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4A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, October 25, 1990 By U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd Investing in America's Future Since 1981, under the Reagan and Bush Administrations, America's national debt has rocketed from slightly under $1 trillion--accumulated by thirty- nine presidents over nearly two centuries--to more than $3.3 trillion. Few would argue that we need to reduce this staggering debt load. At the same time, however, we have a duty to invest in the foundations on which tomorrow's economic strength and national Security will depend. Throughout the past decade, federal investment in roads, bridges, airports, educational systems, community health-care programs, and non-defense re- search and development has been neglected. Currently, the United States spends a smaller percentage of its annual wealth on these programs and efforts than do Japan, Ger- many, France, Britain, Canada, or Italy. As a result, real U.S. eco- nomic growth is stagnating. Two decades ago, U.S.-pro- duced automobiles and consumer electronics were nearly unchal- lenged in our domestic markets. Today, however, foreign manufacturers have captured one third of America's domestic automobile market and 95 percent of our consumer electronics market. Average U.S. wages, adjusted for inflation, have been falling since the early 1970's, with today's U.S. worker enjoying less real buying power than in 1972. The long-term solution to America's deficit problems will re- quire investing in those assets and resources--such as physical in- frastructure, technology, and education -- that will make America more productive and more competitive in world markets. As Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I am doing all that I can to obtain federal funds to invest in West Virginia's future economic foundations--Appalachian cor- ridor highways, public water and sewerage systems, bridges, the FBI's 2,500-employee Identifica- tion Division, the replacement radio telescope at Greenbank, hardwoods-industry research and development, tourism develop- ment, flood control, airport im- provements, small-business and defense-industry contracting, coal and energy research, and high- technology research and expertise development, to name some in- vestment efforts. My commitment is to put in- to place the kind of improved in- frastructure that will prepare West Virginia to compete and prosper in the twenty-first ceritury. Our Home: West Virginia Mountain Messen STAFF Chas. A. Goddard, Editor Dotty Brackenrieh. Office Manager122 N. Court Street Troy Forren, Adw.rtising Lewisburg. WV 24901 Tcrri Boone. Advertising l telen Scarlc, Advertising 304/647-5724 Betty Morgan, Ad Design Published every Thursday Matt Landers. Ad Design Jonathan Wright, St~fff Writer lxm Burroughs. "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 rues.) Out-of-State, $15.00 $1 discount to Senior Citizens / To the point By Jonathan Working at a newspaper involves a weekly cycle of acceleration and deceleration. After over a year work- ing full-time in this business, I think l'm finally getting used to it. The process is different for each member of our staff, although gener- ally the process runs from Wednes- day to Tuesday. Let's start with Wed- nesdays. Except for our circulation man- ager, the middle day of the week is "the day after." The layout has been sent to the printers, and we await the finished product back in Lewis- burg. It's a day to begin our strate- gies for the upcoming week's issue. For me, Wednesday is a day to relax a bit. Everybody needs a day like thatwto take stock of what you've finished, catch your breath, and draw inspiration to tackle the anew. I hake the day to clean my desk, tie up some "loose ends" which have been nagging me, and begin interviews for upcoming sto- ries. lt's a good day for me to travel to the outlying areas of Pocahontas and Monroe counties, for my sched- u~e is often the most flexible on Wed- nesday. It's a day to enjoy the brief respite from the stress which will in- evitably come early next week. The pace' picks up a bit on Thurs- days, although by no means is it stressful. We often have staff meet- ings that morning before getting busy on our respective responsibili- ties. It's a time to talk over 'what we're doing fight, what we're doing wrong, and how to more efficiently fine-tune our product. After the meeting I normally go off to more interviews and searching out more stories for the upcoming week. l'm often gone from the office a good part of the day both Wednesday and Thursday. The pressure builds gradually during the day, especially if I'm a hit low on story ideas. By the end of the day, however, I've nor- rnally run down enough leads to keep me busy the next day. Friday is when the newspaper be- gins to take on a more definite shape. I usually have a better idea of what stories l'll bc writing about for the next week, and! going wherever tographs, get intervieWS, up on tips. If smoothly, I will have spend in the office to stories. I know done on Friday will the face when I come In* Although most not regularly work on ten I will spend some one or more events. the normal time for exhibits, and which often call for age. The pace picks up on Monday. The "get the copy out," clicking of the corn in full earnest. I s day formulating and ties, submitting the and getting them column form by Lou, Early in the day I courthouse to type our portable corn bring back to feed By the end of the advertisements are maining space will be ties, headlines, and Tuesday is the at the Mountain begum as ideas and phone calls, intervieWS, computer-based printed out into staff to lay out into attractive news in which all the left "hanging" are pace quickens and by late ning everyone has create the finished have in your hands. It's a vigorous, ricnce which happct year. The issue is incredible for small staffwe have, a lot of credit. I'm of them--and to be a fcssion called | Dear Editor: first, we must come out from signboard saying "Welcome to der 12 are $2. Carry-outs will be Dear Editor: Dear Editor: 1 have just recently moved to behind the shadow era Staggers Wild and Wonderful West Vlr- available for pick-up. I always get results when I All of Jay West Virginia and have become era and elect a leader who will glnia!" Sincerely, place my classified ads in your haverr't meant very interested in the Luck vs. allow West Virginia's voice to be I can just imagine the shock, Carol rt Stephens paper now, so why b Staggers race for the second hard in Washington. as the poor unsuspecting tourls, CEI Fundraising Chairman Thanks! he says he's goi! congressional district. As a newSincerely hit the first hole, then, within Betty Lightner people? Why wou member of the Mountain State H dlie Schenker the next live miles, hundreds Alderaon tribute to Rockefe community, I am concerned Morgantown more. "ltm ones that make it to Dear Editor: ~ about the future of our job mar- ~ the first rest stop must wonder if ,Join the Rally Against Gov- Dear Editor: when he has en ket and have a few questions forDear Editor: they have turned onto an "Old ernment Waste and Higher The ladles of the Andrew do what he want all native West Vlrglnians. It Is always interesting to me Bombed Out Runway" from Taxes, Saturday October 27, 1 Chapel United Methodist Churchnent John Yoder a First, why has Harley Stag- to see the spirit that lives In some World War. p.m. in Charleston, at the Fed- wish to express their thanks and something for We gers, just now, agreed to debate some of our smaller communl- The few that make it as far aseral Building. at Laldley and appreqiation to all those who instead of just talk with Oliver Luck? He has put off ties: Williamsburg Is such anthe exit, with both front wheels. Quarrier Streets. gaveKitchenSOshower.generouslYYour donationst our onlYsayingreasOnhe.s goingJay t a debate with Mr Luck time andarea. They have come to the aid are amazed that the "Wild and This rally is sponsored all are truly appreciated. Thank people now ls bec* time again. Staggers, as our of the RedCross over a period of Wonderful State" can possibly across America, the 27th, by tion time. voice in Washington, should betime and assisted us with the describe the road as an inter-Citizens Against Government you. Maxine McCoy John Yoder has cation and more ex proud to tell us what he had process of blood collection state road system on a map; Waste, a 350,000 member, non- Williamsburg Rockefeller and at' done to help bring jobs and through our Bloodmobiles. especially 1-64 West, which partisan, non-profit organization money into .,this state. That is To gettheassistanceofvolun- look's and rides like a logging which educates the American Dear Editor: to the people hi~S why we put him in the capitol,leers in our larger areas is not road. people about waste, mismanage-The only thing Jay Rockefellerhaving someone s~ So why is he hiding? Clearly, his such a problem, but at our last We West Virginia voters also ment and inefficiency in the fed- has inspired in the people of So don't you thirst past record has not shown any Bloodmobile in Williamsburg, wonder where our "crime rid- eral government. Government West Virginia is fear. My recent get the RockefellerS effort in successfully boosting where we came close to reaching den," legendary legislators have waste is now a national scandal! experience with the Caperton John Yoder prt West Virginia's~economlc or so- our goal (and a k~t of people were "Lost" our road tax money. Cutting waste would save $305 administration demonstrated do for West \'irg cial rating. Surely his multiple not in the community at the Sleep on voters: the car repair billion over the next five years that quite clearly. I was hired to When you go terms in office should have been time) fourteen folks came out to shops need the money so a few without impairing essential gov- work on a project because of my first job, aren't long enough to produce some results. This stale must have more jobs so we can all share in the wealth of a healthy economy[ Ol- Iver Luck has created a five- point plan In an effort to bring the jobs and money to West Vlr- g'lnla. This plan promises to stimulate our economy with the ellrrdnatlon of capital gains tax on personal property, increase this state's role tn exporting goods, and qualify new busi- nesses under a tax-free status to use the extra funds to conduct research. It seems in this race, West Virginia has a candidate wlth real ideas to help real people. Second, why did Staggers in- sist on having this debate at a small college where there are no proper'facilities to handle a large crowd? The second district is a large area, and we all would like to hear what these two candi- dates have to say. Why didn't Staggers agree with Oliver Luck and hold the debate at the state's primary Institute of higher learning, Wesl Virginia University. Morgantown is easily accessible, has the space for a large audience, and would give more West Virginians a chance to hear the issues that Mr Luck appears to be fighting for and Mr Staggers m, apparently, attempt- Ing to justll~ to a small number of people. Under the leadership of Mr Luck. West Virginia can be a state with a bright future. But volunteer. I would like to pay credit to them and tha_nks to the Williamsburg Junior Women's Club for the refreshments at the canteen. Tina Hedrick, Thelma McMll- lion, Shelia Weakley, Ellen McCoy, Wayne Jackson. Lauri Hedrlck, Shirley Wlnfrey, Va- nessa Glllenwater, Brenda Judy, Regina Owens, Galther Williams. Jimmy Spencer. Phil McCoy. The Boodmobile was held in the new fellowship hall of the Andrew Chapel Methodist Church. Carolyn Haynes, Blood Service Chairman for Wil- liamsburg worked with Nancy Larsen. Donor Resources Con- sultant to co6rdinate the Blood- mobile. This community has contributed 70 units of blood during 1990. Greenbrier County has other community and com- pany visits, also, and we are in- debted to all who help us In our endeavors. Sincerely, Nancy g. Larsen Donor Resourcea Consultant American Red Cross Dear Editor: To our Governor, and the "pot-holed" survivors of the roads in "Wild and Wonder how they drive" West Virginia. As the few of us, stffi trying to remain West Virgtnla t~illzens, cross the state lines to our "Out of State" jobs, we sigh with relief, flip the cruise control on and relax, knowing we'll not hit another sink hole unttl we again see the people who live in West Virginia can also work there until the now innocent tourist marks a NO-NO on all maps leading into "Pothole Wild" West Virginia. James Batton White Sulphur Springs Dear Editor: 1 want to brag a bit on the "Community" of Alderson. They hosted a spaghetti fundraiser this month for The Committee for Educational Improvement, Inc. Over 850 dollars were raised to help pay for the legal costs Incurred in the consolidation court battle with the Board of Education. Alderson, I learned. Is a lovely town full of motivated and con- cerned parents and citizens. We thank everyone who helped to make this dinner a success: Tom Housby, Mary Goodby, Doreen Eskins, Joyce Housby. Marcella Smith, Carol Holt. Carol Reed. Jeanna Still. Ross Copenhaver and all of the cake bakers. The Junior Women's Club of Alder- son provided table decorations and the Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church pro- vided the facilities. We hope the other communi- ties in Greenbrier County are as supportive as Alderson. Dinners have been scheduled for Mon- day, October 29 in RalneHe at the Community Building from 5 emment programs. Congress has not been equal to the job. November 6 is the day to go to the polls and make a change. It's time for a 'Clean Sweep' so come together with clt ens from all over the state (and the nation). Bring a broom to make a staterrient and don't forget your American flag. Myna Tyler St. Albans Dear Editor: Delegate Bill Wallace is to be commended for his dedication to education issues here in Green- brier County. Last winter he drove from Charleston during the legislative session to attend consolidation hearings at the three junior high schools (Smoot. Crlchton and Williamsburg). Most recently he testified at the Courthouse hear- Ings against junior high consoli- dations as presently proposed. None of the other elected county officials had the "intestinal forti- tude" to speak out for us citizens on this critical Issue concerning children of Greenbrier County's future. Delegate Wallace Is a product of Smoot. Rupert and Greenbrier West school systems. He's no academic slouch, he was Phi Beta Kappa from WVU!I He de- serves our thanks for his "stand- up-for-the-people" approach to p.m. to 7 p.m.. and in Rupert at government. Thank you. the Community Building Novem- Sincerely, ber 2 (Friday). Adults spaghetti Prltchard Farley Collins dinners are $4 and children un- Quinwood qualifications in health care, but because I criticized the Pepper Commission report and am mar- ried to Jay Rockefeller's oppo- nent, state officials worried about Rockefeller's retaliation immediately fired me from the project. Many people have told my husband, John Yoder, and me that they will vote for John on November 6 and would like to be more public about their support but are afraid of what Rockefeller might do to them, their families, or their busi- nesses. The fear and intimida- tion I see in West Virginia is just like the fear and intimidation that infected Eastern Europe -- until enough people finally stood up and said, "No Morel" Free societies encourage free debate, and without free debate there can be no free society. At the moment, West Virginia is not free. We need a change in West Virginia so that West Virginlans can live free and productive lives. I hope that those of you who plan to buy Christmas gifts with the money Jay hands out for driving people to the polls on election day will think about giv- Ing a better Christmas gift this year -- the gift of freedom; free- dom from the strangle-hold of fear and corruption. I hope you ask yourselves where Jay Rockefeller will be in January and February when you are struggling to heat your home. Irene Sanders Harpers Ferry for a chance to pr Well, that's all asking for -- a himself. I believe true, "Money listen." Well, worked to get and didn't have on a silver plat worked an The whole time career politician- have jobs for peOl ginla so they to support their And, why candidate's wife running for cause the hind him even Democrat? honest man the people,, no Rockefeller's wife $125,000 a ment Is picking on isn't the one believe in my Yoder can do ginia than We just need a chance. To The