia. Gettingaway from it all BysJONATHAN WRIGHT ummer has come to me this year with an impact far stronger than I remember. Its blessed respite from the demanding strain of the rest of the year has provided me with both mental and physical relaxation unknown for many months. It has noticably mellowed me. Two opportunities I have taken advantage of in the past few weeks have done wonders to revive my spirits. Let me say right now that they were not far-out activities leaning toward the fantastic. They did not involve a lot of money and planning. And perhaps most reassuring of all, they did not take a lot of time. The two opportunities I took were short trips with friends and family...just that simple. On June 21, at the invitation of some of my best friends in this area, I went with them to the famed Peaks of Otter, located on the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Bedford, Virginia. The major activity of the day centered around one clear purpose: to climb the 1 mile treil to the very top. ! won't go into all the humorous incidents inevitably a result of eight young adults' efforts to scale a steep mountain by way of a merciless trail. Suffice it to say that we all survived the ordeal and were more than rewarded by the indescribable view from atop the 3,875-foot-high Sharp Top Mountain. What lingers most forcibly is the simple pleasure of getting away from my daily routine, from familiar surroundings, and spending ~,ome good time with friends whose value to me is beyond expressing. Physically removing myself for just a few hours from my normal setting and sharing an invigorating mountain hike with these people was more therapeutic than anything the best doctor could prescribe. The other opportunity I took advantage of involved a weekend trip with my parents to the Smokies, a mere six days following my trip to the Peaks. Though this trek was considerably longer, it still involved no more than three days, a short vacation by any standards. ~. My mother and step-father~ wanted to get away for a while, so on the spur of the moment they decided to hit the highway and head for Tennessee. Sensing, I guess, that I would welcome any chance to get out of town for a few days, they thoughtfully asked me if I would like to go, too. I was delighted. We left on a Friday morning, and by mid- afternoon we were blinking our eyes at the wild world of commercialized wonder known as Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The next day we took in the carnival-like atmosphere of Gatlinburg, enjoyed a leisurely drive through the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, and spent the evening and the next morning at the renowned Methodist retreat at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. It was a perfect weekend. Most important, again, was the opportunity to leave the the familiar for a while and enjoy something different, Sharing it with my parents was a nice bonus, too. When "trapped" in a car with others, you inevitably learn more about them! We enjoyed each other's company as we clipped away at the miles of interstate. I feel fortunate to have had these chances to break my routine briefly, see something new, and share it with people I care about. My mind is clearer and renewed as a result of these few hours of simple pleasures. I'm glad that's all it takes for me. I am blessed indeed. and LIGHTNING RODS Will be In the area enl~ erie weak. 111 Iol free 14w@lll.la~, el~ m Just yesterday as I drove out my driveway and headed toward town and Fairiea, I saw a beautiful sight that took my breath away for a few seconds! It was those lovely blue flowers so prolific on the roadsides! Another freebie the Lord gave us all, just for the noticing. You know they are the blue ones, Blue as teh skies! Troy Forren agreed with me that sometimes it is good that the State Road crews don't mow the roadsides! He mentioned a friend FBetty Sue Senders, Delray Beach, Iorida, who reiterated that same feeling only more emphatically saying: "You folks should be so proud to have this beauty along the roads and not want it mowed away." Could we even afford a whole roadside border of gorgeous blue flowers? No way! Troy says they are called chickweed, I call them Indigo, and Jo Aubel calls them Cornflowers, Maybelle Neel says she doesn't know their name. Frankly, I believe we are all wrong. Tell me, tell me do --what is the name of those pretty as a picture flowers? Gary Lyttle of Ohio just told me that their state is planting wildflowers in patches along the highway! Lady Bird Johnson wa a booster of the wildflowers, and of course she is from Texas! Yes, I held my breath in awe looking at those wildweed flowers! As I drove on down Alta Vista Road approaching the Ed Ridgeway house, again in awe and holding my breath again the newly landscaped lawn looked as the' it grew by leads and bounds and the grass is really taking hold. Ed is a good farmer and I can tell he loves beauty all around! Again as I started up Ronceverte Hill, one cannot miss the nice neat lawn belonging to Justince Morton. By Roberta Patton Justine has so (besides big banquets.) She enjoying management, just breath a minute and handiwork in given talents! I was while sitting Bank Parkin were jogging along coming wrapped up in each and took one care did get and let that breath Arriving at Equipment, GMC there were blowing so shrilly, to the sides of the ambulances were police cars emergency and screeching, looking in every wondering had happened! This at least 15 breath and wondedt came up wit they were for safety at the Airport, but, later on breathtaking the Maxwelton Plant was ablaze can sympathize with Volunteer Gherman is still care for so his time, and was good deeds! We prayers and we true volunteers! Yes, I'm still by times over activities. Joys and sorrowS a J Training contracts Home Health individuals, To date, 160 Virginia have receive the which now total million and tar Governor special natural allocation Department that many fie businesses could The program the Governor'-' Community Development Training Division, Virginia Depa ment Security. Governor Arch A. Moore, Jr. announced today the awarding of five on-the-job training contracts to assist businesses affected by the state's 1985 flood. The funds, from the descretion- ary program of United States Department of Labor's Title III of Training Partnership Act, will provide retraining for 201 dislocated workers in the amount of $99,974. The businesses receiving assistance are as follows: Greenbrier County, B.A. Mullican Lumber and Manufactur- ing Co., Ronceverte, 77 individuals, $29,999. Pocahontas County, Inter-State Lumber Co., Inc. 69 individuals, $30,000. Pocahontas County Staggers supports im scandalous that receive a Staggers. The 2nd stated that convicted than $106,000 in federal tax 1980. He said guarantees lifetime job u impeached Congress. If the full impeachment Senate would whether to Claiborne from Staggers. We By Hadey O, Staaer= U.S. Rep. Harley Staggers Jr., (D- WV), said recently that it is "scandalous" for a convicted federal judge to continue to receive his taxpayer financed salary. He said he joined other lawmakers in seeking removal of federal Judge Harry E. Claiborne. A member of the House Judiciary Committee, Staggers said the full House will soon be asked to approve the committee's impeachment resolution. "Judge Harry Claiborne was found guilty of tax evasion. He has unsuccessfully appealed his conviction all the way to the Supreme Court. He is now in federal prison. Not only are the taxpayers paying for his stay in jail, he is also receiving $215 a day, $78,700 a year--the salary of a federal judge. He has not presided over trial since 1983. It is scandalous that a federal judge would ignore the very laws he is sworn to uphold. It is more Will Call toll free The Mountain Messenger 122 N. Court Street Lewisburg, WV 24901 (304) 647-5724 Your Hearing World weeklyand . throughout the greater Greenbrmr by Gary Vandevander, MS, Audiologist STAFF~ John Manchester, Editor SOUND CONTROLS Q. hi there a better way for a hard.el-hearing per=on to Ii~tm to TV or radio? Turning up the volume disturbs others toe much? A. Hearing aid dealer= carry amplification devices which can be usiKI with a hearing aid or can work without one. 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