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2 LEGISLATURE HAS MONEY PROBLEMS The West Virginia Legislature has reconvened for another year. It is not exactly like other years, when financial prospects appeared bright and the only reason for in- creases in taxes or fees to raise revenues dealt with such pleasant chores as increasing salaries aad following through on favorite projects on a local basis. The legislators are faced with a whole new ball of wax this season. State revenues are down, victim of recession. Federal funds have been reduced, leaving a gaping loss of perhaps as much as $200 million. The Department of Highways, denied $75 million in funds for the current fiscal year when the voters resoundingly rejected the $750 million road bond amendment, will have to tighten its belt even further this year. New projects will be vir- tually nil; in fact, the DOH will be very fortunate if it can come close to keeping up with current maintenan- ce needs. Finance Commission Arnold T. Margolin has severely cut programs by up to 10 percent in the major departments of welfare and health. And he has not recommended any transfer of funds from general revenues to the financially troubled DOH in his version of the budget. Governor Rockefeller could change this budget before its presen- tation to the Legislature. Unfor- tunately, the governor has remained mute on what he plans to do, and this has left legislators feeling very un- comfortable. Some tax measures have been proposed and are being considered, in advance, by legislators who definitely do not want to tack more burdens on the individual taxpayer, but would rather it take the form of a higher charge to truckers, and a special tax on petroleum distributors in te state, both of which are opposed by these special interests. In short, it will be difficult to pass any kind of tax at this session of the legislature, although the lawmakers have to, very reluctantly, agree to some form of revenue raising despite this being an election year. The House and Senate may well be forced into adopting some form of redistricting (to meet population shifts), but only on the Congressional level, say the pundits. They'll avoid, like the plague, redistricting the House and Senate, perferring to do that after they hopefully have been reelected in this year's balloting. (This leaves Delegate Tom Step- toe's idea of single member districts probably hanging for another year, when it will get strong opposition from the counties with large delegations). However, speaking of Steptoe, he has high hopes that there will be ad- ditional progress made in revamp- ing the state's juvenile justice system which, in the past several years, has been so ineffective as to provide near immunity to juvenile law breakers. He believes he's going to get Senate support, inasmuch as Senator Si Boettner seems to have climbed on the revamping band- wagon. Finally, we do not suspect that despite recommendations which may well come from a politically ambitious Governor Rockefeller there will be much sentiment for salary increases on any level this year, and this may well include the politically-strong teacher's union, the West _ Virginia Education Association. They most certainly will ask for increases, although the average teacher salary has now exceeded $17,000. However, they may use such a request as a possible wedge to secure a collective bargaining measure, something which would cost the state dearly in thd future. The Legislature should not, under any circumstances, adopt legislation simply to atone for not being able to provide money for salary increases. This would be like acting with a blackjack held over one's head, and might prove too costly in the future. BINGO LAW TO BE AMENDED The law which legalized Bingo in West Virginia which was passed by the state legislature last year, but did not go into effect until Novem- ber, because of administrative problems, is already in trouble. The law as now written is not, so they say attracting neither the number of license requests, nor the number of players the legislators had thought it would. So it will be back to the drawing boards for the legislators now in sessionin Charleston, to come up with some amendments to the law that will make bingo more profitable in West Virginia. As a matter of fact State Senator Jerry Ash (D) of the 15th State Senatorial District which is Boone and Wyoming Counties, already has a bill carrying amendments to the Bingo law ready to introduce at the session of the legislature. The amendments, Ash says, are designed to make the bingo law more attractive to small organizations and to be more com- petitive in the prize money. The amendments provides for easing the complaints of the smaller organizations such as civic groups, who say the prize money restrictions now prevent them from attracting and holding a sufficent number of players to make the game profitable for them. Ash says the legislature's attempt last year was to legalize bingo in the state, not make it impractical. He said that while the bill was writ- ten.with great concern, with a fear in mind of not opening the gambling door in the state to organized crime, evidently it was written so conservatively that it closes the door on the major source of revenue-that of many small organizations. Ash's contention is being verified by the State Tax Commissioner, who says only a very relatively low number of requests have been received from small organizations across the state for bingo licenses. Ash says the best approach he has found so far to the problems would be to have a separate law for small bingo operations similiar to a statue which the state of Arizona operates under. Under the same games law, proceeds could be spent in three categories, prizes, expenses and charitable purposes. Ash says he has no objection to completely lifting the prize money limit on small games, but he is sure sUch a proposal would meet'with stiff resistance and it might even be unconstitutional. Ash says he is confident some amendments to the bill can be draf- ted and passed that will solve the prob!em without causing to much concern among the cautious legislators about the organized crime element moving in and taking over. 10--YEARS AGO--10 Mr. and Mrs. George David Dillow were honored on their 50th wedding anniversary. DIED Mrs. Emma Gertrude Rutherford, 77, Bolivar; Mrs. Elizabeth Leavell Ware, Melbourne, Fla.; Mrs. Maude Eleanor Holler, 81, Bakerton; Mrs. Carrie 'Tabitha Shelly, Ranson; Charles Milton Burr, St., 84, Shepherdstown; Mrs. Bessie B. Whiting, 89, Shepherdstown; Mrs. Ima Lois Eddy, Martinsburg; Charles E. Myers, 81, Tnkonm Park, Md. , Samuel Jacob Monroe, 55, Shepherdstown. The Shepherdstown Cagers rolled to their sixth win in beating Hedgesville. m--YEARS AGG-m A new 500-watt radio station, the first in the history SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, JANUARY 14,1982 Charles Town. DIED Mrs. Margaret Rebecca Bowings, 57, at her home in Charles Town; Mrs. Alice Ann Hale, 78, Charles Town; Mrs. Hattie Catherine Henderson, 76, in the local hospital; John E. Shaffer, a native of Shepherdstown at his apart- merit in Washington, D.C.; Charles S. "Tip" Cookus, 71, in Kings Daughters Hospital; James E. Mosley, 67, in Charles Town General Hospital. MARRIED Miss Ann Smith Bone of Chillicothe, Ohio and Mr. Richard Barclay Crim son of Mr. and Mrs. George Crim of Summit Point. 30---YEARS AGO--30 Shirley Hunt announces his candidacy for the nomination on the Democratic ticket for sheriff of Jefferson County. MARRIED Miss Shirley M. Painter daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Painter of MillviUe to Pfc. Lester Watson, son of Mrs. Bertie Watson and the late Lester Watson of Mid- dleway; Miss Louisa Virginia Greenwalt, daughter of Mrs. Virginia Ford of Ranson to Mr. Walter Francis 'uallwood, Jr., of Ranson. DIED Benjamin W. Ware, in Winchester Memorial Hospital; Mrs. Lucy M. Webster, at her home ion Washington Court; Miss Janet H. Young, in Washington, Ind.; Samuel W. Wysong, in Charles Town General Hospital; Mrs. Laura Mitchell atthe Moore Rest Home; H.R. Lloyd in Arlington, Va.; Mrs. Gertrude Moler at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T.C. Myersd near Shepherdstown. }--YEARS AGO-40 A large stone house on the farm of Leroy Hendricks on the Potomac River southeast of Bakerton was entirely destroyed by fire. MARRIED Miss Mildred Powell of Winchester, Va., to Pvt. Gilbert E. Smallwood of Charles Town. DIED At his home near the Bloomery Dr. Howard'R. Moore, a native of Jefferson County; at the home of her brother, Dr. C.J. Koonce, Halltown, Mrs. Peachie K. Block; at his home south of Summit Point, W.C. Robin- son; at his home in Ranson, Sylvester Boyd "Zeke" Willis. -.YEARS AGO--60 MARRIED In Washington, D.C., Miss Mazie Heskitt and Mr. James Edgar Ware, both of Myer- stown; Miss Isabelle C. Cooper of Round Hill, Va., to Mr. Robert O. Garvin of Kearneysville. A dwelling at Millville used as a boarding house and owned by Mrs. Virginia Thompson of Millville, was completely destroyed by fire. DIED At her home in Gainesville, Va., Miss Gertie Allen at Terra Alia, W.Va., Miss Elsie Engle daughter of Noah Eugle of the county; at the home of her daughter in Charles Town, Mrs. Mary Ella Smallwood, widow of Winfield &nallwood. --YEARS AGO---m The Hagerstown Spoke and Binding Company began cutting out the timber owned by James W. McGarry surrounding the school hoise at Shenandoah Junction. MARRIED Charles H. Kable of the county to Miss Talulah Alder of Clarke Co.; in Baltimore, Md., the Rev. George M. Hasel of this county to Miss Mollie Joyce of Baltimore. DIED Near Kabletown, Jere Mercer; in Shepherdatown, Joseph Entler; in Charles Town, H.A.P. Willgham; in Charles Town, Edna Bham. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR t,_: . C: =-:.: :: = 3= 3-:: 2== Jan. II, 19 Dear Mr. Rentch Congratulations to Mrs. Rova Mickey President of the Jefferson County Democratic Association. You reported that my name wss also "on the ballot." I don't want my absence from the meeting to be interpreted as a lack of in- terest in the association. In act I was unaware of any meeting and I had asked that my name be withdrawn from consideration in early of the city and the xst December boforelentaredthe powerful one in this section of hospital. Reva deserves the W.Va. and Northern Virginia support of all. is approved in Washington for Jame Moler January 12,1982 Dear Sir, Volunterism is not out! A group of young men in our community who are a vital service organization still believe in the philosophy that service to humani'ty is the best work of life. The Shepherdstown Jaycee- ettes would like to say thank you to the Shepherdstown Jaycees during National Jaycee Week January 17-23. This dynamic group of young men has been active in Shepherdstown for eight years. Major projects that the club has completed recently have been the "Chrislrnas With Love" dinner for Senior Citizens, the Children's Christmas Shopping Spree, the Shepherdstown Com- munity Christmas party which the Jaycees provided the party for the Children, and many other community in- volvement activities. The Shepherdstown Jaycees have worked closely with various organizations of the Shepherdetown community in an effort to continue to make epherdstown a nice place to live. In addition, the Shepherdstown Jaycees have worked on various state and national projects, such as their Muscular Dystrophy Week held each August. We, the Shepherdstown Jaycee.ettes, proudly hail our Jaycees for the many ac- complishments they have contributed to the Shepherd- stown community. Joyce Robinson Ext., Vice President Shepherdstown Jaycee-ettes Jan. 11,1982 Dear Mr. Rentch, "And of course gas prices at the pump will increase by at least four cents a gallon because of deregulation?" Have you heard a newscaster make sure a dire prediction? I've heard R often. I know that the free market is supposed to operate but I wonder how long that will take. How many times will gas prices increase and by how much before the market operates? You see, it sounds simple, the following explanation is an over simplification. High prices encourage others to enter a field. This gives competition to those already in a field. Competition means lower prices for you and me. But -- how long will it be before there is competition in the gas business? Decontrol of oil began in 1979. That year just under 50,000 new oil wells were drilled in the U.S, In 1980, there were 60,857 new oil wells drilled. In 1981, over 75,000 new oil wells were drilled. Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman gave the above figures in "Human Events." In addition, - be said: "We've has the highest rate of off drilling in this conntry in history. Oil drilling has gone up very sharply; something like 80 per cent of all the drilling being done in the world is being done in the United States. In addition, there has been an increase, rather than a decrease, in supplies of crude oil both domestically and around the world so that gasoline prices have gone down relative to inflation. Indeed, gasoline prices in many parts of the United States are now lower even without allowing for inflation than they were when President Reagan eliminated the controls on the price of crude oil." Dr. Friedman is right -- not the TV gurus. You can test it Volume II$' I for yourself. Just notice when you next buy gas. ,:.; i0 Why do newsmen make such ___ dire forecasts? Do they want government controls of petroleum and of every aspect ESTABLISHED 1844 of our lives? You'd think so, wouldn't JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO., INC ................ you? DoMId G. Rentch ...... ' ..... .i LelaGardner EdwardW. Dockeney .......................... R. Moode Dorsey... Published Every Thursday At 210 North George Street Charles Town, W. Va. - 25414 Telephone (304) 725-2046 Subscription Price: In Jefferson Count a year; out of Jefferson County, $10.00.5% tax must be added for all West Virginia Entered In The Post Office At Charles As Second C!ass Matter -- U Ad Deadline 4 P.M. Monday Dear Mr. Rentch, The Parents of Pre-Schooi Handicapped of Jefferson County would like to take this opportunity, to thank some wonderful people who helped to make our annual Christmas party a success. These people helped with stocking-stuffers, toys, discounts, contributions, and volunteered their time and love for our children. Here are the following; Dutch Allen  (Santa Claus), Deannie Byers, Virginia Campbell, Frances Magaha, Frances Custer, Louise Harder, Natalie Parks, ROy. Henshaw, Linda Bond, Thelma Kuhn, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Potts, Mr. & Mrs. E.O. McKinney, Mr. & Mrs. Okey McKinney, Mr. C.E. Tornblin, David, Woodward, Olive Braxton, Wendy's McDonald's Howard Johnson Restaurants, Blakeley Bank, Bank of Charles Town, Newberry's Acme, Golden Corral, Marti's Hair Affair, Headliners LTD, J. Russell Fritts, Sportsman Motor Lodge, Jeff. County Health Dept., Dr. Cunniugham, and Jefferson Orchards. We also want to thank our honored guests for attending the childrens party. God Bless all of you for your gift of love to the children and their families. Furthermore, families thro Virginia know, the a family farm or very often the joint efforts of and wife. Bel month, the first to may leave his or interest in the prise to the spouse, how valuable, with tax imposed. the surviving never again have to the family farm simply to pay taxes. Married from another tax laws. Under two-earner couples pay more were and this "penalty" married will allow familiee their Those of you filing the short than itemizing benefit from a ne for charitable Beginning with 1982, deduction for without filing Another in the tax laws worker to save for his retirement this month, all including those participating in plan, will be establish an Retirement Workers opening, counts are allowea to $2,000 a year taxes on that they retire. I was sponsoring made these the tax laws. provisions, contact me. (The addresS Congressman Longworth A Report From Congressman C/eve WASHINGTON -- One unpleasant fact about the beginning of any new year is Jan. Ii, 1981 that federal income tax forms Dear Don, arrive not long after new year I was so glad to see the celebrations. letter-to-the-editor in the Fortunately, the Congress SpirR of Jefferson written by made some major changes Nancy Roth. I have been this year in federal tax laws thinking for awhile about that will benefit every Second writing the same kind of letter District resident. This week, I and so hereit is and I hope you would like to briefly outline will print it. some of these changes to I had been dealing with a make sure that you are aware certain store in Charles Town of them as 1982 begins. for some 30 years and had no The most significant change problems. But one day last Congress made is a reduction year my son went into the in personal income tax rates. store and purchased a jacket Beginning this past October, and skirt for me. The clerks in the take home pay of every the store knew my size working American began to because a month earlier I had increase as a 5 per cent cut in bought myself a skirt and personal income tax rates jacket and they did not have took effect. In July 1982, the my" size at that store. But rates will be lowered another they sold my son the same size 10 per cent followed by a final they had shown me a couple of I0 per cent reduction in 1983. days previoualy.Thedayafter This 25 per cent cut in Christmas I went to store to personal income tax during exchange the merchandise the three year period is the and was told again they did largest tax cut in history, and not have my size. I asked the will provide workers with a clerk why my son had been total of $224.8 billion more sold the skirt and jacket when dollars which they can spend they Imew it was not my size. rather than having Congress The answer I got was "well spend it for them. This they were pretty." I could not reduction will result in get my money back. Just as keeping several million ad- Mrs. Roth said they only give ditional dollars in the you a credit slip. But what pocketbooks of Second good is a credit if the store District taxpayers -- dollars does not have your size? that would otherwise flow to Needless to say I was very Washington. upset and was tdd I would have to talk to the store Congress also adopted a manager. In my discussion plan to index the tax brackets with him about the matter, he to make sure that inflation told me he would prefer I not does not erode this tax shop in the store, which I reduction. Undexing simply haven't. And I might say, a lot means that taxpayers will of my ,friends have not only be forced into a new tax shopped there either. , bracket when they receive a Betty C. Roytzahn, paY increase greater than the "Sawmi11Farm" rate of inflation, The indexing 1508 Marker Road of tax brackets will begin in Middletown, Md., 21769 1985. A third important change in G the tax laws will entirely exampt most estates which , include family farnm or small businesses from paying any estate tax whatsoever and substanttially reduce the estate tax burden on the rest.