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4A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, August 16,1990 + by Senator Jay Rockefeller I Working for West Virginia+ RURAl+ HEALTH DIVIDENDS II too often when 1 visit heahh care centers, clinics and hospitals in our state's rural areas, 1 hear the sad refrain that they cannot recruit enough doc- tors, nurses and other health care practitioners. This is a complex problem rural communities have long had. The National Health Service Corps program helped by placing approximately 36 doctors annual- ly in rural parts of our state. Un- fortunately, the program has been virtually eliminated under the pressures of the past two Republican administrations, severely curtailing heahh care ac- cess in isolated communities. Now only three or four doctors are placed each year. loan program of the National Health Service Corps. Studies show that doctors and nurses are more likely to practice in rural communities if they themselves are from a rural area or have been exposed to a rural setting during their training. By in- vesting in talented local students, 'Studies show that doc- tors and nurses are more likely to practice in rural communities if they themselves are from a rural area...' Something must be done about this health care crisis. That's why l am enormously pleased that a bill I cosponsored addressing the problem was recently approved by the Senate. Under the bill, local communities would be assisted in taking an active role in recruiting health care providers. Coin- muniues would be eligible for federal matching funds to send local residents to medical school, nursing school or to receive phym- clan assistant training. In return, the Rural Health Care Provider Recruitment and Education Act of 1990 requires the student to com- mit to practicing in the area for two to four years. The program would be administered by the state rural communities would real) the dividends of having available health care providers. The Rural Health Care Pro- vider bill builds on the successful foundation of the National Health Service Corps program. A similar program, the Educational Seed for Physicians, is at work in Wayne County. Since its creation in 1978, 11 students have received financial assistance for their medical train- ing in return for a commitment to practice in rural West Virginia for at least five years. Ttfe Rural Health Care Provider bill could enable this model to be duplicated all across rural America, and pro- vide desperately needed health care providers for West Virginia. The Mountain Messen STAFF Chas. A, Goddard, Editor Dotty Brackenrich, Office Manager 122 N. Court Street Troy t:orrcn, Advertising Lewisburg, WV 24901 Tcrri Boone, Advertising 304/647-5724 Helen Sc'arle, Advertising Betty Morgan, Ad Design Published every Thursday Matt Landers, Ad Design + Jonathan Wright, Staff Writer Cireu lat ion: 23, 120 Ixm tturroughs, Typesetting Brenda Gherman, Production If you would like to submit material for publication: Articles submitted to The Mountain Messenger should be typewritten or clearly written in order to be considered for publication. Please include your name and a phone number where you may be reached during business hours. The Mountain Messenger reserves the right to edit any material and regrets articles cannot be returned. Letters to the editor must include a full signature and address. If you would like a photograph returned, please provide a self-addressed, stamped en- vetope. 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.) Out-of-State, $15.00 $1 discount to Senior Citizens Big issues, some age-old, face us today. The Mountain Messenger Encourages you to Let us know how you feel about: Schools Taxes Abortion Politics Economy Religion Ethics Morality Ecology Health Communications Your opinion is as important as ours. It is through sensible discussion that we grow and learn. By Mary Pearl Compton erty in West Virginia this The Second Extraordinary Ses- tremely necessary. The I~ sion of the West Virginia Legislature ended just a few short weeks ago. Since that time I have had a chance to reflect on what took place during the session. After overlooking all the bills that passed, I believe that even though the Legislature had a num- ber of problems to cover in a short time that we managed to accomplish many of the tasks at hand. One of the many concerns of the Legislature during the special ses- sion was trying to fix the "injured" Workers' Compensation Fund. Al- though all the problems of the Fund could not be totally repaired during a short special session, or with the passing of one bill, I believe the pas- sage of House Bill 213, The Work- ers' Compensation Bill, put the Fund on the road to recovery. Some of the amendments to Workers' Compensation contained in House Bill 213 were: 1) transfer- ring $250 million from the Black Lung Fund to the Workers' Compen- sation Fund, however the Workers' Compensation Commissioner can only use the investment interest earned on this money. 2) creating certain incentives so injured workers will return to work. In~urea employ- ees can return to work on a trial basis w~th suspension of benefits. but if they realize they are unable to handle the job they can stop work- ing and still receive benefits. Reha- bilitation programs will also oe set up so that injured workers will be able to return to work faster. 3) part- t+me workers wil be encouraged to return to "work as soon as possible because they will no longer receive the same lost wage benefits as full- time workers. 4) there will be stiffer criminal penalties for people who obtain or try to obtain benefits from the Workers' Compensation Fund through deception Another important bill that passed was Senate Bill 15. This bil set up the West Virgmm Disaster Recovery board and fund. I believe in the wake of the floods that have destroyed so many lives and ;)roo- Recovery Board, members, one the and one being the Department of Public give out money from the Recovery Trust Fund, any money received throL and/or private donations which need assistance ter. The bill also says that may serve on a board or sion while collecting their benefits and early tive option if they do not salary. However, if a to receive a salary they ceive their benefits but receive their incentive they finish serving on the commission. Senate Bill 8 and transferred surplus moneYt agencies to allow for a ptoyee pay raise. The use this money and their accounts to give $1008 pay increase. I pay raise will be very state employees, who were paid tess than year. As your representative you informed of what is w the West Virginia also value your views, have comments or call me. The Legislature also which cleared up terms retired public employees the state and work on commissions. Senate that any public employee ceived early retirement any type of employment state or even work on basis with the state period of time is less than or the salary is under ever, the Executive Public Employee can make exceptions cases. Dear Editor: Almost every day l read a story about someone destroying Old Glory. Perhaps the ultimate punishment for such criminal behavior would be to send them to a history class, where they could be instructed in the long history of our nation and its flag. The story of the Stars and Stripes is the story of the nation itself, the evolution of the flag is symbolic of the evolution of our free institutions and its develop- ment into the greatest nation on earth. The first publi reference to the flag was published March 10, 1774. A Boston newspaper ran this brief poem to the flag: A ray of bright ~glory now beams from afar, Blest drawn of an empire to rise, The American ensign now sparkles a star, Which shall shortly flame wide through the skies. In Taunton, MassachuSets, a flag was unfurled in 1774 which carried the British Jack in the Canton, and was combined with a solid red with the words "Lib- erty and Union" printed on it. The famous Rattlesnake flag carried by the Minutemen in 1775 showed 13 red and white stripes with a rattlesnake embla- zoned across it and the warning words "Don't tread on me.'" After July 4, 1776, the people of the colonies felt the need of a national flag to symtxJlize their new spirit of unity and inde- pendence. Congress, on June 14, 1777, adopted the following resolution: "Resolved that the flag of the 13 United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white, that the union be 13 stars, white on a blue field." The significance of the colors was defined thus, "white sigm- ties purity and innocence; red, hardiness and valo:; blue, vig- ilance, perseverance and jus- tice." Betsy Ross, a flag maker of Philadelphia, is credited with having made the first flag. On Mav 1, our flag was changed to 15 stripes and stars with the inclusion of Vermont and Kentucky into the Union. It was this flag that was so gal- lantly streaming over Fort McH- enry when Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star Spangled Ban- ul r|er. Throughout the United States, at U. S. bases overseas, at Ameri- can Embassies, United States Marines perform the official honors to the American Flag. Around the globe the Stars and Stripes fly at more than 500 sta- tions where Marines are on duty, The Stars and Strips that flew over Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, rippled aboye the Big Three Conference at Potsdam, This same flag was flying over the White House. August 14, 1945 when the Japanese ac- cepted the terms of surrender. The famous picture of Marines raising the flag on lwo Jima was taken by a Marine photographer, and later used as a model for a monument in Arlington, Vir- ginia a memorial to the U.S. Marine Corps. The flag flies there day and night by order of President John F. Kennedy. My heart is torn a little when I read another story of someone who tears, tarnishes, or destroys the flag we fly so proudly as Americans. I still hear the words as 1 stare proudly at Old Glory: "O, say can you see by the da wn's early ligh t What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the peril- ous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming. And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in mr, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. O, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave over the land of the free and home of the brave?" Stephen W. Snuffer Cool Ridge Dear Editor: I would like to respond to the letter from Richard Ettelson that appeared in the August 9 edition of your newspaper. He proposes that the management focus of the ]efferson National Forest (JNF) be changed from timber to recreation due to "below-cost timber sales." I do not agree. The "below-cost" term is very mis- leading, and the JNF is by law managed for multiple-use with no single management focus. The ]NF sells timber on a competitive bid basis. While they could probably do it more efficiently, it will always cost them more than a private land- owner. Numerous specialists ex- amine the site, over 32 laws are considered, and elaborate docu- mentation is prepared all to pro- tect the environment. Many ad- ministrative costs not related to the sale are included. Programs such as wildlife and recreation are often subsidized by timber sales. Timber is sold "below-cost" on paper due to faulty a.ccount- ing. Many resulting benefits (such as wildlife habitat diver- sity) cannot be quantified. The timber sales program is one of the few government programs anywhere that provides a direct return to the U. S. Treasury. And 25 % of the gross receipts are re- turned to the county for roads and schools. Mr. Ettelson states that "re- ducing the amount of clearcut- ting will reduce the amount of money being lost." Why clearcutting? It is the most eco- nomically efficient method of timber harvesting. It provides valuable habitat diversity and is usually the optimum method of oak regeneration. Change to a recreation focus? The "below-cost" situation would be much worse. National Parks exist for this purpose. The JNF is managed for multiple- use; recreation and timber har- vesting are not mutually exclu- sive. I believe the public interest is best served by the wise use and conservation of our re- ,sources, not preservation. Sincerely, Jay Farrell Maxwelton Dear Editor:. It is alwavs the same pathetic, heartbreaking scene we see on TV as the "Special Reports (not "Bulletin" any more) come crashing at us with their awe- some and terrible news. It never gets any easier seeing the young man and his sweet- heart or wife in a last embrace - before he goes off to what might be another Vietnam. But we do know what this one is all about - that precious thing called oil. Thousands of lives must be lost - because of oil. It seems that most of us are more concerned about the high cost of gasoline than the high cost in lives to gas up the fast cars for more movies like "Days of Thunder." There will most likely be enough thunder and violence and obscenities as the battle lines are drawn and the body bags are made ready. Doctors tell us to walk, walk and walk and the joggers are jogging and runners running and cars run- ning on solar fuel. So, can't we live without oil from other coun- tries? Wouldn't it be better to try rather than send Americans to We must make August 22 a significant day. 1 urge every able-bodied West Virgiman to rneet in the Capitol Rotunda to protest the exorbitant taxes we are already paying, and to say loud and clear "no more taxes!" Don't forget August 22. Stand and be counted before it's too late! Taxpayers it's up to you! If you choose to do nothing, our state will not survive. George Bickham Charleston Dear Editor: l believe my articles on Blue Sulphur Springs were well re- ceived so I'll try another: Salt Sulphur Springs. William Shanks was the first owner of these springs. This land was a grant from Virginia in 1787 -- 595 acres. Ervin Ben- son bought the site in 1797 but little or nothing was done or promoted Until Isaac Caruthers and William Erskine married two of the daughters of Benson. These two men made it what it was, Salt Sulphur was most popu- lar with the people of South Carolina. A row of cottages was kicks in the rear and his way. Time 1864. Beckner was placed, house ufltil the claimed it. This information me by Charles Kessin Dale. I knew the the particulars. Charley md 1 had about the of and the Sht went with me up tain above the Salt tel to the Fo~, a tombstone was ph ancestor of mine, ander Clark, Alexander land right below the acres) because he before January 1, tation passed hands and then Campbell Ballard" session of it. "Little captain in the wasn't a small name was placed tinguish him from l "Big John" who was about 6 was my great "Little John" uncle. be slaughtered once again? "Aeven named "Nullification Row"About a mile or generation of young men who, for their pleasure, the Salt Sul , though they may have escaped This old hotel was used as a "Little John's' brick its shells, were destroyed by the rest area by both northei}i~ an~t several years he war." (quote from "All Quiet On southern armies, field to the hotel. The Western Front"). The final degradation - young women.., combat ready. Sincerely, Henry Dunn Lewisburg Dear Editor:. Thank you for printing this letter. West Virginia taxpayers awake! The August 22 Special Session of the Legislature is poised to do us in again. You can blame the Governor as long as you have breath but folks, it's the legislators who vote en masse against the people! The burden of taxes is placed It is not too well known but some of our citizens made a liv- ing by simple murder during the War Between the States. Any soldier or straggler who fell be- hind was shot, stabbed and then robbed, if an opportunity arose. Both armies, north and south, had a standing order that any person caught with a firearm along the line of march was ei- ther hanged or shot on the spot. One Union soldier was shot but before the:body could be searched and robbed, the perpe- trators were captured. There was a drum head trail and a Mr Lewis Beckner was tried and shot in front of the cliff which was located between the bath on the backs of those who can house and the main hotel build- least afford it. We are facing the ing. His companion, a young November 6 election. We mustboy of 14 or 15, was turned loose vote only !or those who support because he had no weapons on the people s intereSts! Only the him. The soldiers gave the boy, voters can change West Virginia. his name was Watts, several the "Jousting M horse racing, cock large part of the place. Let's not for ing. More duels the "spas" in Monroe counties place in the south. best kept secret of because it was one taking part lost ship. The old log stood at the the 40 acre field. But, part of the old across Indian One additional story Hugh Ike field publisher wife was returning ington, D.C. several plane. Engine trouble Soo