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2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 1978 UpAgainst The Bruisers In the long run, we all suffer -- as taxpayers and as consumers -- from excessive government regulation. But 'few victims are harder hit than the American small businessman and woman. By excessive regulation, we do not include cases where the costs are far outweighed by public benefits, particularly in the health and welfare areas. We do include the bulk of the rules and regulations and orders and edicts crowding the 60,000 or so pages of the Federal Register that are unnecessary, out of date or arbitrarily harsh. Smaller firms that operate close to the margin have precious few dollars to spend in hiring the experts needed to fill out forms, prepare briefs or haggle with federal inspectors. Nor can they always pass on those costs to the consumer in higher prices and still remain competitive in many cases. But there is a heavier cost of regulation: the smothering of that unique spirit that emboldens people to try harder, to work harder, to do things better. That spirit is not a special property of small business. It is inherent in our free market economy, regardless of company size. But it has typified the small entrepreneur since colonial times and his ef- forts have added much of the zest and competitive punch to our economy over the succeeding years. Nobody will ever know precisely how much the nitpickers in Washington will have cost this country in terms of squelching that spirit. Congress and the administration -- which have both pledged to do,bae with 0verregulation -- shoul.d take steps nowto make the rules of the game fairer. 10--YEARS AGO-- I0 The Jefferson County Court meets and organizes for another year, with James W. Milton as commissioner from the Charles Town District being named president of the court, suc- ceeding Charles W. Whittington. The short but severe cold wave which hit Jefferson County on New Year's Day, saw the mercury plunge to an almost record low of 17 degrees below zero at Kearneysville, the lowest level reached in 55 years. Gray Silver, Jr., announces his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Judge of the 23rd Judicial Cir- cuit of West Virginia in the primary election. Announcement is made that Edgar C. Hackman, prominent Charles Town business executive, churchman and civic leader, is appointed as general manager of Rosen's Downtown Inc., which has stores in Charles Town, Hancock, Md., and Hagerstown, Md. Senator Betty H. Baker, of Moorefield, announces that she will seek re-election to the W. Va. Senate from the 16th District DEATHS: Abner Isaac Johnson, 60, of Suffock, Va., dies unexpectedly enroute to the Suffolk Hospital; Orval S. Stewart, 81, retired coal miner, of Fairmont, W. Va., dies in the Fairmont Hospital; William L. Briscoe, 85, of Winchester, Va., dies in the Maine Miller Nursing Home in Staunton, Va.; Mrs. Lillian Elizabeth Harmison, 61, of Martinsburg, dies enroute to City Hospital; William J. Hartley, 86, of Rt. I, Shepherd- stown, dies at his home; Genevieve P. Jenkins, 67, of Pleasantville, Md, dies in the Frederick, Md., Memorial Hospital, after a long illness; William Daniel Penwell', 75, a retired painter and carpenter of the Mt. Mission section of Jef- ferson County, dies in the Charles Town hospital, after an illness of one week; William Loyal Anderson, Sr., 72, of Foxboro, Mass., and a former mayor of Charles Town, dies in the Norwood, Mass., Hospital; Mrs. Anna Berl Pope, 86, of Charles Town, dies in the Charles Town hospital, after a long illness; Cletus Atkins, Sr., 63, of Charles Town, dies unexpectedly enroute to the Charles Town General Hospital; Norvel Bryan Jenkins, 72, a well- known retired farmer of the, Uvilla section of Jefferson l County, dies unexpectedly at his home; Mrs. Mary Alice Hart, 69, of Washington, D.C., dies in George Washington Hospital in Washington; Leslie Lee Fetllers, 40, of Somerset, Pa., dies unexpectedly at his home. Mr. and Mrs. David Edwards, of Ranson, celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary at their home, with a host of friends wishing them a Happy An- niversary. MARRIED: Mrs. Margaret Coyl.e Marshall, of Shepherd- stown, and Mr, W. Merlin Bly, of Winchester, Va.; Miss Mary Lloyd McDonald, and Mr. Jan Alma Kiviniemi, both of Lexington, Ky.; Miss Mary Hood Mays, and Mr. Robert Lee Via, both of Charles Town; Miss Nancy J. Graham, of Ranson, and Mr. Kichard A. Roper, of Cahrles Town. The Charles Town High Panthers roll to their 7th con- secutive victory in Berryville, Va., when they blast the Clarke County, Va., High cage s with a score of 87-58, in a game that saw two new scoring records set b the Panthers, with Paul Johnson ; scoring 47 points, setting a new school individual scoring mark. GE Development Tests To Be Given Jan. 5 The next G ED testing will be Thursday, January 5, and on Saturday, January 7, 1978. On Thursday, the tests will begin at 6 p,m. and on Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Jefferson County Board of Education office. For more information and applications contact Donald Mickey, Jef- ferson County Schools, 106 W. North Street, Charles Town, phone 725-9741. STEEL PROTECTION President Carter has dis- closed a program to increase production and employment in the hard-pressed American steel industry by protecting it from unfair competition from foreign imports. ON WELFARE REFORMS President Carter's pro- . posai to consolidate the na- tion's welfare programs and set uniform national eligibility standards has won an early test of support in the House welfare subcommittee. l i Editorials/Opinions/Columns/Letters West Virgin,a s- Award Winning Newspaper MAX BROWN--Editor DON RENTCH--Nws Editor _ Our Press It's no secret that the image of the news media, since the advent of television, has suffered. Part of this may be due to excesses  during Watergate and other scandals, reporters taking advantage of their position to slander, in effect, reputations without proof. And part is due to television. Picture-tube news reporting is distinctly different from newspaper journalism, though television net- works claim it's the same. Thus, they say, television should enjoy exactly the same rights and privileges as the press. But television uses government- allocated air frequencies, and is, to a degree, a monopoly. Therefore, the public has a right to expect greater protections than from a free press -- where anyone can participate, wherever he or she wishes. Television often doesn't correct serious reporting mistakes. That's because the system is what it is and because there's no printed record by .which the average viewer can take an editor to task. And the editor is too often not in the community but in New York. Television covers the news and views, primarily, of those with access to the big-city television stations, and cameras. It thus reflects a disproportionate metropolitan accent. And because it is a mixture of show biz and news media, we have certain news emphasis because it fits the action demand of a camera. All this, plus too many eager-beavers in both television and the printed media trying too hard to win a prize by digging in muck, or what looks like it, has damaged the media's image. Local newspapers, this one and others, seek to repair that damage. In general, the record of the printed media in America is a good one; the printed media has traditionally served the public interest, usually rather well. RECYCLING OF . NEWSPAPERS Halltown Paperboard Co. Halltown, W. Va. December 26, 1977 Mr. Max Brown Editor Spirit of Jefferson N: George Street Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Max: We at Halltown Paperbnard certainly 'second' your com- ments in the December 22rid editorial regarding the counter- productive effects which would occur if the "solid waste disposal tax" were enacted. And we, as recyclers, are the segment of the paper industry that, supposedly, would be aided by such a tax. Some say a portion of the tax would be returned and that 100 percent recyclers, such as ourselves, would not have the tax added to our products. We feel such a tax would be inflationary, is regressive and discriminatory and will ,cause market dislocations without enhancing recycling ap- preciably. I won't go into details, but we are extremely ap- prehensive about the impact of this tax on the economics of recycling, the Wocess it is supposed to help. You are correct in stating that, in normal times, over 30'percent of old newspapers are recovered and recycled. And another very large plant is now being con- structed in Georgia to produce Newsprint from old Newspapers. We need additional tedhnology to be able to handle some increasing problems of contamination of waste paper. Our industry has offered to work with the EPA to find these methods. New markets for' recycled products is the route to you apparently are, that these "motherhood" words may cloak some unsound  ecoe: Newsprint is recycled to a better extent than nearly every other type of waste paper; and the prospects for a higher rate of recycling are as good for this grade as any. It must be based on sound economics. Again, we think you were 'right-on' with your editorial. Very sincerely, Conrad C. Hammann, President RECENT SCHOOL LEVY Jefferson High School Shenandoah Junc., W. Va. December 22, 1977 Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Sir: We,' the Student Government of Jefferson High School, are greatly disappOinted at the failure of Jefferson County voters to support the recent school levy. At one of our Oc- tober meetings we voted to take affirmative action on the levy for the following reasons: The major part of the monies from the levy would be used to maintain present teachers' salaries, not increase them. The absence of these monies,.we feel, will have a demoralizing effect on teachers. Although anyone is expected to enjoy his work ald fulfill the responsibilities of that work, it is difficilt to do either of these when the pay is inadequate. This would truly be the case here in Jefferson County without the supplements from the levy; our county is presently ranked high in the state for teachers' salaries, but this ranking would fall sharply. Since the cost of living in this go to increase recycling, region of the state must compete Incidentally, the Rsource with the high cost of living in the Conservation Committee, which metropolitan areas of you quoted, is a committee set Washington and Baltimore, up by Congress to study teachers would be forced to Resource Conservation and move elsewhere. Hence, the Recovery. We are very much in quality of education would fail. favor of Resource Conservation There is a chance, though, that and Recovery. We are afraid, as teachers' salaries may not be II I l l fill I I llll II I I I J| ! I 1 ESTABLISHED 1844 , I MAX BROWN . DON RENTCH I EDITOR-PUBLIsHER NEWS EDITOR I 1 PUBLISHED WEEKLY AT THE OFFICES OF THE I JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO., INC., I I 210 NORTH GEORGE ST., I 1 CHARLES TOWN, W. VA. 25414 ' 1 Subscription Price $7.50 Per year I I SECOND CLASS POSTAGE AT U.S. POST OFFICE I l " CHARLES TOWN, W. VA. 2.M14 ' 1 l Chlges of address, UndeUverable Copies, Orders for I Subscrlptiots and Other Mail Items Are To Be Sent To: i I P.O. BOX 231 I I Charles Town, W. Va. 25414 I - i I i i i - cut, but the other side of this coin is worse yet. If salaries are not decreased, then the number of teachers and other employees of the educational system will be. Some classrooms now are crowded and if there are less teachers, then classrooms will surely be overcrowded. The quality of education suffers either way. Teachers will not be the only victims of the absence of funds, students will feel the pinch also, if and wehn extracurricular activities are decreased. Such activities as sports, fine arts programs, cultural clubs, career-oriented clubs, and leadership organizations serve to broaden student's interests and horizons. They also help to develop talents, confidence and citizenship. In addition, they help to promote attendance, stimulate moral and, in some cases, improve grades as well. Students who are involved in extracurricular activities sometimes improve their chances for being rewarded college scholarships simply because they prove that they own exceptional talents. Support of the levy is actually an investment for the future. It is obvious to all people that the students of today will be the leaders of tomorrow and a student who is versed in many aspects of life will certainly be better prepared to face the future. Another possible effect of inadequate funds is restricted use of school buildings by the general public. Here at Jef- ferson High, for example, there are community education classes in sessioa several times a week, regular Midget League Basketball games, meetings of community organizations and fine arts performances. If the building were closed after 4 in the evening, these activities would terminate. Facilities such as, those at Jeffer High are certainly not. abundant in our community. For these reasons, we the Jefferson High School Student Government, support the Jef- ferson County School levy. There has been quite a lot of misin- formation circulated about the effect of the levy if it is approved by the voters. We feel a slight raise in taxes could certainly be absorbed by the taxpayers in exchange for the benefits derived from a quality educational program. Stacey Reid President, Jefferson High Student Government THANKS FOR SUPPORT The Old Opera House Liberty & George Sts. Charles Town, W. Va. December 23, 1977 Max Brown Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Max and Staff: We would like to take this opportunity, at the end, of another prosperous year, to thank you for the wonderful job you have done in assisting us with our public relations and announcements of events here at the .Old Opera House. We are looking foward to your continued support during 1978, knowing that you always help in any way that you can. With sincere appreciation and good wishes for the coming year, I am Yours truly, Robert Angel For the Board of Directors & Members Old Opera House NATIONAL PARK'S RESCUE SERVICE Harpers Ferry Seminar Center, Inc. Hilltop House Harpers Ferry, W. Va. December 30, 1977 Spirit of Jefferson Mr. Max Brown Editor Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Max: I,ast year in March two men waited nearly an hour before being rescued from the Potomac. Martin Conway helped at the scene and vowed at that time that the National Park Service in the future would play a larger role in water rescue. Immediately a special rescue boat and equipment was pur- chased. Mr. Conway obtained the services of a Coast Guard 'rescue expert to train his  rangers. The payoff came last week when two Park Service employees, Hilda Staubs and Nancy McBride, returning from a walk, spotted, a man in the river. The rescue craft, manned by F. W. Walls, B. D. Hasson and H. Murray took off without delay and saved the man from the cold swollen river. Ranger G. R. Bowers at the communications ,station coordinated the rescue i efforts. The e.p.t: In-Home Early Pregnancy Test.00s o private little revo-- lution any woman can easily purchase at MOFFETT'S PHARMACY It is reliably accurate. A verified accuracy rate checked by doctors in clinical tests of hundreds of women. In fact, in tests per- formed by actual consumers, e.p.t, was found to be 97% accurate. That's amazing. It really is. Because it means that a woman can confidently do this easy pregnancy test herself in the privacy of her home-and trust its result-without waiting for appoint- ments or encountering delays. Dec. 29 RANSON, W.Vo. -TF PHONE: 725 - 7321 Without the prompt'action of these Park Service people, their training by Chief Ranger Dwight Stinson and the initial con- tributions of Martin Conway and his ambitious inspiring )rograms this rescue would not have been possible. Hilltop House Hotel for nearly ninety years a landmark in our county wishes to help bring recognition to positive sometimes heroic efforts on the part of its harpers Ferry neigh- bars. With that purpose in mind we have purchased two seats at the Old Opera House to be engraved, "U.S.N.P.S. River and Mountain Rescue Units" and "Friendship Fire and Rescue Units". Yours truly, Dixie D. Kilham VOTING MACHINES Dear Mr. Brown, The Jefferson County Tax- payers Association objects to i$40,000 being spent on voting machines that will sit around gathering dust except at election time. The County Commissioners want to correct the "misin- formation" going around about chance you have w3ith machine. I'm not saying except a possible transportation, Jefferson County, possibility of man without human help enough to make ject to voting would be done if at machine were found malfunctioning ? Certainly voters in County should insist on I the decision whether $40,000 on traptions that might order and invalidate To insure your on this expensive should sign the petition t put the matter to a COMMEND8 LOCA Mrs. Owen W. Charlest," .lanUar7 - Mr. Max Brown, Editor Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. the cost of the machines. One comment was, "Anything will beat the paper ballot". In one way, a voting machine would certainly beat a paper ballot -- there never could be a Dear Sir, Enclosed is a copy of JY to the Superintendent d Virginia Department  Safety. I thought would be happy to reC praise for one of our l recount of votes. Paper ballots be re-checked for accuracy, ficials. _,.;all can Votes in a machine cannot be SinceroJ-,[ recounted. " Dorothy .-| ..... The Superintendent | voting macmnes are Dept. of Public safety [ mechanical contraptions with 725 Jefferson Rd. &| lots of little gears and wheels South Charleston W VI and when they are transported Dear Sir, " ' " i they can accidentally get banged On Thursdav Deceb][ which could cause a malfunc- we approached" the we tion. Just moving them from the the Shenandoah River  warehouse to the voting place Harpers Ferr where  can knock them. out o! kdter, lanes go into a 3-lane They can be rigged m various the length of the hill-t.] ways: husband became coni -- .... 1. They can be set to show a big Ion,, line of anprOl[ V - Ib  ote for a favored candidate headli'hts of the eve]i \\;ql before the polls open. tr-fq w-,,-s the-0000|l \\;" 2 The levers can be jammed dr E '. This resulted in his ffig| EF Iq sothat they are stuckin favor of of eonor snd a 1| I 7on/tPl;tYo , m:iktiing n 'tvespooS'bl cgllision'with- another .][i 1 Ppo Trooper S D Recka[] 7  counted or to count two of three Charles Town detacl][ BEIF o opposition votes W . poli ..... " . est V lrglnlaState o li A__ . tao machines can De usea to investigate the acciati ?I and have been used in other w o t hel ftlL ............. as cur eous, p I,.LI areas, m o]strlcts nzely to vote in the whole proceSS ,,Ar'=,. "wrong". very efficient in carryi['[ Then consider this: Theduties machanics who repair voting[ It helns to restore TM machines or at least work on li n nublic officials wJaelk-tik-=', them in some sttes,are'thoselwtt :-'cldikDI'[ ' it people or m . II whe work on vending and pinba. I '  it" mach,nes. You know ,,hat I G" , !] IVeS yOU.. * Extra st space Model 426W-14 , Model 426W-1 $UPERTANE SALES' ,,0 116 E. Washington Charles Town, W. PHONE 725 . :29