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2 SPIRITOF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 1978 The Perennial Blizzard WO/ Government paperwork Is an old joke that has gone stale. It became less funny when, because of the enormous growth in government, it began to touch more and more of our lives, and got positively grim when its cost soared $I00 billion a year -- $500 for every man, woman and child in this country. Along with the growing mountain of paper has gone a nagging suspicion that much of it, perhaps most of it, was unnecessary. A recent report of the Federal Paperwork Com- mission confirmed this suspicion. This study group, which recently made its recommendations then went out of business, found that a "substantial portion" of the $I00 billion cost to government, business and individuals was unnecessary because of duplication, poor planning and excessive bureaucratic zeal. The commission identified three elements of the paperwork problem: The economic burden, reflected in costs of administration and compliance; the psychological burden, including the frustration of wrestling with complicated forms and anxiety over penalties for inadvertent errors; and a "cumulative" burden, when many different agencies made Official Publication of Jefferson County -- Established 1844 -- EDITORIALS / OPINIONS MAX BROWN. Editor DON RENTCH - News Editor Flying High Figures published in the Congressional Record say the federal government spends $2.7 billion on travel costs, with many officials routinely traveling first class. In addition, many government agencies maintain their own fleets of small executive aircraft. They range from two planes used by Transportation Department and Coast Guard officials to the 72-plane fleet maintained by the Federal Aviation Ad- i ministration at a cost of $23 million a year. The Price Of Pollution Pollution is expensive. Preliminary figures indicate that U.S. industry spent $9.76 billion in 1977 for air, water and solid waste pollution control, a 14 percent increase over 1976. But that's only a part of the story. It is estimated by the McGraw-Hill pollution survey that it would cost $29.2 billion to bring all of U.S, business' existing facilities up to present government pollution control standards. In the end everyone pays the bill, throug h higher taxes and higher prices for products. Rt. 1, Box 314 Old Cave Road Charles Town, W. Va, Feb. 17, 1978 Mr. Max Brown Editor Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Ya. Dear Mr. Brown: r During the past year, two animals, a hog and a blind sow, died in the barn at Cave Quarter Estates, Old Cave Road, Charles Town, belonging to Russell B. Roper, This starving sow whic h demands for information on one business or in- dividual. We would add a fourth element, or result, of i paperwork'--growing disOnchantment with a prying deteriorated t largely skin and government, hones died during the week of Only government can clean up its paperwork act. February 6, 1978, and to date has not been buried or removed from The Paperwork Commission has pointed the way, urging changes that would save more than $10 billion. Congress and the administration should pick the best and implement them. Ill I I I II I I the barn. This sow, which once weighed over 400 pounds when left to openly roam on the farm and could rout for food, severely lost weight when it was penned in the barn and became dependent upon the owner for care, food and water. The enclosed letter was written to the owner on March 8, 1977, after repeated efforts were made by me to appeal for the proper care of this animal. Sincerely, Carl J. Beyeler CITIES REVENUES FROM SUNDAY RACING February 24, 1978 To the Editor Dear Sir: I am a native of Jefferson County and have lived in the area most of my life except for a number of years while employed in the state of Maryland. I recall, very distinctly, when the County of Jefferson, in the 1930's, was so economically impoverished the county government was unable to meet the payroll of its school teachers. When the race track in Charles Town began to operate under the management of A. J. Boyle, school teachers were the first to News Of Other Years ..... I 1 10 -- YEARS AGO --10 the V.A. Center near Mar- Announcement is made of the tinsburg. :esignation of J. Strider Moler, Miss Margaret Rose Orndorff, resident and general manager daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John )f the WXVA Broadcasting Orndorff, of Shepherdstown, is orp.; he had been associated selected as the princess ith the company since January representing the W. Va. Hor- ticultural Society in the annual Apple Blossom Festival held in Winchester, Va. The Charles Town High Panthers blast the Petersburg High Vikings by an 87-67 score in the opening round of the Class- AA, Section 3, Region 2 tour- nament before an overflow crowd in the Musselman High gym. The Martinsburg Bulldogs 1962. Jackson-Perks Post No. 71, Charles Town American Legion, is honored with visits from John A. Jones, of Weirton, W. Va., West Virginia Department Commander of the American Legion; Department Adjutant tommy Jones, and Department Vice-Commander Paul Huff, of Martinsburg. Mr. Howard N. Clendening, of Charles Town, is one of two area score a decisive 79-51 victory men according high honors at against the Hampshire County the biennial session of the Trojans in the opening round of Supreme Council of the 33rd the Class-AAA, Section2, Region 2 play on the Shepherd College hardwoods, The Harpers Ferry High Tigers wind up their 1967-68 season with an exciting 88-79 Bi- State Conference victory over the Williamsport, Md., Wildcats. The Kastle Ladies bowling team of Charles Town, score a 3- 0 victory over the B&O Jettes in the Brunswick Major Bowling League. The Shepherdstown High Cardinals go down to a 72-59 Bi- State Conference defeat to the Musselman High Applemen. Shepherd College students Lynda Vaughn, a junior, of Shepherdstown, and Michael Welshns, a junior, of Mar- tinsburg, are named by Dr. O. S. Ikenberry, president of Degree, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite .Freemasonry for the Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A., at the House of Temple in Washington. DEATHS: Mrs. Lacey Marie Haines, 57, of Martinsburg; Mrs. Luther "Mary Pearl!' Gilbert, 73, of Kearneysville, dies in King's Daughters Hospital, where she had been a patient for 11 weeks; William Franklin Fox, 54, of Winchester, Va., dies at his home; Mr. Austin Reece Engle, 68, of Baltimore, Md., died in Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, following a short illness; Miss Alice Virginia Mock, 72, well-known resident of Charles Town, dies in the Charles Town General Hospital, following an illness of nine days; Kenneth Millard Mills, Jr., one- Shepherd College, to represent day-old son of Kenneth M. and Shepherd in the State Youth Judith Elaine Shirley Mills, dies Commission being formed by Gov. Hulett Smith. Paul Kimes, of Jefferson County, an ardent enthusiast of auto racing, scores a victory in Waynesboro, Va., in his first racing competition; he finishes third in the in-stock class competition, winning a trophy. 20 -- YEARS AGO -- 20 Mr. and Mrs. Guy T. Morison, of Shepherdstown, celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at a reception given by their son- and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. William L. Knott. DEATHS: Mrs. Lee Osbourn in the Charles Town hospital; Mr. Philip Prosser Nelson, 85, prominent retired industrialist and active churchman and civic leader of Charles Town, dies in the Charles Town hospital, following a long illness; Mrs. Naomi Henrietta Cooper, 52, of Charles Town, is pronounced death on arrival at the Charles Town hospital, after being stricken at her home; Mr. John Thomas Walker, 73, of Ranson, and a retired laborer of the Standard Lime and Cement quarry in Martinsburg, dies at dies at her home in Middleway; A. Wells Stump, a commissioner of records of New York City and a former resident of Jefferson County, dies in St. Vincents Hospital in New York; Mrs. Mary Jane Trussell Sumpter, 65, Two recent events provided the people of this county with great pleasure. "The Diary of Anne Frank" at the Old Opera House was a fine production by an amateur - semi-professional group as any I have ever seen. The Perrones were great, as always. The young girl who played Anne, Dana McAlister, is a person from whom much will be heard in the future and we will all be able to say: "We saw her when". The supporting Cast members were all excellent. This play required a great deal more of its supporting cast than most plays do. The subject matter has to be handled with both delicacy and compassion for all members of the Society that suffered so much, old as well as young, all types and walks of life. To say that each member of the cast did an outstanding job, despite even a few cases of flu during their portrayal, is to pat it mildly. They did an outstanding job that would be hard to duplicate any place else. Including some towns larger than ours where the facilities are not used to the fullest. The state setting alone made the price of the tickets worthwhile. It was just mar- velous in every detail. The Shepherd College benefit from the taxes received Creative Arts - Lecture Forum from the track and teachers Committee is also to be com- began to receive regular pay checks. Today, forty years later, the race tracks are still the leading industry in the county. The citizens cannot afford to lose the income nor the tax revenue from the local tracks. If Sunday racing should be the salvation of these incomes and tax revenues, then so be it. J. G. Whittington Middleway C|TES FIIRES Editor .Spirit of Jefferson Dear Max: I hope that you can find roo to publish the following letter Three strikes and your out at the ole ball game. That's right and as far as ] know that has been the rule for a long time. I say that the citizens of Jefferson County have had ouz batter strike out three times without moving the bat from his shoulder. First, we depended upon ouz County Commission to bring industry to Jefferson County, nothing happened. Secondly, we depended upon our Chamber of Commerce to bring us industry. No results in that line, but they have developed a "Kitty" in the bank from their Arts and Crafts Festival and I understand their bank account is a good sized one. Is not the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce sup posed to be a non-profit organization ? Then years ago, we had for- reed here JEDECO which was supposed to develop an in- dustrial park. We know this to be true since every year JEDECO has pictures appearing in the paprof their officers and it seemslike the same people are in the picture year after year. Good pictures but no industry, and if you look at their land at Bardane with poor roads, no I railroad siding, no sewage nor water, no electricity, just plain farmland, yes, it should he returned to farm land on the tax rolls, but no industry, no jobs, plimented for the many fine programs it presents each year, but the one held last evening, at the Asbury U.M. Church, featuring organ and trumpet in a concert of Baroque Music is one of the finest I have heard. One does not think, or at least I never had, of the Trumpet as a solo instrument in such a concert program. It is a beautiful in- strument and should be featured "on its own" more often. For any artist to have to substitute for another due to illness of the originally scheduled Artist is difficult, at best, but Mr. David Hickman, on the trumpet, gave us an unparalled example of how this is done. Mr. William Neff on the organ shows us how any organ can be brought out to its fullest potential and that this need not apply only to the largest and best on which I am sure he has played and still plays, in the Washington area. This takes rreal talent which he has in fullest amounts. Both of these "young men" show a potential greater than many older performers so I know, of them, we, too shall saw: "We heard them when" just as I did when E. Powers Biggs played in practice on the great organ of the Germanic Museum at Harvard University when both he and I were young. Death took from us a great organist who reached his fame but not his peak. It is to be hoped that both these young men do both. Now for a third group to he complimented highly. The Library Book Selection Com- mittee of the Charles Town Library. It has been my ex- periense in 'both big and small towns to find greatly varying coverage of all types of books both current and reference type. To be able to say that I have yet to walk into this library and not find just what I needed is to put it mildly, for not only do I find it, but the staff is so helpful in finding additional materials for you that it is a pleasure and never the chore, it can he, and has been, in the past, to find anything I need for any matter : of Brodway, Va., and a native of just plain nothing. I understand Jefferson County, dies in JEDECO is part of theChamber Rockingham Memorial Hospital, in Harrisonburg, Va. 30 -- YEARS AGO -- 30 DEATHS: Sam Washington is fatally burned in a fire at his home in Charles Town; Isaac Carper, of Middleway, dies at the home of Mrs. Margaret Simmons in Ranson. 70 --YEARS AGO -- 70 The quarries at Millville close down as a result of the closing of Pennsylvania's steel mills, the latter due to the Roosevelt picnic. MARRIED: Miss Lillian V. Nicewarner, of Charles Town, 'and H. Clay Smith, of Shenan- doah Junction. DEATHS: Mrs. Mary Engle, Brown, formerly of Jefferson County, dies in Pittsburgh; Mrs. Annie G. Darlington, dies in Charles Town; Philip Gordon dies near Bardane; Dr. James D. Whittington, a Confederate of Commerrce. How much money has the County spent on this non- producing idea? How much money has been received over the years for industrial development in Jefferson How money has been over the years? The County Commission, JEDECO, and the Chamber of Commerce should give the taxpayers an accounting of this. Tell us what you have done so far, how much money you have spent to date and tell us what you have ac- complished. What are your results. Jerry Wilson Box 37 Char l Town, W: Va. COMMiJmTY OFFERS MUCIi PLEASURE February 23, 197 Mr. Max Brown Editor veteran, dies near Summit Spirit of Jefferson Point; William Overly dies near Charles Town, W. Va. Rippon. Dear Max: in which I am interested. The latest experience along this line involves what is at best a very unpopular subject that has been pushed under the rug for years, or if mentioned at all, was done so in a whisper. At present, because I am from the generation above mentioned who even when it reached College age never heard of the subject except by "innuendo" in some literature courses where the subject could not have been avoid,ed since some reference, or some outside reading requirement for a student who needed or wanted, more than a passing grade, mentioned the subject and in no uncertain terms thus the poor professor, who was supposedly, a scholar in the field, and thus, the reason for taking this course often, also required had to deal with it as best he could under what was allowed at the time. Shakespeare turned out to be pretty embarrassing to me when I did not know the answer and was told to go look it up and report back to class the next day. So, as I said, to know about this subject still to my generation, a no-no or under the rug sweep it fast type of thing, but which is coming out of the closet of innuendo and false ideas, needs to be a part of my continuing education, not to accept it, necessarily, but to understand it as it relates to the problem of allowing every human being to develop to the fullest potential he has in him in an as unhampered way as possible. I found all I needed and excellently presented, from a sociological and ethical point of view in this our library when I fully expected that this once I might have to go to town to find it! Washington, D.C., or Bethesda. O.K. Max, so I am bragging again about the town we chose to retire. It has not ever allowed us to retire from anything. The only time I can ever sit in my rocker is when I must sew on a button or mend a seam which suddenly is missing from what I happen to want to wear that day for whatever activity I plan to at- tend. And my rocker happens to be in a spot where the view alone, would provide endless pleasure for anyone who wanted to rock and sit or sit and rock, to read, sew, or look outside. Our children think we should move to town near friends and concerts at least in winter. Ha! They have been snow hound and unable to get to work more often than we ever have up here for any purpose whatever. This time Morn and Pop are" staying put. What apartment in town is as near everything as our Ben Lea, or has the view of both mountain and valley from whence comes its Scotch name, than this divine spot? If they ever find it, they can tell me where it is in the Washington area and even then I will have to go see it for myself. Sincerely, Betty Smith Ben Lea, BOx 536 Charles Town, W. Va. PANAMA CANAL TREATY. BOx 821 Shepherdstown, W. Va. February 20, 1978 Mr. Max Brown Editor Spirit of Jefferson P.O. Box 231 Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Mr. Browm I urge support for ihe ratification by the Senate of the Panama Canal treaty because it is morally right, politically responsible, and the most ef- fective way to advance the in- terests of our country. Our perceptions of ourselves as a people arise in large part from the teachings of the Bible, among which are that all men are brothers under God, our common Father, and that we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us. These religious and moral principles were given political voice in the Declaration of In- dependence, which declared that all men have equal political rights and should have a voice in their government. For these reasons it is particularly distressing at this time, when colonialism has all but disap- peared from the world outside the Communist bloc, to hear Americans advocate the use of force if need be, not to oppose tyranny but to perpetuate it. ' In order to rationalize their departure from the American heritage, opponents of the treaty point to the American con- struction of the canal, its economic benefits and costs, and its strategic importance. We are justly proud of the great feats of engineering and medicine which permitted the construction of the canal, and we know that many Americans died in the effort. We forget, however, that many Panamanians also died in building the canal, for the) contributed the bulk of the manual, and their deaths were no less heroic because they were Panamanian. The United States has gained tremendously in economic terms from the canal, not only from the reduced transportation costs but also indirectly from the effect of cheaper goods and therefore wider markets on the en- couragement and mer- chandizing in the United States. The economic benefits of the canal greatly outweigh any monetary expenditures which the United States has made or will make under the provisions of the treaty. When the canal was built it was a great strategic asset, for it facilitated the movement of our ships from one ocean to another. It is still useful to us for military reasons. But now we have a two- ocean navy, and our most powerful naval vessels, the carriers, cannot use the canal because they are too big. Now we have our air fleets, aircraft, not ships, have moved the bulk of our troops to Asia and Europe for the last 20 years, and the wild, wonderful Here it is, at last, a perfect weather indicator. Mr. and Mrs. Small, California, have hung a stone in their back yard and hanging from a chain it never misses the weather. A dry stone means it is not raining. A wet stone means that it is. A shadow under the stone means the sun is shining. If the stone is swinging there is a .wind blowing and if it: is jumping up and down it means there is an earthquake. And now --if it is white on top that means snow. We could have used one in Jefferson this winter. Having dinner in one of Charleston's restaurants several weeks ago put me in an in- teresting position. Three gen- tlemen were seated at the next table and it seemed they were all from out-of-town but one was explaining West Virginia to the others. The phrase that caught my attention first was, "If you go down the streets in some of those southern West Virginia county seat towns every tenth man you meet will he a millionaire. He won't look it but it is true". He went on to point out the over-night millionaires that have attained the status because of coal. Earlier I reported the number of new deep mines opened in West Virginia. Many of these were "one-horse" operations consisting of minimum equipment and a truck. Almost all have been developed during the past two years and truly have made millionaires of persons who only months ago were one-truck operators. by out-of-state are many are still in the Virginians and Every little which there is now in the several years many dollars. Small the coal oriented grown rapidly and topped all the rock, if there is money. Governor has stated that meant a loss in half-million addition to the lose sales tax and from the payrol usually go produce more retailers. The exponent d who was sitting r rreferred to the state. He said it other. In short could go and in another polluted mountain sideS match. He also low crime rate, lloyment and our sportation. job selling didn't to tell him aboUt state. It's good to talking us up. canal now plays a relativel)) minor role in our military deployments. But even if we had no moral scruples, even if the canal were much more valuable than it is for strategic purposes, and even if the financial costs for us should be much higher, we should still ratify the treaty, because it provides the most l effective means of keeping the canal open for our use. Our unilateral control of the canal has excited nationalistic feelings in Panama. Will those feeh evalrate if [he treaty is rejected? Of course not. They will grow. And why not? The land is theirs. They have no voice in the government of the Zone. How can we Americans, whose ancestors fought for our rights and freedom, deny those rights to others? There is nothing in history to suggest that a people will willingly give up its own territory to a foreign power. We must he prepared, then, for the real possibility that we will have to keep the canal open by force in a hostile environment. We must be prepared to sieze Panamanian territory outside the Canal Zone to prevent its use for mortar attacks against the locks or other parts of the canal. And we might find ourselves faced with the need to take over the entire country in the name of security. But the effectiveness of force is temporary. It may subdue for a moment, but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again. Our military forces could probably get most of the traffic through the canal most of the time, but not all of it all the time. And for this partial success we would pay an enormous cost. We cannot exclude the possibiIRy, therefore, that we may at some time have to choose between giving up the canal under less favorable conditions than we have now and after we have lost the respect of both our allies and our enemies, or modeling ourselves on the Social Union and adopt the course it pursued in Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Can any American want that? You may be sure that the Soviet Union greatly hopes that the Senate will reject the treaty. How better could its leaders plan to weaken us? They need not lift a finger to rouse the Panamanians against us. They need not lift a finger to stir the rest of the Latin Americans against us. They need not lift a finger to strengthen the Com- munist factions south of the herder. For we, have objectives for leaders need not sequences of a against us. They complish their cutting away the world, alliances. This strategy facilitate it! Bu which will institutions. In that the right to country, which subversion of value of some of which our blood. if the citizens diluted and To maintain must which will and principles nation. In the t freedom, and the the most way to and a ']le Advocate -sounding ideas and welcome feel they All phone Is the it is our writers their of names withheld that we e 1 range. We q SPIRIT Q! JEFFERSON ESTABLISHED 11144 MAX BROWN EDITOR.PUBLISHER Published Every Weok At JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO, 210 North CHARLES TOWN, W. Subscription Price: Second C/au Postage At U. S. t CHARLES TOWN, W. VA. Changes of Address, Undeliverable Substriptions and Other Mail Items Are P. O. BOX 2,11