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i 4A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, December 6, 1990 The lady's name was IAllian Flits Redd. She lent grace and dig nlty and authority to the newsroonl al tile oM Rale~.h Register in Beckley. Lillian was tile city editor and had the responsibility of keeping us reeky reporters in low, Ltllian wouldrl't let you gel away with doiuga job half-way. You'd try to cut corners and IAllian would put you on ihe straight and narrow -o quickly. Interestingly, Litlian. While putting you straight, never put you orl the defensive. You knew she was right. She had your respecl, because she deset~'ed it --- not because she coin- manded it. ~/hatever one's "status" in the comnlunily might be, Lllllan treated all alike. Whether you were the newspaper owner's mother or the mother of a convicted criniinal --- it made no difference Llllian would accord you the same reception. Lilltan was a black lady wire knew first hand what indignities prejudices could cause. When she stood -- she was over 6-feet tall she stood with great dignity, grace, arid poise. And yet, there was no aloofness about her. Lllllan instilled tn us all the loci lhere was newsworthiness in the story of Farmer Doe'~ len-pound head of cabbage as well as in the Information brought to the newspaper by what are sometimes termed "publlcity hotmds'. "Take a picture of Farmer D ~e, please," Lillian would say to any reporter who happened to be ill the newsroom at the thne. "Did you know he has grown a ten-pound head of cabbage? Just look at it! Isn't It magnlllcentF There was a genuine nole of sincerity in her voice. Farmer Doe would swell up wilh pride as he posed with his ten-pound head of cabbage as we snapped his picture and got the pertinent inlormalion about the wondrous cabbage. After Farmer Doe was oul ihe door with his cabbage, Ltllian would say "Do you realize that may be only time his name will be in the paper until hls obltua~,?" We learned many of life's lessons from Ltlltan. Once, Lilllan, one of her daughters, and her daughter's husband came to visit me. The daughter and her husband had converted to the Muslhn 151th. l happily greelcd lheni al the door. I gave Llllian a hug and turned to Allayah to Rreet her in a similar manner. Allayah's husband glowered al me "Our taith forbids you embracing my wife," he said ralher sharply. I was taken aback, l stepped away. Lllli[m looked at me and smiled "You may hug me twice. I tun not Muslim." You see, IAllian always seemed to know how to handle a situ- ation, As our visit progressed Muslafa and I warmed to each other. The initial embarrassment el our meeting was lbrgollen. It mighi not have been had IAIlian nol saved the day. -- Chas A. Goddard I CONTACT THE MOIUNTAIN MESSENGER " 1 WITH YOUR NEWS 647-5724 122 North Court Street, Lewisburg 24901 Dear Editor: Can any of you reading this remember what you were doing on the day the radio annotmced that the "Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor?." Stop and think for a minute. A lot of you weren't born yet and all you know about An unholy war to begin at the Holiest Time. The most obscene and awesome war in history. Mr [lush has changed from the "otF concept to "aggression." "This guy's got to get out of there." tie said, The President, the Secretary- The lVI? Funt ain Chas. A. Goddard, Fditor I)ottv Brackcnrich, Office MarlaJ cr 122 N. Court Street Troy Forrcn, Advertising Lewisburg, IVV 24901 Tcrri Boone, Advertising l leith Searlc, Advcrtisin~ 304/64 7-5724 Betty Morgan, Ad Design Published every Thursday Matt lmndcrs. Ad I)esiEn Jonathan Wright. Staff Writer lxm [~urrouEhs, Typesetting 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 mos. j Out-of:State, $15.00 $1 discount to Senior Citizens I know a mill~onaare WHEN I LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND by Irving Berhn (1915) rll leave the night-time to the dreamers. Who's burdened down with care; A load is on his mind, He's thinking Of therday When he must pass away And leave his wealth behind I haven't any gold To leave when I grow old. Somehow it passed me by. I'm very poor but still Ill leave a precious will When I must say goodbye CHORUS I'll leave the sunshine to the flowers I'll leave the spnngtime to the trees. And to the old folks HI leave the memory Of a baby upon their knees. I'll leave the song birds to the blind I'tt leave the moon above to those in love When 1 leave the world behind. To every wrinkled face I'll leave a fireplace To paint their favorite scene Within the golden rays Scenes of their childhood days When they were sweet s{xteen HI leave them each a song To stag the whole day long As toward the end they plod To every orokon heart With sorrow torn apart '11 leave the love of God. CHORUS t Crossing Over The River By Ed Brown, Greenville Late in the fall this year, a fine gentleman from the Alder- son community named Virgil Canfield passed away after a sudden heart attack. Virgil lived on the banks of the Greenbrier in Glen Ray. He dearly loved his place on the river and his com- munity of friends and neighbors nearby. About a year ago, one of his closest friends, Fields Hutchens, was killed in an auto accident and Virgil felt a great loss; for Fields also lived in Glen Ray on the river and, together, they had enjoyed ninny fine times on the porch over looking the slow mov- ing waters. Both men felt very connected to the river they grew older as neighbors. Virgil would seldom be without his hat with the em- blem "USMC Semper Fldelis" (Always Faithful) and Fields would usually be sporting his ,,. i cap eniblazoned 'Iough ilird." They were qui(e'a I go( to know /}wm all found out abotlI the guard treatlllellt plant built in their midst on the bank. After intwh these two men committed selves to a ('(HlSlallI, loit Io resist this th,eat t0 comnnmitv's sal>ty. Fields Virgil didn't feel it was youllger l)Clson's (ttltV to Otll, lo lll~lke phone tacl legislalors, dislribute In;.ilion. They tocuscd their on this cause. They were less source of enerW ration and good humor. about these men IIO~N IIIJSs them. I call see the Old Bird" holding out his and his big, wide smile ways Faithful" (ros~s river. Now they make a p'. gether on the other watch us to see how Thank you. To the point By Jonathan Dear Fatltor: l~e latest grave and forebod- lng news about the unholy walr facing the world ts thai tlw cloc1 is ticking. It could be ticking from Greenbrier County. After we left Pearl Harbor we went to the Punchbowl National Cemetery where there are 30,000 of our bovs buried. This cemetery was once ,'m active voL cane. World War II correspon+ dent Ernte Pyle ts buried at this cemetery. Have you remembered what you were doing on Decem+ ber 7,19417 i was Just 9-1/2 yrs. old but I remenlber, Do you? Mary Walker Rainelle the way. For Jesus,' sake./Mnen." Aild so the clock ticks away and the worM waits, some wait perhaps for the most needed miracle of all lime, that God will save this inlmoral, Irreverent and evil world froni destroying itself. If we pray very penitently and reverently He may give us an- olher chance and postpone the holocaust and Armageddon. Henry Dunn Lewisburg Dear Editor: I enjoy the Mountain Messen- ger very much. I have found both entertaining and informative ar- ticles within the pages. And, with the addition of the cross- word puzzle, it makes for a "right good little newspaper." I very sel- dom finish a puzzle but tt is pleasurable to try. Sincerely yours, Beatrice E. Kincaid Lewlsburg Dear Editor: West Virginia Peace Action is holding the first two of a series of Teach-ln/Forums at Green- brier Community College Decem- ber 6 at 7:20 p.m. tn Rooms 113 and 1 12. Students and non-stu- dents alike are welcome, so todav, as a result of initiatives I have undertaken as ('hairnlan of tile Senate Appropriations Com- mittee. \Vest Vh'-inia is beconling a national showcase for a growing array of high-lech, state-of-the-art pro cuts and facilities. For exatll Die: * Tile Federal But'can of lll- vestigalitm is rclocatine its [:inger- print Identification Division to West Virginia and, with $185 million which 1 added to an ap- prof~rialion bill, is establishing a nc~v, slalC-ofqh,g-arl fingerprint idtnlification facilil~ in the Ciarksbtir7 area It/at will Clllph)y approxinlalel) 2,51)/) persons. * The Pc'.leral ('enicr~ for l)i~ea~c (oniic)l I~tans io build a 2110.(100 sqllare-ltiOl statc-of-t he- arl ()ccttpdtional Safcl) and Itcallh l.aboraiory at Morgan.- lov, n. Ihi~ facility, for which I i'eccnll\ vet $... nlillion lO begin conslr/icliOli, u ilt be ;.ill interna- tional lCsourcc for safely and heah h research. " In tile Eastern I~anllandle, I added S249 million to at recent applopriatlon bitl to establisil a worid-cla>~ NatP, mal Training ('enter to~ the U.S. Fish attd Wildlife Sel'~ ice, "-+ In Wheclirtg, with $8 million in al~l~ropriatiotls that I got and $1.4 niillion obtained by Rcp. Alan Moltohan. the N ltional Aeronanlic', and Space Ad- space age advances to their classrooms, offices, and factories. With a $75 million ap- propriation I got last year, the Na- tional Science Foundation is building a state-of-the-art replace- ment radiotelescope at the Na- tional Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank. Pocahontas County. * In Mercer County. with $4.5 million I added to a recent funding bill, construction is to begin on a high-tech wood prod- ucts trainmg and manufacturing complex that LS intended to bring the latest in advanced techniques to West Virginia's wood products industry. * With $5.8 nlillion that I got in appropriations, the Robert C. Byrd Institule for Advanced Flex- ible Manufacturing Systems has been established at Marshall Uni orsit in Ituntington under an Air Force program to develop new computerized manufacturing pro- cesses to make American industry more competitive. Ihrougi] these efforts, and other high-tech initiatives 1 am pursuing, I am working to make Weq Virginia a "'state-of-the-art" state thai will have a strong and dixcr~itied cconOlll) offering ex- panding job opporttinities for West Virgitfians well into the 21st cetlt u r ~. 3.% 1 000 0 ....... '89 '9 '89 '90 _. SOURCE C(.~l~ett.'~ Deta,4ulme,ql Nam~lal Asa..~+al~. ~t Heult~ paid the most Basketball players, on the average, make far more than counterparts in baseball and football. Some players than double the average salary. I Basketball ~ Baseball ~ Football (In thousands) $8oo ....................................................................................................................... 6OO 4OO 200 '85-'86 '86-'87 '87-'88 '88-'89 '89-'90 Season - Not National Basketball Association caps players' salaries this cap is $11.9 million. There are no limits for football, Not all salaries' are publicized, b0t here are the to Basketball: Football: Baseball: John "Hot Rod" Joe Montana, Jose Williams, Cleveland quarterback, San fielder, Cavaliers; $27 Francisco 49ers; SOURCE: Natiorlal Basketball/~r~iati0a, N~tlonal B~sebag, Sporting News, Cleveland Plain Dealer country. "ll~ere were sLx names of boys from West Virginia and two pecttng some planes from the mainland that morning so they didn't pay much attention to lhe aircraft above them, unlll it was too late, The Arizona was the worst hit of any of the ships an- chored in Pearl Harbor. I did not know unlil I was there Lhat the West Virginia and T~ssee were tied up close to the Arizona. We went out to the memorial. You can still sec the Arizon~z tin der the waler. In the memorial there ls a marble plaque with over 1700 names el our boys who gave their lives for their U7 It is what you have read in his- of-State and now the Vice-Presl- tory books or hearing adults talk dent say "the soner the better'" , O.U y about that awful day. And the profiteer and greedy i H sing market in steady decli How many of you even know makers of the killing tools would y ................................... where Pearl Harbor is? That raid like it+as always is the way. (ri Houstng sales and starts are falling. The market as ol Septem : on the Hawaiian Islands really But il won't be another Vlet- " ~'---- ...... "- ......... " .... " , I Fewer new homes sold... Nodheast hurt the most..- ... changed history. \Vhen lily hue- llam says the President. He's !:i i .............. band Gen and 1 visited the right about that, The new and By U.S. Senalor Roberl C. Byrd ,, s, ........ ...... , ........ ,.,+ ............ . ............. ,+"- Hawaiian Islands two years ago terrible weapons now will kill ii 1