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2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1978 JEFFERSON COUNTY SCHOOL TAX 121S. Samuel St. Charles Town, W. Va. January ZT, 197B Mr. Max Brown, Editor Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Mr. Brown: As a long ago mathematics major, I cannot resist trying to correct almost everyone who has spoken or written about the proposed "13 percent increase" in the Jefferson County school tax. It is not 13 percent more; it is 13 percentage points more, which is an increase of only 6.95 percent. Here is the arithmetic. Basic school tax rate set by the state, 100 cents; the present Jefferson County excess levy, 87 cents; Total present tax, 187 cents; proposed increase of 13 centsdivided by 187 cents equals 0.0695187 or 6.95 percent. Some more arithmetic: the actual dollar amount of the proposed increase would be $5.90 a year on a $20,000 Class II residence in Jefferson County. Forty-five of West Virginia's 55 counties have an excess levy on the basic school tax and 31 of ese.are at 100 percent. Our county first approved an excess levy for the 1946 budget, at 87 percent. Then the voters ap- proved a raise to 100 percent for 1960, which continued through 1968, when the School Board itself initiated a return to 87 percent for 1969. Education is a service. The Bureau of Labor Statistics cost index for All Services rose from 1969 to 1975 by 46 percent. It surely would be reasonable for Jefferson County voters to give their good school system a 7 percent raise, come February 10th. Sincerely yours, Vincent Catozella ENJOYS THE PAPER 337 Darlington Rd. Media, Pa. January 24,1978 Dear Max: Just a personal note of ap- preciation that I thought might interest you. For this Christmas Leone and "Ham" gave us a subscription to your paper. A very thoughtty idea. This is the first chance we've had to ready dig into and enjoy it. The "Wild Wonderful W. Va." column, Thursday, January 19, ready struck home about the deep roots that still involve us partial expetriates. Believe me those roots are strong and compelling. Do you remember the Mr. Everhart who was our neighbor at Elmwood? When I was still of grammar school age he said to me: "Just look at the people who have moved away from Jef. ferson County; nearly all want to come back to us for their final resting place". Just as true now as it was 65 years ago. Your social and personal coverage is minute. We can follow the activities of all the. relatives and people we know down "home" there. Even those we haven't seen for maybe 50 years. Carrie and I had the pleasure of visiting "Miss Carrie" Strider last August. "Miss Carrie" introduced Carrie and me 57 years ago at the Strider home in Leetown, This is turning into a letter instead of a note so will stifle it for now and keep up with all of you in the Spirit-Advocate. George W. & Carrie (Clendoning) Bowers, Jr. 'FREE' MONEY Dear Sir: Are you the kind of person who wouldn't work under any cir. cumstances? If you are, I know of a job for you. Don't get frightened, this position doesn't mean work, it means being the official unemployed in Hondo, Texas. H. L. Richardson, of the California State Senate, reports that he saw in a newspaper this headline: "A town in Search of 180Loafers', At first he thought the town was looking for shoes, then learned the Story. Hondo has applied to EDA for some of the free federal money because it wants a civic center. It was turned down, the town's unemployment rate is 3 percent and should be 6 percent. Mayor Woodrow Glasscock wrote "if unemployment is what mu need to get Federal help, then I want to request from the Federal Employment Agen- cy...a list of people who won't work under any circumstances. We are proud people here with a proud heritage born of hard work and enterprise, and trying to get enough locals to quit work is out of the question. We will have to import the unem- ployed". With its customary inef- ficiency, the Federal govern- ment has not given help either to Hondo or to those who would like to be among the officially unemployed with no harrassment to go to work. Senator Richardson points out that Hondo is among the many "victims of the seductive nature of public spending. Fatherless families receive more money under Aid to Dependent Children, encouraging fathers to desert. An elderly couple receives more money under social security as two singles than as a married couple, encouraging them not to marry. Cities offering the most welfare benefits attract the most welfare recipients. Moreover, he says, "The combination of unemployment compensation, food stamps, and other welfare payments can make working just plain 'uneconomical'." In addition, all that govern- ment spending brings more and more control. He concludes by saying, "We face a record Federal budget today. We should realize that no amount of 'reorganizing the government' can change the nature of public spending -- we will always be subject to the rules and restrictions of the programs..." Restrictions, meaning that a town like Hondo, where the citizens have the proud heritage of the work ethic, must import unemployed to satisfy the Federal vernment. Perhaps it would he better to stop giving "free" money. Lela Gardner SUNDAY RACING Charles Town, W. Va. January 22, 1978 Mr. Max Brown Editor, Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Mr. Brown: I would like to go on record as opposing the resolution of the Local Union of Mutuel Clerks to place Sunday horse racing before the public in a referen- dum. It seems to me that the sentiment of the citizens of this county as individuals and organizations in the past as expressed to our legislators has been strong enough against Sunday horse racing without going through the form of a referendum. It is not good to depend too much on gambling money for revenue and it is a misuse of Sunday to take this day for this type of recreation. Patty A. Mitchell SPECIAL LEVY ELECTIONS Shepherdstown, W. Va. January 21, 1978 Mr. Max Brown Editor Spirit of Jefferson Dear Sir: In the past Speciai Levy Elections, I was surprised to find that more than forty percent of the voting public saw no reason to support the Special Levy. If the citizens of Jefferson County would have viewed the situation objectively and also kept in mind the long range benefits of our educational system, the one hundred percent Special Levy would have passed easily. As most people know, the amount of taxes we pay is based on the assessment of our land and property. The assessment of land increases along with in- flation, but the assessment of our property increases only when the house, or whatever, is sold. This means our tax revenue has not kept up with the spiraling inflation, and the school system cannot operate efficiently. In addition, our county's schools must now finance certain programs -- such as a free textbook program for all students who qualify for free lunches and an equal op- portunities program for the handicapped -- in accord with demands made by the federal government An increase in the Special Levy would help our schools meet their needs. Often times we hear, in op- posRion to a Special Levy in- crease, the complaint that if money were budgeted more wisely, a tax increase would he unnecessary. Perhaps the money could be budgeted better; but, even if it were, there would still be a demand for a tax in- crease to support our schools. My reasons for this are simple. Jefferson County, even though our Special Levy is the eleventh highest in West Virginia, provides less tax dollars per student than the average county in our state. This is partly due to the fact that the Special Levy! accounts for only a small part of our total taxes. Even though we provide less dollars per student, the cost of living in Jefferson County is higher than much of the rest of the state due to our closeness to metropolitan areas. It would only seem fair that we should make a small increase in tax rates to help insure quality education. This cannot be done when we supply our schools with less dollars per student which are worth less than in other areas of the state. In the future, I hope the residents of this good county will take a little more time before voting to consider the benefits rather than burdens of a tax increase. Sincerely, David Jesepbs AWARDS Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Baltimore, Md. Good Morning, Max: If you win anymore awards your walls will certainly come tumbling down. Your promotion ad is a nice ad and very ira. pressive. I think more publishers should toot their own horns on this sort of thing to let their readers know of their success. Things have been going :well with,meand I occasionally hear from Dixie Kilham, er- stwhile hotel-operator of Har- pers Ferry. Best regards, Ray Hamby, Press Assoc. Dear Mr. Brown: I I I I I Jill I I Ill III II III I News Of Other Years I I 10 -- YEARS AGO -- 10 William Benton Blackford, superintendent of the Halltown Paperboard Company, serves as chairman of the Jefferson County Chapter of the American Red Cross for 1968, announced by the chapter chairman, Mrs. J. D. Yowell. Allen R. Marshall is named to the newly created position of vice president and sales manager of Powhatan Brass and Iron Works, announced by R. W. McWatters, president of Powhatan. Announcement is made by Clayde E. Smith, Jr., of the Smith-Nadenbousch Insurance, Inc., of the appointment of Donald R. Wean, as the manager of the Charles Town office, which was formerly the H. S. Clapper, Jr., general insurance agency and location in the Hilldale Shopping Center in Charles Town. Announcement is made by Jack R. Huyett, executive vice president and cashier of the Blakeley Bank and Trust Company, Ranson, that the bank has purchased the Charles Washington Shopping Center properties. At a meeting of the Beard of Directors of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, George Vickers, co-owner of the West End Gulf Station, is named believe that future energy supplies would be provided by nuclear power. NEP indicates that the environmental and safety costs of nuclear power are too high and calls for a ban on its use. The NEC stated, "As long as 14 percent of black people are unemployed, and as long as the earnings gap between black and white Americans continues to widen and as long as a majority of black Americans continue to face a constant struggle to attain even the basic necessities of life, our first priority must be the attainment of economi c parity for black Americans". NEC advocates use of nuclear power, saying, "Nuclear power, including the nuclear breeder, must be vigorously pursued because it will be an essential part of the total fuel mix to sustain an expanding economy". In other words, nuclear power means jobs. The National Energy Plan, advocated by Carter, sho01d he rejected by ALL Americans. Because what is bad for black manager of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce to succeed Brooke Blackford, who resigned the post on January I. DEATHS: Mr. Frank H. Merchant, 79, of Shepherdstown, dies in Baker V.A. Center, where he had been a patient for several days; Mr. Charles E. Phillips, 81, formerly of Charles Town, dies in Washington, D.C.; Mr. Edward Garrison Abel, 59, of Neersville, Va., dies in the National Institute of Health, in Bethesda, Md., after a long illness; Mrs. Agnes Marie Little, 59, of Hagerstown, Md., dies in the Western Maryland State Hospital; Mrs. Harry :'Elizabeth" Null, 55, of Perrine, Fla., dies at her home following an extended illness; Mrs. Alice Morris Elmore, 70, a retired government clerk,dies at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.; Mr. Kenneth "Sparky" Weaver, 60, of Bakerton, dies in King's Daughters Hospital in Mar- tinsburg, following a short illness; Mrs. John "Elsie" Jones, 77, of Uvllla, dies unex- pectedly in the Charles Town Hospital; Mrs. Clarence "Anna" Kirby, 75, dies at Union Memorial Hospital, after a long illness; Mrs. A. Vernon "Ber- tha" Gamey, 84, dies in the local hospital; Jennifer Totten, infant daughter of William E. and Caroline Hart Totten, of Charles Town, dies in the local hospital, following birth. Mrs. Lena Knight, of Charles Town, is the lucky winner of a 5- minute shopping spree at the Acme Market. MARRIED: .Bonnie Carol Bond, of Ranson, and Lance Corp. Kenneth Allen Plotner, of Cahrles Town, are married January 16 in the Calvary Temple in Williamsport, Md. Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Anders are the guests of honor at a 40th wedding anniversary party given by their children at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Marshall Hoggh, of Jefferson Village. Miss Susan Viands, a senior at Harpers Ferry High School, is named the 1968 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow for that school. The Charles Town High wrestling team, coached by Eugene Piscitelli, has an easy 46-6 victory over the Loudoun Valley High matmen of Pur- cellville, Va. Charles Town High School's undefeated Varsity and Junior The National Energy Con- ference 'NEC' of the NAACP wants U.S. energy freed of governmental restrictions, the tax on fuel eliminated, and people considered before the environment, according to an expert of a report of that organization in the "Review of the News". The rising costs of primary fuels are eroding the gains made by black Americans during the 1960's during a period of Americans is bad for ALL Americans. Moreover, it is bad for ALL Americans to have any Americans faced with "a con- stunt struggle to attain even the basic necessities". Lela Gardner SUNDAY RACING 801 Morison St. Charles Town, W. Va. January 30, 1970 Mr. Max Brown Editor economic expansion. There is direct correlation between the level of economic activity and availability of energy. The National Energy Plan 'NEP' advocated by Carter emphasizes conservation and reduction of growth of total energy demand and con- sumption, assuming that soon all primary fuels except coal will be used up and nothing can he done to increase or maintain existing production rates for oil and natural gas. NEC feels that an approach to supply expansion and development of new sources of energy should be followed, using all alternative energy resources, solar, geothermal, hiomas, tidal, oil shale and synthetic fuels from coal. And nuclear energy including the nuclear breeder. It agrees that waste should be eliminated but does not agree with the philosophy of dividing shortages. It considerp the aspects of NEP which 'would perpetuate price controls on newly discovered oil and gas a Spirit of Jefferson N. George St. Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Max: I read the article in the local newspaper with much interest and concern about Sunday racing. My next statement is that I am opposed to Sunday racing. My reasons follow: I have never read in any newspaper where the race tracks have lost money. If my memory is correct, the two race tracks here at Charles Town were purchased recently for quite a few million dollars. I am not acquainted with any of the new people that have purchased the tracks, but I feel sure they are intelligent men to have made such an investment and did not in any way look forward to losing money. I don't classify myself as intelligent, but by the same token I am not so stupid as to buy the said story that the race tracks will go broke if Sunday racing is not permitted. I also read that if Sunday racing is allowed, the employees Varsity cage teams breeze to victories on their home court, with the Panther Jayvee$ trouncing the Shepherdstown Jayvees by a #13-13 score, and the Panther Varsity rolling over the Cardinal Varsity by a 97-55 score. The Harpers Ferry High Tigers drop a 77-75 Bi-State Conference decision to the Berkeley Springs High Indians. The Charles Town High Panthers roll to an 80-58 decision over the Londoun Valley cagers; and the Panther Jayvee team wins over the Leudoun Valley Jayveeswith an 81-21 score in the preliminary game. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Webb, of Ellicott City, Md., celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house. 20 --YEARS AGO -- 20 Mrs. Rolfe Hayes and Mrs. iam Perry are named co- drmen of the Heart Fund "ire. DEATHS: J. O. Cullison, Dean Jf the Faculty of Shepherd i College since February of 1957, dies unexpectedly in King's Daughters Hospital in Mar- tinsburg; Dr. Clay" Whitehill Lepe, 72, prominent Charles Town dentist; Dr. Joseph Washington Harden, 82, a vet of the Leetown area, dies in the Charles Town hospital; Mrs. Margaret "Peggy" O'Bannon 32, Bolivar, dies at the Charles Town hospital; Mrs. Ella Blanche Lloyd, 71, dies in the Leesburg Nursing Home; Edgar Duvall Bromley, 70, a native of inclmpatable with'the need for new supply development. Prohib!tions for industrial use of oil and natural gas will force the closing of many job. producing industries in urban areas and cause industries to shift away from areas where most black people live. The taxes proposed by the NEP will have the effect of in- creasing the cost of oil, natural gas and gasoline with the pur- pose of discouraging further use, although the cost of energy has will not be required to work on Clarke County, dies Sunday if they do not wish. I Emergency Hospital wonder if there are too many businesses that operate in this fashion, one crew to work Monday through Saturday and another crew to work on Sunday. My family does not patronize the race tracks but we do use the streets and highways that are jammed with traffic. It would be nice if we could still take Sunday drive in the future without all the traffic. My final statement is if the in in Washington, D.C.; William %rshall Rush, 92 year old rmer of Shepherdstown, dies the home of his sister-in-law, iss Sally Jones in Shepherd- stown. Sandra Slonaker of Musselman High School is the winner of the annual cherry pie already gone so high that use is race tracks will only survive by discouraged by the people having races on Sunday, maybe represented by the NAACP. they should close. The NEC states that for many Sincerely, years people had been led to W.GlennRamsburg a baking contest. 30 -- YEARS AGO -- 30 DEATHS: Mrs. Ella R. Easterday, dies at home of her daughter, Mrs. Fexanna Nicewarner in Rockville, Md.; Lewis N. Glarer, of Berryville, Va., a postmaster, is found dead in his room; Herman L. Willis is Editorials / Opinions / Columns / West Virginia's- Award Winning NewsF MAX BROWN--EdRor DON RENTCH--News Sign Your. Name To Your Letters. This morning we received a letter to the editor, signed merely, "A Taxpayer, Thank You". We must ask again, and again that you sign your name to any letter to the editor you send to this newspaper. We cannot publish any letter unless we know the name of the writer. We could never understand as long as we have been in the newspaper business as to why anyone who would take the time to write a letter to the editor and then be ashamed to sign his name to it. We do not, and will not, if the writer demands it, publish the name along with the letter, but we MUST have the signature as a matter of record here in our office as to who wrote the letter, as well as where it came from. Please take time to write your letters to us, but also please take the time to sign them...Our thanks, County 4.H Clul00, To Pa__00cipate In Energy Contest Fourteen Jefferson County4-H Clubs will be participating in the Jefferson County Youth Energy Conservation Contest. Clubs that were represented at an oeien- ration session were: Rumsey Climbers, Shenandoah, Bullskin Happy Workers, Wise Owl, Happy Hearts, Rippon Go- Getters, Evergreen, Dolly Madison, Middleway Climbers, Eager Beavers and Sunrise Neighborhood 4-H Clubs. The Ridge Runners, Happy H'ers and Leetown Busy Workers 4-H Clubs will also be participating in the contest. Each club will complete a projest that will promote wise use of energy resources as well as to save energy dollars. Each 4-H Club will be working on their projects during this Spring and Summer, and the projects will be completed by Aug. 1. The winning club will receive $100; second place $75; and third place $50. Each club that completes a project will receive $10. Prize money is being provided by Charles Town Turf Club and Shenandoah Downs, Inc. WVUResearchers ke IHolding Interviews Representatives from the Office of Research and Development of West Virginia University, are now in the process of conducting interviews with selected persons who are participating and-or who are eligible to participate in the Transportation Renumeration Incentive Program 'TRIP' in West Virginia. Persons are being contacted via phone for their personal views about the program, their travel activities, access to use of the various modes of private and public transportation and their attitudes toward TRIP. Persons called are advised that all in- formation provided will be kept in confidence. __ ill I fatally injured when he is knocked from the top of a box car between two moving cars in Washington, D.C. MARRIED: Miss Nellie Virginia Barley and Mr. Jimmy L. Clark, of San Antonio, Texas; Evelyn Louise Anders and William Eugene Benhm. Mr. and Mrs. Herman Bush of Ranson, celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. The new plant of Varel Mills Inc., at Middleway, is expected to be completed for operation late this year. SO --YEARS AGO -- SO MARRIED: Miss Louise Riddleberger and William G. Pringle, both of Charles Town Miss Alice Hume Cooke and Frank Lloyd Yates, of the Bloomery; Miss Lorna May Schull, Charles Town, and Bernard L. Feete, of Brunswick, Md. 70 -- YEARS AGO -- 70 DEATHS: Mrs. Mary Baumgardner dies at the home of her son-in-law, James W. Ott in Halltown; Robert B. Helm, a native of Leetown, dies in Roanoke, Va. George R. Crim We printed with regret in last week's Spirit of Jefferson, an Crim, prominent Jefferson County fruit county commissioner for the past 18 years, will not seek re-election to the Jefferson Commission as a Commissioner from the District. And while Mr. Crim's capable and guidance in running the county's ody will be missed, we can understand tance to continue in his present capacity. George, as he is most often of friends and acquaintances he has gained in this county, but this section and area, long period of public service, has served munity and this county long and well as a commissioner. His long tenure of service has most part, especially in the more recent thankless job, with not much pay for the hours and responsibilities involved. When George first became a part of governing body, he regarded it as a hi pleasure to represent not only the Kabletown District, but also the entire today, with the Federal and State having intruded more and more into the the county governmental affairs, along demand for more and better services by public, George feels the job has become consuming and is filled with too much many avenues. Thus, his decision to bow ou{ life and spend more of his evening hours in Summit Point with his wife. We, at this newspaper, have known and George for many years, for his good commOS and his sincere efforts to give all the ferson County, good, clean and efficient at the least possible cost. We have always George, along with other current members County Commission, as well as some who their county long in the past, had a feel knowledge of our county and the real people. We realize that neither Mr. Crim, members of the Commission, past and satisfied all the people of the county all :we are certain his successor: will aot We feel that in the 18 years he has County as a member of its done his best to be honest and fair in all mission decisions and that his decisions his way of thinking to thebest people of the Kabletown district, but for all Countians. He did, we believe, what he best for all of Jefferson County in county government. What more can be public servant. Once again, we say George has decided to retire. He has credit to the County Commission, as was long-time Commission buddies Charlie before him, over these many past 18 been a strong force in giving Jefferson people the progressive and operation it now has. for his long tenure of thankless service county, but also for announcing his decision in time so that other capable file for the office. wild, wonderful By Dr. James Moler , Let's take a look at Governor more. Rockefeller's tax proposals. If As a part these proposals are made into Governor law by the Legislature, most of to take $78 us will be paying more taxes revenue to next year than we have paid in service; that this current administrative monthly year. The total request for new bonds. taxes amounts to $59 million. A Persons 65 tax relief of $7.8 million will be older who provided for the low income elderly. 20 percent First is a proposed increase and gas utility from the current 81/ cents on a $100. A gallon of gasoline to 11 cents or elderly will be an additional 2% cents. This 2% state income t(" cents increase is projected to bring in $23 million additional for roads, relief would The next proposal will in-ptility crease the cost of license plates the tax they by 15 percent, equal the al Thirdly, he proposes to in- Persons who crease the tax on cigarettes by 5 retirement a re cents a pack from the current 12 from cents to 17 cents per pack It is estimated that this increase will give the same produce $12.1 million, income Exported electricity comes in income for an increase in Business and The Occupation tax by $2.00 per $100 by Governor raising it from the current 88 one billion cents per $1oo adding $12.6 million to our budget. $841,440.4. Other measures include money tightening of tax credit for in- dustry by redefining new in- dustry and to require monthly the payment of Business and Oc cupation taxes by measures that owe $3,000 per quarter or governor,