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4A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, September 6,1990 J O ornl] One of the most gratifying things about conducting the Public Opnlon Poll regarding the proposed consolidation of Ea3tern Greenbrier County junion high schools was the num- ber of people who said "Thank you for at least letting us have the chance to say how we feel." Less than one per cent of our total readership responded in that poll so "public" may not apply well in this situation. "Public" usually means more than a handful. Apparently a large majority feel their opinions are not important• This apathy is not just a local phenonenon -- there are more than 400,000 West Virginia cit ens, 18 years of age or older, who are not even registered to vote! Add to that the pitifully small number of registered voters who even bother to go to the polls and you have a very. small number of persons ruling the destiny of our country. You can't blame those who do vote for excercising their privlledges as free and democratic Americans. Th ere are some democracies where voting is mandatory! In requiring citizens to vote they take their responsibilities just a little more seri- ously than we do. Interesting, perhaps, thai our little poll had a larger sam- piing base than the much-touted Gallop polls and Neilson ratings -- and those two companies greatly influence national political and social policies and national television viewing habits! There is no way we can. or wish to, roister our poll off as being definitive. We undertook a questionaire only to give you the opportunity to voice your opinion on a matter which influences us all (whether we have children or not l. --Chas. A. Goddard Letters to the Dear Editor: I agree with Retus M. Ramsey. A public vote held at the voting precincts would be the accurate and best way to discover the wishes of the public. After all we. the parents, are the people who should be allowed to decide where to send our children to school, not the Board of Educa- tion! I am a parent of two children• who in the years to come• wotfld be traveling 73 minutes on the bus each way according to the lYom early morning until altel the fireworks. My brother Robert and I knew every inch ol• the grounds anti every exhibit. We knew all the secress of the games on the Mid- way. My brother was a lbnner Stale Cop In Lewisburg. My fa- ther and mother both worked at the fair. Daddy parked cars and Mother was in charge of canned goods and baked goods. latest survev. Yes. the travel My father was a blacksmith t• -- " "'" -u~ w~t by trade and tie died when I was ime~.a Ix)met me, o ~ rill .t- ,_ _ . . chil- concerns me tI:ie~ n{osS IS th'e ....... to year~ ore, reaving four drug situation. Consolidating all dren Ruth, Robert• Gay and of the eastern junior highs into one big school Is only going to make this drug situation worse. Not to mention the location of the school building, which is next to Greenbrier East High School, so rumor has it. That complicates matters even more. In today's world children are much more easily influenced at those age levels and consolidat- Ing the schools Is only going to make it worse. I believe you have enough money to fix what is wrong with the six existing jun- for high schools, and forget about consolidating all together. With due respect. I believe that the Board of Education and Legislatures main concerns are the teachers and their pay raises. Not our children or their well-being. "l~e word consolida- tion never came up until after the teachers went on strike this past school ter~. Is this your way of giving some teacher what they want at the eJcpense of our children? I say si)me teachers because if they d~ go through with their plans for consolidation there will be some teachers job- less. Sure, some of you mlghS get your pay raises but the others will be terminated due to con- solidation. Now is that whal you want to do -- stand in the un- employment line? It's certainly not going to make you any richer. But I think it's a shame that our children may have to pay the price so to speak. Think about it people, do you want your children subjected to more drugs due to consolida- tion? I certainly do NO'I~ Say No to consolidation! Help us fght the battle for our childrens' sakes. Judy Whitt Frankford Dear Editor: What a pleasant surprise to have a copy of Mountain Mes- senger of August 16, and to see a picture of my great grandson on the front page. His name is Brian Fitch of Pottstown. Penn,~ sylvania. His father is the Fitch Electronics owner who does the amplifying at the fair. He has done this for quite a few years. His father. Btll Fitch did it for years before him. I am now 79 years old. My maiden name was Rulh "lab- scott, daughter of Harry and Elva Tabscott of Richlands. My Uncle William Tabscol [ of Lewis- burg was one of the first officers of the Greenbrler Valley Fair. We started going to the lair from the very first one. Not one or two days. but every day it was open Charles. My nmther will be remem- bered as a nurse. We went to Calvary M.E. Church where my mother was organist and Daddy sang in choir. After quite a few years, my mother nmrried Cecil Brown who was well-known in Lewisburg, Both of them are gone. My step- father al 80 years and Mother at 93 years. I came to Pennsyh,anla and married Paul Fitch 56 years ago. We are both very active. We have seven children, 13 grandchildren and I1 great-grandchildren. We are very proud of all of them. I think there are possibly a few persons living who remem- ber this gang. Thank you so much lbr She picture and I hope this letter has not bored you too much. Thank you, Mrs Ruth Tabscott Fitch Route 2 Pottstox~m, PA 19464 Dear Editor: The onslaught of radio and television commercials regard- ing excess acreage tax -- ap- pears to have overwhelmed our current representatives in state government now in Charleston (John Doe Voter. beware, keep your hand on your blllfoldl be- fore the special session got un- der way, the news releases ad- vised that this source of revenue was not to be tinkered with (talk about special interest clout). The decision had been made. There remains a drop of blood in this old turnip that exercises no clout (John Q. Public). A means had been discovered to do it so Mr Apathy that would go unno- ticed, hopefully for years to come. it's called trickle down, or pass it on down, but watch who pays. All the data tossed around concerning who owns what was as full of holes as a good slice of Swiss cheese. Reliable sources say 45 per cent of the surface and 75 per cent of the mineral rights are owned by col~orate or out of state owners. Their scare tactic of en masse exodus Is about as fctttious and full of holes as their ownership data, and Is another arrogant Insult to the intelligence of the average state citizen. How in H - - can 70 per cent of the mineral re- sources of this state be stuffed into a briefcase? What such ac- tion may do is encourage devel- opment and produce jobs. J.W. Pennlngton Lewisburg The Mountain STAFF Chas. A. Goddard, Editor Dotty Brackenrieh, Office Manager 122 N. Court Street Troy Forren, Advertising Lewisburg, WV 24901 Terri Boone, Advertising llclen Scarle, Advertising 304/647-5724 Betty Morgan, Ad Design Published every Thursday Matt Landers, Ad Design Jonathan Wright, ShfffWriter Circulation: 23,120 l.ou Burrougl~, Typesetting BIx'nda 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- 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 ~o Senior Citizens To the point By Jonathan Wright Public officials, especially those on the local level, give up a lot to carry out their duties• I think it's high time we gave them credit for their sacrifices. As a private citizen. I can make my views known, circulate petitions, drum up support or opposition to various causes. campaign ior various candi- dates, and become involved in issues in many other ways vol- untarily. As a public figure, however-- one who actually sets policy and establishes laws and ordi- nances many of iny decisions come under the close scrutiny of those I serve. These decisions are often extremely difficult. No matter which way I decide to go on some issues, one side is bound to be hurt in one way or another. There is often a fine line of distinction drawn between the advantages andtlISadvantages of one decision over another. Of all the times of being a member of the Greenbrier County Board of Education, right now is certainly one of the worst imaginable. If Board mem- bets had taken a stand against junior high school consolidation, they would have had the monu- mental task of coming up with some way to keep schools oper- ating in the growing shadow of dwindling funds and deteriorat- ing buildings• Since the majority of the Board have come out in Iavor of consolidation, they have predictably drawn the ire of per- sons fighting to keep those schools open. It is clearly a no- win situation for these public of_ fcials---certainly not an enviable posiSion for anyone• It is unfortunate there is no way for average cit~ens to expe- rience temporarily the responsi- bilities and pressures public offi- cials shoulder--the stress they experience in stretching avail- able funds as far as they can possible go--and still not having enough to meet day-to-day op- erations. I salute our Board of Educa- tion members, city council mem- bers. commissioners, mayors, delegates, and all others who go into the local public spotlight to do what they can to serve us. We may not always agree with their decisions, of course, but we can recognize them for what they are giving ut>--a 'life free of public confrontation--to do what they can for us. Dear Editor: Is it worth it? To some of us. it is not. Some of us do not believe the slaughter of possibly twice the number of those honored on the Vietnam Memorial is worth this unthinkable war• nor is it worth the young women who will also die painfully and horribly not in defense of their country this time, but for oil. We will Mways remember that "Day of Infamy," December 7. 1941 "the character of that das- tardly Invasion." Our great Presi- dent Roosevelt told us "A state of war has existed since that date. with the Empire of Japan•" We all knew why we fought. Those gallant men and women (nurses) knew they were offering their lives to save their country and their loved ones. We also know this time why we fight.., for oil. Once again two men of great power face each other as the world waits to see if one blinks• As we know, one did blink in 1962 as World War Three, the Final War. was set to begin. The other one saved the world that time, We wonder and pray for deliverance this time. We can live without the pre- cious oll and without the satanic horror of the killing and the fi- nalliy of World War "three. Now, today, September I, 1990. two men, one holding a golf club in his hand. and the other holding hostages in his. hold the fate of life on this planet In their hands• It would give the good people on this earth a ray of hope if these men would appear on tv with a prayer on their lips and a Bible in their hands. To borrow a few words of elo- quence from a great American and to add a few of my words to express abhorrence of war. I know not what course others may take but. as for meI say, forbid it, Almighty God! Sincerely, Henry Dunn Lewisburg Dear Editor, I find the front page August 30, picture of the pig at the slaughter house to be very, very, offensive as well as in poor taste. I also find it hard to see the liter- ary value of said picture. 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. Ednor's Note: Mary Ash Casto Lawhorn of White Sulphur bets what It was like to grow up In the 1930s. She shares her vignette, with us. Mrs Lawhorn's "A Child o| the 1930s" will Installments m the Mountain Messenger. A Cltild of the 1930's ••. • . . heard the hens up at the barn on a summer the clucking sound a hen would make after laying "Look. look; an egg" -- "Ix)ok, look, an egg" • . . walked tip to Mrs Clement's place just beyond to get some buttermilk -- went out to the cellar (or s remembers the large crocks of buttermilk and sweet how cool and damp the cellar was built into the shelves of home-canned food in the cellar and a from the churn stamped with a design in the mold --- • . . heard the sound of laughter from where a game was in progress -- on a Sunday morning when the wet with dew remembers the pegs were set up in the below the apple trees -- and the fine figure of Daddy horseshoes -- wearing his gray suit. white shirt and -- a man of Spanish descent -- •.. remembers the noonday dinner meal in summer potatoes were dug to cream with green peas from the the roasting ears (corn on the cob) were straight from and green beans cooked down and seasoned with pork were served with sliced homegrown tomatoes good biscuiis -- • . . remembers when the parlor door would be opened --- Wllly's house on a Sunday afternoon a round table middle of the room with a fringed table covering that l the floor -- a large globed lamp was set on the table ~- t the pleasant setting -- a red velvet settee and walls in a red velvet covering • . • watched for the smoke from the chimney down all house when we started the evening firebuilt with get supper ready in the summertiine if sntoke of fire, in the valley, hovered the ground we could took Ibrl members a song of the 1930's "Rain When yott again Rain . . . " • . . remembers when someone came running on a ing in summer Uncle's horse had fallen with him Narrows -- and broke his leg Daddy grabbed the shot went out the door -- and when he got up there it was broken (stories were told and repeated for humor ) Uncle Oscar (lived two more miles up the road) farmed with two big workhorses -- our horse was named Uncle's horse was named Charlle • . . remembers how Uncle Oscar would grin and bunch of foolishness anyway" -- Uncle was born the family of eight children -- had been ill the worst fl of the Argonne Forest, in France, of World War I with a wife and four children, in the midst of Depression -- . . . started down the well-worn path to Mr summer afternoon with Lindy and our clog, E-guy-low) met a black racer snake coming path screamed and our dog killed the snake nty the snake over a tree limb -- to draw rain -- • . . went barefoot in summer -- and sometimes ste remembers the little operation with a needle -- and to get the thorn out -- and how some iodine was place . . . sat with my little sister, Lindy -- in the shade of a behind the house -- and held our dolls -- would s morning -- until the shade moved -- To Be Continued I am a vegetarian, though not a fanatic nor am I narrow minded. I realize (and accept) the faci that animals are killed for people to consume as food. I also realize that this food is also eventually eliminated• I certainly wouldn't care for a picture of that in my newspaper either." Linda E. Hammer Lewisburg Dear Editor: In general you have a very good paper• I especially enjoy "About herbs." The photo of Sheldon Risser and Porker on the front page of the August 30 Mountain Mes- senger was know that "Porker" pain, terror, and notching, castration, and are performed anaesthetic or sm And this is a local tourist from Transylvania or "But for the mouthfid of flesh soul of I/~ sun that proportion of that it had been world So enjoy. By U.S. Senator Robert 1990 Update on Free Federal The following list of toll-free Federal hotlines can ginians obtain information about Federal programs and about regulations and opportunities that may affect Retired Army Pay Problems ..................... Cancer Hotline, Department of Health and Human Services ................ National Runaway Switchboard ................. (For parents and runaways to leave messages) Parents Anonymous (child abuse). .1-$ Consumer Product Safety Commission ........... (Product recall, complaints, fact sheets) Environmental Protection Agency ................ (Hazardous-waste information) Financial Aid for College Students (National) Department of Education .................... AIDS Hotline (National) ........................ (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) Pesticide Emergency Information Clearinghouse ............................... Federal Emergency Management Agency ........... 1-t (Flood-insurance information) National Health Information Clearinghouse ................................ Hill-Burton Free Hospital Care Hotline ............ Small Business Administration .................... (Answer Desk) Social Security Administration .................... (Medicare questions) Veterans Benefits Counseling Transportation Department ..... ................