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4A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, November 15, 1990 There's an old adage about the only three things we can be sure of in life is that we will be born, pay taxes, and die. There is a group -- comprised of people with very big hearts --- who are trying to do something about the way we deal with the third certainty in that adage. Eighteen area people have been trained and have gradu- ated from a nationally-recogn ed Hospice program. What is Hospice? It is an organ ation which provides "...physi- cians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, psychological and spiritual counselors, and community volunteers trained in the hospice concept to provide appropriate, competent, and compassionate care in an erwironment of personal indi- viduality and dignity." I used italics for compassionate and dignity in order to emphasize them because that is what I find to be the most important underlying aspect of this wor- thy program. The job of helping you or a family member through the time of dying can't possibly be easy. Ideally. relatives or close friends will be by your side -- whether it is you who is dying or one of your family members. These volunteers are committed to seeing that you have all the love, support, and care possible. They are dedicated to seeing that there is as much dignity as possible in the inevitable final journey we all shall take. These volunteers are to be commended for their willingness to do a job which can't be easy, even under the best of circumstances. Greenbrier Valley Hospice. Inc. ilffonns us their services are covered under Medicare, which makes it possible for many more people to be able to elect to receive hospice care. Hats off to the Hospice Volunteers, -- Chas. A. Goddard II J I What's Right? What's Wrong? Let's talk about what is right and what is wrong in our society, our communities, or state, nation, or the world. Write us a letter with your thoughts. Let's look together at the problems facing us all these days and let's look at our accomplishments. Send your comments to: Mountain Messenger 122 North Court Street Lewisburg, West Virginia 24901 Mountain Messenger is your voice in the Greater Greenbrier Valley. We're here so that you may be heard. You know you're past middle age when . . . you are not sure whether mutant modifies "teenage", "Ninja", or "turtles". STAFF Chas. A. Goddard, Editor Dotty Brackenrich, Office Manager Troy Forren. Advertising Terri Boone, Advertising Betty Morgan. Ad Design Matt Landers, Ad Design Jonathan Wright, Staff Writer Lou Burroughs, Typesetting Brenda Gherman, Production 122 N. Court Street Lewisburg, WV 24901 304/647-5724 Published every Thursday If you would like to submit material for publication: Articles submitted to The Mountain Messenger shouM be typewrit- ten 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 serf-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 To the point By Jonathan Wright I wonder: is there any possi- bility the Department of High- ways could come up with enough money to build access ramps at North Caldwell? As tight as highway money is these days, I know that's a bit far- fetched, but it doesn't hurt to dream a little. There are some good reasons for examining the possibility. First of all is the heavy use of U. S. 60 and U. S. 219 by truck drivers from the gravel plant there, If they are delivering their loads north or west, they have little choice but to travel up the hill to Lewlsburg and go their ways from there. They create considerable exhaust fumes. road wear. and noise. I realize other vehicles can cause those same problems, and I know it's something we nmst live with to some extent. These truck drivers are hauling impor- tant loads--loads which repre- sent jobs and money for our de- pressed West Virginia economy. We should be thankful for them. But the construction of access ramps on Interstate 64 at North Caldwell could make things bet- ter for both them and us here in Lewisburg. If these drivers could get onto the interstate quickly when needed, instead of driving through the congested streets of Lewisburg, they would be hap- pier--and the downtown area would be quieter, cleaner, and safer. The most logical location for the ramps would likely be on the west side of the Greenbrier River. The terrain is largely up- hill at that point, but engineers know how to design for just about anything these days. The exit and entrance ramps would be useful for the average trav- eler, too. They would provide an easier way to enter and exit Le- wisburg without the hassle of driving through the slop-and-go traffic of U. S. 219 between town and the interstate. By far, one of the biggest ad- vantages would be the relief of traffic congestion. Our area's traffic is definitely increasing-- anyone can see that. Until we come up with some innovative solutions, things are going to gel worse. Access to 1-64 at North Caldwell would be a good start. Our Home: West Virginia There's No Place Like It~ By Bob Brown, Executive Director West of Teachers The accomplishments of August's special legislative ses- sion represent a clear victory for West Virginia's schools and chil- dren. But while we celebrate, we must remember that education in our state has won a battle, not the war. The legislative pack- age is a tremendous step for- ward. But it is only the first step on the long road to an effective public school system. Politicians are beginning to recognize that the educational, economic, and social problems our children face are connected. For the first time, provisions made in the special session will make it possible to cot rdinate education and social services, from pre-natal care to drop-out prevention to continuing educa- tion. The governor and legislature have also realized that, if we are to rescue our foundering educa- tional system, teachers must play a central role. As a result, lawmakers have made provisions for internships for new teachers, for a meaningful evaluation process for educators, for giving them a "real voice in their schools, and for providing pro- fessional growth opportunities. Among the special session's major accomplishments are: a Governor's Cabinet on Children and Families; a $3.5 million pro- gram in computer-assisted in- struction in basic skills; a $2,000 raise for all teachers this school year, with another $1,000 in 1991 and $2,000 in 1992; the creation of local school improve- ment councils and Faculty Sen- ate in every school; and a state- wide Center for Professional De- velopment, to deploy the latest education technology statewide. improve the present teacher evaluation system, and expand professional growth opportuni- ties for teachers. These developments are en- couraging, but the progress made in the special session must not lull us into confusing positive beginnings with lasting accomplishments. One crucial area where we cannot risk complacency is pay- ing and treating our teachers like professionals. As a result of the special session, West Vir- ginia teacher salaries will likely rise from 49th to 43rd in na- tional teacher salary rankings. But 43rd is still to low. In West Virginia, a state facing major teaching in the next Their primary reason? ries. As we build on the the special session, remember that the shoulders of our We must continue to teacher salaries to keep qualified teachers, wholeheartedly grams to give school service voice in school must stem the tide of leaving the I: state. A swindling only one reason not to of the goals we have legislative package. four of our children erty, and one in health insurance, it is we stand by the commitment to long before they Pre-natal counseling and pre-school ensure that every school with a real success. These put an end to the ira ventable birth defects, tion, and learning which, if not haunt children for their lives. And we must not adults. With a adult illiteracy rate est college graduate country, West Vir make adult basic accessible to all adultS It. We need learnin such as satellite computers to reach isolated rural areas. eracy programs The special session offer West Virginians who see this generation written off. Clearly, we ing our lesson as a we ignore educatiorh demn thousands of children to bare ing, with no and no way out. So I will say it one we cannot stop here. man drowning and him a life preserver, really rescued him. him afloat until rlve . Without dmre our school system services will go under. teacher shortages, many teach- ers commute I0 miles across Congratulations to state lines to earn much more. nor, legislature and And, in a recent West Virginia whose efforts created Federation of Teachers Survey, a preserver legislation quarter of our state's new teach- roic feat. But it ers said they planned to leave rather than satisfy us. Ed or: l'd llke td express my feeling in regard to the new Veterans' license plate which has been so highly touted4Thls Is not in ref- erence to special license plate for Purple Heart recipients and POWs, I think it was a nice gesture for the State to honor them with special license plates. They certainly deserve It. What I am In disagreement with is the West Virginia Veter- ans license plate. Besides veter- ans having to pay extra for it each year, It doesn't distinguish between veterans who saw com- bat duty on foreign soil from the short-term veteran who served stateside in peacetime service. As the State Legislature was passing out honors and recogni- tion via license plate. I think it should have given some thought to the fact that there Is a whale of a difference in veterans who put their lives on the line in for- eign combat, and those who served out their hitch in peace- time on American soil, There should have been another plate to recognize veterans of hazard- ous combat duty overseas. [ think the Purple Heart medal is a wonderful gesture to- wards those who shed their blood, even a drop of it in service of our country. On the other hand; there are thousands of us who never shed a drop of blood. but came back from wars to live out the balance of our lives with the psychological scars that the hellish trauma of war inflicted on us. To me. it is an honor to be known as a veteran who served my country in World War It at Normandy and northern France. but 1 came out of tt an emotional and psychological wreck with problems I have been trying to control these past 45 years. While they're passing out honors on license plilles for veterans, they should have kept us coin- bat veterans in mind and issued a plate just for us. Raymond O. Woolard Lewisburg Dear Editor: This seems a suitable day to express my feelings about the desperate and dangerous events leading to the extreme act of man's madness -- the lighting of the fuse to set the world on fire. Everyone does not believe this war is right, One man said of it on Iv: "A mad venture." They had better start building another War memorial, larger, and not wait ten years like they did for the Vietnam Memorial. To paraphrase some lines from the great story of war's fu- tility "All Quiet On The West- ern Front: "He fell in December. 1990. He had fallen forward on the earth and lay as though sleep- Ing. On his face was a look of cahn, of peace, as though glad the end had come. More from the book: A genera- tion of young men who, though they may have escaped Its shells, were destroyed by the war, Bring the young men and women home now. Mr Bush, while they are still alive. VChile there's still ~t~ come back in body help you to do this. Sincerely. Henry Dunn Lewisburg Dear Editor: Greenbrier County's good news in the recent General Elec- t.ion is that 8,088 people voted. That's about 54% of the total registered voters. That's excel- lent in an off-year election. Per- haps a state recordI The bad news is that only 56% of eligible voters in the County bother to rew up register to vote. So, register to vote today get a head start for the next electionI Delegate Bill Wallace was the top vote-getter in a county race. Wallace has the distinction of being the only Republican re- elected in this county in nearly 70 years! Several of the political races were very close percentage-wise. This demonstrates that voters in Greenbrier County are more in- dependent minded. On the flio- side, nearly 23% of those who exercised their ballot right voted a straight ticket. Of course the vast majority of those were regis- tered Democrats since that party's registration is over 2-to-I in our county. To vote a straight party ticket is not the mark of a very "informed or wise voter. Again, a "gold star" to every county voter who did his or her patriotic duty on Tuesday. They are to be commended. Thank you. Sincerely, Pritchard Farley Collins Quinwood Dear Editor: AS has been the case for the past 10 years, First Night will be celebrated in Lewisburg on De- cember 5. As in the past. the event will be held at General Le- wis Park at 6:30 p.m. Thls year, we have a new Christmas tree -- a 12' Norway Spruce, courtesy of the Lewis- burg Elementary School. The school is also preparing decora- tions for the tree. We will have carols, hot co- coa, prize winning essays from the Lewisburg Intermediate School and Santa Elves. Sponsoring wisburg Foundation. financial and from Lewisburg wisburg Rotary, Quota Club. Lewis High, Greenbrier Bank, Greenbrier Agency, City of Stone Church and the Le Fire Department. We hope we turnout from this Dear Editor: Thank you to all who voted In this Participation by sential to our state. Thank you of you who voted ciate your vote know that withou! that I would not close as 1 did the United States resentatives. Campaigning Congressional rewarding that there are a people out there the future of west wife, a: wonderful and have you. With appreciatiOf '