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4A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, September 13,1990 If you were to stack eight billion $I bills on top of one another, I wonder just how far it would go? I guess President Bush wanted to find out, so he forgave Egypt $8 billion in loans. That riled me up a little bit -- $8 billion forgiven[ There is a lot that amount of money could do in this country. I boiled, I steamed, I fretted. Then Lou Burroughs. our typesetter, said "I don't know why your are getting so upset. The Egyptians weren't going to pay that money back anyway. So why don't you forget it." Tres simple, Lou. You saved me a lot of grief. I wonder if I could get my bank to forgive me my mortgage? Then friend Paul Lilly came in the office. "Say. Paul," I said, "what do you think about this thing of President Bush forgiving a debt of $8 billion in order to get the Egyptians to get off their sphinx and give us a hand In the Middle East?" Paul looked pensive (in fact, we in this office often refer to him as Pensive Paul) and said "You know, Finland is the only country who has paid back the loans they received from us in World War If" Finland! How much could they possibly have ever owed us in the first place? Then I listened to a man by the name of Balentine or Valentine on a "Christian" shortwave broadcasting station (I think it was World Harvest Radio from out in Indiana} the other night. This fellow has a nightly "talk" show called "Radio Free America". Not only is "Radio Free America" broadcast on the Christian powerhouse station, it is also syndicated on a number of regular A~M. stations throughout the country. "Radio Free America" sponsors offer miracle vitamins formulated in Poland and dietary supplements so powerful that the makers say you only need to lake them every five years or so. No joke. Anyway, this program contends there is a major conspiracy going on in the world -- brought to you by the same people who want to take your guns away. I can't decide whether the show's host is a radical right winger, an ultra-conservative, or just out in left field. Interestingly, some of the things said on this program border on mak- ing sense -- if you don't think about them for very long. The commen- tary. however, usually preys upon ignorance and self interest. I would guess it is not unlike very sophisticated propaganda disseminated by virtually every country in the world -- yes, including the United The Mountain STAFF Chas. A. Goddard, Editor Dotty Braekenrieh, Office Manager 122 N, Court Street Troy Forren, Advertising Lewisburg, WV 24901 Terri Boone, Advertising l lelen Scarle, Advertising 304/647-5724 Betty Morgan, Ad Design Published ever3, Thursday Matt Landers, Ad Design Jonathan Wright, Staff Writer Circulat ion: 23, 120 Lou 13urroughs, "l~pesetting 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- 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 Writing is one of the most sat-By contrast, looking at a piece States. lsfying experiences in my life. I of introspective writing you did While I'm up here on my soapbox: Did you happen to see a front am convinced more people would ten years ago shows you who page wire story In the September 5 edition of the Beckley newspaper'? find it so if they would give it a you were on the inside. In it you The headline was "Assassinating Saddam harder than it seems~. As- "serious try. It is an art and a will be taken back in time to dis- sociated Press writer Mike Feinsilber said "The easiest way for the "release.~ Its methods are di-cover again who you were--your verse its results magical, joys, your fears, your loves, your United States to end the Persian Gtflf crisis might be to have Iraq's This is the age of visual arts. frustrations, and your dreams. Saddam Hussein removed -- and don't think the idea hasn't occurred People are increasingly attuned No photograph can reproduce in Washington." to what they can see--through that only writing can. Mr Feinsilber goes on in the second paragraph to say "But assassi- television, videotapes, photo-Writing also is good for the nating foreign leaders is prohibited by a 14-year-old presidential graphs, and so on. Young people present. It provides a vahmble directive . . ." Isn't it wonderful our president has said we shouldn't especially are harder to motivate release• There is something th- kill a foreign leader, these days--unless some kind of erapeutlc about putting one's Mr Feinsilber goes on to quote former Director of the Central Intelli- visual aids are employed. They gence Agency Richard Helms as saying "Americans don't'believe in are constantly bombarded by a thoughts onto paper, committing them to the reading eye. Once media that is more graphic than they are expressed as the written having America assassinate foreign leaders. They want somebodyever• else to pull the trigger." . I am concerned such a rela- word, the ;vriter is somehow able Mr Feinsilber is writing a straight news story• This Is not from the tively small number of peopleto deal with them more effec- opinion page where you might expect any kind of clap-trap. This is a these days know the joy that tively and move on to other "news story" -- on the front pagel What have we come to? comes from writing--from baring things. And having another per- -- Chas. A. Goddardthe soul on paper and recording son read them and respond can it for posterity. If you are like do remarkable things in helping M°untai most families, you have several work the problems out. Even if boxes of photographs depicting they are not problems, learning n Messen the various stages of your life• to open up and express one's Photographs are great, but they thoughts through writing can show only wha{ the camera help like nothing else. ! I' | ] ) sees--the outside appearance. I am indeed fortunate to have • , , [I I[, You can look at a picture taken discovered the joys of writing. ten years ago and see what you This wonderful gift has made my ...... looked like--but it's only on the life much richer. For that I am outside, thankful. Editor's Note: Mary Ash Casto Lawhorn o| White SulI 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 a installments in the Mountain Messenger. A Child of the 1930's... • . . played along the creek -- walked on stilts -- played climbed trees -- played jacks -- rolled a tire -- roiled a wire -- • . . called to one another, as children will do -- "Come on" -- remembers a seasoned switch was kept on the of the kitchen stove -- and how Mamma would say -- "I You think I don't mean it -- HI come out there and show it'- . . . started to walk up on the ridge -- one afternoon -- scatti pine trees grew up on the hillside -- two blacksnakes up in a little bull pine -- knew to run back home fast blacksnake would wrap you -- • . . made a playhouse up in the white pine woods --- Laura (Uncle Oscar's wife) and their children would come the day -- the rooms of the playhouse were laid out with we played at make-believe -- as the wind moved in the pines -- remembers we ate some big teaberries -- • . . begged to stay away from home overnight -- Red" (a pet name for my auburn-haired mother) -- boss (he sometimes called her) says" -- awake around strange bed -- homesick -- • . . remembers a summer night -- when Gypsies, going country, would camp down at the road -- when children -- for fear of the Gypsies -- • • . picked berries in a little lard pail -- to add to the big -- knew where the berries grew -- knew when the berries -- black (dew) berries -- huckle (blue) berries -- ate berries -- • . . found a bobwhite's nest -- on the ground -- down in with bird eggs in the nest -- was told, "If you touch the mother bird will not come back" -- • . . walked down the road -- over by Uncle Ira's place said, "Come in and rest a while" -- remembers the fragrant honeysuckle vines grew up by the porch -- rocking chairs with little pillows -- and the porch swing --- • . . went to where the wild plum tree grew -- other to town -- remembers how the ground was covered under the tree -- and how we picked up the plums -- her children -- to be 'put up' in half gallon jars -- into som.e good plum preserves) -- Mamma had said, getting anything done" -- the American way of life -- in the Do something every day, to show it's a day -- except on • . . was in the Beginner's Class -- at the Methodist School -- little picture cards were given out -- of Scriptures -- remembers Joseph's coat of many colors ~ ~ the church service --- a teaching to shun worldly pleasure bars the hymn -- "Brightly gleams our Father's mercies lighthouse evermore... • . . attended the Episcopal Church in the evening -- a led the singing -- of the formal service -- a teaching all things -- remembers the hymn -- "Onward Christian Marching as to war..." -- • . . would go to preaching at a tent meeting -- at a field -- was taught to memorize Bible verses -- on a SOl noon -- fresh sawdust was under the rows of benches --- testimony- a mourner's bench -- and a teaching to a change of heart) -- remembers a hymn -- "Oh! they home -- Far beyond the sky... ~ -- To Be Continued Dear Editor: Your column [Wright To The Point, September 7] of sympathy for elected public officials, i.e. The Greenbrier County Board of Education, moved me. It moved me to w,ite my first letter to the editor on the subject of consoli- dation. Those poor public officials. who have to live under the stress of public scrutiny, are using Is- gal defense paid ft r by my taxes. On top of that, Ihave to solicit donations counW-wide to pay for the legal defense of the con- cerned parents students who are suing th~ Board in court. When public hearings were held. concerning school consoli- dation, no one spoke In favor ex- cept the Board. No one. Alternatives. to save money without consolidation, were of- fered by those who spoke at those hearings. Specialists in telecommunications were paid (not by the Board) to come and explain Electronic Consolidation to them. Psychological studies of the negative impact of consolida- tion and large schools on stu- dent education were cited at the hearings and mailed to the Board offices• Yet. they would not be swayed. They wanted that $6 million --- even if It meant prosti- tuting the quality of education to get it. My point is that a concerned active citizen and parent could be pressured and stressed by the lack of performance by the elected officials expected to pro- tect and improve the quality in education• I told the Board at the last in- famous hearing at Greenbrier East that no one could attend because it started with sign-ups from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on a week- day afternoon. 1 told them that public hear- ings were required by law for a reason. That reason is that our {parents') opinions should mat- ter. Since the hearings were un- successful in stopping consoli- dation -- I told them we would have to turn to the court system have stress, because I (we, you} am paying for their lawyer and mine (ours, yours}. There is no price as high as a child's education lost amidst balancing the books of the Board of Education. Sincerely, Carolyn Stephens Williamsburg Dear Editor: Shame on Oliver Luck and his political operatives who have re- sorted to a campaign of dirty tricks. Shame on Fou for at- tempting to smear our congress- man, Harley Staggers Jr., who's honesty and integrity is well known. l received a mailout from Con- gressman Staggers. I found it be be very informative, with infor- mation on timely issues. Unlike other politicians, Con- gressman Staggers does not send out marling every time he sneezes or attends a ribbon cut- ting ceremony. His newsletters. which come maybe one a year. have always been devoted to is- sues important to West Vlrgini- ans. His newsletters always pro- vides information on how people can get assistance if they are having a problem with a Federal agency. Congressman Staggers, who is a lifelong resident of West Vir- ginia (unlike his opponent who is from Ohio) has proven he cares about West Virginlans. For eight years. Congressman Stag- gers has represented West Vir- glnlans with honesty and integ- rity. Shame on Oliver Luck and his dirty tricks campaign. He cannot hold a candle to the honesty and integrity of our Congressman Harley Staggers. Sincerely, Annie Otto Hedgesvil/e Dear Editor; It's hard to bellevel Slowly this County and area is becom- ing a two-party political testing ground. With the Republican political ring" there is hope yet for good government and checks-and-balances! Ask "era aU tough, objective, straight for- ward questions• Demand straightforward, honest answers, not rhetoric and "public rela- tions" answers• Only then will we have excellent and account- able government locally, region- ally and statewide. VOTE IN NOVEMBER. REGISTER NOWII Thank you. Sincerely, Pritchard Farley Collins Quinwood Dear Editor: I want to respond to my opponent's August 23 letter to the editor regarding the Savings & Loan crisis and the flag. My opponent is playing fast and loose with the facts• First, it is ridiculous to try to link protection of the American flag with the S&L situation. Let me set the record straight on both issues. On S&Ls. I certainly share the outrage of West Virginians about this scandal and its costly bail- out. I want to let West Virginians know that this senator has in- deed taken note of. and action on. this crisis from the very be- ginning. I was one of only a handful of senators to speak out against and vote against the final bailout bill I felt that West Virginlans should not be forced to bear the burden of mis- management and fraud by offi- cers of S&I~ in other states. Virtually all of the S&Ls in West Virginia remain solid, due in no small part to the fact that S&L managers in our state stayed with their original pur- pose -- single-family housing mortgages. They did not engage in bad risks or speculative loans. They certainly did not spend the deposits of our citizens on planes, yachts and fancy cars as did many managers of now- failed S&Ls, knowing all the while that their companies were in financial danger. l believe that these S&L criml- for fair treatment, candidate for State Senate, Fred nals must not get off easy. In Now in court, I hope they Sampson, tossing his "hat In the fact, I am co-sponsoring a bill that will toughen prosecution ef- forts against those responsible for this crisis. I continue to maintain that if West Virginians are forced to pay for part of thts disaster, we simply must see justice done. I will continue to do everything possible to see that the criminals responsible for this crisis are duly punished. On protecting the American flag, I support a constitutional amendment against flag burn- ing. Flag burning is an action -- it is conduct -- that should not be granted the first amendment protection. And I don't think there is any conflict between protecting the flag from con- temptuous destruction and the right and principle, which I value dearly, of free speech. It is disappointing that my opponent continues to run a negative campaign and tries to distort and confuse the issues. For the record, I am working in the Senate to ensure that crimi- nals from the S&L scandal are fully prosecuted. I am proud to support a constitutional amend- ment to protect our American flag. John D. Rockefeller IV United States Senate Washington, D,C. Look Closely rhe Mountain Mressongel Is Your Voice Of ga~moss In The Greater Greerlbt*et Valley Of West V~rgmla Listen Carefully II Rummage andBake Sale Sponsored by Greenbrier County Committee on Aging, Inc., Friday, September 20 and 21, at the Rupert Senior Center from p,m. Anyone who umuld:llke to donate items for the drop them off at the Senior Center or.call 392:5138~ have Eakle Chapel United Methodist Church Big Draft Road, White Sulphur Springs, annual Homecoming '~ service I I o.rn. tember 16. Sunday School 9:45 a.m., worship special singing in the afternoon. Reverend ion Miller welcomes join in fellowship. Alderson Youth Dance Ensemble Will have tryouts for the 1990-91 touring ensemble, Friday 3:15 p.m. in the Alderson Junior High School gym. For more call Adrienne Biesemeyer, 445-2880. Annual Arts and Crafts Fall Festival Sponsored by the Alclerson Jurdor Woman's Club, 10 a.m. to 6p.m. and Sunday, September 16,from noon Alderson Junior High School old gymnasium. A Used Booksale Sponsored by the Friends of the Alderson Public Library will Annual Arts and Crafts Fall Festival Saturday, September day, September 16, at the Alderson Jtuzior lligh School old Ronceverte Merchants Association Monthly meeting will be held Thursday, Septenfl>er 13, at 6:30 fire house. At this tinw a re-organizational meeting will which all committees will be reactivated and made interested citizens are invited, Sunrise Chapel United Methodist Church Clintonville, will have their annual homecoming September 16, I0 cLrn. with Sunday School. Covered dish dinner will be at ternoon gospel singing. Bloodmobile at ! Greenbrfer Red Cross Chapter will sponsor a Bloodmobile ChurcIL Lewisburg, Monday September 17 from noon to 6 p.r~ ! will be provided for blood donors' children. Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church Saturday, September 15, Wednesday, September 19, 8:20 recitation after the 8 a.nL daily Mass. Good Grief A group for those undergoing, the traumas of sorrow from the loss or separation of any loved one will meet Thursday, at 7 p.m. in 7"uke flail of Saint Thomas Episcopal Church, Springs. All are welcome. Lewisburg Area Girl Scouts Registration will be held September 14 frorn 7-8p.m. at mentary School cafeteria. All interested girls, whether for the flrst time, are asked to take a parent and the ,$4 t r~'form e.,ocharu3e will be held in conjunction with IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT MATERIAL FOR Articles submitted to The Mountain Messenger mitten or clearly written in order to be considered for Please include your name and a telephone number ay be reached during business hours. The Mountain Messenger reserves the right to edit d regrets articles cannot be returned. Letters to the editor must include If you would Ilke a photograph returned, please addresse, d, stamped envelope. J