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4A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, August 23,1990 r Objectivity, I can remember in my halcyon days thinking pure ob- lectivity was possible. Todav what s even more amusing is that there was a time I t'houghtpure objectivity_ was something of which I was capable! That was when I v, as just a rookie reporter --- filledwith wide-eyed idealism. It was about'30 years ago. I was assigned a particularly sensitive story to cover f6r my newspaper. It was a story charged witli emotion -- feelings wer running high ih the (ommunity. As I investigated the matter I ffoun t the issues were becoming more complex with every inquiry. I realized my own 15rejudices ehtered my reEortifig. "It was unavoidable. I was disconsolate. 1 was in blespalr -- how could I bring the pure objectivity, the objectivity I knew was mandatory k)r a reporter, into my work7 It was then I rea.lized tl:ere was not, and never had been, such a thmi as Dure oblcct:vlt . I consoled myself bv coming to the conclus:on that l/could only do my best, that I would have to be as objective as possible, and that honesty in reporting was just about all-I could hope for from myself. ¢" [, *, , A stopper from old fll Shakespeare kept coming to mind. It went something like this: "To thine own self be true. And it must follow as the day the night. The:: thou n 11 v canst ot be false to any man. Those are words learned by rote in the ninth or tenth grade. After all these years, I probably have botched up Will's words, but I'm sure vou get the meaning. I can only hope that you don't think these thoughts about one's responsibilihes to one's self are too anacI ro- nistic today. Chas. A. Goddard Your opinion counts at the Mountain Messenger. There's a ballot on the front page today we trust you will treat very seriously. Please consider how you feel about the proposed consolidation of junior high . schools in Eastern Greenbrier County and mark the ballot accordingly. Place your ballot ,nan envelope and either hand deliver it or mail to Mountain Messenger Opinion Poll Mountain Messenger 1122 North Court Slreet Lewisburg, West Virginia 24901 All ballots must be received no later than August 31 at noon, When we say your opinion is important -- we mean It! to the Dear Editor: I love the American flag and the freedom it symbolizes. That is why I refused to go akmg with incumbent politicians who wanted to desecrate the Ameri- can flag by using it to cover up a major scandal brewing in the savings and loan industry. Thanks to the tncompetence and payoffs of our incumbent politicians, the middle class and working poor are going to have to pay an additional $5(X) billion in taxes to bail out the rich who profited from the~savings and loan scandal. Not only will we During the past two years, Rockefeller has collected more special interest PAC money than any other candidate running for national office. Ninety-nine per cent of that special interest PAC money comes from out-of-state. Not only does it come from the three New York firms the state is suing to recover hundreds of millions of dollars lost in the state's investment fund, but it also includes executives of the sawngs and loan industry and lunk bond firms who bel{efited from the savings and loan scan- dal. be taxed to pay for the rich, but No wonder the fat cats and our children and gri~ndchildren nearly all the Republican bank- will have to pay. Fdr the next ors are supl~or~ing Jay thirty years, each American tax- Rockefeller this year and serving payer will have to pay $240 ex- tra per year in taxes to bail out the rich who profited from the savings and loan scandal. Incumbent politicians in both parties knew they had to come up with an issue to divert the at- tention of voters away from the greatest scandal m our nation's history. That is why they used the flag burning issue, in an ef- fort to cover up the savings and loan scandal with our stars and stripes. The flag became the last refuge of scoundrels trying to avoid responsibility for the sav- ings and loan scandal. Jay Rockefeller was one of those who tried to descK:rate the American flag by using it to cover up the savings and loan scandal. That is why he attacked me so viciously and on a per- sonal level when I said that the savings and loan scandal and out-of-control government spending were more important issues. As a member of tim Senate Finance Committee, Rockefeller has much to cover up. While the savings and loan scandal was growing worse and worse, Rockefeller was too busy scurry- ing around collecting money from special interest groups to worry about anything as rumor to him as loading another $50{) billion tax burden on the backs of American taxpayers. cm his campaign finance corn- mittee. They like his crony capi- talism and welfare ior the rich. They know that if worse comes to worse. RcKkefeller will always be willing to tax the middle class and working poor even more to bail out the rich Republican bankers. That is why I stuck my neck out and said that it Is wrong to use the American flag to divert attention from our nation's big- gest scandal and another back- breaking tax increase. At an- other place and time in our nation's history, it might be healthy for our citizens to debate a constitutional amendment to prevent desecration of the American flag. We should not, however, let our flag ix, used by scoundrels who seek to cheapen its dignity by waving it to divert attention from major scandals and tax increases. When we wave the flag, it should be out of strength, rather than weakness, and because we love it, rather than to cover up wrongdoing. John Yoder Harpers Ferry Dear Editor: About the only positive de- velopments showing real prom- ise of materializing into commu- nity progress, is the continuc~d expansion of British United Tur- key Association and the recently m The Mountain Messenger STAFF Chas. A. Goddard, Editor Dotty Brackenrich, Office Manager 122 N. Court Street Troy Forren, Advertising Lewisburg, WV 24901 Tcrri I~oone, Advertising tlelen Scarle, Advertising 304/647-5724 Betty Morgan, Ad Design Published every, l'hursday Matt Landers, Ad Design Jonathan Wright, Staff Writer Ch-culation: 23,120 Lou Burroughs, Typesetting B~'nda Gherman, Production If you would like to submit material for publieation: 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- velope. 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 To the point By Jonathan Wright Here I am 37 years of age, and up until two weeks ago I had never been a groon~sman in a wedding. In fact, I had never even worn a tuxedo. I can hap- ~ily say now that I have finally passed the,so milestones. The occasion was the wed- ding of my pastor, David Harris, and his fianc6, Lisa Varga, in Charleston. It was an experience VII never forget, for I proved to myself I can hold my own in even the most formal situations. Everything was extremely well-organized, even written out m an easy-to-understand itiner- ary and laid out m a "map" of the church sanctuary. There was no excuse at all for not knowing what, when, and where to per- form each of our assigned du- ties. What was disconcerting, however, was the antics of the other groomsmen and ushers: Otis, Tim, and Johnny. With all the preparations going so well, 1 suppose they felt they had time to make my life miserable by reminding me again and again of one of the most strategic du- ties of the wedding which was assigned solely to me: the light- ing of the candles. Anyone who's ever been to a formal wedding knows that one of the most watched events in the affair is the time when two men walk down the aisle with long-poled lighters and deli- cately, sometimes agonizingly, light each candle on the candela- bra. It's a fact of life that there is always at least one candle that either won't stay lit or won't light in the first Place. For some reason, which 1 hope sometime soon to discover, I was alone in this job--and Otis, Tim, and Johnny never let me forget for one second the num- ber of candles 1 had to light: 15. Theirs was a vicious delight in running into the ground their prediction of how I would flub up this major responsibility somehow or else, how un- co6perative the candleswould be. I was determined to prove them wrong. Long before the ceremony started, I carefully ex- amined each candle wick, pro- cured a lighter and matches to carry in my pocket as "back- ups," and gathered my courage for that relatively short amount of time when all eyes would be on me (at least my back would be to them!). To make a long story short, everything -- absolutely every- thing went perfectly for my candlelighting performance. Af- ter thanking the Lord for his ob- vious hand in it, 1 carried my head proudly upon encounter- ing, those three clowns again. It was a job well done, and I proved what sometimes looks like a tough job isn't so bad after all. Give me that candle-lighter. I'm ready to do it again! announced expansion of Hu- mana. Hats off to these fine or- ganizations. Negatives continue to far outnumber positives• Commercial projects that con- sumed much attention, expense and legal costs in 1989 seem- ingly have fizzled. White Sulphur's fine little shopping center is the only commercial prelect to come on line. Hats off to Mayor John Bowling and his fair city for that. What's hap- pened to Teaberry Square, "k" Mart and the Moore property projects?" Lest we forget: in the mean- time we have completed the ex- portation of the 1989 graduating class to our sister states of North Carolina and Virginia, for em- ployment and the 1990 class will soon be ready to export. Talk about loss of precious natural resources! Anyone care to ven- ture a guess what this loss repre- sents in dollars alone? They just take 70 per cent of your total tax. Of course this for- mula fails to assess potential long-range loss of contribution to the community, or put an- other way, return on investment. If you want to risk burning your software out try computing that. On the negative side, our dic- tatorial Board of Education con- tinues to steam roll full-speed ahead, riding rough shod over the public, paying little or no at- tention to the ncKKls or desires of the public who pay their way. The fact is that every dollar, grants included, come from the public and the public is the tax payer seemingly never cross the minds of these so-called public servants. The fair river city of Ronceverte's Board of Commis- stoners are also developing arro- gance towards their constitu- ency Can it be that even the down-home local politicians are convinced they have only a mi- nority group of dumb voters to answer to? We continue to see little prog- ress from the county commis- sioners. Unfortunately the most progressive commissioner was the only one standing for re-elec- tion and was defeated. This gtves one credence to the grow- ing philosophy, "If they are in office vote them out." Ineffective performance of duties by no means is limited to the county commissmners office at the Court House• Much has been said and published about tax equity and what actions are required through re-assessment to bring it about. Be assured re- assessment alone will not come near to correcting all the inequi- ties. Much needs to be done to collect all the tax on the books., for some real eye openers stop by the Court House and start asking questions re: delinquent taxes, ask what's being done to collect them, ask who is respon- sible for collecting them, note who is and who is not perform- ing his duties• Also note who the delinquents are. Don't forget our state senator and state legislators. Let's take a close look at their voting rec- ords, did they support the recall and referendum bill in the last session? If not, why not? Were they party to statements to the effect that state voters lack the mental capacity to be trusted with access to legal processes provided in the bill? By now many voters and "should-be- voters are at the point of so what can we do?" The answer is, get to know your representatives, know what they stand for, if @ Editor's Note: Mary Ash Casto Lawhorn of White Sulphur Springs bers what it was like to grow up in the 1930s. She shares her vignette, with us. Mrs Lawhorn°s "A Child of the 1930s" will appear installments in the Mountain Messenger. A Child of the 1930's... • . . pushed aside snowcovered, wet-brown leaves --- fragrant trailing arbutus was in bloom along the ground the hillside -- after a late snow shower -- •.. played outside in the front yard -- in the twilight eli evening -- as lamplight glowed through little housecleaned windows - from the front room- • . . remembers clean curtains tied back at the front dows -- starched, white and ruffled -- the heat stove for the summer -- in the time of spring cleaning -- work in our home -- • . . made kites of newspaper, flour paste and sticks --- t0{ down in the field -- remembers a cold morning of March wind blowing -- a Saturday --- when my brother, called his store-bought kite Out o( sight over the ridge -- with string knotted together -- •.. helped to bring in sassafras roots from the spring tonic of sassafras tea -- brewed in an iron members the spring ritual of drinking the sassafras tea blood --- • .. brought some frog eggs to the house -- from a from clumps of frog eggs around the old pond -- m -- to keep in the front room and watch hatch into tad returned them to the pond -- •.. stood outside it: the front yard with my family -- to fox hounds on the trail -- on a spring night -- of the rising from over the ridge -- behind the weathered, --remembers our foxhound was named Brown Jug -- •.. went out to gather a "mess of creecy greens" down i~1~ ..... near the creek -- in early springtime -- went with skinned, auburn-haired mother, called Mamma -- to be she wore a brimmed hat, her cotton dress, gloves and a scarf -- remembers how we enjoyed such outings with ... can recall the place on the road between two Narrows -- called the Nars (as in airs) -- remembers cliffs rocks -- ferns and moss the creek flowing through flowers in bloom at Easter -- • . . knew spring had arrived when Mr Willy the hillside using a mattock down at his place slow progress row on row day by day -- as he one leg with a stiff knee from an accident in his remember the nice potato patch on the hillside every year- , , , watched the hen and her yellow chicks make through the grass near the barn when a chicken overhead -- helped to scare the hawk away, as the hen ga! chicks watched for the hawk to come back -- some Rock chickens were raised and the hens were set on the spring of the year •.. remembers the rumor one year in March staying at a place on down the road heard this song inI "We're in the money we're in the money we've of what it takes to get along... " -- •.. stood on a straight-backed chair in the dining Clement's house as she fitted a new dress for me sound of a clock chiming the hour in the stillness of t house dress material had been bought in town -- Easter dress was also made for nay little sister, Lindy -- by seamstress To Be necessary, send in new blood, local citizen groups statewide have loined in calling for pas- sage for this bill, give them your support. Passage of this one bill would go far in reducing our dependence on federal prosecu- tors having to come m to rid us of the political hacks and down right crooks who for years have held us in their iron grip. J. w. Pennington Fairlea Dear Editor: One would be somewhat led to believe by county education officials that there has never been quality education in Green- brier County• The phrase "'qual- ity education" seems to be a "catch all" and at: emotive ve- hicle sometimes to "whip up support" for educational con- cerns -- everything from the hotly-debated Eastern and West- ern Greenbrier County luntor High Consolidations to badly needed pay raises for teachers to support for bond levies to .... "Quality education," as most educators and many parents and lay persons know (and certainly Greenbrier County Board of Education member Clarence Hinkle, an educator in this county for almost 50 years}, comes in many forms and can take place in any structure serv- ing as a "school house." Quality education in the past has meant that hundreds (proba- bly thousands) of students who were educated locally in one and two-room elementary schools and small Junior and Senior high schools have done exceptionally well in college/university set- tings. They have gone on to be- come what is commonly called "leaders," Little Crichton/Rupert/ Rainelle/Williamsburg/ Frankford, etc. high Schools have graduated scores of M.D.'s, D.D.'s, Ph.D.'s and Doctors of Education. Did they not get a quality education years ago? ure they did. 1 am not opposed to educa- tional progress when and teaching are "big" for the sake of other than learning at enhancement is not This has been states!! There justified reasons buildings, ets, etc. in the name education." ministrators must consideration to They have first and consider the results of l sions on young lives and future. This is not a taken lightly by search, debate, options available "common sense" the people," considerations, collective decision body of decision Thank you, Pri tchard Dear Editor: 1 see where candidate Oliver Luck his opponent in this ,ion, Bucky part in a debate. As a is interested in the this ~s a great idea! elected officials are bate and let the where they really important issues'aS education, not to crazy savings and loaa Congress is on month so not August? I for taking the initia courage Bucky part in a debate. the Second Con trict voters will benefit, and reme: posed to serve the Sincerely, More LetterS