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2_ SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16,197 .____.__ ITimothy P. Champion I a(monaisltq]nons II Name For Technical 'Training Sheppard AFB Sunday Racing Referendum A bill authorizing a public referendum on whether Jefferson County will have Sunday horse racing in the future was introduced in the house of delegates of the West Virginia legislature Monday by Mrs. Bianca James, of Charles Town, representative of this 36th District which covers all of Jefferson County but the Shepherdstown District. The bill, titled 1582 -- calls for a local option election in counties having Horse and Dog Racing to determine whether they desire to have Sunday racing. The bill provides for the Jefferson County Com- mission to place the Sunday Racing question to all the voters of Jefferson County, possibly as early as this November. Officials of the Charles Town race tracks have for some time been saying that they have to have Sunday Racing in order to compete with other thoroughbred racing interests in the adjoining states of Maryland and Pennsylvania. And they have been in Charleston since the opening of the current term of the legislature trying to line up support for a bill which would put the issue squarely up to the voters of Jef. ferson County. While this editorial is not meant in any way as an endorsement of Sunday racing for Jefferson County, we, like many other residents of the county, even some who are decidedly opposed to Sunday racing, feel that a referendum by the people of who are the most concerned and effected by the issue, is the best way for such a decision to be made. We feel, on this issue, and in fact on other issues of such vital concern to so many people, that the people most vitally ef- fected, should make the decision on the matter. We feel if the Sunday racing issue is put fairly, squarely and easily understandable before the people of Jef- ferson County, they alone will make a determination once and for all, and the issue will then not be con- flnually taking up the time of our state legislators every time the state legislature convenes. With a county-wide referendum on the issue, all those opposed to Sunday racing will have an equal and fair opportunity to express their sentiments and not just a few who are able to make the long trek of some 325 miles to Charleston. And by the same token the proponents of the measure will be able to do the same thing in a much less time-consuming, more efficient and less costly manner. We have always been a firm believer in having local people decide local issues which effect them so vitally, rather than having them decided in the legislature in Charleston or Washington, D.C. Birthday Sales Event Once each year around this time, local merchants sponsor a big event, George Washington Birthday Sales, when they put on sale some of the best values in merchandise they have. The sale begins Thursday and runs through Monday. Our merchants have put iv considerable time in planning for this annual event and it is hoped that local citizens as well as those from neighboring sections, will take advantage of the values offered in Charles Town this weekend. The Cost Of Counting The 1980 census is still two years away, but already some members of Congress are warning that the price tag may he more than $1 billion, five times as expensive as the 1970 count. One problem is that the .questionnaires being prepared are too long and complicated and ask questions that many people consider none of the government's business. All that tends to turn people off, with the result that they simply don't bother to send back the forms. If they don't, it means expensive follow-up work. In a 1976 census trial run in Camden, New Jersey, 50 percent of the residents failed to complete the forms. Your Duties With your rights as a citizen of the United States of America go individual responsibilities. E, cry citizen shares them. Only by fulfilling our whole duty as responsible citizens can we strengthen our country and its institutions. Your duties as a citizen include: The duty to respect, obey, and uphold the laws. The duty to be informed on issues of government and community affairs. The duty to vote in elections. The duty to practice and teach the principles of good citizenship in your home. The duty to serve on juries if called. The duty to support agencies of law enforcement. The duty to honor the rights of others. The duty of allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America and to work for its bet- terment and continuation. %- %- -" %%-_-.:" SPIRIT Of JEFFERSON Former'g ADVOCATE ESTABLISHED 111414 MAX BROWN DON RENTCH EDITOR.PUBLISHER NEWS EDITOR Published Every Week At The Offices Of The JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO., INC. 210 North George Street CHARLES TOWN, W. VA, 2S414 Subscription Price: $7.50 Per Year Second Class Postage At U. S. Post Office CHARLES TOWN, W. VA. 25414 Changes of Address, Undeliverable Copies, Orders for Subscriptions aMl Other Mail Items Are To Be Sent To: P. O. BOX 231 CHARLES TOWN. W. VA. 25414 C..%.A.'..%%%-..%%%-. TIMOTHY P. CHAMPION SAN ANTONIO -- Airman Timothy T. Champion, son of retired .U.S. Army Colonel and Mrs. Clarence P. Champion, of 118 N. Lawrence Street, Charles Town, has been selected for technical training at Sheppard AFB, Tex., in the Air Force aircraft maintenance field. The airman recently com- )leted basic training at Lackland AFB, Tex., and studied the Air Force Mission, organization and customs and received special instruction in human relations. Completion of this training earned the in- dividual credits towards an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Airman Champion is a 1974 graduate of Suitland, Md., High School. His wife Cathy, is the daughter of Mr. and mrs. An- drew Zeiders, of 120 E. Wall's Lane, Morning Side, Md. Arnold Jenkins Has Retired From Moler Plant After 39 Years ARNOLD JENKINS MILLVILLE-- Harpers Ferry resident Arnold Jenkins has retired from U.S. Steel's Moler plant after close to 39 years of service with the limestone processing facility, announced by Philip Jimrusti, plant superintendent. A native of Chestnut Hill Jefferson County, Mr. Jenkins first joined the Moler plant in 1939 as a laborer. Advancing through a series of assignments, Mr. Jenkins held jobs as well driller, truck driver, patrolman, and conveyor and screen at- tendant. His most recent position was as a primary crusher operator. He is a member of Camp Hill Methodist Church. He and his wife, the former Louise Russell, have two children, David A.. a Moler employee, and Daniel L., both of Charles Town. 44t Counselor's, Workshop To Be Held March 10-12 SUNDAY RACING February 7, 1978 Mr. Max Brown Editor Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Mr. Brown: As voters in Jefferson County hear the reasons for and against Sunday racing, many thoughtful persons are searching for what is best for them and for the County. They may find some help in the words of a wise man years ago who said: "When faced with an important decision of conduct ask yourself what kind of a world it would be if everyone followed my exam- )leT' For instance, are you tempted to lie? Suppose everyone did! Are you inclined to cheat? What if everyone did! Were such conduct universal, civilization would fall apart. Most of us take for granted that we shall have one day a week -- Sunday -- as a day of rest when we do not have to work. We consider this a right. But with Sunday racing we are asked to embark on a course which if generally followed would destroy Sunday as a day of rest. Suppose all employers -- retail stores, banks, industries, professional people, government agencies -- required employees to labor on Sunday. Would we like that? No. But there is nothing in the Constitution to guarantee this day of rest. Only concerned! citizens can preserve it. Obviously in our type of society, a few who work for public utilities -- electric, telephone, etc. -- must labor on Sunday. But even utilities don't install new power lines or new phones on Sunday. In most cases is there really any justification for business operations on this special day? My father used to toss this question to me: "Robert, what will you propose to do on Sunday, force someone to work so that you may have fun?" Think it over. Sincerely, Robert H. Hiller ETHICS OF PARTY ..... February 8, 1978 To The Editor: Dear Sir: The meeting held at the County Court House on Tuesday, February 7, by the Jefferson County Democratic Association requiring "active participation" for one to become an office holder was questioned at Tuesday night's meeting, and although this regulation was not stricken from the adopted by- laws, motions from the floor seated officers that had not attended meetings in more than a year as well as those who become dues paying members during the course of the meeting on Tuesday night. It seems ironic that the organization holds no special interest nor basic purpose, for some, until the great "political scurry" is on. V. Manuel Charles Town SUNDAY RACING AND THE HORSEMEN P.O. Box 337 Ransoo, W. Va. February 7, 1978 Mr. Max Broken Editor Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Mr. Brown: Recently the membership of the Union of Mutual Clerks agreed to support the Race Track Operators in their quest to get a referendum presented to the voters of Jefferson County to determine if we should race on Sunday's. They agreed only after the Race Track Association stipulated that work on Sunday's would be optional and that the Mutual Clerks wouldn't lose any working hours. Most of these people were against Sunday racing primarily because they have daytime employment, and working at the race track is an opportunity to moonlight and to enhance their regular incomes. I don't really believe you people really understand the real issue involved here. This isn't just public opinion football to see who can kick the most points. It's a question of [economic survival of the hor -' semen. We are the people who need Sunday racing; not  so much the race track operators with the corporate diver- sffication they own. They will make a profit and the employees will receive their regular salaries evens:if the attendance declines and the mutual handle rises or falls. It's the horsemen - the people who buy and claim the horses - it is they who suffer the losses when these horses break down when they run on cast doubts upon the ethics of the frozen or unsafe track con- political party of which I am a ditions. We are also the ones who registered voter. While the president of the organization was out of town visiting a seriously ill family member, and at which time every pre-scheduled meeting of varied importance in Jefferson County was canceled due to inclement weather and icy road conditions, a group of local Democrats, the great majority of whom had not attended circulate $6,000,000 of revenue in the economy of Jefferson County. The horsemen have sold their homes in various parts of the country to settle here because welove it here and believe in the economy of the racing profession. It is the horsemen who have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in farm a land, homes, barns, pastures meeting in more than a year, and many of which were not dues paying members at the! time, met, made amendments and changes to the proposed by- laws then subsequently voted upon and adopted same, and held an "out of the blue", im- promptu election of officers. If such methods are representative of the and other related items necessary to maintain a stable of horses. We horsemen are' the ones who will rise or fall with Sunday racing or the lack of it. Most horsemen don't relish the thought of Sunday racing because keeping a .stable of horses is a seven day a week operation and Sunday is con. sidered a day of rest even for us. predominant political parties, But because in the last two then it is not too difficult to years, the mutual handle and understand the enigma as to why attendance have been declining the younger generation does not to the point where the purse bother to register and become structure is hardly enough to affiliated with either. It justifies ay the ever-increasing costa of .the reasoning as to why coun- maintaining a stable of horses, it tless registered voters ponder has become a case of economic If you're a Jefferson County 4- the idea of re-registering as survival for the horsemen. H leader who will be assisting Independents. It also explains Perhaps we need to explain with a 4-H camp this year, you the rationale behind the apathy something here. Most horsemen should plan to attend the State on the part of thousands of have no source of income other Camp Counselors' Workshop registered voters who never than what the horse earns when March 10-12 at Jackson's Mill trouble themselves going to the he runs. Unless he finishes in the The3-day session offers you a poles to cast a vote in any first six positions it costs the chance to participate in just one political election, horsemen for the jockey fee plus or in several creative craft classes. More than 20 classes are available, including classes on weaving, gingham plaques, air mobiles, quilting, marionette ducks, foot stools, and aeedlepoint. For additional information bout classes, pre-registration, and fees, contact Jim Staley, Jefferson County 4-H Agent, at personal contact with the coo- the County Ext. Office, in the stituency. The foremost function of ese the other usual expenses. It's political organizations should be true we received $6,000,000 in a medium by which party purse money last year, but when members can he kept informed you consider we paid the jockeys as to the activities, on all levels about $I,000,000, and the cost of of the adopted party, serve as an feed and expenses practically opportunity for membership to doubled, many horsemen went air and discuss personal views into the red. Sure, some her- on any given issue, and a means semen with large public stables for bringing the elective into showed a profit, but they are just a hand-full compared to the majority of us who own and train County Office Building, Charles Town, or call 725-6571. In Berkeley County, contact Ext. 4-H Agent, Joyce Harmon 263-3811. ON SOVIlZT BLq}GET A CIA study has revealed the Soviet Union spent about 40 per cent more on military power last year than the United States, investing three times as heavily in nuclear. armed strategic forces and 50 per cent more in conventional fighting might. Senate acts to pay losses in Tris ban. determined that the only way the horsemen.can survive is to race on Sundays. Why? Because that's when the people will already be here. It would provide our weekend visitors from out of state an opportunity to remain an extra day, and that's When the crowds are the largest. Traffic? Sure there'll be traffic but traffic is what it's all about. If we didn't have traffic we wouldn't have people, and without people we wouldn't have the commerce - all types. Surely 'ou can't blame the horsemen if the roads are not adequate to handle the traffic this area at- tracts. These roads have needed crews deserve a "thank you" from all Jefferson Countians. While I have pen in hand, I'd also like to express some thanks to Charles Towns' city clean-up crew. I heard some criticism on moving the snow to the middle of the streets "so a person could barely get through" they said. What these people don't realize is, what should they have done with the snow. Had the men plowed thru the streets all the snow would have been in the meter areas leaving NO ONE with a parking place. At least with snow in the middle of the road it added extra protection to the motorist for if they started to slide they had to hit the snow, not up-dating for the last 20 years; an on-coming vehicle. The perhaps this could be a way to I crews, as soon as possible, get all those plans off the[loaded the snow into dump drawing boards and on the[trucks and removed it. They ground so they could do all of us I proceeded then, to clean the some good! i meter areas. Sure, back streets I believe it's time the people of Jefferson County accept the horsemen as an integral part ot the economy and, like it or not, everyone is affected either directly or indirectly. Therefore, it's time we are recognized as such a part and given the sup- port ve need from everyone. Sincerely yours, Joseph S. Licata "THEY LEFT THE SCENE ! Perhaps I should begin by saying how many times the courts have meted out justice with wisdom and honor; and alse how glad I am to know the law enforcement officers are willing to sacrifice themselves for my protection. The exceptional makes the news. And my coo- science has urged me for weeks to report a 'deer' matter. Near Thanksgiving a good friend, returning from a long day at work, was face to face with a deer as he emerged from the Bakertoo underpass.. In- tending to 'brake' his car, he caught the accelerator. Over the bank upside down, but avoided killing the deer. Obviously the deer left the scene rejoicing and free - no r were terrible but again we can hardly blame the freezing ice that followed on the clean-up crew and ice has been net to impossible to budge due to dropping temperatures. If you people thought this towns streets were bad, you should have taken a liesure ride to Shepherdstown, where for a couple of day after the snow, the two main down. town streets weren't even plowed, or Martinsburg, where the situation was even worse! For the number of man-power and the amount of equipment on hand, they did an excellent job. That's right, Herbie McDaniel, you and I have had a little dif- ficulty in the past, but this is one time you and your men deserve a pat on the back. March will soon arrive. I sincerely hope it brings better weather, puts people back into their usual good spirits and warrants a healthy, growing, prosperous year for all in Jef- ferson County. Thank you, Kye Thatcher Kye's Hairstylista Charles Town, W. Va. PANAMA CANAL Charles Town, W. Va. February 12, 1978 Dear Mr. Brown, Recently a said he was senators who did treaties Panama constituents wanted, Now is the time know that getting tired of a actively the Canal despite stituents want. Byrd in Washington, fringe benefits, people of West Jennings running 9 to I away the does not bother letters, Virginia G. Walter Hibler, It is up to tb Virginia to :that he is su us and our means he must actively and actively our Canal. Now is the time flow of letters should number, Byrd wuld think treaties had Democrats alike are opposed the Canal $80 million of money and of when it defense. If a brick Byrd to get there be a form of mail. see communists powers of of the canal? , communists control of it. I understand sets of locks i penalty. My friend also left the sm$ scene, in a daze, and has yet to Mr. Max Brown Editor own power, learn how he got the two miles be towed. home. His mind.was first clear Spirit of Jefferson when he was awakened for work Dear Max, next morning. His car was duly In regard to the issue today of in 1936. The extricated and a report made of our giving away the Panama dustry depends the accident. He was then Canal I feel this is unwise. So far ship all of the U.S. and Panama have been the notified to appear, at which time worked peacefully over the the canal. the State Police issued him a If the U.S. citation for Leaving the Scene of canal. Why make a change now? an Accident! This was bad old treaty which became down the Panama enough butthis was compounded unpopular with Panama has, I may of course( when the magistrate imposed .understand, been supplemented the automatic standard fee - by a new treaty under Mr. Henry of co Jr., e, we ( War, h )wev $50.00. He pays this plus the Kissinger. The U.S. was able to things worse n great expense of car repair, defend the canal during World This is not ,i while the 'culprit' causing the War II, why wouldn't we be able God's land! to defend it during another war, if, God forbid, one comes? Should we give back the Louisiana purchase to France? Or the thirteen original colonies to England? Clearly, it seems to me, if the better to Soviet Union ever did get control since theY of the canal the results would per cent surely be disasterous. Can one anyhow. accident not only "left the scene of the accident" but paid only the momentary fear for his penalty. This became a part of the frequent practice of the offender going free and offended being penalized - one of those peculiar 'rights' cases. My friend pays taxes aplenty for his rights and then pays an exhorbitant penalty for being compassionate. In my estimation, the State Policeman and the Magistrate should come up with a $25.00 refund each, accompanied by an abject apology. Pop Wheeler Harpers Ferry. THANKS ROAD CREWS The comments made by our own horses. County Commissioner Crim and Last year the State the County Co[mission.meeting Legislature passed a law in. on Thursday, February 9 in creasing the horsemen's share regard to qualifications for of the mutual handle from members serving on the plan- certain races like the Jack Pot ning boardthat those members race. Soon thereafter the "should be people who attend Federal Government passed a my proper rest at nlght while the! meetings regularly", was more law requiring the winner to pay, snow plows were working all' Jefferson Co., W. Va. Mr. Max Brown Editor Spirit of Jefferson Dear Mr. Brown: I'd like to take a few lines of your column to personally thank the State Road Crews of Jef- ferson County. It has been several years since our county has seen, enjoyed, or dreaded this much snow ! Our road crews have worked more or less around the clock for almost a month now and I believe they deserve some recognition for their effort to keep our roads passable so most of us could get to and from work, grocery stores, doctors, etc. Our county has grown vastly in the last couple of years, thus meaning more traffic on or roads, or for that matter, even more roads. I reside in Shepherdstown, own and manage Kye's Hair- stylists in Charles Town so it is pertinent to me to he able to get there daily. I managed every day to open my business and get night so people like myself could get to their place of employment the following day. They not only kept the roads passable thru one storm, but a sequence of snow storms including downpouring rains which left us with high water roads, and last but not least, lots of ICE! Taking into consideration of the weather conditions, the snow removal than interesting, at the track, 20 percent, of his A regulation in the by-laws of ' winnings over $I,000. The net the Jefferson County effect of this law nullified the Democratic Association benefits we received from the requiring that "all members of State. Add to this the bad the association who have been a weather conditions we have member of and an active par. experienced the last two win- ticipant in the association for six ters, and as a direct result a months shall be qualified to decline in attendance, especially serve as officers". The edict in the early part of the week. As a the by-laws of the association consequence, it has been News Of Other 10 -- YEARS AGO -- 10 Winchester W. A. Wilcox, Jr., of Summit The ?oint, is named county Chair- the man for the 1968 general and 89-44 special financial membership this, Boy Scout drive in Jefferson County. ther The Shepherdstown Men's win Club elect Henry M. Snyder, Jr., a prominent businessman hanker, churchman and civic leader, of Shepherdstown, as their new president. Ronald Tennant, 14, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Tennant, of Mrs. Shepherdstown, ioseshis left eye for as the result of an accidental shooting while riding in the family car. the Clyde R. Hitt, of Second Avenue, Ransou, retires from Powhatan Brass and Iron Works, Inc., after 11 years as a night watchman. DEATHS: Alvin Vernon "Chick" Gamey, 90, of Charles Town, one of Charles Town's and Jefferson County's best-known personalities, dies in the Charles Town Hospital, where he had been a patient only one day; Pet. 1st Class Wayne D. Boyer, 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Boyer, of Shepherdstown, is killed in action in Vietnam on February 6; W. Roy Griffith, 62, of Fairmont, W. Va., dies in the Fairmont General Hospital, following a short illness; Mrs. Charles "Anna Jane" Mobley, 75, of RFD 2, Harpers Ferry, dies unexpectedly in the Charles Town Hospital; Mrs. Alberta Florence Willis, 76, of Charles Town, dies unexpectedly in the Charles Town Hospital; Mrs. Bertha Estelle FeRner, 80, of Charles Town, dies in the