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2 ON ELECTING STATE JUSTICES The West Virginia State Senate has passed a measure, and sent it to the house of Delegates for con- sideration, that would make a major change in the way State Supreme Court justices are elected. With the Legislature just about ready to adjourn, and the status of the bill in doubt, we will, nonetheless, comment on its merits and suggest what we consider to be a better way to select the state's five justices. Currently, justices are elected for twelve year terms on a staggered basis. They are elected on a par- tisan, political basis as Democrats and Republicans. Democrats currently dominate the court and have for some time, primarily because the state registration is heavily Democratic and Democrats tend to vote for Democrats when they know little or nothing about the candidates. The measure proposed by Senator Maria Palumbo would make the election of Supreme Court justices non-partisan which he contends would lead to the presence of more qualified candidates. Two members of the High Court who will be up for reelection in 1984,- Richard Neely and Sam Harsh- barger,-differ on whether or not the bill would lead to better selection on the part of voters. Neely says it would help the in- cumbent, but suggests that is would make "election of judges even more irrational than it already is." Says Harshbargar: "I believe that the result -- meaning the type of people elected now o- is not affected by the type of election, partisan or non-partisan." Says Palumbo, the bill sponsor: "the question is the quality of the judiciary and whether you want judges owing any obligations to political parties." Under the measure, judges would be selected (by a majority) during the June primary, on a non-partisan basis. This would reduce the cost of running for the office, say proponen- ts; but it would also reduce personal contact by candidates with the voters, say opponents. Frankly, we doubt if it changes much of anything. Under the best of circumstances, we only know what we read in the newspapers about the capabilities of the individual can- didates; and more often than not news stories are strongly tinged with the viewpoint of the candidate; or, in reverse, by the viewpoint of his op- ponent or opponents. Frankly, when you voted for State Supreme Court candidates the last time, did you know anything much about the individual candidate other than the fact that he was either Democrat or Republican? Did you really know whether he would provide a conservative or liberal viewpoint in the decisions he handed down? Did you feel he would base his decisions in behalf of the majority rather than the minority? Did you know whether he would bend over backwards to protect the criminal's rights while permitting the victim's rights to be fragmen- ted? Did you know whether or not he would "spare the rod and spoil the child" in the case of repeating juvenile offenders? Did you know whether or not he would base his decisions on the existing West Virginia code, or whether he would adopt the attitude "the law is what we say it is?" Did you know any of these things before you voted? We doubt it. Partisan or non-partisan, a choice by the voters for a seat on the State Supreme Court is a risky choice, and has proven so in more recent years when permissiveness has become the rule rather than the exception in special cases. We would perfer to see the court selected the way the" U.S. Supreme Court is chosen,-by appointment, based upon the recommendations of the West Virginia State Bar. We might get a liberal, corafive or middle-of-the-road court, but at least we could be assured of change from what we today consider to be a "bleeding heart" aggregation which fails to respond to the obvious needs of West Virginia's populace which, if we read the public mood properly, feels the State Supreme Court is far out in left .field. JOB WELL DONE BY ROAD CREWS With Spring only about 10 days away and no snow being predicted for this area for at least the next week, it appears that at least the worst of the Winter of 1981-82, which has been one of the most severe and rigorous to hit this section in some years, has passed. We must say we have experienced an unusual amount of snow, ice, freezing rain and fog this Winter and the tem- peratures have hovered around the zero mark many, many days and nights. The combination of all these phases of the weather elements have made it most uncomfortable and very harsh being outside for any period of time. The cold and win- terish weather has brought the closing of schoOls, cancelling of meetings and a drop in business ac- tivity more this Winter than in some past Winters. But right in the center of this bleak and drab picture of snow and cold has been the local crew of the West Virginia Department of Highways. Despite the biting wind, the heavy snow and the ice and fog the some26 men who man the snow removal equipment at the Jefferson County Department of Highways, located on the Leetown Road, did what we believe to be a most commendable snow and ice removal.  job on the county's 346 miles of highway. The men of the local roads depar- tment on many occasions had to work around the clock keeping the county's 57 miles of Primary roads and 289 miles of Secondary roads open so that traffic could move as freely and as safe as possible under the snowy and icy conditions. And. for the most part very few delays occurred on the Primary roads and even those were of comparativel short duration. And as for the Secondary roads it took longer to clear them of the snow and ice since most of the removal equipment was tied up on the Primary roads at the outset. The road crews this past Winter faced a much tougher assignment than anytime in some years, since they had to do the work with fewer men and less snow removal equip- ment. Of thestaff of 30 persons now at the local state road headquarters, only about 25 of them are actually on the trucks on the highways when the snows fall. Three others are on duty at the state road shed doing equip- ment maintenance work, etc. The work these men put in during the Winter months is not uncommon for them, But it was somewhat more severe, harder and of longer duration this Winter than in*the past several years. When the first snow began to fall last December, it was their job to go all out to keep at least the County's Primary roads open to vehicular traffic. First when the snow began to fall the roads are treated with chemicals and gravel. Then as the snow begins to build up on the roads, snow plows are brought into action.. Clearing the highways and keeping them clear, is a continuous and tiresome job, but these men keep right at it until they have the county's roads cleared, or at least pable for motor traffic. . Jefferson County for the most part, at least in recent years, has had the reputation of doing at least as good of, and many times, better job of keeping its highways open. The men and women of the Jefferson, County Division of the State Depar- tment of Highways are proud of their reputation and they work hard and long to maintain this reputation. of excellence. Too often we criticize, when things don't go to suit us, but at the same time we fail to give credit for a job well done. We feel the Jef- fersonCounty road crews have done a good job making our traveling in snow and ice as safe as possible. SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, MARCH 11,1982 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR March 8,19 Letter to the Editor Dear Mr. Rentch, There has been talk about Social Security's solvency. Are payments being made that should not be made? People with implements received Social Security payments. For instance, the Son of Sam received  a month although he was ser. ring a 315 year term for his killing spree in New York. The Bureau of Disability Deter. ruination found him eligible for payments because he was unable to hold a job because of "mental impairment." And 30,000 others, with similar impairments, received payments totaling $60 million. But congress acted to stop such payments. Howevei', payments are also made to dead people. An in. vestigation by the Department of Health & Human Services discovered that payments had been made to people who had been dead for as long as 15 years. (I suppose that might be called physical im- pairment). The children who kill their parents receive social security payments while incarcerated. One such boy accumulated $21,500.00 in Social Security payments which he received when he was paroled when he was 23. Another by who killed his father received $8,000 while in prison. Of course these last two were not really murders. Not even crimes. Because they were committed when the prepetrators were juveniles. Something has been done, however. Richard Scjweiker sent out word that Social Security benefits should be rejected for "survivors who may have been involved in an intentional act which resulted in the death of a parent." LelaGardner Sirs: I would like to let those who read my article about my trouble getting my cuckoo clock fixed, Bechdel's called me last Monday a wesago that It was ready. It hus perfect and the cuckoo bird works like he should. I am a very happy person. Thanks to Bochdel's Jewelers. Mrs. Elsie Gearhrt. NEWS OF OTHER YEARS 19--YEARS AGO--10 DIED Ralph A. Miller, 82, Berryville, Va., died in Newton D. Baker V.A. Center; Clarence Edward Staubs 71, Harpers Ferry; Mrs. Margaret Cathryn Heinz, 72, formerly of KearneysviUe; Mrs. Susan Pryor, 75, a resident of Florida; Mrs. Mary Stockton Schley Brown, 62, Hagerstown, Md.; Walter Mason, 84, formerly of Smnmit Point; James Win- ston Conway, 22, formerly of Harpers Ferry. Harpers Ferry High Cagers stage repeat to win Class-A Section Crown 3rd tinge in 5 years. Larry Peer's band provided music for the woman's club at their St. Patrick's Dance. Jefferson County recovers from the worst blizzard since 1932. MARRIED Miss Joyce Buhrman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold V. Buhrman of KearneysviUe to Lt. Charles Wade Kidwiler of Shenandoah Junction. DIED Mrs. Margaret Ann Magaha, 76, at her home in Ranson; Nathaniel Gray at his home in Halltown; Robert Lee Fowler, 88, retired farmer of near Kearneysville in City Hospital, Marfinslmrg; Mrs. Lena White, 74, in Charles Town General Hospital. The new Charles Washington Theatre held its grand opening on Feb. 24 with about 500 people in at- tendance. Miss Penelope Pddeoutt was crowned Queen of the Sweetheart Ball held at St. Phillip's Youth Center and Church School. Miss Alisha Berry and Miss Guenny Bradford served as ladies in waiting in her court. 9--YEARS AGO- Charles Town's new 5,000 watt radio station to be con. structed soon will be named WXVA it was announced by Jay Strider Moler, executive president and general manager. Boy Scout Camp i Season Nearing ..... More than 30 Scout troops in |  the Shenandoah/trea Council, ! i Ey rd's. e View By U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd International Terrorism Despite the recent in- crease in attacks by terror- ist groups against targets in the United States, our nation cannot be held hos- tage to international terror- ism and must be steadfast in its resistance to such il- legal set,. Although it has been more than a year since Kmerica's 52 hostages were released from captivity fol- lowing seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Iran, errorist attacks agafnst U.S. tar- gets have not abated. Most recently, Krmy Lt. Col. Charles Ray, an Amer- ican military attache sta- tioned at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, was assassinated outside *his home. The Leb- anose Armed Revolutionary Faction took credit for the dastardly act. In December of last year, U.S. Army Brig. Gen. James Dozier, deputy com- mander of the NATO mili- tary base at Verona, Italy; was kidnaped by four men from his apartment. The Red Brigades, an ultra-left Italian terrorist group, have claimed responsibility. According to the most- recent CIA study, there were 6,714 terrorist inci- dents around the world be. twzen 1968 and 1980, with 112 terrorist attacks direct- ed against U.S. d}plomate in 1980. The CIA report said in- ternational terrorists have tended to ike at target in Industrialized demoera- cies, attacking symbols of Western power. Bombings have been the preferred form of terrorist attack, and assassinations have in- creased steadily zinco 1975, with their number havi.ng doubled in 1980 over 1979. Althong it ie di/cult to determine which nations have lent sup.port to terror- ism, the U.S. State Depart- ment, some scholars, and journalists claim evidence that the Soviet Union has trained, funded, and equipped terrorist organiza- tions for the purpose of de- stabilizing the West and the Third Wld. Libya, according to' the CIA, has lent aid to almost every major international terrorist Woup, and recent- ly trained five terrorists to assassinate high-ranking American government offi- cials. South Yemen, Iraq, and Syria also have been said to assist terrorist fac- tions. I support efforts taken by the Administration to quell terrorism, dncluding the State Department's crea- tion of an interdepart- mental group on terrorism that focuses on embassy se- curity, oontingoncy plan- ning for dealing with ter- rorist incidents, and train- ing on hostage survival, bomb recognition, and rssi- dential security. In addition, the U.S. must increase its intelli- gence efforts to uncover terrorist acti,.ities, and foster active cooperation with foreign government 4aw enforcement authori- ties. The United States cannot concede to terrorist black- mail. To do so would be weak, and it would only en- courage these unfortunate incidents. The United States dearly must Increase its efforts to protect its personnel and citizens from terrorist at- tacks, and encourage in- ternational cooperation to thwart terrorism across the globe. A strong st,nes against international out- laws is essential for our own national security. Boy Scouts of America, have made reservations for 1982 smnmer camp sessions as part of their year-round camping program.. Troops will attend Cmap Rock Enos at Gore, Virginia for a week of outdoor ad- venture. "While the troop participates in its own cam. lng experience, each Scout has an opportunity to put to practice many of the skills and . activities that are part of the total Scouting program," said Dr. William R. Mc. Cone,Camping and Activities Chairman. "In aaddition, sununer camp experiences strengthen the unit's abillty to provide an effective Scouting program throughout the year." McCune pointed out that each troop goes to camp with its own leaders and camps at a site where each patrol lives as an individual group within the troop area. To meet each troop's specific desires, the council provides different camping opportunities in- cluding Out Post Camping, Speciality Camp Week, etc. Summer Camp offers Scouts the opporttmity to develop leadership skills, to take part in advancement activitiea, to learn by doing, and to Improve In personM lltmm, according to McCtme. Soou also have time to participate in aquatics, Scout butdoor skills, comeaflon, and field pom under the supervision of a trained camp stq. Already signed up for camp next summer are 48 units and m Scouts. ,( TMs f'e . ciades out of cotmctl units that m'e signed up). To bocome a Scout, a boy must have completed the fifth grade or be at least II years of age. Additional h-ormatlou t the camping Ixogram offered by the Shenandosh Area Council is avile at the council service center, 2300 Roosevelt Blve., P.O. Box 07, Winchmtor, Vs. 22601. Volume 118-] by Barry McWilliarns u \\; ESTABLISHED ! 844 JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO., INC .................. Donald G. Rentch ............................................... Edward W. Dockeney .......................... Associate R. Meade Dorsey ........................................... M Published Every Thursday At 210 North George Street Charles Town, W. Va.- 25414 Telephone (304) 725-2046 Subscription Price: In Jefferson County, $9.00 a year; out of Jefferson County, $I0.00.5% tax must be added for all West Virg Entered In The Post Office At Charles Town As Second Class Matter -- USPS510- 960 Ad Deadline 4 P.M. Monday WASHINGTON -- When complaints are heard about a federal program, it is usually because it fails to meet its stated objectives, is filled with waste and  fraud or spends too much of its funding on overhead costs instead of the people the program is sup- posed to help. None of these complaints apply or have even been raised about the Senior Community Service Em- ployment Program (SCSEP). This program is authorized under Title V of the Older Americans Act, and has long been considered one of the most successfully designed and operated programs ever sponsored by the Federal government. SCSEP brings together the talents of older workers and the unreeL needs of corn. munities by promoting part- time employment op- portunities in community service activities for more than 54,000 unemployed, low. income older persons nationwide. In West Virginia, over 600 older citizens par- ticipate in the program by working in their connnunities as homemakers, health aides, senior center aides, at the Red Cross and in many other useful community service poeins, Unfortunately, SCSEP has been targeted for eUmination next year in the latest budget proposals submitted to Congress by the Ad- ministration. I think this proposal is unwise and I in- tend to opposei it. The Senior Community Service Employment Program is Ira)riding hun. drede of low.income older West Virginians with op- porttmities for meaningful mployment and much needed supplemental income. It is also providing many West Virginia communities with services of considerable value which mig otherwise be available. For example, many Virginia SCSEP work as assisting frail elderly who cannot completely for themselves. Without assistance, these world have to give up homes and enter homes or hospitals. they are econo disadvantaged, it would the local, state and government more maintain these nursing homes or than it costs to provide al time SCSEP pitrtid md help them at home. SCSEP is a simple cessful program that burdened with regulations and requirements. Nine every ten dollars the program directly and benefits program ticipants because ministrative costs are bottom. AdditionMly, older West Virgintans 2rid District and the state have new sense of pride, sad self.worth by chance to make contributions to their  munlties through program. For all of these intend to work Congress to maintal worthwhile of budget remralnts difficult to request funding for SCSEP for but I think that elimination of the a mistake. A more suggest/on is to program next year bt the line on qnclinl year. I think lis ! the best Interests V|xginla and will rapport It.