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4A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, November 22, 1990 What are we teaching our children? This morning, as I drove to work, 1 saw something which dis- turbed me greatly. In my neighbor's driveway was parked a brand new pearl-grey Ford pick-up truck. The truck glittered In the very early dawn light. Behind the wheel was a man who I would say was In his late 60s or early 70s. He was dressed In new hunter's camou- flage. Beside him was a young lad, about 15 or 16 years of age. who was also decked out in the latest in hunter's clothing, The youth had his door partially open. On the window frame of the open door he had a gleaming rifle propped. He was squinting though a telescopic sight -- his gun aimed across the road and Into a feld where another neighbor's cattle and sheep were grazing, I presume he was aiming at a deer -- I don't know. I had to stop my car for fear of being in the kid's line of fire. The older man, whom 1 took to be the boy's grandfather, motioned for me to come on by. 1 slowly inched up the hill, passed the parked truck, and came on to work. As i drove on my way, I thought "What kind of 'sportsmanship' was the old man teaching? Was the old man stupid, or did he just not glve a damn about the safety of others and their property? If he was simply Ignorant, that is sad. If he dldn't care what he was teaching the boy, that is tragict How will the lad ever know he's wrong if this is what hls grandfather is teaching him? Whether I believe hunting is a true or honorable "sport" is not the question here. My fear is what exactly Is being taught to our children? What must a would-be hunter know before he can obtain a li- cense in West Virginia? When you go to buy your first llcense are you questioned about your knowledge of the proper and safe hunt- Ing decorum? Or are you just so elated over thls mystical rlte of passage into manhood that the only Important thing is getting that piece of paper? Because sport hunting, whether we like It or not, is now so much a part of our lives in West Virginia, I really would like to try to understand the motivation, the reasons, for approaching this activity as a "sport'. We may disagree, but I will defend your right to your beliefs. Will you discuss this with me, even though you may think me unrea- sonable? In the meantime, I take this opportunity to wish you and yours h very happy Thanksgiving Day. May we live and learn together. -- Chas. A. Goddard Dear Editor: Dear Editor, The year of 1990 has been the As the darkness descends warmest since scientists began evermore upon our deeply troub- record-keeping in the last cen- led and angry world it seemed tury. The decade of the 1980's unlikely any glimmer of hope was the warmest decade on rec- would emerge to brighten these ord. dark days. But, the tragic, While the above doesn't nec- though warm and beautiful story essarlly prove that the theory of of a very special young girl, did global warming due to increased inspire us as we saw in her carbon dioxide levels is true, It beautiful face the calm serenity, would seen to indicate a time of love and peace, that eludes the great caution Is Imperative. That world. caution seems evident every- where in the world except in the most scientifically advanced country -- the United States. Tile recently completed World Climate Conference further de- fined the urgency of attending to the needs of our world commu- nity to cooperate in addressing this critical issue. Unfortunately the very country whose scien- tists have played a leading role In research concerning the greenhouse effect was the only one that failed to address the problem. While countries like the ones that comprise the Euro- pean Free Trade Association have all chosen to either main- tain present levels of carbon dt- oxide or reduce them by the year 2000. the Ur ited States level will likely grow by 15 percent. The Bush Administration cites the hlgh economic :ost of the reduc- tion as being tile reason for fail- lng to act at the-time. But others in the scientific community have concluded that the high costs of not dealing with the greenhouse effect will be greater than that of making the needed changes. When the price for the various detrimental ef- fects of high carbon dioxide lev- els -- medical, structural, and environmental -- is computed, many scientists maintain will dwarf the costs necessary for changes In the energy policy in the Immediate future. This opln- Ion seems to be the guiding light throughout the rest of the world. Many countries including Ger- many, Japan and the Nether- lands are expecting overall prof- its from the technologic revolu- tion that must accompany worldwide reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. The United States position Is not necessarily wrong because it is the only one that does not ac- cept the present world opinion that the time is critical for deal- trig with the greenhouse effect. But the very uncertainness of the problem and the conse- quences of being wrong certainly should glee the United States further cause for concern. It Is clearly tlme for the citizens of Z our nation to get Involved - through: their government to bring about this concern whether the Bush Admlnlstra- - lion likes It or not. Dale A. McCuthcheon Lewisburg She gives us reason to believe that in the midst of all the ugli- ness and hatred and irreverence in the world, the madness will be. with God's help, dispelled. Look upon the beautiful face of this gallant and courageous young lady, as she walks alone on the beach, observe her lovely eyes which show no fear of what she faces: show no anger for the brutal intrusion into her llfe by a demoralized society and remem- ber through no fault of hers she was deprived of her beautiful life. As she looks out to the sea and beyond, could it be she was thinking, praying for God's help -- not for herself- for all hu- manlty? It would be good ff there were more like Klmberly Bergalis to pray for peace. Maybe it would provide for a calming of the Winds of War and to cast out the guns that cause most of the world's miseries. We, the Christian people ol America. and of the world, should arise and speak out In protest against this unholy and obscene war -- and It Is a war; Americans have died there al- ready, Let us be inspired by the Kim- berlys of the worM. the beauty which would be despoiled by the ugliness and godlessness of war. Let us. who believe this war to be wrong, start a groundswell to protest this wanton, arrogant and unfortunate madness. Let the war-makers know by a massive protest that their popu- larity will be shattered as the casualty lists start coming, We've been deluded into be- lieving this war Is right. The seventh commandment says "thou shalt not kiU." May God forgive our offenses to Him. Henry Dunn Lewisburg Dear Editor: "/'here appears to be consider- able feeling among area resi- dents that the most desirable re- location site for the Greenbrler Community College Is the soon- to-be-vacated Greenbrier Center (formerly the Greenbrier College for Women}. To determine the depth of support for this position a petition is being circulated. Some of the benefits that utilization of this established seat of education offer include: -- Assurance that a historic structure continues in meaning- ful area service. The Mountain STAFF Chas. A. C.,oddard. Editor Dotty Brackenrlch, Office Manager Troy Forren, Advertising Terri Boone, Advertising Betty Morgan, At] Design Matt Landers, Ad Design Jonathan Wright. Staff Writer Lou Burroughs. qXlpesettlng Brenda Gherman. Production 122 IV. 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 should 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 m0s.) Out-of-State, $15.00 $1 discount to Senior Citizens Cc TIX N.7 ] To the point By Jonathan Wright It's incredible how a visit to an old haunt can create the im- pression one has been gone only a short time--when in fact it's been years. Fifteen years ago I graduated from college. Those four years at Southern Nazarene University near Oklahoma City were some of happiest of my llfe, The friends I made, the knowledge I gained, and the spiritual growth I experienced were invaluable. The time speeded by so fast It now seems but a short moment. When 1 returned for the first time in 1985. for my ten-year reunion, the changes in the campus were minimal. The big cafeteria where 1 had eaten so many meals, the classroom buildings where 1 had taken so many of my classes, the gymna- sium where ! attended so many basketball games--these were all basically the same. The greatest change was In the dormitory where I had llved. It had been renovated Into apartments for married students. All the famil- iar hallways had been incorpo- rated Into the apartments, so It was Impossible to see much in- side the 30-year-old building, Most of the school was so much the same, however, that I was strangely moved by the time-confusion I felt. It was weird seeing so much of the same structures, professors-- even my old campus post office box. whose combination I still remembered (I even dared to open It!). !990 was diflerem, however. It was my fifteen-year reunion. Only five years had passed since my last visit, but an explosion of new construction had occurred in that period. The old "Student Union" building had been reno- vated into a music classroom hall. The new "Student Union" was a large, modern three-story building with facilities not imag- ined in 1975. A huge fellowship hall and numerous meeting rooms had been added onto the 2.500-seat church next door to the campus. Parking areas had been expanded to take up sev- eral blockS. New sidewalks, a blocked-off campus street--so many changes. But many things were still the same: the core of the school re- mained as it always was. My professors seemed to have aged very little, and my classmates-- though certainly a bit older-look- ing, were basically the same per- sonaiities as when we parted ways. Reminiscing with them brought back a sudden rash of years. It was the early 70's again, and although we were surrounded by the modern ac- couterments of new facilities and younger student faces, the ba- sics were unchanged: lasting friendships, the sounds of our laughing voices, the value of a good education, and God's changeless love. College taught me much of what's important In life. I'm glad the basics have remained--in the midst of years which fly by with incredible speed. Provision of a truly cafiapus atmosphere with ready access to a variety of community services for those who attend. A structure of ample size. coupled with acreage which as- sures Its ability to absorb pro- jected college growth plus an auxiliary building housing an auditorium and an Olympic-size pool. -- The likelihood that an out- standing structure In place can be Internally modified (no Inte- rior walls are welght-bearingl to meet projected college needs for leas than the cost to purchase raw land and/or Introduce nec- essary services and design/con- struct a new educational com- plex. An outstanding example for comparison close at hand has been mentioned. Since it is not In evidence at the college's pres- ent size, gradual growth (projec- tion of doubling in ten years} af- fords ample time for dealing with this problem. Indeed, since ninny who attend enroll in eve- ning classes, concern regarding[ traffic congestion may be unduly] pessimistic. Too. any meaningful use of the site will likely result in even heavier "peak time" conges- tion. State tests for asbestos have have been conducted and only floors in the main building are positive, Accordlngly, abate- ment treatment would be limited and a one-time cost. Individuals who wish to have an impact upon the Bluefield State College Board of Advisors] and the West Virginia Office Historic Preservation on behalf of this proposal may do so by signing a petition to that effect at one of the following locations: Continued, Page 5-A @ By Mary Pearl Compton Member, House of Delegates In the month of October both delegates and senators traveled to Parkersburg to attend interim committee meetings. These meetings, held each month that the Legislature Is not in session, help lawmakers stay abreast of the effects of bills passed, pre- pare legislation for the upcoming session, and to keep apprised of happenings in specific areas. The Legislature has traveled in previous years, with the last out-of-town meetings held at Martinsburg in 1977, but in the past few years the interims have remained In Charleston. How- ever, with the success of the education "town meetings" and in an effort to develop a closer partnership with business lead- ers, various local organizations, educators and citizens, the Leg- lslature believed that it was once again time to travel throughout the state. During the three-day event. meetings were held on various topics such as juvenile law pro- ceedings, regional jails, solid and toxic waste, pensions and retire- ment plans, and redistricting. Several public hearings were also held covering topics such as home rule and medlcal and haz- ardous waste disposal. Commit- tee members met at both Park- ersburg City Hall and West Vir- ginia University at Parkersburg. While in Parkersburg, I par- ticipated in the Joint Committee on Education and the Mental Health Committee. Although I attended these two meetings as a member, I also visited other meetings as an Interested by- stander and was pleased to see a large, number of citizens in at- tendance. During the Joint Education Committee members were ad- dressed by faculty and staff of West Virginia University at Park- ersburg (WVU-P) regarding the state's educational system. Eldon Miller, President of WVU-P. gave a brief synopsis of the history of the university branch, some statistical Infor- mation and details about the university's programs. Sam Bailey, Dean of Commu- nity Services, detailed the vari- ous programs the university has set up for area businesses. Ac- cording to Bailey. WVU-P offers several training programs for the employees of these Industries. These training sessions cover topics such as communication skills, scientific principals, math skills and management skills. The university also has set up programs in specific areas at the request of an industry. The committee also heard suggestions from Dottle Bibbeee, Chair of the WVU-P Faculty Sen- ate, and John Ramano, presi- dent of the Classified Staff Council. These requests in- cluded taking into consideration inflation when creating salary classifications, making a one- time payment for annual incre- ments instead of on a month to month basis, and providing for additional funds to purchase and upgrade equipment. After the meeting adjourned. the Education Committee moved to Parkersburg South High School to observe the Learning and Instructing through Network Communications (LINC) pro- granl. This project, which is funded through the Creater Parkersburg Area Chamber of Commerce Education and Business Foun- dation, connects the Wood County high schools and WVU-P through a network of fiber-op- tics. This allows for a teacher at one school to deliver classes to the other schools through a sys- tem of television monitors, cam- eras and audio equipment allow- ing for the students and teacher to see and hear one another. Some of the benefits program include the expand both the curriculums and the cation program and to forum for night courses p!oyees. After observing the gram, the committee Wood County Vocational cat Center currently the Parkersburg School facility. Edna director of instruction Technical Center, listed the classes automotive mechanics, and practical classes are beneficial students who may means to attend ceive job training school graduation. I believe that both programs are very and important with the educational Virginia. Ihope that , ects can be introducea areas of the state so dren can reap the this type of education. As a member of Health Committee I, other committee representatives of the ment of Health and Services' Bureau of Services, toured the District Guidance Parkersburg. This committee sponsibility to oversee ices offered by the citizens. Specifically, mittee has been asked the status of the De Health and Human Public Mental Health find if there is any changes in the to offer the ways these changes. This tour helped tee members an the mental health are already state. During the totlf also discussed the of the facility with trator, Martin Gartno. Afterwards, the held a short future areas of study mental health care. will also review the utes to determine if dures, are needed involuntary The tour of the very helpful to me able to get a how the ous mental Also, I was able to understanding of lature can help in so the facfiity can mands of the It is my hope that tee will be able to ters throughout the we will be even more helping and tal health programs glnla. All in all I journey to great success. I not learned new terim meetings but a great deal surrounding areas. I see that througl support and with legislative a that many tasks can pllshed to help nities. The next be on the road Wheeling from 20. As I keep you community and curring in the have any problems please feel free Big issues, some age-old, face us The Mountain Messenger Encourages you to Let us know how you feel Schools Taxes Abortion Politics Economy Religion Ethics Morality Ecology Health Communications Your opinion is as important as It is through sensible discussion grow and learn. i~