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4A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, September 20,1990 Ah...there's a decided nip in the air. Frosty mornings and azure days of wonderful clarity --- autumn is here. The mountains are soon to don their kaleidoscopic mantel of rich color. Soon we will be in a world of rare Flemish tapestry --- our days will take on a translucency beyond compare. Where else can you find such perfect tran- quility as is here in these majestic mountains? Where else can the air be sweeter? Where can the water sparkle more beautifully? Where do the asters bloom with greater glory? Where does the goldenrod bow more gracefully? Where do the songbirds sing more happily? Where do a proud people move more gracefully as they gather in their harvest? Can it only be Heaven? --- Chu. A. Goddard Reach for the stars And the Universe Can be Yours STAFF Chas. A. Goddard, Editor Dotty Brackenrich, Office Manager 122 N. Court Street Troy Forren, Advtertising Lo~isburg, WV 24901 Terri Boone, Advertising Helen Searle, Advertising 304/64%5724 Betty Morgan. Ad Design Published ever}, Thursday Matt Lenders, Ad Design Jonathan Wright. Staff Writer Lou Burroughs, "l~pcsetting Brenda Ohcrman, Production If you would like to submit material for publication: Articles submitted to The Mountain Messenger should be typewritten or clearly wdtten 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 i ,,ll i i It's sad to realize relatively or five blocks from home• few children walk to school I enjoyed walking to anymore, especially in rural school--it was a valuable school systems like ours here time of talking with friends, i'n southern West Virginia• enjoying the change of sea- It's a part of the growing-up sons, and clearing my mind" years I hold dear in my mem- before the day's academic rig- ory, and I'm sorry so Iew stu- ors began. I can't imagine the dents experience it today, horrors of suffering in the Most of my school years confines of a cramped, noisy, were in Ashland, Kentucky, yellow school bus five days a week for twelve years. It was near Huntington. The city had its own independent school system, and there were sufficient elementary and secondary institutions around town to make busses virtually unnecessary. Each child walked through his neighborhood to reach his ............... respective place of learning, rarely located more than four the fresh air and the sky above for me! Those few students who walk to school today are in- deed privileged. Some of the most valuable education comes outside the class- room--on the sidewalks ap- proaching it. Dear Editor: In America, the land of plenty, there are plenty of people who don't have access to quality medical care. Our medically un- derserved population is com- prised of individuals and entire families who face roadblocks to adequate health care. The underserved typically may be the uninsured or under- insured, the elderly, the poor and residents of remote rural and Inner-city areas. To com- pound problems, individuals of- ten fall into more than one of these categories. Today as many as 31.5 million Americans don't have health Insurance and 20 million lack adequate health cov- erage according t~ the U.S, Bu- reau of the Census. Contrary to the popular belief that only the unemployed lack l~ealth Insur- ance. the majority¢~f uninsured Americans are employed full time. Some work for companies that provide health insurance plans which require extensive cost sharing, making some medical services unaffordable for employees, Some workers are excluded from health coverage due to a pre-existing condition. And some workers don't have health insurance as part of their benefit package because the companies simply can't afford to Insure their workers' health, Children are often caught up in the tmlnsured problem. Ac- cording to 1989 statistics from the U, S. Bureau of the Census. 21.9 and 15.3 per cent of chil- dren under age 16 lacked health coverage. Surprisingly, these children live In families where one or more parent Is employed. Some ethnic groups are over- represented In the ranks of the uninsured. The U.S. Census Bu- reau concluded that in 1988 some 20 per cent of blacks and 26.5 per cent of Hlspanlcs were uninsured compared to 11.7 per cent of whites. funded by the state and federal government, because they don't know how to enter the system or don't have the appropriate Infor- mation to file an application. Others don't apply because they face language barriers or feel the application process Is too time- consuming. Families living In rural and inner-city communities encoun- ter special barriers. Rural resi- dents often must travel a great distance to seek medical atten- tion. And transportation systems in large cities are often deficient when It comes to transporting the elderly and the 111. As a result, when the Ill fi- nally do seek treatment, they may be In advanced stages of disease. The availability of service is a problem as well. For example, small community hospitals often don't have enough doctors on staff and often don't have emer- gency room physicians. Small hospitals also may have limited testing facilities available. Remember, the underserved aren't just statistics -- they're our neighbors, our friends and maybe even our family. Our na- tion must strive to increase ac- cess to quality healthcare. Since 1892, osteopathic phy- sicians have had a tradition of serving the medically underser- ved, especially those in rural America. While osteopathic phy- sicians make up only 5 per cent of the total physician population. they comprise 15 per cent of all physicians practicing in areas where the population is 10.000 • or less, Charlotte Cales Pull/am for of The W. Va. Society of Osteo- pathic Medicine, Inc. Dear Editor: Fran Booth, National Veterans raffles to achieve our goal in the cancer program. We sell the Buddy Poppies that the disabled veterans make in area hospitals. In all these ways we serve our country by helping our fellow citizens. We also help 2Mnerica by promoting patriotism and the proper respect for the flag• We have accomplished a great deal in the past 76 years, but we still have a big job ahead of us. Mary Walker Rainelle Dear Editor: There's an "old friend" down- town which says. like the Lady Liberty: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses • . " This welcome sanctuary gives comlbrt and rest to those who are shopping, touring or maybe Just walking. Should they feel the need for a little rest and relaxation the old bench is there to share your problems, bear your burdens and -- sometimes, ease the pain of loneliness. "Sure, my friend, have a seat, nice to see you. Do you llve around here? Oh yes, out on 219. I know. Yeah. I live here and come to this bench just to watch the people and the cars going by. Seems to help make the time pass. You say your wife is sick? I'm sorry, but. you know, those Home Care people are real good, I know 'cause I had them when my wife was ill. Yes, cancer took her life. Well, nice to see you and hope your wife gets better soon. If you ever need to talk I'm here lots of the ttme and glad to chat with some- one." Charleston Funny, this old bench really Ms Pulliom is Executive Direc- seems like a friend -- when you're lonely• Sometimes, when you are here alone with your thoughts and memories, thinking you may be the loneliest person on earth. Other groups that lack proper of Foreign Wars Ladles Auxiliary healthcare are the unemployed National President from the De- pertinent of Maine has chosen as her theme "Accepting the Challenge for God and Country." We the members of the Ladles Auxiliary of John Page Post #4484 of Ralnelle challenge all and the working poor. There people below the national pov- erty level, which Is $12,675 an- nually for a family of four. Ac- cording to Columbia University's National Center for Children In Poverty. 23 per cent of children under age six are living ha pov- erty. And the Medicaid system Americans to give our best ha or- der to make the world a better place to llve. We continue to work to help Senior Citizens, Youth, sponsor safety programs, 'in assists only alxmt 40 per cent of the poor. Other Americans don't receive Medicaid, a heaRhcare public assistance program a stranger may seek the sanctu- ary of the bench and may need a friend. His need of the gentle touch is not unlike yours. Seldom can a heart be lonely, If it seeks a lonelier still, Self-forgetting, seeking only Emptier cups to fill. (Author Unknown) and sometimes, if one looks closely enough, there may be a tear left on the old bench down- town, Sincerely, Henry Dunn L~wlsburg Dear Editor: I was at the Greenbrier County Board of Education, Tuesday, September 11• Before going to this meeting I read an article in the Mountain Messen- ger dated July 26. l am one of the people ot Greenbrier County who is NOT a registered voter. It is my choice not to be. But I am a taxpayer. And any time I feel I want to be a registered voter I will go and reg- ister. As a parent I strongly feel each parent should attend the Board of Education meeting in- stead of reading about them in the newspaper. Your children deserve your support by attend- ing the board meeting. Attend VIA meetings, go to the board meetings, they are the deciding factors in your child's education. Sincerely, Jane Burdette Clintonville Dear Editor: I am glad that Greenbrler County got all new teachers this year. I walked past the Rainelle Junior High and Elementary on my morning walk August 30th (teacher's day off). The football team. girls basketball, cheer- leaders and band were all prac- ticing, The principal and secre- tary were In the omce and al- most all of the Junior High and Elementary teachers were in their rooms working. The next morning as I went for my walk. there they were again. I said to myself, "I'm glad we got new teachers because ! know those nonprofessional, uncarlng. undedicated, money grubbing ones I read about in the paper during the strike would not be out here working on their days off to get ready for the kids on September 4." Are these the same teachers that the Greenbrier County Board of Education voted 5-0 to fire at a Special Board meeting on Sunday, March 11, 1990? Sincerely, Wallace H. Jones Rainelle Dear Editor: Editor's Note: Mary Ash Caslo Lawhorn o| While Sulphur bets what it was like to grow up in the 1930t. She shares her vignette, with us. Mrs Lawhorn'$ "A Child ol the 1930s" will a Installmentt~ in the Mountain MessenQe¢. A Child of the 1930's... • . . went to the Methodist Church ice cream supper -- week night -- at the church --- in the summertime -- a bl ice floated in a barrel of lemonade -- box lunches were highest bidder -- to a girl's best beau -- • . . went to a weiner roast -- held on a summer evening Methodist Church congregation was gathered at Waitman across the road from Uncle Oscar's place -- toasted marshmallows in the bonfire -- . . . memorized a part to say -- for all special occasions Methodist Church -- Mother's Day -- Father's Day -- -- would say the part in front of the congregation -- • . . wrote this poem -- as a memory -- Out in the country In the 1930's On an August afternoon Of haze across the countryside Where sheep graze Peacefully On a big rounded hillside And a red granary is set Beskie a field In the sunlight The tranquil quiet The pleasant course of an afternoon • • . helped to Fix the big dinner meal for the men threshers came -- a busy time -- a special meal -- cake and whipped cream -- or lemon pie -- for dessert with Mamma, to eat last --- • . . remembers older sister, Emma Grey (seven years wanted to take a drink of water to the threshers -- down -- wanted me to go with her -- to where her boyfriend -- remembers the heat of the afternoon sun -- and appreciated the cold well water -- • . . rode up on the ridge in the Model T ford car -- with family that lived up there -- climbed ever higher -- road -- remembers the orchard along the road to the top of the ridge -- and the corncrib hung on the hillside / --just above the road -- . . • went over to Aunt Amy's house in the morning -- sunlight through the east kitchen windows -- her wooden churn -- • . . sat with my family on the front porch -- on a af|er company left -- remembers we sang together ~- song -- "And when I grow too old to dream -- Your love my heart... " • . . tried the taste of snuff-- was with the group of by the swimmln' hole -- that Sunday evening -- before ice was to start -- at the nearby Episcopal Church -- only tried the snuff, that smelled so sweet, the one time --" • . . listened when Mamma told us to "stay in the house from the windows -- a swarm of honey bees was on the summer afternoon -- up through the slender trees sycamore) growing along the branch water -- as it through the field to the creek -- the swarm of bees cana¢ yard apple trees -- a sound of many bees -- until the on- . . . would go to the Neville home -- on up the lane -- mornings of bread making there -- the aroma of bread fresh loaves of bread from the oven -- • . • rode our big workhorse, Tom, down to the creek work day -- waited patiently while the horse drank -- a fear of the Narrows at this time of day -- a tale was man met a floating pine casket In the Naffs just as It dark one evening -- rode the tired horse slowly back up To Be Continued ceverte Rail Heritage by holding Railroad Days to show the young people the history of trains and also Operation Lifesaver which teaches children as well as adults the importance of being safe around railroad crossings and tracks. We hope someday to have a railroad display, perhaps in an old caboose, to be open to tour- ists during summer or year round to show our Railroad Heritage. We welcome your help and input. If you would like to know more about Project Rail or want to have a display at Ronceverte Railroad Days please feel free to call 647-5305. George CHnebell Ronceverte Dear Editor: Answer to Chas. A. Goddard "Good Momln." How far would $8 billion go if stacked on one another? This question was In regard to President Bush forgiv- Ing Egypt an $8 million loan. It would go a long way toward Vet- erans Benefits. Forgiving Egypt an $8 billion write-off, is no worse than the government cutting the World War II Veterans' benefits to favor Philippine Veterans, who filed for U.S. Veterans' Administration benefits. There are thousands of WWlI Veterans of the Philippine Army. Their dependents are re- ceiving U.S. Veterans" benefits. These Filipino Scouts claim they were assisting the U.S. Military when they received service con- nected disabilities fighting with the American Military In the Philippine Islands. This would be a good question to ask Senator Jay Rockefeller, as he is the Sen- ate Chairman of the Veterans' Affairs Committee. While you are at it, ask him to explain the new Public Law -- P.L. 100-687 -- With the upcoming Railroad~ known as the Veterans' Judicial Days, you keep hearing about Review Benefits Improvement "Project Rail" and perhaps say Act. The Act states in the event a what is "Project Raft?" U.S. Veteran's claim for benefits Project Rall is a non-profit are denied by the VA's Board of group of dedicated rail fans who Veterans Appeals; then the Vet- are interested In preserving Ron- eran can file his benefit before a U.S. District cases fried with the vember 18, 1988 cart U.S. District West Virginia "what have these U. filing after November got that WWII have." Since/ely, Dear Editor: I am Infuriated sion stations in this t carry the bate live. The voterS ! had a right to hear so as to be people do want to sues so as to vote TV stations are provide a commW but they refused to bate -- then one unannounced at 9 o day morning viewers would be church. I am appalled was not aired. It is that even our don't want Why Is West happy and the 'status quo Hasn't our enough everyone we need a