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4A The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, September 6, 1988 O O r By JONATHAN WRIGHT It's that time of the year again: the fair's over, school has started for another year, we are well into September...and folks are beginning their annual "I hear we're in for a hard winter" warnings. Maybe I just haven't noticed it that much in previous years, but it seems to me that we're beginning that talk awfully early this go-round. After all, it's still officially summer until the 22nd, and we normally have some pretty toasty days well into October. Significant snows are at least two months away. For good- ness' sakes...the trees are still green, tool I can partially understand, how- ever. We're starting to experience noticeably cooler mornings now, and days with temperatures not climbing out of the 60's and 70's are more common. That gets people to thinking about winter, obviously, and that thinking inevitably spills over into oral speculation concerning just what kind of winter is in store for us. What strikes me as most amus- ing about the whole think is that these speculators almost without fail foresee a hard winter. Never a mild winter, never a dry winter, never a moderate winter...no, it's always, "1 hear we're in for a hard winter" or an equivalent expression. I wonder why that is. I can only guess, but I strongly suspect it has something to do with that age-old human tendency to love telling omi- nous pieces of news, to share the foreboding implications of some fu- ture event that will befall us all. There's excitement in foreseeing yet-to-come knee-deep snows, icy winds, frozen rivers, below-zero temperatures, snow-bound families, and numerous school closings. What excitement is there in dis- cussing the possibility of a winter with little snow, warmer-than-normal temperatures, and fluid waterways? Sure, a lot of people would opt for that, but it just doesn't make for lively conversation. It falls flat, and the topic is quickly changed. No, the sensational is what causes the ears to perk up and gets the dialog rolling, and talk of a "hard winter" fits the bill unlike anything else at this time of the year. So don'L batten down the hatches yet. This coming winter may indeed be a hard one, but it could just as well be phe- nomenally mild...or any of the count- less variations in between. We do care Open letter Dear Family Members of Sh- enandoah Manor Residents and Concerned Citizens: We are the care staff of Shenan- doah Manor (Nursing, nurses aides, dietary and housekeeping) are sending you this letter to assure you that your loved ones safety and well being are utmost in our hearts and minds. We, the above mentioned are with your loved ones individu- ally, as much as sixteen hours or as a group twenty-four hours a day. We are very attached to them, and think of them as our own. We would never do anything to bring harm to them. We were outraged by this recent bomb threat, and would like to see the person, or persons responsible brought to justice. Heartless and cruel acts such as these are not supported or condoned by us or any decent human being. Our recent at- tempts at organization are to assure that our working conditions are pleasant and meaningful. When we are happy, your loved one do noth- stacks. Before we try to put on big bad power, lets put our heart into it. Get those Bibles warmed up first. I feel sick going to a dentist, for fear the other side of my face will be tacked onto my gum, after a removal of a tooth. Show kindness to the future of West Virginia by listening to those people's personal feelings. We've got some space. Get to- gether, and go back twenty-five years. Now, I see we need a total ten-commandment state, no clown- ing, clean construction, and do you know we can well "funchun on our good intentions." I don't see our state in those tow- ering elephant stack trunks. Lets keep it small business on a large scale. We've got too many road spills, poly-can sprays, con-games, bad biscuit bakers. Hey, lets see some shopping centers, better business practices, and regardless of who has the qual- ity money belts, lets show the in- fants as well as the adults what Je- sus came to do. Believe me, the ing but benefit. Everybody wins. growing won't be catering upon only Recent developments have leada peoples' weak qualities. Don't by- to unjust and qpfounded accusa- pass values to put on a new tions. The attachments we have to- change. Unless it is good for your ward the residents are genuine and state. not manufactured. We think of these residents as personal friends andnot just a paycheck. P.S. If anyone has any questions or comments they wish to express, please feel free to set up a meeting with us. James E. Dean for the Shenandoah Manor Care Staff Wait for me Dear Editor: Hey everybody wait for me. Lets keep West Virginia scenic. If a sore score is needed, dont put it in smell- ing distance. Does the stockyard tells us something? The idea is to go for organic gar- dening, clean air, and a good eye view. Since West Virginia is a very small state, I believe we should make it fully a clean, Christian, glad we came state, without those Edith G. Pifer Neole, WV Editor's Note: This letter was lyped exactly as received. Go for it Dear Editor: It is time for what I feel is a ma- jority to speak out for the new power plant and let our public officials know how we feel. I am sure the people of Glen Lynn, Virginia, and Route 2 up the Ohio River are very surprised the power plants located there are pol- luting the environment with chemi- cals and noise because they see a little smoke, some steam, no noise and green g rass growing right up to the doors. One of the most interesting tours I was ever on included a power plantl Yes, I feel it will increase tour- ism and help this industry grow in LA UREN WADS WORTH is pleased to announce the opening of her practice in MUSCULAR THERAPY. RE-EDUCATION. THE ALEXANDER at 106 S. Jefferso. St. in doz to -. Reduce Stress o Relieve Pain - Increase Coordination For Information Call: 466.5222 OFFICE HOUR9: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday I By A.JAMES. MANCHIN West Virginia is faced with a great opportunity or a great di- lemma, depending on what side of the heap you're on. Recently, states with huge popu- lation centers have been running out of space to dispose of their garbage. The intensive urban sprawl that ex- tends from Boston to Washington produces many thousands of tons of garbage daily. While much of this garbage is being floated out into the Atlantic and dumped overboard, that which is kept on land is quickly filling up every landfill and taxing every in- cinerator in sight. Public officials, worried about the heaps of trash piling up everywhere, have long sought a solution to their problem. They were searching for an answer when a solitary thought came into their minds. With one voice they shouted, "Let's take it to West Virginia." Since then, trucks have been rolling every day bringing garbage from every direction to the Mountain State. Contracts are currently in place to bring garbage from the eastern shores to several locations in West Virginia's northern and eastern sec- tions. And discussions are active on establishing at least one "super dump." Residents in at least twelve counties are fighting plans to bring additional garbage into their areas. In Kanawha County, the request is to bring in an additional 43,000 tons a month, to start; in Tucksr County, it's 28,000 tons more each month; in Mason, Wetzel, and Put- man Counties, it's 10,000 tons more each month. But the current request that breaks all the records is in Wayne County, where a company wants permission to import 200,000 tons of garbage into the Prichard Landfill every month. Two thoughts immediately come to mind. The first is that the garbage being brought here is more than household and restaurant waste. It must contain radioactive, biological, or chemical wastes so toxic and life- I our county. Yes, Beth Little, you are an out- sider (right or wrong) and we do not need your input in our affairs. Yes, I have lived outside the state, was treated like an outsider, felt like an outsider and think it was right. To our public officials, please ap- prove this project and give some of our natives the opportunity to move back home like I did even though I work in Virginia. Anyone that is interested in form- ing a coalition for economic growth may call me at 304-645-6896 after 5 p.m. Nile D. Cutlip Fairlea Power Plant Dear Editor: I am not a "local" nor am I an "outsider." I was born in West Vir- ginia and grew up in a small beauti- ful community in Kanawha County. Affectionately, I used to call it "my" Cross Lanes. My grandfather and father were plant men. We had an abundant life. I grew up in a beautiful brick home, there were two cars and an 18-foot pleasure boat in the garage. I at- tended a very modern and well- equipped school. Most of my friends' fathers also worked at the plants. There was no lack of prosperity in Cross Lanes. The Kanawha County boasted of being "The Chemical Capitol of the World." It can also boast as having the highest rate of cancer and respi- ratory disease in the nation. My father died of cancer at the age of 38. Three of my close friends' fathers also died of cancer, they were all "plant men." Their young it By Roberta Patton threatening that local landfill opera- tors in those areas would not even bury it. The second thought is that West Virginia could soon become recognized around the world as the United States' Garbage Dump. These two possibilities together are so distasteful that we must band together as citizens protecting our families and our homes to oppose all importation of garbage into West Virginia. I believe the safest way to handle this tidal wave of garbage is to keep it where it is, and out of the Moun- tain State. I realize this program has many supporters who say that landfill operators will need to hire additional employees to handle the new bonanza of dumping that will occur. And another segment of the economy says the trucking industry will benefit from the additional haul- ing it will obtain. Still, considering all the facts, we would surely be selling West Virginia a little short to accept these few jobs now while risking the State's billion dollar travel industry, to say nothing about the potential risks to our health and the health of future gen- erations of West Virginians yet un- born. All through my years of public service, I have been involved in many programs to control litter and abuse of the land. A major concern Congratulations Bimbo Bimbo Coles is definitely the who I am talking about - Bimbo making the news at eleven p.m. August 29th - he had been selected to play bas- ketball in the Olympics in Korea the first week in September, 1988. The most exciting player, the best player Bimbo Coles was selected be- cause of superb action on the bas- ketball court as John Warren so aptly, emphatically, and honestly said it - Bimbo was selected on his own merit. Exceptionally playing and keep- ing his eyes and mind on that bas- ket as his goal was to make those baskets! Did you see him aiming and making that basket over the Bluefield news (all in color) via that miracle television? You're probably muttering: "I've been watching Bimbo all through his three years in Greenbrier East in Fairlea! "Yes, I too, have been hear- ing about Bimbo Coles form the bas- ketball fans .- you know, Bimbo Coles is really going to the top. He is a great player! "He is so tall, and runs so fast." He is over 6 feet tall and can reach up there and place it in the basket." These are comments I've heard. has always been what we're going Just imagine his family and their to do with the trash we already have pride over his accomplishments. in West Virginia. The State has its We've seen his father and family sit- own solid waste disposal problems ting on the bench watching with con- which are growing more severe ev- centration their son Bimbo taking ery day and show no signs of abat- great stride and hearing the cheer- ing. We just cannot permit the impor- tation of trash into West Virginia. We leaders spelling out "Let's go B-I-M-B-O-!" and down while the spectators lean "Go get it - Bimbo, Bimbo" - only via TV him play (a picture is sand words, 'tis said). whole heartedly. After this o'clock news - "Birnbo lected for the olympics. excited I couldn't soon as our office o sage was sent to Jack Tincher and Rodney "Change the marquee, come Bimbo Colas." special! So be it - it's see. Linda Jackson was and thrilled: "rve been all through his career. I I bysit the Coles boys and all, so you know, I Bimbo!" We are all. West Virginians, Institute and East - so proud of creasing your God favor with God and My imaginary and his family and fans a bouquet of Lace, the yellow fancY morning glories - and Rah and Rah! must focus public attention on this Protecting your credit problem, let our public officials know of our complete opposition to this idea, and give them our support as they enforce the laws that are now on the books to protect ourselves and our families. families also lived in nice homes and drove new cars. In the early 70's, the John Amos Power Plant was built about 15 miles away from Cross Lanes. Talk about outsiders! Our quiet peaceful neighborhood exploded with the completion of the power plant and the new interstate systeml In what seemed like over night, the woods I had played in and the wildflowers and grapevines were gone. New homes were built to ac- commodate the "outsiders" from all over the country. Apartment build- ings, shopping centers, crowded trailer parks and the coup de grace - the dog track - replaced the "country setting.' We swept the fly ash caused by the power plant from the patio daily. I left "my" Cross Lanes eleven years ago. Greenbrier County is now my home. I consider my life here rich and abundant in many ways. I thank God my children are living in a safe, Clean, caring com- munity. I hardly recognize Cross Lanes when I go back, which isn't very often, because there's really no reason to visit. Most of the people I grew up with, my old school friends and the "old" families of Cross Lanes have moved away and all that is left are the "outsiders." Change is inevitable, so please, let's use good judgement. Think long term goals and make wise choices for the good of all the people who make up the Greater Greenbrier Valley. My hope is that we'll all still want to live here ten years from now. Jan McClelland Ronceverte i ]By ATT.GEN. CI-IARL]~ ]IIROWN The Fair Credit Reporting Act was enacted by Congress to protect consumers against the circulation of inaccurate of obsolete information and to ensure that consumers have access to their own credit informa- tion. If you have ever been denied credit, insurance, or a job because of an unfavorable credit report, you have the right under the Fair Credit Reporting Act to be informed of the credit bureau responsible for prepar- ing the report. You have the right to find out the nature, substance, and sources, of most information collected about you, except medical information. If you make your request within thirty days after you receive notice you've been denied credit, insur- ance or a job, because of a negative credit rating, you can receive this in- formation free of charge. After the thirty-day period, the credit bureau can charge you a reasonable fee for disclosing the information to you. You can also request to be told who received a consumer report on you within the preceding six-month period. The agency must also report inquiries made from potential em- ployers during the preceding two years. Should you find information that you believe to be incomplete or in- accurate, you can credit bureau tar. Should such to be inaccurate or can fled, you have the that such informatiOn from your file and have contact those who the wrong information, you. Should a a you and the the right to have your situation included in cluded in future You can request information be with one who does not haVel business interest for the Should the credit the law, you can and attorney's fees. Should a company vestigation into your you must be notified be informed of the stance of such For more informati0 your credit rights. sumer Protection free consumer hot line~ 800-368-8808 and is a TDD for the deaf paired. 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