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October 4, 1990

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Letters... Continued From Page 4-A an article in Sep- Messenger, "No- Association Supports Issue here Is neither or Democrat. It's Way Mr Luck might decide on a gun control bill: he be elected to Con- incumbents and in the past have an- their un-dying devotion the Second Amend- unfortunately, as we this past May in the succumbed to the I forces m support of the Bill. I familiar with Congress- ers' stand on the Sec- His record in and at present on anti- "When you have a going: why change?" I if this article has by NRA [National Rifle or merely a release LUck's campaign man- normally releases in- prior to any election ratings on incum- re-election and can- So far I have received from them, but I will that your paper will Copy shortly after I re- Normally this [NRA] rates all candidates feelings about pro and and past history and Robert Rosser Ronceverte ;r L You are asked to buy a during the sale Oc- Rainelle, do so with a S~ile on your face. And r that it is the least in- of your loose change eVer make," said Mary a member of the Auxiliary. "Across tens of thousands of Women volunteer are offering you a opportunity to per- the uniformed have made the su- and those count- hospitals who may physically fit," Ms "Maybe the govern- give a few bucks a their survivors and disabled are given but the help llve them through the Conducted by their lization comes from not through what to pay in taxes," added. "If your grail- more than lip serv- proudly wear your when it is offered of Foreign Wars a Ladies Auxiliary one!I" The Veter- Sign Wars and its Le- af John Page Post will have their October 6. to military men and been a re- of the American The local chapter communication con- service personnel at home. The crisis with its de- Soldiers, sailors and ling additional Volunteers -- and the lo- nG exception. are needed to as- office and If you are have a few and would like humanitarian el- the local chapter or Claude 5-3651. Your help As I have been watching sev- eral two-hour-long "iv spectacu- lar" or grotesque chapters of the Civil War, I realize more and more that fighting is not the an- swer for this Sweet Land of Lib- erty. Background music of familiar old songs was really the reason I kept watching "The Civil War." I kept wondering why or how could any war be named The Civil War? Putting brother against brother in the horrible war was anything but civil. According to my reading this production of "The Civil War," was five years in the making. The Civil War was four years of bloodshed, heart breaking, and of course, it seemed useless, as we still in many instances haven't completely accepted that freedom. Freedom in a certain sense came to the black slaves, who had suffered untold miser- ies by their masters. In some in- stances, the masters were com- passionate and understanding. Ken Burns, the filmaker, felt that maintaining historical au- thenticity was central to the pro- duction. His strategy was to let the war tell its own story. I did just that -- hours of that terrible Civil War continued to make me listen more intently to the old familiar songs of liberty -- of the spirituals such as "Gonna lay down my burden, down by the riverside, ain't gonna study war no more." The strains of "My Country "tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing." These songs, and many more, kept me visualizing why was it called The Civil War?. I really still don't know. Could President Abraham Lincoln have told us? He knew our people weren't behaving in a civilized way or they would never have had slaves in the first place. Yet, we know the Negro received his freedom from cruel whippings and disrespect. He was beaten till he couldn't stand and in some instances killed. The music kept me from crying and fighting within, be- cause there were those people who believed in a God of Love, sat on the church benches with fine clothes and heads erect, while others of God's children were doing their dirty work. Did they listen to the Scriptures they heard or, should I say, did they hear?. In Christ there is no north or south, no east or west -- one true fellowship over the whole wide earth. When the freed Negros rallied together and were accepted to fight to help their own cause, I was proud, and relieved and possibly saw a little bit of civility creeping in. President Lincoln's favorite song was "Dixie," or so one of the readers said. We all have sung it from childhood. Look Away, Dixieland. Way down south in Dixie. "Oh, I wish I were in Dixie." Other songs I recog- nized were "Yankee Doodle Dandy." "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord, glory, glory, hallelujah" (Charles George of Ronceverte requested this song at his fu- neral) "Soldiers of the Cross" was so touching -- the piano, the violin, the fife. and drums were prevalent throughout and "When Johrmy comes marching home again, hurrah, hurrah." was a breath of fresh air from all of the devastation, starvation, and freezing we had seen. Sweet Land of Liberty I guess we will always fight for freedom and liberty on this earth. The women of the world (whatever their race. creed or color) are coming forward to take their stand for Sweet Liberty. domes- tit: violence must be stopped. It seems "the rolling pin" wasn't enough -- nor was true lovel Now is the time to look at and smell the last roses of summer. P.S. This incident happened in my house when Ida, a black girl (black is beautiful) was tell- ing me, they (the negroes) were still not getting a fair deal in public jobs. "Ida, I said, look at the situation this way; the ne- groes' did to some extent get their freedom but the white women have not received theirsl A special "Thank You" to my readers: Vera Hatfield, Beul Masters, Bessie Nail, Ruth Dp.= navan, Mrs Cllngman, Susan Harris, Lillian Morgan, Blanch Simms, Gean Beard, Charlie Tomlinson. I appreciate your comments. Please tell me who sent me the picture of General George So Patton and his wife Beatrice. New News SIGNET RINGS In 14K and 18K Gold Nothing makes a statement about your good taste like a gold signet ring. For yourself, or as the perfect gift, these rings will be worn and treasured for years to come. Shown are coat of arms, surface engraving, and initials in relief. Order now for Christmas WALTER H. WINGO, INC. HNE JEWELRY WlIITE .1! 'l.l'IlIll~ , PI~II~II.IL fJ WF~T VlII(IlNIA 14lllltt ,~14~-R311-34ll1 Visa M=stetC=d Discover The Mountain Messengsr, Thursday, October 4, 1990 5A Awards 'Perfect' Military News The Lewlsburg Lions were Jolne,J by the Lewlsburg Lionesses for dinner following the recent highway clean-up. The Llons have adopted Old Powell Road. The Llonesses have adopted Houfnaggle. This is but one of the actlvltles In which the two organizations pro- vide service to their community. Following dinner, President Bill Nelson read several communications from the new district governor. Major goals continue to be support for sight activities at the local and state level, support for research through Llons International., and Increaslng active membership in local Lions Clubs. Rules for the district governor's contests were also announced. The members were reminded of the Fall Conference at Pipestem and the need to make reservations as early as possible. Secretary J. Bright Hem is the contact person for reservations. Perfect attendance pins were awarded to the years 1985-1987. Reclpi- ents included Lee K. Bell (left), Roy Coffman, Carl Curry, John Gar- nett, Francis Hammond, Hayward Hinzman, Paris Hume, Klase Longa- nacre, Louis Longanacre, Alvin Porterfield, Bill Nelson. Sam Jen- nings, not pictured, also received a perfect attendance pin. Navy Petty Officer Ist CIass Barry N. Barlow, a 1979 gradu- ate of Greenbrier West Hlgh School and Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas V. Sharp, a 1978 graduate of Greenbrier East, re- cently returned from deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. During the six-month deploy- ment, Barlow and Sharp partici- pated In various exercises and operations including Operation Desert Shield. At the start of Operation Desert Shlt Id, Eisenhower's battle group was directed to the Red Sea where they conducted maritime inter- ception operations and co6rdi- noted with air, ground, and Na- val components of the multina- tional force in the region. In the Mediterranean the battle group continued its sup- port of Operation Desert Shield. The return of the battle group demonstrates the flexibility of our Navy and its ability to pro- vide and sustain the naval pres- ence required by operational commanders. Barlow joined the Navy in March 1980 and Sharp joined in February 1979. Look Closely The Mountam Mressenger is Your Voice of Fairness In The Greater Greenbrier Valley OI West Virginia Listen Carefully IIII III III A r-CES TAUF ANT OPENING SOON 536-2202 yS,, l!" on the all new 1991 Ford Explorers It doesn't matter which "Doors You Choose" i, Garten Ford has 10 1991 Ford Explorers in stock Automatic and Straight Drives Joe Wiley a resident of Frankford, West Virginia Wants you to come over to Garten Ford, and look at their selection of 1991 Ford Explorers. argive him a call at 1-800-344-5247 or at home 497-2160. Follow your friends and neighbors to.. 1629 Main Street Clifton Forge, Virginia VADL : 66 99 I" Founded in 1782, celebrating our 208th year. ":'" 6 * 99 * 6 * tb ster during our Happy 'Birthday Celebration to win 3 big birthday presents valued at ox er ,300. Entry blanks will be available starting October 1 st at the Following participating merchants: Services-$10 Off Services . 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