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4A The Mounts~ Messenger, Thursday, December 20, 1990 J ! Here are some of the things you might find under your Christmas tree this season if these were but my gifts to give; --- To the elderly I would give the gift of clear remem- brance of all the happiest times past. Just as a yesterday, I would give you the memory of your first happiness. I would wrap perfect recall of the joy and warmth you felt when as a child, your parents caressed you, rocked you in their arms, and assured you of their love. To you I would also give the strength and vitality of your youth so that you might tell those of us who shall be tomorrows elders the paths not to tread. I would love to give you the gift to teach us of our history so that we might know the future. In a golden package would rest your halcyon days to be removed one by one and admired like the facets of a prism of crystal which would fill your days with rays of colored light. In another gaily wrapped package you would find the abil- ity to comprehend your place on earth and in all time. I would give you thegfft to know that your life is everlasting. If these were but my gifts to give: --- To the young parents of today I would give the present of perfect understanding of your importance to your children and to our world. I would wrap up the tiny gift of knowledge that, Just as your parents are today, so you will be. In another package would be the gift of joy and pride in growing each day with your family; the gift of teaching your child his place in an ever more complex world. You would have the gift of knowing each of your child's small accomplishments and the assurance that these small childish efforts are the foundations upon which your child becomes an aduIL Among your gifts would be the lamp of wisdom which would shine brightly about you so that others might see, You would also receive the gift of patience with your children and a sure knowledge that they hold the world's future within their souls. If these were but my gilts to give: To the children I would give unending days of carefree sunshine in order that you might play your children's games. I would wrap up all nature in a package so that you could slowly, and in your own time, learn of all her wonders, I would lay carefully under the Christmas tree the gift of love and understanding of all peoples, i would tie up a packet of humility with a ribbon of trust. I would bake cheerlhl little cookies and sprinkle them with sympathy, charity and lorgiveness. You would have books of mysteries uncornprehendible; of fantasies indescribable; of hope eternal. Your presents would include a parchment upon which would be inscribed, in words indelible, a guarantee that we adults know full well we hold the world for you in trust and we endeavor every day to preserve your heritage. If these were my gifts tO give... I could give no more, --Chas A. Goddard The Mountain Messenger STAFF Chas. A. Goddard. Editor 1 Dotty Brackcnrich. Office Manager 122 N. Court Street Troy Forren. Advertising WV 24901 Terri Boone. Clerk JL, C;;WI.~uU#~, }lelen Searle. Advertising 304/647-5724 Betty Morgan, Ad Design Matt l.~mders. Ad Design Published every Thursday Jonathan Wright. StaffWritcr Lou Burroughs, Typesetting Brenda Ghcrman. [~'oduction If you would llke to submit material for publicat|om ArllOes euOrntttod to The Mounlmn Meesor~Je~ should be typewr~llen or clearly written m order to De cons,'Oered tot" OuO~lCatto0. Please include your name aria a phone t~ut~ef where you may be teactlot'l dunng ouslness boutS. The Mouotaln Messenger reserves tt~e right to colt any material and regrets ar- ticles cannot be returned. Letlers to ~he ~3~tOt 030St incIIJCle a full sk:Jnalure and ao0~'oes. If you would IIkB a photo@reDO rolurno0, please prowoe a selt-aOdresseO, starnDoO envo{opo. 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 rodS.) Out-oLState, $15.00 $1 discount to Senior Citizens To the point By Jonathan Wright If one thing is clear about the Biblical Christmas story, it's that God doesn't do things haphaz- ardly. From start to finish the story shows how deliberately He acts. The Creator deliberated chose to come to earth not as a con- quering military leader who would topple kings and create instant, radical changes in the civilized world--but rather as a helpless baby. With the soft and gentle touch of an infant's tiny hand He showed us how much he cares for us--and how atLx- ious He is for us to approach Him in love. You'd think He would have chosen someone more important than an unknown teenage girl to be born of--~someone who could give Him more of the comlbrts in life. Bul apparently He doesn't look at notoriety or material goods as of great importance. If it had been left to me, I would have had the birth an- nounced to the movers and shakers of the religious world the scribes, rabbis, chief priests, Pharisees, and Sadducees those who had been looking for their Messiah for so many years. They would have spread the news far and wide among their people: celebrations would have broken out like wildfire as be- lievers rejoiced in the final fulfill- men, of their long-awaited Sav- ior, To whom, though, did God deliberately choose to send His angels to herald the birth? Lowly shepherds, a despised class of men who spent solitary hours out under the stars well away from the mainstream of everyday life and the throngs of people. And the birthplace--a dirty. crowded stall! Of all places for a King to be bornt But God often doesn't do things the way we would. He saw the importance of identifying with every one of us-- especially the common, the dis- couraged, the poor. and the sin- sick. People like you and me. I'm glad God did it the way He did. Merry Christmas. Dear Editor: The Presbytery of West Vir- ginia, meting December 1 at First Presbyterian Church of Parkersburg, called upon Pres- byterians and other persons of faith to pray for a just and peaceful resolution of the crisis in the Middle East. In response to the growing prospect of war In the Persian Gulf area. the Reverend Charles Logan Landrum. Jr.. pastor of the Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church of Elklns. and Ralph Booth. elder of the same church. proposed a resolution whereby Presbytery would ask members of Its churches to pray daily for justice without war. With minor changes Presbytery approved the resolution, which a!.so urges people of churches and faiths to join in prayer for justice and peace. Presbytery also received a re- port from its Shalorri, Work Group, encouraging congrega- tions to observe December 16 as a Day of Prayer for peace in the Middle East. The Presbytery of West Vir- ginia consists of 156 congrega- tions throughout most of the state of West Virginia. except for the eastern and northern pan- handle counties which are In other presbyteries. Voting mem- bet-s for a meeting of the Presby- tery are elder (lay) commission- ers from the congregations as well as ministers. The text of the Resolution for Peace and Justice Is: WHEREAS There is d serious problem ofjusUce at stake in the Middle East in regard to Iraq's occupation of Kuwait; WHEREAS. There appears to be a grave and growing danger of war breaking out; WHEREAS. God's intentions for the world are for peace, right- and all other people of prayer to join us in our prayers for justice without war: 3. That the Presby- tery of West Virginia. through its Shalom Work Group give public- ity to our concerns for justice withoul war. 4, That the sub- stance of this resolution be com- municated to the Office of the General Assembly by the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of West Vlrgl nla. John R. Goodman Associate Executive & Stated Clerk Dear Editor: Greetings from the deployed members of the West Virginia Air National Guard in Operation Desert Shield. The outpouring of community support has been remarkable and appreciated more than you can imagine, it means a lot to the people here to experience such loyalty and dedication. Please keep the cards and letters coming. The tremendous community spirit as evidenced by 'the sup- port we have received for our family Christmas celebration has been heart warming for those of us here. I'm confident that with such community support to sus- tain the families back home. the holiday season 1990 will long be remembered by our loved ones and unit members as well. All of the deployed members of the 130th "lAG are PrOViding outstanding service and support to the operation. They are true professionals and dedicated to their jobs as they have always been. All West Vlrglnians can be proud of their Air National Guard. God Bless, Colonel William L Fleshman 1630 TAWP, Desert Shield Saudi Arabia things know about the problem. The drainage from the land fill runs into the Greenbrier River right above where the intake for the drinking water is. With all fairness to the landfill, it was there before the intake pipe was put in. The reason for this mess was that a large natural hole of water was available. Ninety-nine per cent of the problem could have been avoided if the intake had been placed a mile or so above the present place. Some blasting would have had to be done. Hlnton has the same problem, The old land fill. closed now. was placed right over the brow of the mountain, at Upland. Right next to the old Ross Allen farm. The filth flows down the hollow to Big Creek. then on to the Greenbrier River. It empties right in the river above where the intake for the Hinton water supply is. Merry Christmas to all who care. Paul R. Lilly Lewisburg Dear Editor: During the last few months the concerned citizens of Alder- son Glen Ray have been watch- ing and recording the changes taking place on the Woodguard site. Overbllt. Inc. (owned by Richard Moore and J. P. Linkous) has set up operations to de-bark logs and treat them with their secret chemical lor- mula. We have asked our state agency, the West Virginia De- partment of Natural Resources to reveal the potential health hazards of this formula. They have not answered our Freedom of Information Act requests on this vital question. We found out it was toxic from the Wimmer/ Davis letter [see below]. We hear privately that they operations and this has been de- termined to be a wood dying process. And once again Glen Ray and the communities down river are faced with toxins in the flood plain. Along one of our I0 most endangered rivers in the United States. It's time West Virginians spoke up for laws that will pro- tect us. For the concerned citizens of Alderson Glen Ray Mark Blumenstein Alderson By Jane Ashworth It's that time again. At the beauty shop, at garden club, and standing in line at the grocery store, women grab my arm and, with crazed eyes, tell me what they are making for Christmas gifts. Like squirrels hoarding nuts for the winter, they scurry off to craft shops for beads se- quins, embroidery hoops, and patterns for pillows shaped like pigs and cows. They buy ply- wood to make wooden forms they can paint, pierce, and painstakingly render into angelic angels and darling ducks. They will drill holes and make red string hangers. Then they will give these wondrous creations to their friends for Christmas. 1, no doubt, will receive simi- lar homespun marvels from my friends. They will expect me to admire their creativity, to ex- claim happily, and to hang their plywood ornaments amidst the crystal balls and velvet bows on my Christmas tree. Yes. yes. I know their hearts are in the right place. And they are so pleased at their own inge- nuity that 1 dare not show my dismay. When I give them my store-bought gifts, they will look at me with Ill-disguised pity. Store-bought gifts lndeed[ No one will ever ooh and aah over my creative talents---my dexterity with a needle, my skill in studding styrofoam balls with hatpins and cloves. For I am a non-craft person, and l am fed up with feeling guilty about it. I would rather watch "I Love Lucy" reruns any day than glue se- quins on felt. Is this a crime? It is true that for a time I did succumb to craft mania, l went to every craft fair within two hundred miles, meandered down long aisles of tables laden with patchwork quilts, stuffed ani- mals, and milking stools painted oh-so-cleverly with stencils of pineapples. I admired pink cro- cheted ladies straddling rolls of felt toilet bells. 1 even tried my own hand at crafts, l took a tole painting class (no artistic talent required). 1 dutifully paid the fee. bought round and flat brushes, shellac, wooden plaques, tin buckets. flour scoops. Eighty-five dollars later. I had a rather unusual purple poppy on a slab of wood. I hung it in my kitchen. No one admired it. It rests face down on my stove now, its backside a cutting board. Some time later I went mad. absolutely mad. over the wooden watermelon slices I in fashionable decorating zincs. They adorned chic cocktail tables and the tops of pine cupboards. I could certainly melons. I would d home with them. What's would give them to my Perhaps even sell them! I be known as the lady of my town. You knoW, woman who paints those able wooden melons. I scurried off to the yard to buy long boards. For hefty fee. a carpenter c~ wooden crescents of sizes, all with a cute little missing. I bought painl green, black and white. I my kitchen into an operation. I hummed to Surely this was craft heaVeta. last I would be one of the clique gals. After all. couldn't paint wooden slices? I couldn't. That's who. can run, lines can seeds can look suspiciously roaches. Dejected, I melon slices to the local White Elephant sale. have had an easier time white elephant. Even in the kitchen I out, My kids had always the chocolate chip cookies school. But one year I myself delivering eel wrapped baskets of confections to all my They would ooh and praise my gourmet abilities. donned an apron, gathered batch of recipes, and mestic. I tried. I really tried. pepper jelly (in baby course) didn't gel, my sembled index boxes concrete, my cream ples my cakes collapsed, Never-Fail Chocolate Fudge to be cracked with screw-drlver. Why do mean something from Tell me. So spare me Christmas and painted chickens on a Gild me no pinecones, and give me ornaments made old jewelry. I still admire inventiveness, your make bird feeders from rex jugs. But don't add decor with .painted w, spoons in my kitchen. turn up your noses at a bought gift from a son. "He who wishes to secure the good of others has secured his own." -- Confucius (c. 551-479 Department of Biochemistry West Virginia University School of Medicine Laidley Ell McCoy, Chief Dlvlslon of Natural Resources, Water Resources 1201Greenbrier St. Charleston, WV 25311 Dear Eli: OcT ... "!.~ ., :. !t,: Dtw, We have looked over the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) which you sent us from Mr. Moore at the Woodguard site in Alderson. We have treated the product proprietary, as requeeted. We have the following comments: I. The identity of two components of the product ere listed as 'proprietary," thus no specific chemlcal information about them is given. The "common name" and "chemical name" for one item ere listed in reverse. The chemical names provided are not true chemical names referring to a specific compound, except via the CAS # given for one component, again making them difficult to assess. 2. The MSDS indicates that the material is an irritant, by any route of exposure, which would classify it as a toxlcant. There are no safe exposure standards given, therefore we have no way of knowing If.the public will be exposed to a hazardous amount. Such a determination would require the exposure standard and the amount o exposure occurring and/or anticipated. 3. The MSDS indicates that the material is not listed ae a potential carcinogen; however, there is no indication that the material has been tested for either carcinogeniclty or mutageniclty, and actually found to be non-carclnogenlc or non- mutagenic. 4. Because of the incompleteness of the MSDS, we cal, not ~ke a recommendation from the information provided as to whether or not the citizens should go to court to seek release of this MSDS. We provide you with these comments as a third party, upon your request, and are not prepared to testify in civil or crlmlnal litigation with respect to this correspondence. Dear Editor: I am writing to you most disgusting thing read that was in your 13 -90. I am talking about the where someone threw a fenseless dog out into be killed. It upsets me to someone could be that such a thing. If they pay to have it put to could have explained it anlmal shelter and I'm would have understood could have shot the dog someone else do it for We had to put dowrl mal of our own once, it but there was nothing could do. That picture much of my know if he ever shape we will take hlna or do It ourselves. I would like to Quick for being so up the dog. AT knew someone cared for fore she died. I hope they catch this and fine them Dear Editor: want us to take them to court so Sincerely, We, as West Virglnians have a they would be forced to divulge ~ry~j. ~ ~ ~l~~ the world as the Prince of Peace bad hang-up -- our Indifference this information! By refusing to and on behalf of justice; to pressing problems. The con- cooperate, by not supplying the M tremor, Ph.D. & S, Ph.D. WHEREAS. We Presbyterians sensus of any problem is to sit health hazards of this toxic Associate Professor Associate Professor are deeply committed to peace, on It. It will go away one of these chemical, the Department of Biochemistry Pha~macology/Toxicology rlghteousness and justice: anddays. Natural Resources and the WHEREAS, We hope that a I believe most of us will agree Caperton administration is once wide spread movement for that we have the highest cancer again revealing its priorities to rate and kidney failure rate of protect lndustry's interests and u~tlJe,ltm. WV m at welfare as it sacrifices those of Resolved. 1. That the Presby- c0 Overbilt, it would appear, is I inta of th Pres- m wa- its citizens. (U.S.A.)I l ter. There is no way that this produc'.ng this product without filth can be taken out of our wa- the benefit of liners to protect ter or to make the water safe. A our ground water or the benefit lot can be taken out but not all of state regulation. It seems the of it. The ones in charge of these DNR regulates wood preserving they can but I don't would be enough. I hoPe haunts them for the rest life, that every time dog that they'll disgusting thing they To The