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~A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, November 29, 1990 ’ illU . ii @ For just over a year and a half you and 1 have been having these little meetings hcrc on the Editorial Page of Mountain Messenger. 1 guess you can "read'" me pretty well by now. By that, I mean you can pretty m ccond guess what stance I might take. You know (perhaps better than I know) what 1 am apt to say on a particular subject. Some of you have even written to let me (and the 30,000 + other readers of the Messenger) know how you fecl alxmt mat- which arc of concern to us all. It seems appropriate at this time to say thank you for supporting Our efforts. I know, from experience, the staff of the Messenger joins me in expressing our gratitude to you -- our readers. As we approach more perilous times together, I hope you will write your thoughts to us. There is no better forum in a democratic society that an unfettered press to keep us all on an even keel. We West Virginians -- and especially those of us who live in the southeastern corner of this great and wondrous state -- live relatively isolated lives. Ccrlainly, wc are aware of the perils of the world outside. However, oft times these events outside our own comfortable environs cause us little concern. I'm sure that's one of the real reasons the early settlers came this way -- they wanted to dismiss the cares of the world. However, today wc are aware of events thousands of miles away just as soon as they occur. Wc know, cvcn personally, those men and women who have been sent to the Middle East. If we are led into war with Iraq -- for whatever the reasons -- we will be sure to know the men and the women who will lkdl on the battlefield. Their blood will bc our blood. Is there no other way for right to prevail? --- Chas. A. Goddard "He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own." .... Confucius co. 551-479 B.C. Personal income slows across U.S. Personal income for the U.S. increased only 1.3 percent in the second quarter of 1990, down from the first quarter. The regional breakdowns: 32 Percent change In total personal Income [~lst quarter I2nd quarter SOURCEi Commerce O~ Dear Editor: A unique opportunity to pro- mote a sustaining alternative to the unilateral war machine is present In the United Nations. ResolutiOns regarding the Iraqi invasion have achieved wide-" spread global support. These In- clude sanctions, censure author- lzing the Secretary General to negotiate on behalf of the mem- bership. President Bush focuses on the qnllitary option," a concealing expression for war. Conservative estimates project from 3,000 to 30,000 American casualties. Several times as many people who live In the area, both Iraqi and citizens among our allies in the Mldeast, would be killed and ln_jured. West Vlrglnla had the highest causality rate during the Vlet Nam conflict -- war --, pro- longed military action controlled by presidents. Under the Constitution only congress can commit U. S. lbrces to war. The current president d~s not seem to hold this in high regard. If the U. S. goes4o war, the recession will likely escalate. What If we win? Do we want Io support monarchies that deny basic freedoms to the citizens, especially women? Historically, we see a strong "rally round the flag" syndrome at such time as war begins. Let each of us look ahead to the mourning after. Larry Levlne Hinton Dear Editor: Are you concerned about the direction evelats are taking in the Middle East? Does President Bush's troop build-up mean war?. Is there still time for a peaceful solution? Do you rmve friends or relatives over there? Should our troops be there? How did this conflict happen? What can we do about it? West Virginia Peace Action wants to find an alternative to war in the Persian Gulf. In order to do this we need to put the situation in historical context and explore our options. We need more public discussion on this issue. Plan to participate in the Persian Gulf Teach-In at Grcenbrier Comnmnity College Center. The time and date will be announced soon. Find out what is really going on and what you can do about it. For more lnlormatlon call: Mi- chael Rosolina 1645-73181. Betsy Janeczek (645-4809}. or Rick Wadsworth (645-3383}. Sincerely. Betsy Janeczek, Michael Rosolina and Rick Wadsworth Lewisburg I I I I Mountain Messenger STAFF Chas. A. Goddard, Editor Dotty Braekenrieh, Office Manager Trey Forren, Advertising Terri Boone, Advertising Betty Morgan, Ad Design Matt Launders. Ad Design Jonathan Wright, Staff Writer Lou Burroughs, Typesetting Brenda Gherman, Production 122 N. Court Street Lewisburg, WV 24901 304/647-5724 Dablishcd 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 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 rnos.) Out-of-State, $15.00 $1 discount to Senior Citizens . I It 1111 Mldeast troops have mixed equipment Multinational forces in the Mideast use military equipment from several countries. t~a~ TIIXII~: 4,000 souro : Soviet Union, France, United States 4,000 05,o00 Equipm, mt soume: Soviet Union Britain, France, United States Equlpme souroN: Troops: NA. ~: United China, Soviet Union , . . w ~=o=rce=. Britain, France, United States , Britain, France 555,000 regular 480,000 in reserves ~1~ tot Strategic Stuaies I I Mikhail Gorbachev Personal -- I Born: March 2. 1931(59 yrs. ok:l) in Privolnoye, U.S.S.R., 500 mi. southeast of Moscow I Married with one daughter, two granddaughters Educ~onJc • _ ...... 7-:== I Graduated from law faculty of Moscow State University,1955 I Graduated from Stawopol ' Agriculture Institute, 1967 Professioaal i Rose through Communist Party ranks in Stavropol, 1955-70 I Became member of Supreme Soviet of U.S.S.R., 1970 " • Member of Central Committee, 1971 • Secretary of Agriculture, 1978-85 • Became full voting member of Politburo, 1980 • Became general secretary of Central Committee, March 1985 • Became president[March 1990 • Received Order of Lenin, (highest honor), three times I Author of six books SOURCE: The International Who's Who, White House "Give me liberty, or give me death! P, etter yet, give me money mt(l I'll make my own darn rides!" To the point By Jonathan Apparently veW few churches have Wednesday night services anymore. The large number of civic events scheduled that eve- ning testifies to the faet. l've always been frustrated by society's seeming disregard to Wednesday night churchgoers, but just recently it seems the number of activities scheduled that night is increasing---and lhey tend io cause these people to be left out. About Ibur years ago I heard about a community in Montana heavily populated by Lutherans who had quite a few weekly church fi_mctions on Wednesday nights. By persuading local school boards and principals, they were able to get them to place a moratorium on Wednes- day night activities that would conllict with those of the coin- munity churches. It was an agreeinent that seemed to work out well for all involved. Children could participate in their desired extra-curricular activities with- out the pressure to miss church some Wednesday nights due to scheduled games, club meetings, and other conflicts. I don'it know if the same type of agreement was reached with governmental bodies such as city councils, county conllnis- signs, planning commissions. an(t the like--but the move was in the right direction and sent a good message to the younger generation. Recently a dinner sponsored by area businesses was held to honor Greenbrier school students who all A's so far in high it on a Monday clay'? Saturday? "l'uesdase? No, you Wednesday. Lewisburg's First Ni ties are happily antlCi hundreds of area one of the city's Christmas season, get together at Park to welcome in mas season. Guess the week it's scheduled clay'? Would you clay? Of course Wednesday night! True, at 6:30 p.m., but a initted to his church's clay evening services or i must make haste to time to make it to the 7 or 7:30. I could go on with other similar won't, i suppose we night church people breed and should give possibility of ever these groups to lay~ Wednesday evening Regardless, I plan being taithful to my mid-week servic, es a community or group wishes to ering white I'm at have that count me out. though. It's what you important. Tally of multinational forces Turkey • 555,000 troops; reserves • 7,100 armored carriers • 5,500 tanks I 3,500 heavy • 200 multiple rocket • 5O0 • 330 surfac~ • 500 combat aircraft Saudi Arabia 0 25O Miles In • 430,000 troops • 3,500 tanks • 2,500 armored. carners I 1,700 heavy • U.S.: 165,000 troops (as many as 100,000 more could be deployed); 1,000 tanks; 50-plus warships; 700 combat aircraft • Britain: 5,000 troops (6,000 more on the way); 10 ships, four a~r squadrons France: 8,000 troops (5,000 more to be deployed); 14 ships, Allied • Gulf (Saudi Arabia United Arab and Kuwait's escaped 10,000 troops • Egypt: 5,000 troops more pledged • Pakistan: 2,000 three air squadrons pledged) • Italy, Spain, Australia, Canada, • Morocco: 1 Netherlands, Belgium, Soviet • Syria: Union, Argentina, Denmark, more pledged) Greece: 28 ships, 20 combat • Bang aircraft more pledged) SOURCE: "The Military Balance 1989-90," AP 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 Communlcations Your opinion is as important as It is through sensible discussion grow and learn. 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